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We have a reputation for providing quality care and support for our students and this includes our financial help. We provide a range of options to ensure our students have access to packages designed to meet their needs.

Learner Support Fund

The college has Learner Support Funds available to assist students aged 19+ with the general cost of attending college including travel, essential kit costs and childcare.

For further information please contact the Welfare Team on 0191 511 6000 or email

Studying whilst on benefits

We have trained and experienced staff available to talk you through studying whilst unemployed. Advice is available about the fee remission policy, hours of study, clarification of the Jobseekers’ Allowance regulations, we can also give guidance on the possible effects of studying whilst on a disability benefit.

Contact us to find out more about finance options

100% of our HNC and HND students progressed to employment or further study, 

(*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (HNC 19+ students)

Why choose Sunderland College?

We are the College of the Year

(* Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

96% of adult learners agree teaching on their course is good.

(*On-programme Survey 2018, students aged

97% of adult learners agree their course is helping their skills to get better.

(On-programme survey 2018, students aged 19+)

Our achievement rates are above the national average