Tuition Fees and Course Costs 2017/18

Students aged 16-18 

If you are aged 16-18 (as of 31st August 2017), taking a full-time government funded course you will have no course tuition or registration fees to pay. Depending on the course you are studying, there may be material fees, which you will have to pay at enrolment. Other course costs may include books, uniform or kit and equipment. Details of these costs can be obtained from the Curriculum Administrator for your course.

Students with a household income of below £21,000 including housing and council tax benefit can apply for a bursary for a contribution towards essential course costs and the costs of travel to college. For further information click here. 

Students aged 19-23 

If you are aged 19 -23  as of the 31st  August 2017 you will  have to pay full tuition fees unless you  fall into one of the categories listed below, in which case, the course tuition and registration fee may be waived. Depending on the course you are taking there may be a materials fee for which you will have to pay at enrolment. Other course costs may include books, uniform or kit and equipment. Details of these costs can be obtained from the Curriculum Administrator for your course.

Students who are government funded and those funding their tuition fees via an Advanced Learner Loan who have a household income of below £21,000 including housing and council tax benefits, can apply for a bursary to assist with these essential course costs and with the costs of travel to college. For further information click here. 

Age 19-23 fee waivers:

Entry/Level 1 courses -
If you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a full level 2 qualification* you may qualify for free tuition on an entry/ level 1 course if you wish to progress onto level 2 and need a step up from basic skills in order to progress.

Level 2 courses 
If you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a full level 2 qualification*, you may qualify for free tuition on a full level 2 course. (Please note: not all our level 2 courses are a full level 2 so please check with the college Admissions Team).
*A full level 2 qualification is equivalent to:
5 GCSEs at A*-C grades
5 or more CSEs at grade 1
1 Advanced level
2 or 3 AS levels
GNVQ at Intermediate level
NVQ at level 2
any other qualification at a higher level than those listed above 

Level 3 courses
If you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a full level 3 qualification*, you may qualify for free tuition on a full level 3 course. (Please note: not all our level 3 courses are a full level 3 so please check with the college Admissions Team).
 *A full level 3 qualification is equivalent to:
2 A levels
4 or more AS levels
AVCE Double Award
GNVQ at Advanced level
NVQ at level 3
QAA Access to Higher Education
any other qualification at a higher level than those listed above

If you have already achieved a level 3 qualification you will have to pay for your tuition fees or take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your tuition. For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

Please note: If you qualify for funding for a level 3 subsidiary diploma course, this course in itself counts as a full level 3. If you intend to progress to a second year for the diploma/extended diploma qualification you will have to self - fund the tuition and registration fees for the second year, or alternatively take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your tuition fees. For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

Any course that you self-fund e.g. the student pays all tuition fees themselves will be unable to apply for bursary funding.

Unemployed and in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group or Income Support.

If you have been mandated to attend ‘Skills’ training by the Job Centre you may be funded for a skills training course up to and including level 2 if the course will help you move into work. If you have not been ‘mandated’ to attend training, you may still be eligible for funding if your intention is to seek employment on completion of the course. (You will be required to sign a declaration to this effect). 

Please note that if you start a full-time course your benefits may be affected if you are deemed ‘no longer available for work’. You are advised to check out your financial situation prior to enrolling on the course.

If you wish to take a level 3 course (including ‘Access to HE’ courses) you will have to pay for your tuition fees or take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your tuition. For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

Students aged 24+

If you are aged 24 or over as of the 31st  August 2017, you will have to pay the full tuition fees unless you qualify for the unemployment waiver explained below, in which case the course tuition and registration fee will be waived. Depending on the course, there may be a materials fee, which you will have to pay at enrolment. Other course costs may include books, uniform or kit and equipment. Details of these costs can be obtained from the Curriculum Administrator for your course.

Age 24+ fee waiver:

Unemployed and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group or Income Support.
If you have been mandated to attend ‘Skills’ training by the Job Centre you may be funded for a skills training course up to and including level 2 if the course will help you move into work. If you have not been ‘mandated’ to attend training you may still be eligible for funding if your intention is to seek employment on completion of the course. (You will be required to sign a declaration to this effect). 
Please note that if you start a full-time course, your benefits may be affected if you are considered ‘no longer available for work’. You are advised to check out your financial situation prior to enrolling on the course.
If you wish to take a level 3 course (including ‘Access to Higher Education’ courses) you will have to pay for your tuition fees or take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your tuition. For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.