Tuition fees are free to everyone aged 16-18 (as at 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 Skills Funding Agency and have yet to be agreed. For information fees for 2016/17 were £1800 plus exam costs.
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.
Fees for part-time course starting September 2017 are not available as yet. More details will be published here as soon as they are available.
However if you are aged 19-23 and studying your first full level 2 or first full level 3 qualification you may not have to pay anything towards your studies. Also, if you are aged 19+, studying for a qualification up to level 2 and are in receipt of either Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (and a member of the Work Related Activity Group – ESA WRAG) then you may not have to pay anything towards your studies. 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.