Credit building cards
Designed to help you build or improve your credit score.
What is a credit builder credit card?
If you have a poor credit score or no credit history, it can make it difficult to find affordable ways to borrow money or even get a mortgage. Managing a credit building credit card well could be a good way to improve your credit score. Doing things like staying within your credit limit and making your monthly repayments on time are likely to help.
Rewards with Tesco Bank Credit Cards
With our credit builder credit card you can collect Clubcard points almost everywhere you spend with your card, plus your usual points in Tesco. For more information see Credit Card Rewards
We’ve also made it simple for you to manage your money on the go with our Mobile Banking App and Online Banking.
Need more help? You could visit our credit card jargon buster or even ask a question in the Tesco Bank Community.
Foundation Credit Card
Our credit card to help you build your credit score
- Starting credit limits between £250 - £1,500 and monthly repayments from £25
- Get access to Tesco Bank CreditView, provided by TransUnion, for 3 years from account opening, and track your credit score with monthly updates
- Collect Clubcard points almost every time you shop
- You may be considered for regular optional credit limit increases if you manage your account well
Your APR and credit limit may vary depending on your circumstances.
Protect your credit score
See if you are likely to be accepted and protect your credit score using our eligibility checker.
Using a Tesco Bank Credit Card, you could collect:
Points for every £4 spent in Tesco
4 points with a Clubcard alone
Points for every £4 spent on Tesco fuel (excluding Esso)
2 points with a Clubcard alone
Point for every £8 spent outside Tesco
0 points with a Clubcard alone
100 points = £1.00 in vouchers. Find out more about turning points to vouchers and collecting points.
We’re changing how customers collect Clubcard points on fuel
From 14 June when using your Tesco Bank card you will collect 1 Clubcard point for every 1 litre bought at Tesco Petrol Filling Stations. This replaces the 1 Clubcard point for every £1 spent.
With your vouchers, you can:
Save on groceries and fuel
Use your vouchers to save in Tesco, as well as on fuel at Tesco petrol stations and at Esso sites with a Tesco Express
Get up to 3x the value of your vouchers with Tesco Reward Partners
Exchange your vouchers to use on days out, eating out and more with over 100 Tesco Reward Partners
See how your Credit Card spend turns into Clubcard vouchers
How much do you spend a month?
Using one of our Credit Cards, you could collect:
After 3 months
After 1 year
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That's 16500 more points each year than using your Clubcard alone, just for spending on a Tesco Bank Credit Card.
turn in vouchers
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Credit card FAQs
- What is a credit card for bad credit?
- Why would I need a credit building credit card?
- How do credit builder cards work?
- Will I be eligible for a credit builder card?
- What is a bad credit score?
- How do I use a credit card to build my credit score?
- Does having a credit card improve your credit score?
- What is APR?
- What is variable APR?
- What are the charges, fees and interest on my card?
- Do I get extra protection by paying with a credit card?
- Can I manage my credit card online?
- Can I use my card overseas?
- How do I collect Clubcard points?
- What won’t I collect Clubcard points on?
- How do I turn points into vouchers?
- How does the Clubcard points calculator work?
- How does Tesco use my data?
A credit building credit card is a card designed for people who’d like to try and improve their credit rating. It generally has a low credit limit. For example, our Foundation Credit Card has a starting limit of between £250 - £1,500. You may be considered for a raise of your credit limit if you make all of your monthly payments on time.
With a credit building credit card, it’s especially important to stay on top of your payments, as showing that you’re able to handle your finances is what will help you improve your rating. It can take around 4 to 6 months to see an improvement in your credit score. You can find a few other ways you might be able to improve your rating in our guide to how credit scores work.
If you’ve got a low credit score or you don’t have much in the way of a credit history, you may find it hard to be approved for a credit card, loan or other kind of borrowing. A credit building credit card is a way to borrow a small amount of money and show that you’re capable of paying it back, which can help improve your credit rating. The goal is to show that you can be responsible with money.
If you’ve never borrowed any money in the past, the problem might be that there’s no credit history for lenders to check. This tends to affect students or young people who’ve never needed to take out credit before.
You may also have a low credit score if you’ve defaulted on a loan in the past or you’ve struggled to pay your bills. You might also find it difficult to take out a credit card if you’ve had a county court judgment (CCJ) taken out against you or if you’ve ever been declared bankrupt.
Credit builder cards work by lending you a small amount of money and giving you the chance to pay it back every month. When you have a low credit limit and are only borrowing a small amount of money, getting into the habit of managing monthly repayments can show lenders that you’re a responsible borrower.
They tend to have lower credit limits and additional features to help you stay in control.
Credit builder cards are designed for people with bad or low credit ratings, which means they should be easier to be approved for than the average card. That said, there’s no guarantee that you will be eligible, especially if you’ve got a negative credit score.
