To get you started*...

£100 to spend on study material - full time HE students can stock up on any books, stationery or art materials they need for their course with £100 free credit to spend at The Study Store in the Library.

FREE laptop - for all new full time students (excludes students who have previously received a laptop from the college)

FREE TOTUM card - student discount card worth £14 for all new full-time HE students

FREE welcome pack - complete with an A4 notepad, pen, highlighter and post-it notes.


How to claim:

Your Welcome pack will be given out on your first day at college. You will be sent a form to claim your other rewards once your course has started.

*To be eligible for all items listed, a student must be a new entrant enrolling for a full time Higher Education programme studying on provision delivered in Durham for courses starting in September 2021. Click here for HE Incentive Scheme T&Cs


Success starts here

Support built around you 

You have access to an Academic Support Tutor, our ASC (Advice Support Careers) team, and Personal Learning Coaches. You can also access Learner Support and our counselling service via ASC.

Greater choices

You can choose to do your degree in bite sized chunks through a foundation degree or HND followed by a top-up programme. You could also opt for a full honours degree, professional qualification or a higher apprenticeship.

More flexibility 

Fit your studies around your family and work commitments with our full-time or part-time courses.

Smaller classes

For a more intimate, relaxed feel and better access to our fantastic lecturers.

On your doorstep

Reduce your living expenses and stay close to family and friends.

You will also benefit from free parking, and cheaper coffee breaks at our onsite Costa and Starbucks.

High quality teaching

From qualified lecturers who have first-hand experience of working in the industry.

Employer links 

Gain opportunities to boost your CV - most of our programmes offer work placements and live client briefs.

Our courses are also designed with employers so that you graduate with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career.

Access to outstanding facilities

Including our £8m state of the art North East Institute of Technology Centre.

Feels like home

You'll love the friendly and supportive atmosphere and the positive buzz around campus. Big enough to have all the facilities you need, small enough to feel you belong! 


Higher Education Hardship Fund

The College will seek to support those students suffering financial difficulty whilst undertaking Higher Education programmes. Students with a household income below £32,000 who meet the eligibility criteria may be entitled to receive bursary payments.  Bursary payments will be made in two payments.

All students must make an application to the Access Fund prior to the published deadline in order to be considered for funding assistance. 


We are trying where practical and possible to reduce the contact that staff and students have handling forms and evidence so initially would encourage students to download word application forms, complete, save and return by email with relevant evidence to the

We also recognise that there will be cases where this is not practical or possible.  If you require a paper version of any form please email with your name and address, programme of study and support you wish to apply for.  


Click here to view full policy

Contact our Access Fund Office  

Get in touch with our Advice Support Careers (ASC) team for more information on funding.

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