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Personalised advice on paying for tuition fees

Returning to education can feel overwhelming especially with the financial aspect of course fees.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are an all-inclusive cost (exams, course materials and registration fees).

However, some industry recognised qualifications may require additional fees that have to be paid directly to the professional awarding body. These are not inlcuded in the tuition fee and you may be required to pay these fees after you enrol.

Tuition fees differ depending on the length and type of course you study and are payable either in full at enrolment, by instalments (conditions apply) or through a student loan.

Some tuition fees may be waived, please see table below for details on the fee exemption criteria.


  • Fees for courses up to Level 2

    If you are aged 19+ on 31 August 2023 and undertaking a full-time qualification up to and including a Level 2, you will be required to pay a fixed tuition fee of £500.

    If you are studying your first Level 2 course

    • Aged 19-23 - The tuition fee may be waived.

    Please see table below to check if you are eligible for fee remission.

  • Fees for Level 3 courses

    If you are studying a Level 3 course and are aged 19+ on your first day at college, you will be required to pay the full tuition fee.

    If you are studying your first Level 3 course

    • Aged 19-23 - The tuition fee may be waived.
    • Aged 24+ - There are only a few courses where the tuition fee may be waived. Please contact us for more information 0808 100 3626.

    Please see table below to check if you are eligible for fee remission.

  • Fees for two-year courses

    All tuition fees cover one year of study. Therefore a two-year course will attract an additional fee for the second year of study.

  • Additional costs

    Wherever possible, materials costs have already been included in the tuition fees, but there may be occasions when you need to purchase additional materials, particularly in relation to creative courses and workshops. These are dependent on the work undertaken.

    There may also be additional costs for activities such as day trips and residentials and licencing requirements which will be specific to individual courses.


Tuition fee exemption criteria

All adult learners aged 19+ would have to pay tuition fees unless exempt under the following criteria:

Exemption criteria Student age What you will need to do
All programmes as part of statutory education Students under the age of 19 as of 31/08/2023 Provide eligible date of birth document
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2 and eligible* Level 3 courses, who are in receipt of JSA/ESA (all categories) Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2 and eligible* Level 3 courses, who are in receipt of Universal Credit and your take-home pay as recorded on your Universal Credit statement (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £617 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £988 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner). Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Unemployed adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2 and eligible* Level 3 courses, who are on wider benefits and need skills training to help them find employment, and your take-home pay (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £617 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £988 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner). Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Adults undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2 and eligible* Level 3 courses, in receipt of other state benefit/in employment and your take-home pay (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £617 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £988 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner) and wish to progress to more sustainable employment. Benefits include Council Tax (not applicable to people on single occupancy reduction), Income Support, Housing or Incapacity Benefits. Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of earnings
Adults in receipt of low wage undertaking learning aims up to and including Level 2 and eligible* Level 3 courses and earning less than £20,319 annual gross salary, one wage slip must be provided within three months of course start date. Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of earnings
Students undertaking English and maths learning aims up to and including Level 2 as part of their legal entitlement. Adults aged 19+ Enrol on an eligible course and sign a self declaration form
Students undertaking a first full Level 2 qualification or students undertaking Foundation Learning (pre-Level 2) to progress to Level 2 or above. Adults aged 19-23 on first day of learning Enrol on an eligible course, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of age
Students undertaking a first full Level 3 qualification Adults aged 19-23 on first day of learning Enrol on an eligible course*, sign a self declaration form and provide proof of age

* Not all Level 3 qualifications are eligible for this exemption. Please contact us for more information 0808 100 3626.


Payment of tuition fees in instalments

You may be able to pay tuition fees over £175 in instalments provided that the course lasts for more than three months and you can provide relevant identification and valid bank account details.

Instalments must be paid for via direct debit. You must sign the direct debit instruction at enrolment

Tuition fees over £175 and up to £1,000
You may be able to pay by 4 instalments. 25% of the tuition fee must be paid at enrolment, with a further 3 monthly payments until the debt is settled.

Tuition fees over £1,000
You may be able to pay by 4 instalments. 25% of the tuition fee must be paid at enrolment, with a further 3 bi-monthly payments until the debt is settled.

Sponsor paying
If your employer wishes to pay your Course fees, when you enrol you will need to provide a purchase order or if the company does not do purchase orders a letter on headed paper detailing the costs covered at the start of each academic year of study. Details to be provided are:

  • Name of student(s)
  • Course details
  • Amount of fees
  • Agreement that they are funding the course.

Full tuition fees must be paid 30 days from date of invoice.


Withdrawals and refund of tuition fees

If the college cancels a course we will contact you and refund the full costs paid by you.

For further education students who withdraw from full-time courses the following will apply:

Withdrawal criteria Entitlement
Have not started the course Full refund
Have completed less than 50% but more than 4 weeks 50% of the fee will be refunded
Have completed more than 50% of the course No refund will be due

Exceptions to the policy for the amount of fees liable by the student in the event of withdrawal will only be made on production of a medical certificate which evidences the inability of you to complete your studies.

Further Education students who withdraw from short courses will not be entitled to a refund of tuition fees other than in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Director of Finance.


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