Fees and Concession
Do you have to pay fees?
Many students do not pay tuition fees because they are either:
- Under 19 years and a British or an EU National, a refugee, an asylum seeker in receipt of Asylum Seeker's Support or in the care of Social Services, or you are a Child of a Diplomat then you won't have to pay any fees. You will need to provide evidence to support your status.
- Studying on a FREE course
- Eligible for concessionary fees.
See the Fee Concessions section below for more details.
Course Fees for 19+ students
The levels of fees and financial support are complex and subject to change. More detailed guidelines can be accessed from Student Services, by telephoning 01424 458465.
Please remember that fees are for 1 year only and fees for subsequent years will be required at the beginning of each academic year.
You may be eligible for a reduced fee if you fit into one of the categories below.
- If you are aged 16-18
- If you are enrolling for a GCSE Maths/ English course
- If you are studying your first FULL Level 2 qualification
- If you are studying your first FULL Level 3 or 4 qualification
- If you are on JSA/ESA (WRAG)
- If you are on beneifits but not JSA or ESA
For more information on the above criteria, please click here.
For more information about levels and qualifications please click here.
If you are aged 19+ and none of the above statements apply to you then you will have to pay fees (this includes Tuition, Exams registration, Materials and any other associated fees as appropriate).
If your fees are being paid by an employer or a sponsor; we will need to obtain confirmation of this in writing on headed paper. This letter must include a purchase order number, dated, stamped and approved by a member of your Accounts/Finance Department or an appropriate authoriser.
On some of our courses (mainly part-time and professional courses), no concessions apply and the full fee (which includes the college registration fee and any exam fees) must be paid at enrolment regardless of your age or status. This should be stated on the course factsheet.
Payment of Fees
- 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 for 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 instalments payments can either be taken 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.