Additional support for disabilities or learning difficulties

If you feel you need help to achieve your learning aims due to a disability, health problem, learning need or if you need help in any other way, please contact us on [email protected] or 0345 601 0161 so we can discuss this with you.

Aspire Sussex Ltd welcomes all adults who want to learn whatever their ability. If you have a learning difficulty or disability, we will make reasonable changes to support your learning.

We do our best to locate our courses in buildings that are accessible and we regularly monitor the facilities and access arrangements. If you have any specific access requirements, please let us know.

Additional Learning Support Funding and Resources are available to help individual learners whose additional learning needs may hinder progress towards and achievement of their learning goals. Please see the financial information below or contact us for more information.

Additional financial support

Learner Support funding may be available to help some students who may be discouraged from joining a course for financial reasons. There is a limited amount of funding available and terms and conditions apply. Please contact us on [email protected] or 0345 601 0161 for more information.

Many of our qualification courses have concessions available and some of these entitle you to a free place. Please enquire before booking to see if you are eligible.

Aspire Sussex has also identified a number of potential places that students can apply to, for support towards costs related to training, learning and getting a job. This information is also available as a document.

Government Advice on Further Education Courses and Funding
The Government has a webpage with information on financial help available to students while studying at

Housing Associations
Many West Sussex based housing associations have funds to support residents to take steps back into work. If you are a resident of a housing association and need support to purchase equipment, travel costs or course costs, then ask your housing association if they can support you.

Job Centres
If you are claiming benefits from the job centre and need support to get to or ready for an interview then speak to staff as there may be funding available to support this.

Prince’s Trust
Get funding to train, learn or help get a job (Aged 18-30)

Who can apply?
You may be eligible if you are a UK resident and are:
•Aged 16 to 30
•No longer in compulsory education if aged 16 to 17.
•Unemployed if aged 18 to 30, working less than 16 hours per week or in education for less than 14 hours per week.
Be aware that there is a criteria of how the money can and can’t be spent. Here are some examples:

Development Awards can be used to help fund:
•Costs up to £500
•Tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef whites
•Course fees
•Interview clothes
•License fees e.g. CSCS card (construction) or SIA license (security)
•Childcare costs to help single parents access short term education
•Transport to a new job until first pay cheque

Development Awards can’t be used to fund:
•Living expenses e.g. rent or bills
•Costs for things that have already been paid for
•Gap year or overseas projects
•Community projects
•Medical treatment
•Fees for courses higher than Level 3, e.g. NVQ Level 4, HNC, HND, Degree or post-grad courses

If you meet our criteria, all you need to do is get in touch and tell us a bit about yourself and how the award would be used. If you’re eligible, you’ll be invited by one of our volunteers to meet with them to discuss making an application before a final decision is made. Our volunteers give up their time to support the Trust and therefore we advise that you let your volunteer know if your circumstances change and you are unable to attend the meeting or need to change the date. The whole process can take up to six weeks, although it may be quicker, but we recommend getting in touch with us sooner rather than later.

Please see more information at or call free at 0800 842 842.