Course fees explained
We endeavour to keep course fees up to date on the website, however these may change subject to government policy. Please see individual courses for details.
Learners Aged 16 to 18 years-old only*
If you are aged 16 to 18 years-old (*or up to 25 years-old if you have a statement of special education needs or education, health and care plan) you will not usually need to pay fees.
However, where a course is a college certificate or marked as 'full cost' fees will apply.
Learners Aged 19 to 23 years-old only
For some Level 2 courses you will not have to pay any tuition fees if you are over 19 but under 24 at the start of your course and haven’t already got a full Level 2 qualification, such as five GCSEs at grade C or above or an NVQ Level 2.
For some courses below Level 2 you will not have to pay any tuition fees if you are over 19 but under 24 at the start of your course and haven’t already got a full Level 2 qualification, such as five GCSEs at grade C or above or an NVQ Level 2.
For some Level 3 to 6 courses you will not have to pay any tuition fees if you are over 19 but under 24 at the start of your course and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, such as two or more A Levels or an NVQ Level 3.
An Advanced Learner Loan is available for individuals who already have a Level 3 qualification.
Learners in receipt of low wage
You may qualify for full funding, if you are employed and cannot contribute towards the cost of the certain course fees. You must be eligible for co-funding and earn less than £17,004.50 annual gross salary (2020/21).
Learners Aged 24 years-old and above
For some level 3 to 6 courses an Advanced Learner Loan is available, we will notify you if you are able to apply for a loan. You may also pay for your course yourself in 10 instalments.
Learners Aged 19 years-old or over
Learners who are not employed, are aged over 19 and wish to study a course at Level 2 or below and are actively seeking employment and are in receipt of the following benefits:
- Job Seekers Allowance (including national insurance credits only)
- Employment Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group (support group (incapacity) not eligible)
- Universal Credit, and earn less either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and Jobcentre Plus determine as being in one of the following groups: All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group.
- Working Tax Credits if your household income is less than £17,160
- Council Tax Benefit (not single occupancy discount)
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
If you receive one of the three benefits above, wants to be employed, or progress into more sustainable employment, if they earn less than £330 a month, and you are satisfied the learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs.
English & Maths
English and maths is funded for anyone aged 19 or above if they do NOT have a GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or higher on the day they enrol.
Proof of benefits and income must be produced at enrolment.
Please see the other pages in the Financial Support section of the website or call Student Services on 0191 518 8222 to discuss your options.