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 Education and 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 2018 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, or download our Tuition Fees policy for 2017/18 if you thinking of studying next year.
You can apply for a bursary to help with the costs of attending college – click here for more information.