Itchen Sixth Form College receives government funding to support learners who are economically or socially disadvantaged and who face the highest barriers to continue in a sixth form education.

Eligibility for Itchen Financial Support (IFS)

You must be aged between 16 years and under 19 years of age on 31st August at the start of the academic year. The funding support is split into two types:

Access to Education Bursary (Full Bursary)

The 16-19 Tier F (Full Bursary) Bursary of £1200 is available to eligible students in any of the following categories:

  • young people in care;
  • care leavers;
  • young people claiming Income Support in their own name;
  • young people claiming Universal Credit in their own name;
  • disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance and Living Allowance in their own name.

In addition to receiving the discretionary support detailed below, the student will receive a weekly payment of £40 for 30 weeks, provided their overall attendance in 90% or above.

Discretionary Support

Discretionary Support is designed to help with travel to and from college (college contract buses and Bluestar termly bus passes), course materials and resources (see our online college shop for a list of available materials and resources), and essential college trips.

Discretionary Support has been tiered, therefore support may be available for students whose parent/guardians’ household annual income is less than £25,000 or if the parent/guardian living with the student is receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support;
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA);
  • the Guarantee Element of Pension Credit;
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA);
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • or Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit.

If your household income is less than £30,000 and you live more than three miles away from college, you will be able to receive support with your travel to and from college. For more information, please download more information here and the application form here.


There are a number of special awards for students doing particular courses or activities. Details will be given through subject staff or tutors, but currently these include:

  • The Eve Sheppard Award for Law
  • The Old Issonians Award for Music and Drama
  • The Wood-Waller Awards for Student Travel
  • Academy of Sport bursaries for high achievers

These are unique awards and are not related to the IFS scheme.

College Fund

All students are asked to make a contribution of £30 towards to the College Fund at the start of every academic year. This fund provides benefits for the whole student body. These benefits include supporting the Student Centre, sporting activities, music and drama events. Most of the student social events are subsidised by this fund. Much of the College Fund is managed by the Itchen Students' Union (ISU), so it is controlled by representatives elected by the student body. Contributions should be made to Julie Flood in the Finance Office.

The college is a charity, which means parents need to complete and return the Gift Aid form with the payment of their college fund if they are a British tax payer. This allows the college to claim Gift Aid from the government and help support our students even further.

Exam & Registration Fees

External exams are mainly held throughout May and June. Examination and registration fees are paid by the college for most students. However, the college reserves the right to refuse to enter a student if they have not attended at least 90% of the lessons for their subject or if they have not satisfactorily completed the course.

The student may be charged for an examination and/or registration fee if:

  • Attendance does not meet the criteria set
  • Entry is not approved by a teacher eg coursework had not been completed, student has not worked satisfactorily to complete the course
  • An exam is being retaken
  • A student withdraws late from an exam
  • A student enters late for an exam through no fault of the college
  • The college has not taught the student in preparation for the exam
  • A student is absent from an exam without good reason

Where an exam fee has been charged, results will be issued when the fee is paid.

Please note: invoices will be sent in the autumn and spring terms. If the student's attendance improves significantly, the fee will be refunded after the end of the course.