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Financial Support

Financial Support

If you think it will be too expensive for you to join our courses, you’re almost certainly wrong. We can advise you about this at audition and, if you’re offered a place, we can help you to find the grants, grant-making bodies, Professional and Career Development Loans, charitable trusts, awards or sponsorship that will enable you to pay for your tuition and support yourself while you train.

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs, such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support, such as grants or bursaries.

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you, to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit: www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact Next Step on 0800 100 900.

To complete the PCDL application form please type the following in the url box: tinyurl.com/huj2c6d and this will be bring your directly to the new PCDL homepage. 

What next?

Once you’re offered a place, we'll give you advice on the grants you can apply for and send you our detailed guide to fundraising, which includes:

  • Grants advisory services
  • Online sources
  • Key publications
  • Industry funding sources
  • Sponsorship
  • Fundraising methods
  • PCDL

Anything is possible, provided you take the first step and send in your application.

Fees and Funding

We are committed to making it as easy as possible for you to become an actor. As a non-profit making educational charity we charge only the basic cost of training, with many services donated entirely free of charge by the professional practitioners who support The Bridge's work and give something back because they know how much of a commitment you are making to your training. Tuition fees are payable in advance each term.