Funding your Studies

Important: The information provided below is primarily for Adult courses provided at the college for financial information in regards to higher education students please go here:

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 £23,104 (GM Residents only) or a 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.

Direct debit 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.

Course fees

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.

Funding Guide

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

N No Financial Support

1 Entry or Level 1

2F Full Level 2

2 Other Level 2

3F Full Level 3

G Government Funded

A Other Level 3 or above. Not H.E

M English and Maths.

O Free Courses

O2 Free Courses Level 2

E ESOL Courses

The Free Courses For Jobs Offer

Gives eligible adults the chance to access their first Level 3 qualification for free. Also any adult who is earning less than £23,104, or is unemployed, will be able to access the identified qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level. This only applies to qualifications listed here: List of free level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults - GOV.UK (

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 £524 per week, £2,274 per month or £27,295 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.

Financial Support

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 The Student Hub on 0161 908 6789 for further information.

You can also visit the Student Hub or contact the Financial support Team via E-mail or call: 0161 909 5722 (Bursary) for further information