Adult and Higher Education Student Life

Whether you are looking to enhance your career opportunities, looking to get back into work, or make the leap into University, we have everything you need to succeed and thrive during your time here.

Here are just some of the experiences and opportunities you can expect to be a part of when you become a fully fledged Trafford College Adult or Higher Education student:

Student Discount Cards

All students of Trafford College, including adult learners and Higher Education students can sign up for a TOTUM Card, the new name for the NUS extra card, which brings you over 200 UK student discounts.

Get your TOTUM card now.

1, 2 or 3-Year Cards

Choose from a 1-year card for just £12, a 2-year card for £22 or a 3-year card for only £32. Many discounts are online only so you can’t get them without your TOTUM card.

Over 200 UK discounts on the brands you love and local independents.

TOTUM has the best student discounts around that you can use online and in store. Top brands include:

  • 10% off at the Co-op
  • 10% off ASOS
  • 25% off Odeon student priced tickets
  • Up to 40% off at Las Iguanas

University Life on a College Campus

Degrees awarded by Sheffield Hallam University

As a strategic partner with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), our courses are of the highest standard to meet rigorous requirements. Our graduates obtain employer focused qualifications from a world-class university when studying at Trafford College.

Stay near, go far

A degree will be the same from any type of institution. Studying for a degree on your doorstep is not only convenient, it means you can live at home and reduce your living expenses, compared to living away at university.

Greater flexibility

Trafford College not only offers degrees, it provides a variety of Higher Education qualifications that act as a stepping stone to a full degree, such as HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees. They can be ‘topped up’ to a degree at a later date, giving you the flexibility to complete your Higher Education in stages.

Unique learning environment

If you don’t feel ready for the step up to university, studying at a college could be easier and we can usually provide you with more support. Everything is on a smaller scale at Trafford College, meaning your learning generally takes place in a classroom setting. This creates a more productive learning environment and gives you more opportunities to collaborate with other students.

Extremely supportive

We can offer a more supportive learning environment, with individual support for those who need it and more one-to-one time with your lecturers and tutors. This gives students the best chance of achieving their potential.

Competitive fees

Our lower fees give you a more affordable education and better value for money.

Working while learning

Staying at home to study a university degree means that you may be able to study while working full-time, or hold down a regular part-time job, which can be difficult for a student based on a university campus who lives at home outside of term time.

Employer focused

Trafford College is an integral part of the local community and we tailor our degree programmes to the demands of the local economy, providing you with specific workplace skills for the local jobs market. All programmes have work-related strengths supporting high standards of student employability.

Support with Funding and Finance for Higher Education

Our Higher Education tuition fees are lower than most UK universities’ fees and represent great value for money. We also offer extra financial support through bursaries and other funds.

Scholarship Awards

The College offers a limited number of Scholarship Awards made up of a cash grant of £1000 for first year full time students and £500 cash grant for first year part time students. The awards are paid in February and May. Students are eligible if their household income up to £25,000 and have to demonstrate a commitment to study through attendance and engagement with study.

Am I eligible for funding?

Funding is available to students on lower incomes to help meet costs associated with their course and coming to college, with several different options available, depending on the type and level of study.

Remember, our Student Financial Support Team is ready and waiting to help with information, advice and support on a range of fees and finance issues related to your study.

Find out more about student finance by visiting Student Finance England

Our Thriving Adult Community

Here at Trafford College we have a vibrant adult community where we offer hundreds of high-quality courses, during the day and evening, for beginners through to advanced diplomas. We provide relevant, useful and enjoyable learning experiences.

Our tutors are experienced, professionally-trained teachers and experts in their field who create a safe, stimulating and respectful environment for adult learners. Everything is on a smaller scale at Trafford College, meaning your learning takes place in a classroom rather than a big lecture theatre. This creates a more productive learning environment and gives you more opportunities to collaborate with other learners.

We help people to learn skills to get into work, enjoy a new hobby or improve their job prospects. Whatever you choose to study, we hope there will be something for you.

Support with Funding and Finance for Adults

19+ Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 and over and are looking to study a Level 3 or above Further Education course you may be able to apply for a low-interest 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees for courses.

Advanced Learner Loans don’t depend on your income, there are no credit checks and you don’t need to repay anything until you’ve finished your course and are earning over £21,000 a year.

Many of the Adult and Part Time Courses available at Trafford College offer the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan option. To see if your course qualifies take a look at our Adult and Part -Time Course guide. All courses that have a green arrow indicate they are available on a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan option.

To be eligible to apply for the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, you need to be:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
  • Starting your course on or after 1 August 2016
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this
  • UK or EU National
  • Studying at an approved College or training organisation in England
  • Enrolling onto an eligible course at Level 3 and above which includes: full Level 3 and above qualifications which are approved for public funding. These include A-Levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other Diplomas and Certificates

Repayments Explained

  • You do not pay any course fees upfront
  • You will only have to start making repayments the April after you have completed your course and are earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything
  • If your income drops below £21,000 – loan repayments stop
  • Each month you pay back 9% of any income over £21,000. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month
  • You can make voluntary repayments at any time

For more information about 19+ Advanced Learner Loans and how to apply, visit Student Finance England and