The 16-19 Bursary, Discretionary Learner Support and Free Meals Scheme

The Government has allocated the College a limited level of funding to distribute to students who face the greatest financial barriers to continuing education.

Monetary Bursaries will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria, to contribute towards the cost of travel, equipment, materials and other course costs.

Students who are looked after 16-18 year olds in care, 16-18 year old care leavers, 16-18 year olds in receipt of income support (or new universal credit) and 16-18 year olds who are themselves in receipt of both DLA (or PIP) and ESA, can claim an annual bursary of up to £1,200 to help with course costs.

Other students can apply to the discretionary learner support fund. Awards are dependent on meeting eligibility criteria, course costs and available funding at the time of application. It is therefore recommended that applications and proof of eligibility are submitted as soon as possible.

East Coast College will provide a free meal to eligible students, on the days they attend their college course or placement for three hours or more.

To be eligible for a free meal, students must apply via the College, and

  1. Income Support
  2. Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  4. Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  5. The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  6. Child Tax Credit (provided the household is not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  7. Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  8. During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

To apply for Student Finance click here:

Please contact the Student Service Team for further help & advice on:

Great Yarmouth – 01493 418312

Lowestoft – 01502 525124

Email –

Care to Learn

Young parents who are under 20 when they start their course can apply for help with childcare costs through the Care to Learn Scheme. For more information contact the Student Finance Advisor or visit the government website for full guidance notes on how to apply online.


First Bus Services 1/1A

  • Martham via Caister to ECC (GY campus)
  • Lowestoft via Gorleston to ECC (GY campus)

First Bus Services 5/6/7

5: Burgh Castle to ECC (GY campus)

6: Bradwell to ECC (GY campus)

7: Belton to ECC (GY campus)

Sanders Bus Services 6/837/834

6: North Walsham via Stalham and Potter Heigham to ECC (GY campus)

837: North Walsham via Coltishall and Wroxham to ECC (GY campus)

834: Happisburgh via Sea Palling to ECC (GY campus)

First Bus Service X1

  • Norwich via Acle to ECC (GY campus)

Anglian Bus Service 68

  • Rackheath via South Walsham to ECC (GY campus)

Ambassador Bus Service 730

  • Cantley via Reedham to ECC (GY campus)

Anglian Bus Service 7A

  • Norwich via Blofield to ECC (GY campus)

Anglian 80/81A/60

80/81A: Bungay via Beccles and Fritton to ECC (GY campus)

60: Ditchingham via Beccles to ECC (GY campus)

(change from 80/81 at Beccles)



Norwich via Brundall, Lingwood and Acle

Arrive at Great Yarmouth Station 7.25 or 8.41.

To return depart, Great Yarmouth Station at 16.17 or 17.17.

Norwich via Brundall, Cantley and Reedham

Arrive at Great Yarmouth Station 8.12am.

To return depart Great Yarmouth Station at 15.17 or 17.47.


The following services run to/from Lowestoft and drop off within easy walking distance of the college:

First Bus Service 1/1A

Great Yarmouth > Gorleston > James Paget Hospital > Hopton > Corton > Lowestoft Bus Station

First Bus Services X2/X22

Norwich > Beccles > Lowestoft Bus Station – Stops directly outside the college.

First Bus Service 99

Kessingland > Pakefield > Lowestoft Bus Station

First Bus Service 101

Gunton > Lowestoft Town Centre > Gordon Road > Hollow Grove

First Bus Service 102

Lowestoft Town Centre, Gordon Road > Oulton Village > Rock Estate

First Bus Service 103

Carlton Colville > Lowestoft Bus Station

First Bus Service 105

Lowestoft Town Centre, Gordon Road > St Peter’s Street > Oulton Rock Estate

Stops directly outside the college.

Anglian Bus Service 61

Southwold > Lowestoft > Great Yarmouth – Stops directly outside the college.



Lowestoft train station is a short ten minute walk away from our campus, with connections to Norwich, Ipswich and London.

Trains from Lowestoft Station stop at Brampton, Beccles, Cantley, Darsham, Ipswich, Haddiscoe, Halesworth, Melton, Norwich, Oulton Broad, Reedham, Saxmundham, Somerleyton and Woodbridge.

Great Yarmouth Campus

More than 200 free parking spaces are on campus, including reserved areas for disabled drivers.

Lowestoft Campus

The car park at the front of the college is for staff and visitors only (please see campus map). Spaces are reserved in the Horizon centre car park for visitor drop off and disabled drivers. A secure cycle shed is available.

Parking permits must be applied for during induction and will be issued to those who live beyond a two-mile radius of the college. If you live within two miles and you have a special reason for bringing your car please contact Reception.

The permit must be displayed on your windscreen; you risk losing your permit if it is not displayed.

Vehicles left in the car parks are done so at the owner’s risk.

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