For young people to be eligible to be considered for housing benefit while in full time training they need to be studying on a course which leads to a qualification at Level 3 (A-level equivalent) or below. They must also be under 21 and have commenced the course before they are 19 years of age.
The Trinity College London (TCL) Professional Performing Arts Diplomas are further education vocational qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) set at Levels 5 and 6, therefore the relevant Housing Benefit regulations exclude students of such courses from entitlement.
This means that students studying for this qualification are NOT eligible for housing benefit.
Following the results of a recent housing benefit appeal and the decision made by the Upper Tribunal of HM Courts & Tribunal Service, students studying for the Trinity College London (TCL) Professional Performing Arts Diplomas who have in the past received Housing Benefit will now not be able to receive any further payments.