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Tuition fees

Tuition fees depend on the length and type of course and are payable in full at enrolment or by instalment (conditions apply). The tuition fee includes other fees (exams, course materials and registration fees). However, additional exam or membership fees may be payable directly to professional awarding bodies for industry recognised qualifications. These fees are not included. For specific fees, please refer to the online course guide or our printed guide.

Incidental materials costs

Wherever possible, materials costs have already been included in the tuition fee, but there may be occasions when you need to provide additional materials, particularly in relation to creative courses and workshops. These are dependent on the work undertaken.

Other additional costs

There may be additional charges for activities such as day trips and residentials and for licencing requirements which will be specific to individual courses.

Course length

All tuition fees are for one year of study. Two-year courses will attract an additional fee in the second year of study.

Fee Exemption Criteria

All adults would normally have to pay course fees unless exempt under the following criteria.

Exemption criteria Student age What you will need to do
All programmes as part of statutory education Students under the age of 19 as at 31.8.16 Provide eligible date of birth document
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2, who are in receipt of JSA/ESA (in the Work Related Activity Group) Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2, who are in receipt of Universal Credit, earn less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage hourly rate a week or £330 a month and are in one of the following: Work-Related Requirement Group; Work Preparation Group; Work-Focused Interview Group. Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2, who are on wider benefits and need skills training to help them find employment Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2, who are on wider benefits, earn less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage hourly rate a week or £330 a month and wish to progress to more sustainable employment. Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of earnings
Students undertaking English and maths learning aims up to and including Level 2 as part of their legal entitlement Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Students undertaking a first full Level 2 qualification or students undertaking Foundation Learning (pre-Level 2) to progress to Level 2 or above Adults aged 19-23 on first day of learning Enrol on an eligible course, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of age
Students undertaking a first full Level 3 qualification Adults aged 19-23 on first day of learning Enrol on an eligible course*, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of age

* Not all Level 3 qualifications are eligible for this exemption. Please contact us for more information 0808 100 3626.

Full-cost course

There is no reduction in fees on full-cost courses.

Withdrawals and refund of fees

If the college cancels a course it will contact you and refund the full costs paid by you.

For Further Education students who withdraw from full time courses the following arrangements for outstanding fees will apply:

  • If the withdrawal occurs on or before 30 September in the Academic year of study an administrative fee of £25 will be payable.
  • If the withdrawal occurs between 01 October until the end of the first term of study (31 December) the student will be liable for 25% of the full course fee.
  • Any withdrawal after 31 December in each academic year will result in the student being liable for the full course fee.

Exceptions to the policy for the amount of fees liable by the student in the event of withdrawal will only be made on production of a medical certificate which evidences the inability of the student to complete their studies.

Further Education students who withdraw from short courses will not be entitled to a refund of fees other than in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Director of Finance.

Paying by instalments

You may be able to pay fees over £300 in instalments provided that the course lasts for more than three months and you can provide relevant identification and valid bank account details.

For fees over £300 and up to £1,000, you may be able to pay by 4 instalments. 25% of the tuition fee must be paid at the time of enrolment, with a further 3 consecutive monthly payments after enrolment.

For fees over £1,000 you may be able to pay by 4 instalments. 25% of the tuition fee must be paid at the time of enrolment, with a further 3 bi-monthly payments until the debt is settled.

Students must sign the direct debit instruction at the point of enrolment.

Please ask at any college reception or call our FREE helpline on 0808 100 3626 for more information.

Can I get additional financial support?

The 19+ Student Support Fund may be able to provide additional financial support and also help with childcare costs whilst you study.

Financial support for adult learners

View our admissions procedure.

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Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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