Student finance - South Central IoT

Funding your studies

Student finance

When studying a HNC or HND qualification there are two main associated costs; tuition fees and living costs. 

Students receiving financial support

Tuition fees are dependent on the qualification you study, and the tuition fees charged by SCIoT can be found on the individual course listing and on our website.

Living costs are the associated costs of studying and include expenses such as books, rent and travel. Although higher education may seem expensive, there are lots of funding options available to help you while you’re studying. 

Student finance support

Tuition Fee Loan

Tuition Fee Loans are available to UK and EU full-time and part-time students from Student Finance England and are only repayable after you graduate and earn over £26,575 a year. This loan is paid directly to the South Central Institute of Technology or university in instalments throughout the year to cover your course fees. To find out more and to apply for a tuition fee loan, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

A Maintenance Loan is available from Student Finance England to help with living costs such as rent, food, books, travel and other expenses while you’re studying. The amount available depends on where you live, where you study and your annual household income. You don’t pay it back until after you graduate and earn over £26,575 a year. An extra Maintenance Loan may also be available to individuals that meet certain criteria.

Additional support for Higher Education students – DSAs

If you require support for an additional need, such as dyslexia, you could apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). DSAs help pay for extra costs that you may incur as a direct result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. If you would like to discuss any additional support needs further, contact the Student Development & Support Team on 01908 684155 or by emailing ineedsupport@mkcollege.ac.uk.

Higher Education Students and Benefits 

The information that follows is intended for guidance only. There are strict rules for each benefit regarding eligibility. If you are a full-time student you will not usually be able to claim any other benefits during your course of study, however, you may still be entitled to claim if you: 

  • are a lone parent 
  • have a disability 
  • have a student partner and a child, and it is the summer vacation 
  • are a pensioner 

If you have a child/children under the age of eighteen (or twenty if they are still in full-time education) you may be able to claim Child Benefit

For more information on eligibility and funding options, please visit the benefits page on the Government Website

Non-student partners may be entitled to claim benefits at any time, but the student loan will be taken into account as income.  

Student bursaries

We have several bursaries in place, for a limited number of students, that need extra help with meeting the costs of their qualification. All bursaries are paid as grants and so do not need to be repaid. In addition, all bursaries are paid directly to you, giving you full control over how and where you spend them. For more information, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit Activate Learnings website or email SCIoT@activatelearning.ac.uk

Higher Education Digital Technologies Fully Funded Courses (2022/23)

Activate Learning is pleased to announce that we will be providing three fully funded course awards to higher-education learners that wish to study on our HNC and HND Digital Technologies programmes at Reading College and Blackbird Leys Technology campuses, Oxford starting in September 2022.

Our vision is to increase the representation of people in many under-represented groups within the Digital Technology sector and make it more representative of the modern society we live in.

The award will cover 100% of the total cost of your tuition fees, £6,165, for either the Level 4 or Level 5 programme. The following higher-education courses can be applied for at both Reading and Blackbird Leys Technology campuses:

  • HNC Digital Technologies
  • HNC Games and Animation
  • HNC Data Analytics
  • HNC Cyber Security and Cloud Networking
  • HNC Software Development and Programming
  • HND Digital Technologies*

*The HND Digital Technologies Level 5 programme will only be running from Reading College as a top up to Level 4.

Application process

You will need to complete this application form following the submission of your official application via UCAS.

If you have any queries or require support completing the UCAS application form or the application form for the fully funded course, please contact us at he@activatelearning.ac.uk 

The deadline for applying is Friday 8th of July 2022.

All applications will first be assessed by a panel.

They will consider your personal statement and any other relevant information you provide.

If you are successful, you will be notified within ten days of the application deadline.

Guidance

You will need to apply each year for the fully funded place if you’re progressing from a Level 4 HNC to a Level 5 HND.

Please note:

  • No cash is given over to learner, payment for the course is made internally to cover the full cost of the tuition fees for 2022 programme.
  • Please make sure that you add your UCAS application number onto the Microsoft form in order to complete your fully funded place
  • When completing your personal statement, you can write us a letter (no more than 500 words) or, if you prefer, you can upload a video of yourself telling us why you have applied for the funded course
  • We will interview all applicants that make our short list. After all the interviews are complete, we will confirm the names of the three scholars that will join the 2022 fully funded programme.

The ELMO Webexpenses Scholarship

As an Oxfordshire based employer in the tech sector, Webexpenses has partnered with Activate Learning for a number of years offering good quality work experience and internships. We are proud to announce that Webexpenses are now launching the ELMO Webexpenses Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to students in underrepresented groups: BAME, disabled, female and students living in low participation post code areas (POLAR). Young people aged 19 years or over are more likely than other age group to feel that they do not have the skills to work in technology or that there are not many tech jobs around. We’re hopeful that through this scholarship we will attract more students from underrepresented groups onto the course and ultimately into a career in software development.

This scholarship is valid for students applying to an South Central Institute of Technology HNC at Blackbird Leys campus ONLY.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8 July, 2022.

Our vision is to increase the representation of black and ethnic minorities, women and other under-represented groups within the sector and make it more representative of the modern society we live in.

The award will be up for 100% of the total cost of your tuition fees, £6,165, for either the Level 4 or Level 5 programme.

  • HNC Digital Technologies
  • HNC Data Analytics
  • HNC Cyber Security and Cloud Networking
  • HNC Software Development and Programming

In order to be eligible to apply for a scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria points below:

  • You must possess the qualifications and/or have the relevant experience to satisfy the entry requirements for the course
  • You must be from at least one of the following under-represented groups listed as 1), 2) or 3) and live in one of the participation postcodes in 4) or 5);
  1. Black, Asian or another ethnic minority group
  2. Disabled (including mental, physical, or specific learning difficulty such as Dyslexia)
  3. Female
  4. From a low participation neighbourhood (POLAR Quintile 1 or 2)
  5. Be resident at a postcode which is classified within EIMD 1 or 2

In order to find out if you live in a postcode area from 4) or 5) above, please use the links below in order to search for:

Low Participation Neighbourhoods

Socio-economic areas

Application process

You will need to complete another application form following the submission of your official application via UCAS.

Please contact the HE team to request the scholarship application form, after submission of your UCAS application. Please outline the programme you would like to apply for from the list above.

The deadline for applying is Friday 8 July 2022.

All applications will first be assessed by a panel against the criteria listed above. They will also consider your personal statement and any other relevant information you provide.

If you are successful, you will be notified within ten days of the application deadline.

Guidance

You will need to apply each year for the scholarship programme if you’re progressing from a Level 4 HNC to a Level 5 HND.

Please note:

  • No cash is given over to learner, payment for the course is made internally to cover the full cost of the tuition fees for 2022 programme.
  • Please make sure that you add your UCAS application number onto the Microsoft form in order to complete your application to the scholarship programme.
  • When completing your personal statement, you can write us a letter (no more than 500 words) or, if you prefer, you can upload a video of yourself telling us why you have applied for the scholarship.
  • We will interview all applicants that make our short list. After all the interviews are complete, we will confirm the names of the three scholars that will join the 2022 scholarship programme.