Funding your Studies
Making sure you can enrol
The College wants to make enrolment as fair as possible as popular courses fill up fast. To make sure that you don’t waste your journey please bring with you either payment for your course or current dated documentation to gain a supported place (i.e. proof of receipt of a means tested benefit, wage slip dated within 3 months of the start of the course if annual gross salary below £15,736.50 or letter of support from your employer etc).
Paying for your course
You can pay for your course by cash, cheque, credit/debit card or direct debit. If you wish to pay by direct debit you must bring with you your bank details including full address, account number and sort code.
This option is not available for some short courses and a minimum tuition fee applies. You can pay over up to six instalments, depending on the tuition fee. The first payment must be made when you enrol. If your company is paying for your tuition, please bring a letter from your employer on letter headed paper so the College can invoice them directly.
The tuition fees shown in this guide refer to the cost of the course in this academic year. The only exception to this is when the course duration is 2 years and an Advanced Learner loan is used to pay for the course. In this case the fee paid is for the duration of the course.
Tuition fees don’t include professional body membership fees, or DBS checks where required.
Tuition fees will be confirmed at the time of enrolment.
Individual eligibility and entitlement will be assessed at the time of enrolment.
Next to each course on the website and in the course guide you will see one of these icons :
Click on the icons for details
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 4 (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 4 (C) or above, tuition fees will be waived.
2 Other Level 2
If you are aged 19 or over, meet the unemployed criteria, or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, and already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (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 4 (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 4 (C) or above, full fees are payable.
If you are aged 24+ and meet the unemployed criteria, or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, tuition fees will be waived.
If you are aged 24+ and don’t meet the unemployed criteria, or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary, tuition fees are payable.
3F 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 Learner Loan.
G Government Funded
Tuition fees will be waived if:
(Not in paid employment)
You are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group)
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
(In paid employment)
You receive a means tested benefit accepted by the college; are working less than 16 hours per week and have a weekly income of less than 16 times the appropriate age-related minimum wage or £338 per month (individual claims) or £541 per month (household claims).
You earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary
AND the course you are studying will help you find or improve your employment
This also applies to all courses labelled level 1 or 2F.
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.
O Free Courses
These courses are available to all adult learners, no matter your employment status, but if you are:
Not in paid employment and receiving a means tested benefit - please bring with you current dated benefit documentation
In paid employment but with an annual gross salary of less than £15,736.50 - please bring with you a wage slip dated within 3 months of the start of the course
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 or over and studying at Level 3 or above you can apply for an Advanced
Learner 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 £480 per week; £2,083 per month or £25,000 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.
Tuition fee 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 £480 a week, £2,083 a month or £25,000 per year.
For more information visit: www.gov.uk/student-finance or call: 0300 100 0607.
If you are studying on a course which is Government funded you can apply online for help towards additional costs for travel, books, equipment and uniform here: Apply
You may also qualify for help towards Childcare costs. Please visit the Student Hub or contact the Financial support Team via E-mail or 0161 908 689 for further information
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