Funding & Fees
Funding (For Futures Courses)
GCSE courses in English and Maths are free to all learners who do not already have Grade C-4 or above (or equivalent). However, all students will be required to pay an attendance deposit of £50 when enrolling for GCSE English or Maths, which will be refunded in full on completion of the course and taking the final examinations. During the course, an 85% attendance rate will need to be maintained to qualify for the return of the £50 deposit. Also, all students enrolling on a GCSE English or Maths course will be required to undertake a pre-course assessment prior to being accepted on the course. In addition, students may be required to pay a minimum of £5 for course booklets during the course.
Government funding supports the delivery of many of our courses, which is reflected in the costs shown. In order to qualify for this support, you will need to be a UK/EU citizen and have lived in the UK (or other EU countries) for at least 3 years at the beginning of your course. If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us as you may need to pay additional fees.
Advanced Learner Loans
If you were 19 or over at the start of your course and wish to study a Level 3 (or Level 4) qualification course, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans will help you pay College tuition fees and are good news if you are worried about how to pay for your course.
You can apply online through the Student Loan Company. Your household income will not be taken into account and there is no credit check. You won’t need to pay anything back until you are earning over £25,000 per year. If you are an Access to Higher Education student and go onto University and complete your course, you won’t have to pay it back at all. When you apply for a loan eligible course, we will send you a funding and information letter to help you make a decision.
Level 2 Entitlement
If you are aged 19-23 years old you may be entitled to free tuition if you do not already have a qualification at or above Level 2.
Qualification Course Fees: What’s included?
Qualification course fees include examination and assessment fees where applicable.
Discretionary Learner Support Funding: Can you help if I cannot afford the fees?
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to meet all the costs of your course, please ask the staff at the main centre and they will be able to advise you about our Discretionary Learner Support Funding.
Do you earn less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary a year?
For our Level 1 and 2 qualification courses that are eligible for government funding, you do not have to pay any course fees if you earn less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary. You will need to provide proof of income, for example, this could be a wage slip within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract, which states gross monthly/annual wages.
Free Courses for Unemployed Adults in Receipt of Means Tested Benefit
If you are unemployed, looking for work, and are in receipt of a means tested benefit all the qualification courses in this Prospectus are free. You will need to sign a self-declaration form stating that you are looking for a job and provide supporting evidence to qualify for a government fully funded course.