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 courseyou 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


Entitlement to Free Enrolment

If you fit into any of the categories below and you are studying a course which is supported by the Government (except higher education courses), you may not be required to pay tuition fees.

  • You are aged 16-18 years old
  • You are unemployed, looking for work and studying a course which enhances your employment prospects, and are in receipt of any of the following benefits (for learners aged 19 and over this only applies to courses at level 2 and below):
    • Job Seekers Allowance
    • Employment Support Allowance
    • Income Support
  • You are aged 19-23 and studying an Entry Level or Level 1 course, but don’t have a full Level 2 qualification and are studying in order to progress to a Level 2 course
  • You are aged 19-23 and are studying a Level 2 course, but don’t have a full Level 2 qualification
  • You are aged 19-23 and are studying a Level 3 course, but don’t have a full Level 3 qualification

To find out whether you qualify for free study, contact us on 0161 908 6789


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. Loans are not dependent on your income and do not affect any benefits you may receive. They accrue interest at a preferential rate and are not repayable until you are earning more than £404 a week, £1750 a month or £21,000 per year.

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