Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are free to everyone aged 16-18 (as of 31 August in the year in which the course starts), irrespective of the level of course to be studied.

If you are aged 19 or over, and studying a full-time level 1 or level 2 course, tuition fees are subject to funding allocation set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and have yet to be agreed.

Costs for full-time level 3 courses and above will be considerably more, often running into several thousand pounds, but you can take out a loan for these courses. Click for more information about Advanced Learner Loans.

Fee Remission:

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Level 2 Course Fee Remission
Level 3 Course Fee Remission
Part-Time and Leisure Learning
Further Information


Entry Level / Level 1 Fee Remission

16-18

No fee chargeable


19-23

No fee chargeable if:

  • needed for progression for a first full level 2 qualification (Not for English, Maths or ESOL courses)
  • Receiving Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) including those receiving National Insurance Credits - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Universal Credit, and your take-home pay as recorded on your Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (sole adult in benefit claim) or £549 a month (joint benefit claim) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Unemployed and want to become employed and are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Total Tax Credits^ and your earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (learner is sole adult in the benefit claim) or £549 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Employed and earn less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary. - (evidence needs to be uploaded)

Otherwise full fee due



24+

No fee is chargeable if:

  • Receiving Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) including those receiving National Insurance Credits - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Universal Credit, and your take-home pay as recorded on your Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (sole adult in benefit claim) or £549 a month (joint benefit claim) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Unemployed and want to become employed and are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Total Tax Credits^ and your earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (learner is sole adult in the benefit claim) or £549 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Employed and earn less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary. - (evidence needs to be uploaded)

Otherwise full fee due.

Remission is subject to eligible qualification.

^Total Tax Credits includes working tax credit and child tax credit and where the household income is less than £16,190 per annum





Level 2 Fee Remission

16-18

No fee chargeable


19-23

No fee chargeable if:

  • Course is your first full level 2 qualification (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) including those receiving National Insurance Credits - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Universal Credit, and your take-home pay as recorded on your Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (sole adult in benefit claim) or £549 a month (joint benefit claim) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Unemployed and want to become employed and are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Total Tax Credits^ and your earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (learner is sole adult in the benefit claim) or £549 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Maths / English if not already got A*-C at GCSE Employed and earn less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)

Otherwise, the full fee is due.


24+

No fee chargeable if:

  • Receiving Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) including those receiving National Insurance Credit (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Receiving Universal Credit, and your take-home pay as recorded on your Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (sole adult in benefit claim) or £549 a month (joint benefit claim) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Unemployed and want to become employed and are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Total Tax Credits^ and your earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £343 a month (learner is sole adult in the benefit claim) or £549 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner) - (evidence needs to be uploaded)
  • Maths / English if not already got A*-C at GCSE
  • Employed and earn less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary - (evidence needs to be uploaded)

Otherwise, the full fee is due. Remission is subject to eligible qualification

^Total Tax Credits includes working tax credit and child tax credit and where the household income is less than £16,190 per annum





Level 3 Fee Remission

16-18

No fee chargeable


19-23

No fee is chargeable for your first full level 3 qualification*, or for qualifications funded by National Skills Fund where legal entitlement does not exist*, otherwise the full fee is due.

Advanced Learner Loans are available on some courses (contact Student Support for more information).


24+

No fee chargeable for qualification funded by National Skills Fund*

Advanced Learner Loans are available on some courses (contact Student Support for more information).


*Remission is subject to eligible qualification

^Total Tax Credits includes working tax credit and child tax credit and where the household income is less than £16,190 per annum




Full Cost (Part Time) & Leisure Learning

Age 16-18

Not normally eligible


Age 19-23

Full fee is due.

Advanced Learner Loan is eligible for some part-time courses that are Level 3 and above (contact Student Support for more information).


Age 24+

Full fee is due.

Advanced Learner Loan is eligible for some part-time courses that are Level 3 and above (contact Student Support for more information).





Contact Student Support for more information.

If your fee is more than £600, you can pay by instalments. You pay 1/3 up front at enrolment, and sign a Direct Debit mandate for the remainder. You then pay the remainder over 5 months commencing 31 October (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb) in equal instalments.

Overseas students (who have lived in the UK for less than 3 years) have to pay considerably higher fees. There are no instalment options for overseas fees.

Download our current Tuition Fees policy for more information.

You can apply for a bursary to help with the costs of attending college – click here for more information.

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