Course fees and finance

Course Fees & Finance

Don’t let money be the one thing that stops you from joining the thousands of students already studying with us every year.

If you’re worried about the cost of your course there are lots of options we can explore to support you. Whether it’s funding options, advanced learner loans, installment plans, bursaries or advice, our friendly and knowledgeable team can give you the best advice based on your personal circumstances.

Funding for courses can be complicated, so the best place to start is a quick chat over the phone or face-to-face. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call on 01235 216 400 or email and we can call you back!

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Before you are accepted onto a course you will need to meet a number of conditions relating to your entitlement to funding e.g. your age, residency status within the UK/EEA and prior qualification level.

If your course fees are being paid by your employer or another organisation then this needs to be in place when you enrol and evidence must be provided e.g. letter from employer with invoicing details.

The table below gives examples of where reductions may apply:

AGED 16 – 18
at the beginning of the academic year (31/08/18)

In the majority of cases tuition and exam fees are free to 16–18 year olds although there are other criteria that need to be met. Help may be available through the bursary scheme for any additional course costs e.g. uniform and equipment.

16-18 year olds are not usually accepted on part-time Leisure Courses (course code has a second letter C). If accepted onto a course then fees will need to be paid.

AGED 19+
at the beginning of the academic year (31/08/18)

A fee reduction is possible on some of our courses. Reductions may be available if you fall into one or more of the following categories:

Unemployed and in receipt of:

· Universal Credit (but only if in one of the following groups determined by JobCentre Plus; all Work-Related Requirements Group, Work-Preparation Group, Work-Focussed Interview Group).

Unemployed and in receipt of other state benefit and:

· earning either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage per week or £330 per month and;
· you wish to be employed and;
· this course is relevant to your employment prospects and the local labour market and;
· you are available to start work and;
· you are looking for work.

Employed and in receipt of other state benefit and:

· earning either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage per week or £330 per month and;
· the course you want to study will help you progress into more sustainable employment.

Prior Qualification levels and the level of qualification you want to study.

In most circumstances you will be entitled to a full fee reduction on an English or maths course if you do not already have a GCSE (or equivalent) at grade A*/9 to C/4.


Advanced Learner Loans are available for some courses at Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 – please visit: for further information, where you will also be able to find information about repayments. Currently, learners on Access to HE courses who then complete a higher education course will have their Level 3 Access loan written off, but please refer to the website detailed above for the latest information.

Student Finance (Higher Education) for Degrees, Foundation Degrees, HND, HNC please see for further information.

Professional Career and Development Loans are an alternative method of funding some courses to find out more about this type of loan please visit