The fees shown throughout the part-time course booklets are payable when you enrol, which should be prior to the start of the course (unless you have signed up to our instalment payment plan). These fees are for 2014-2015 academic year only. As the college charges annual fees, for courses longer than one year, fees will usually be payable prior to the start of each year of study.


Fees

The fees listed throughout the individual course booklets/ on the website indicate the amount you have to pay for the course. Course costs may often include registration fees, exam fees, material and uniform costs and visits. Where this is the case, it is usually highlighted in the course description. All additional costs can be discussed at enrolment. It is also important to note that eligibility criteria may be subject to change based on government changes. 

There are three fee bands you will fit into: A, B or C. 

Please see below to find out which band is relevant to you.

The funding rules on fees and funding are complex and potential students are encouraged to contact the student adviser team to discuss their particular circumstances on 01424 458467 or 01424 458475.

A. Aged 16-18

Tuition and certification fees are not normally payable if you are aged 16-18, but you will be required to pay for materials. You will be required to pay certification fees for a re-sit. You may also be required to pay certification fees if you withdraw from your course or fail to attend your exam without good reason. 

Some courses offered by the College are not subsidised by our funding bodies which means you will have to pay all fees in full. Exemption from fees may not apply if you are still in full-time education at another college/school or if you have been living outside the UK within the last three years. 

For more information, telephone 01424 458465.

A. Enrolling for a GCSE Maths/English course

If you do not have a GCSE grade A-C in maths and/or English language, then you will qualify for free tuition and fees in the relevant subject(s).

A. Aged 19-23 and studying first FULL Level 2 qualification

If you are aged 19-23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 or higher qualification, then you are entitled to free tuition and certification fees (additional fees may still be payable). 

For more information, telephone 01424 458465.

A. Aged 19-23 and studying first FULL Level 3 or 4 qualification

If you are aged 19-23 at the start of your course and do not already hold a full Level 3 or higher qualification, then you are entitled* to free tuition and certification fees (additional fees may still be payable). 

*Different rules apply for learners studying in the workplace.

A. On benefits (not JSA or ESA)

You will qualify for remission of fees if you are enrolling on to a funded course and you meet all of the following criteria:

  • you are currently unemployed
  • you are wanting to enter employment
  • you have the right to work in the UK
  • you are enrolling to help you enter employment

You are in receipt (or a dependant of someone in receipt) of one of the benefits below:

  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA not in the Work Related Activity Group)
  • Asylum Seeker in receipt of an income-based benefit

Evidence of your benefits will be required, e.g. award notice or official letter stating the type of benefit you are receiving.

Note: does not apply if you are aged over 24 and the course has the 24+ sign.

A. I am on JSA /ESA (WRAG)

If you are on Job Seeker’s Allowance including where you are in receipt of JSA National Credit only or Employment and Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group for skills training in order to help you get into work, you are entitled** to free tuition and certification fees 

(additional fees may still be payable).

Evidence of benefit will be required, e.g. award notice or official letter stating the type of benefit you are receiving.

A Jobseekers card is NOT acceptable evidence. You will need to provide your National Insurance number.

If you are a dependant of a claimant but not part of a joint claim you are not automatically eligible for full remission but may be eligible under other criteria (see below). 

Note: does not apply if you are aged over 24 and the course has the 24+ sign.

**
Not applicable to full cost courses

B. Course cost for those not in band A or C

If there is only one fee stated or you do not meet Fee A or C, you will have to pay this amount.

C. 24+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 24+ there is no longer any fee remission or subsidy for studying a Level 3 or 4 course. However, instead of paying for the course in full on enrolment or by instalment plan within the first term of the course, you may be eligible to take advantage of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. 

For more information on these options, please phone 01424 458465. Please see page 12 on how to apply for the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

If you have lived outside the UK or you’re an international student, your fee will vary from those listed with the courses. Please contact our student advisers on 01424 458465 for more information.

Eligibilty criteria may be subject to change based on government changes.


How can I pay for my course?

For courses lasting less than 15 weeks and any courses costing less than £200 (total of tuition and certification fees), you will be expected to pay in full when you enrol. You can pay by cash, cheque or card.

For courses lasting at least 15 weeks and costing £200 or more, you can sign up for our instalment payment plan – please see Spreading the Cost section.

If your employer, sponsor, Student Loan Company or managing agent has agreed to pay for your course, you will need to bring confirmation from them.


Spreading the cost

Payment in instalments is available for courses costing over £200 that last longer than 15 weeks.  

  • For course fees between £200-400, a deposit at enrolment of £100 is followed by three equal instalments during the course.
  • For course fees above £400, a deposit at enrolment of 25% is followed by three equal instalments during the course.
  • The instalment payments can be taken either on a credit or debit card that will still be in date on the third instalment payment date. 

If you would like to pay by instalments, at enrolment you will need to complete the fee payment form, which is available from Student Central.

Please note: Higher Education courses have a different payment plan. For more information click here.


Is there other financial support available?

Funds may be available if financial problems make it difficult for you to complete your course. As a Further Education student you may apply for help towards the cost of books, equipment, trips/visits, childcare and travel.

If you are a Higher Education student, you should apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance For more information, please contact Financial Support on 01424 458465.


Refunds

Where the College cancels a course prior to its start date or alters the location or time so that a student cannot attend, a full refund will be made. If a student needs to cancel their course, and does so in writing to Student Central 14 working days before the course start date, the College will make a full refund minus an administration charge. If an individual or employer cancels less than 14 working days before the start of the course, then the College operates a “no refund policy”. Please look at our Tuition Fees Policy here.

If a refund is requested on the grounds of quality, this should be sent in the first instance to the Quality Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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