Funding your Studies

The support you can receive depends on your circumstances and your course, the fee remission categories are based on current Further Education Government funding criteria. Funding eligibility can and does change rapidly. While we make every effort to maintain the accuracy of this information, we reserve the right to apply the criteria as it exists at the time of your enrolment.

Funding Guide

N No Financial Support.

Fees are payable by all students. Discounted fees are not available.

1 Entry or Level 1

If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, tuition fees will be waived.

2F Full Level 2

If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, tuition fees will be waived.

2 Other Level 2

If you are aged 19 or over, meet the unemployed criteria and already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, tuition fees will be waived. If you are aged 19 or over and don’t meet the unemployed criteria, and already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, tuition fees are payable. If you are aged 19-23 and do not already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, full fees are payable. If you are aged 24 or over, meet the unemployed criteria and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, tuition fees will be waived. If you are aged 24 or over, don’t meet the unemployed criteria and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, tuition fees are payable.

3 Full Level 3

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

G Government Funded

(Unemployed criteria)
If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group), tuition fees will be waived.
If you are in receipt of Universal Credit, and are determined by Job Centre Plus as being in one of the following groups:

  • All Work Related Requirements Group
  • Work Preparation Group
  • Work Focused Interview Group

Or if you receive Income Support, Carers Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Personal Independence Payments or Pension Guarantee Credit.
AND are unemployed with a weekly income of less than 16 times the minimum wage or £330 per month.
AND the course you are studying will help you find employment, your tuition fees will be waived. If you are employed, receiving work tax credit, and have an annual income less than £15,579, then your tuition fees will be waived. This also applies to all courses labelled level 1 or 2F.

A Other Level 3 or above. Not H.E

If you are aged 19+ at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

H Higher Education

Financial support could be available through Student Finance England.

M English and Maths.

GCSE Maths, GCSE English and Functional Skills course fees may be free if you haven't already obtained a grade C or above in these subjects.


Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over and studying at Level 3 or above you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan, to help with the cost of your course.

Loans are not dependent on your income and do not affect any benefits you may receive. It’s easy to apply and you will only start making repayments when your income is more than £404 per week; £1,750 per month or £21,000 per year.

Click here for more information about Advanced Learner Loans


Support For Students On Low Incomes Or In Financial Hardship

Even if you don’t meet the requirements for free study, you could still get help with your course fees through the adult support fund.

If you are studying on a course which is Government funded you may be able to get help towards costs such as books, travel, equipment and childcare. Contact Student Services on 0161 908 6789 for further information.


Tuition Loans for Higher Education (HE) Courses

New part-time and full-time students enrolling on HE courses are eligible for a student loan to cover tuition fees.

For more information visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance or call: 0300 100 0607.

Advanced Learning Loans

Are you are aged 19 or over?

If you are aged 19 or over and studying at Level 3 or above you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.

Click here for details