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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are an all-inclusive cost (exams, course materials and registration fees).

However, some industry recognised qualifications may require additional exam or membership fees that have to be paid directly to the professional awarding body. These are not inlcuded in the tuition fee and you may be required to pay these fees after you enrol.

Tuition fees differ depending on the length and type of course you wish to study and are payable either in full during enrolment or by instalments (conditions apply) or through a student loan.

Some tuition fees may be waived, please see table below for details on fee exemptions

Fees for courses up to Level 2

If you are 19 years or over on 31 August 2021 and undertaking a full-time qualification up to and including a Level 2, you will be required to pay a fixed tuition fee of £500.

Fees for Level 3 courses

If you are studying a Level 3 course and are aged 19 or over on your first day of learning, you will be required to pay the full tuition fee.

If you are studying your first Level 3 course

  • Aged 19-23 - The tuition fee may be waived.
  • Aged 24+ - There are only a few courses where the tuition fee may be waived.
Fees for two-year courses

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

Additional costs

Wherever possible, materials costs have already been included in the tuition fees, 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.

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


Fee Exemption Criteria

All adults aged 19 years or over 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 of 31/8/2021 Provide eligible date of birth document
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2, who are in receipt of JSA/ESA (all categories) 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 and your take-home pay as recorded on your Universal Credit statement (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner). 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, and your take-home pay (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner). Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2, in receipt of other state benefit/in employment and your take-home pay (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner) and wish to progress to more sustainable employment. Benefits include Council Tax (not applicable to people on single occupancy reduction), Income Support, Housing or Incapacity Benefits. Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of earnings
Adults in receipt of low wage undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2 and earning less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary, one wage slip must be provided within three months of course start date. 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.


Paying by instalments

Further Education Students

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.

Instalment payments must be paid for via direct debit.

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 until the debt is settled.

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.

Higher Education Students

Sponsor paying
Full fees payable 30 days from date of invoice.

Students paying
Instalments of up to 12 instalments (to ensure fee is paid by the end of the course).


Withdrawals and refund of fees

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

Further Education Students

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 1 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.

Higher Education Students

For higher education students who withdraw the following fees are payable if a student is paying their own fees, or they are being paid by a sponsor:

Date of withdrawal Fees payable
Pre 30 September £25 admin fee
1 - 31 October 25% of total fee
1 November - 29 February 50% of total fee
Post 29 February Full fee

The student will at all times be liable for the full payment of fees relating to their course, irrespective of the payment method applied to the course of study.

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


Can I get additional financial support?

Find out about whether you’re eligible for financial support including details about the Advanced Learner Loan.

Financial support for adult learners

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