If you turn 16 on or between 01 October and 29 February, you are classed as a Christmas Leaver and do not qualify for funding until you have reached your school leaving date. Your EMA and other funds will be payable from January, when you are officially left school.
Students aged 18 or over are normally considered for the parental home rate of FE Bursary Maintenance in the first instance. There is no other age limit for FE Funding. HE Funding through the Student Loan Company is limited to students who are over 16 years but under 60 years on the first day of the first academic year of your course.