You can check how likely it is that you’ll be approved for our Foundation Credit Card without affecting your credit score by using our eligibility checker.
Your credit score is a number that gives you an idea of how lenders view your credit history. If you're new to credit or haven't managed credit well in the past, your score is likely to be low. If you have a low or bad credit score, you may find it harder to get the best deals on credit cards, loans and mortgages.
There are two ways to build your credit score. Firstly, your score will improve if you pay your bills on time and always pay at least the minimum required amount. Secondly, if you lower your credit utilisation, this will also help your score. You can do this by making sure you don’t get too close to your credit limit (e.g. a low credit utilisation might mean you only use £300 out of a possible £1,000).
Read our guide on improving your credit score with a credit card for more information.
In the long run and with correct management of credit limits and repayments, credit cards could help you to improve your credit score.
Initially, your score may be lowered due to the hard credit checks and the average age of accounts when opening a new account. However, a strong payment history and improved credit mix could significantly improve your credit score.
Additionally, by having a credit card, you can borrow money to pay for products before paying this back later. This helps show lenders that you are responsible with money and could improve your chances of being accepted for a future loan or mortgage.
APR is short for Annual Percentage Rate. It tells you the cost of borrowing, as a percentage of the amount you owe, over a year.
You can use the APR to work out how much a credit card, loan or mortgage, or other forms of credit will cost. The APR includes the interest rate charged, along with any fees.
Most credit cards have a variable APR, and all it means is that the Annual Percentage Rate for a credit card may change over time. If the APR on your card is going to change, you’ll be notified in advance.
Most of our charges and fees relate to when you move money between accounts, withdraw cash, or pay for things abroad. You may also be charged if you go over your credit limit or miss a payment. You can check your interest rate on your monthly statements.
To see the complete list, read our page on charges, fees, and interest.
Under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act you could get extra protection if something goes wrong on single purchases that cost between £100 and £30,000. So if something you've paid for turns up broken or faulty, or if it doesn't arrive at all, you may be able to get your money back through a Section 75 claim.
Read more about your consumer rights on our page on the top credit card features.
Yes, your Tesco Bank Credit Card will work overseas.
With each transaction in a foreign currency you’ll be charged a foreign exchange fee of 2.75% of the cost of your purchase.
Get more information in our guide to using your credit and debit cards abroad.
A Tesco Bank Credit Card is also a Clubcard, so when you spend on it in Tesco you’ll collect your normal Clubcard points (1 point for every £1 spent) plus an extra 1 point for every £4 you spend.
When you buy Tesco fuel (excluding Esso) you’ll collect your normal Clubcard points at an enhanced rate of 1 point for every £1 spent (usually 1 point for every £2 spent with a Clubcard alone) and you’ll get 1 extra point for every £4 spent.
When you spend outside Tesco you’ll collect 1 point for every £8 you spend.
Points are calculated on single transactions and you must have available credit. Points collection rates are subject to change. Remember there are some things you won’t collect points on.
The Tesco Clubcard Scheme is administered by Tesco Stores Limited, Tesco House, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1GA who are responsible for fulfilling Clubcard points.
You can only collect points on purchases, so cash withdrawals, cash transactions, balance or money transfers, gambling transactions, buying travel money and regular payments like standing orders and Direct Debits don’t count.
There are also some products at Tesco you can’t collect points on, see the Clubcard website for details.
Every 3 months your Clubcard points are turned into Clubcard vouchers. Or you can choose to get them quicker with Faster Vouchers.
Your vouchers can be used to spend at Tesco, in store or on fuel (excluding Esso), or they can be exchanged to get up to 3x the value of your vouchers with Tesco Reward Partners.
The calculator works out how many Clubcard points you could collect if you had a Tesco Bank Credit Card and used it to pay for items in and out of Tesco.
Based on the amounts you enter into the calculator, we work out the number of Clubcard points you could collect and give an idea of the amount in Clubcard vouchers.
Remember though, your points will be worked out on each individual transaction that you make and not on your total monthly spend. So, this means the calculator only gives an indication and the actual points you receive could vary.
Don't forget that you'll need to spend a minimum amount to begin collecting Clubcard points.
When you open a credit card account with us you’ll be automatically enrolled into the Clubcard scheme if you’re not already a member, and Tesco Bank will share information with Tesco Stores for the operation of your Clubcard account.
Clubcard accounts are managed separately by Tesco Stores, and you should visit the Tesco Stores privacy notice for further information about how Tesco Stores uses your information.
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Tesco Bank Credit Cards are provided by: Tesco Bank, PO Box 344, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 2GF
Tesco Bank Credit Cards are available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Subject to status.