Bus Information

Devon County Council Transport Scheme (16-18)

Over 19 see below for Petroc Scheme

How DCC scheme works...

Once you're offered a place at Petroc you will be assessed by Devon County Council to determine whether you are eligible for their subsidised travel scheme. If you are not eligible for the scheme, Devon County Council will notify Petroc directly and you may be eligible for the Petroc travel scheme (see information below). If you are eligible for either scheme you will be sent information from June, by Petroc or Devon County Council depending on your eligibility.

Devon County Council Transport Scheme

The cost of the pass is £560.  If you qualify for the college bursary scheme (see below for qualifying rules), the pass would be free. 

If you qualify for a DCC pass they will send you a payment form, you must complete it and send it to the Guidance Centre if you qualify for the bursary, otherwise send it back to the council. If you have not received this form and you have accepted a place at college, please contact Devon County Council on 0345 155 1019 or visit www.devon.gov.uk/school_transport for their application form.

Cornwall County Council Transport Scheme

If you live in Cornwall, Cornwall County Council will arrange travel if you are entitled under their scheme. The cost is £398, if you qualify for the college bursary the pass would be free (see bursary qualifying rules below) to access a free pass, learners must complete a transport application form and return to the Guidance Centre at Barnstaple.  The Bursary fund will then make the payment on your behalf and send it to Cornwall County Council who will issue your pass. If you do not qualify for the bursary you will need to pay for your ticket, download an application from the Cornwall County Council website and send to the Guidance Centre with your cheque.

If you are not entitled to CCC transport scheme you may qualify under Petroc’s transport scheme, see below for details

I live in Somerset

If you live in Somerset, you will not be entitled to the DCC scheme, however, you can apply directly to the Petroc scheme which follows a similar criteria and eligibility (see below for details). Please contact the Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 if you are studying at Mid Devon Campus or 01271 338125 if you are studying at North Devon campus, for more information and an application form.

College Transport Scheme

If you are not entitled to a bus pass via Devon or Cornwall County Council (for 16 – 18 only), you can apply to the College Transport Scheme, as long as you live over three miles from the college. The cost of this depends on how many days you are timetabled to attend college.

If you qualify for the college Bursary your pass will be free.

If you don't qualify for financial assistance the pass will cost £560 (pro-rata). You can pay in one payment and receive a £30 discount or monthly by direct debit.

If you are on an Apprenticeship, HE course or the course you are studying is not funded please contact the Guidance Centre who will be happy to discuss the cost of your travel.

If you have any questions about transport to College or whether you may be entitled to any financial assistance, please get in touch with the Guidance Centre at Barnstaple on 01271 338125 or Mid Devon on 01884 235245. Our Guidance team will be happy to discuss your individual needs.

North Devon/Mid Devon Bus Routes

Download the North Devon Bus Routes Map https://www.petroc.ac.uk/_assets/downloads/map-petroc%20barnstaple%20bus%20routes%20new.pdf

Download the Mid Devon Bus Routes Map  https://www.petroc.ac.uk/_assets/downloads/map-petroc%20tiverton%20bus%20routes%2007%2001%202015.pdf

College Bursary - Qualifying Rules for Transport

16-18

If you are in receipt of one of the following means tested benefits or your income is less than £30000; you qualify for a free bus pass.

  • Income Support 
  • Income Based Job Seekers’ Allowance 
  • Maximum level of Working Tax Credit 
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit 
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) 
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • Child Tax Credit if this is the only benefit received i.e. not Working Tax Credit as well and have an annual income assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190 (from 1 April 2011 - this figure is reviewed annually).
  • Working Tax Credit with a total income of less than £30000

Adult Learner Support Fund (over 19 not eligible for Advanced Learner Loan)

1)      In receipt of one of the means tested benefits listed below (or be a dependent partner of a person receiving one of the benefits below and included in that benefit award).

• Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit
• Income Support
• Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) 
• Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based) 
• Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) 
• Working Tax Credit (with an annual income for the previous year showing on the award of under £16,190.00)

(2)     On a low income. A low income is defined as:

  • Single Learners with a gross annual income of no more than £13,000.00
  • Lone parents or couples with a gross annual income of no more than £18,000.00 (plus an additional £1,500 for each dependent child aged under 19 and in full time education)

Note: when calculating gross annual income ignore any Disability Living Allowance. All other income is taken into account (for both the student and their partner if applicable) including the following types of income: Earnings and any other taxable income.

Self-employed Learners or their dependents, the gross earnings will be calculated from audited accounts and any essential business expenses will be deducted.

For full details on the Learner support fund https://www.petroc.ac.uk/24plus

Advanced Learner Bursary

An eligible student is a student who is enrolled with Petroc on a part-time or full-time course who is not classed as ineligible (see full criteria link below) and who meets one of the following criteria listed below.

(1)      In receipt of one of the means tested benefits listed below (or be a dependent partner of a person receiving one of the benefits below and included in that benefit award).

• Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit
• Income Support
• Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) 
• Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based) 
• Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) 
• Working Tax Credit (with an annual income for the previous year showing on the award of under £16,190.00)

(2)     On a low income. A low income is defined as:

  • Single Learners with a gross annual income of no more than £13,000.00
  • Lone parents or couples with a gross annual income of no more than £18,000.00 (plus an additional £1,500 for each dependent child aged under 19 and in full time education)

Note: when calculating gross annual income ignore any Disability Living Allowance. All other income is taken into account (for both the student and their partner if applicable) including the following types of income: Earnings and any other taxable income.

Self-employed Learners or their dependents, the gross earnings will be calculated from audited accounts and any essential business expenses will be deducted.

For full details on Learner Support Bursary; https://www.petroc.ac.uk/24-advanced-learning-loan 

More Information

If you are interested in either subsidised travel schemes and you fit the criteria above, if you haven't heard anything by 1 July, please get in touch with the Guidance Centre on 01271 338125.

Public Bus Services

Most areas of Devon are served by public bus services and the majority of our students find this the easiest travel option. It is worth investigating the costs as in many cases buying a weekly or monthly ticket would work out more cost effective.

Stagecoach

Website

www.stagecoachbus.com

Telephone

01392 427711

Beacon Bus

Website

www.beaconbus.co.uk/routes.html

Telephone

01805 804240

Filers Travel

Website

www.filers.co.uk/bus.htm

Telephone

01271 863819

Turners Tours

Website

www.coachesdevon.co.uk

Telephone

01769 580242

If you are unsure of your route to college contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website www.travelinesw.com.

There is also a new contracted Petroc service operating between Exmouth and Tiverton. For more information on this route, please contact Jo Goldsworthy on 01884 235245.

Other Travel Options

Devon Wheels to Work

National Rail

Travel Devon


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