COLLEGE NOTICE (Updated 08/05/21)


We strongly encourage all staff and students due to come onto College campuses over the next few months to take part in Lateral Flow Testing. Please read


From Monday 10th May the College returned to course delivery, assessment and examination arrangements that operated from the start of the academic year. This easement in restrictions follows the NI Executive’s decision to trigger Stage 2 on the Roadmap to Recovery for Further Education Colleges and the introduction of lateral flow testing for staff and students. All current College Covid 19 safety measures will remain in place including the mandatory wearing of face coverings. Thank you for helping to keep our College safe.


Learning Resource Centres are open for students unable to access online lessons from home. Student Services and limited canteen facilities are also available. Student queries should be directed to Course Co-ordinators. General queries should be emailed to


The latest update from the Examination Regulator on the awarding of examinations/assessments can be found at 

Further Education: Full-Time

Further Education: Full-Time

All full-time FE courses and Traineeships at SRC are FREE! (with the exception of international students).


What is it?

What do I need?

How do I apply?

Further Education (FE) Grant Assistance with maintenance costs, including childcare, while studying on an FE course. If your intended course is GCE AS/A2 without a vocational (applied) element then you are not eligible for this award). Aged 19 or over on 1st July and studying on a full-time Vocational FE course e.g. Extended Diploma.

Application packs are available from the College or win icon

Applications should be submitted by 30 September 2020 to ensure that you will receive your first payment at the start of Term 1.

Students should apply even if they have not received confirmation that they have been accepted onto the course.

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Means-tested fortnightly payment to help with the costs of continuing in education for students studying on a Full-time Further Education course e.g. NVQs, BTEC, A-Level. Students will receive £30 per week, paid fortnightly. Aged between 16 - 19 years of age and studying on a full-time FE course. Application packs are available from the College or can be downloaded from

Completed applications should be returned to EMA by 30 September 2020 to ensure entitlement to payments from the start of the academic year. Late applications will be accepted until 31 March 2021.

Free Meals Meal tickets that can be exchanged for food and drink in the College canteen. Aged 18 or under on 31st July. Parental income is means-tested. Application forms are available from the College or local Education and Library Board.
Care to Learn If you are a main carer for a child, then you may be entitled to assistance with childcare costs. You are or will become a parent and are aged between 16 - 19 at the start of the course. Application packs available from the College.
Travel Pass This pass enables students to travel to and from the College without charge. Students may also be eligible for fuel assistance if travelling by car. Aged under 19 on 1st July, studying on a full-time FE course and live more than 3 miles from the closest College campus. Application pack available from the College or local Education & Library Board.
SRC Hardship Fund Financial assistance for students experiencing exceptional financial hardship. Students must be aged at least 18 or attain the age of 18 during the academic year (1st July to the end of the course) and experiencing financial hardship. Assistance from the Hardship Fund is means-tested and can only be provided once all other sources of funding have been explored. Childcare can be supported through the Hardship Fund if support is unavailable from the FE Award and Care to Learn. Application pack is available via the student portal on Moodle.


Educational Maintenance Allowance

Students aged 16-19 years may receive £30 per week and 2 bonus payments per year from EMA ( is a means-tested allowance and is dependant on attendance at the College.

Further information and application forms can be found at : new win icon

EMA officers on each campus:

Armagh Fionola Rice This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Banbridge Grainne Chambers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Lurgan Margaret Marshall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Newry Sinead Cunningham   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Portadown   Gillian Mayes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Free School Meals

Students under 18 on 31st July may be entitled to free meals if they received free meals at their last school and their parent/guardian is in receipt of an approved benefit.

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Further Education Grant

Students over 19 on 1st July and who are progressing can apply to Student Finance NI in Omagh for a Further Education Award. This is a means tested allowance. Closing date is 30 September. Applications must be fully completed and all necessary documentation attached before they will be accepted. Students studying GCE AS/A2 are not eligible to apply for a Further Education Grant.

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Care to Learn

Childcare support is available for 16-19 year old parents, who are undertaking a full-time or part-time course in FE or HE, including vocational courses, NVQ courses, etc. Assistance with childcare costs, up to a maximum of £165 per week, plus travel expenses to and from the child carer's premises may be accessible.


Students who do not qualify for Care to Learn can apply for Childcare from Student Finance NI, Omagh, through the FE Grant. Students who have exhausted all other funding for childcare and are ont able to receive funding from other bodies, can make an application to the SRC Hardship Fund for support for registered Childminder costs during their study.


Transport assistance will be provided to home students* if their home is more than three miles from the College. Students must be under 19 years of age on 1st July.