FE Fees and Funding

FE Fees and Funding

Fees and Finance

FE Fees and Funding

 

College fees may be made up of several elements: 

  • tuition fees
  • awarding body registration fees or examination and certification fees
  • course-specific charges

 

College fees vary according to your age, your level of study, the type of programme you are studying and where it is delivered.

Fees for Further Education Courses

If you are 16 – 18 years old there will usually be no fees to pay for a full time Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) course, there are some exceptions, please see the college Fees Policy 2018/19.

Aged 19 – 23 Full Time Further Education course fees are up to a maximum of £1,100 tuition, plus exam fee, plus any course extras, waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college Fees Policy 2018/19.

Aged 24 + If taking a Full Time Further Education course below Level 3 course fees are a maximum £1,100 tuition, plus exam fee, plus any course extras, waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college Fees Policy 2018/19.

The ESFA will no longer fund 19-23 learners on a level 3+ course who have already achieved a level 3 qualification or 24+ learners on a level 3+ course. All fees are payable for these courses and can be paid for by student, employer or through and Advanced Learner Loan.

Fees for Part-Time and Adult Learning courses

Fees for Part-Time and Adult Learning courses will vary, so please contact us for further information. Some of these courses are not funded by the government, which means that they are not eligible for the concessions below.

Fee Concessions

A range of concessions are available for those aged 19+ depending on your eligibility (see table below).

 

Student Type

Tuition fee

Exam Fee

 

 

Course Costs

(where applicable)

 

16 -18 on a full-time ESFA funded course

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

19+ and Unemployed

• You receive Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only

• You receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)

• You receive Universal Credit, earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups:

* All Work-Related Requirements Group

* Work Preparation Group

* Work-Focused Interview Group

• You are Released on Temporary Licence (RoTL) and studying outside a prison environment and are not funded through the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS).

• You receive other state benefits and earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or less than £330 a month.

• You want to be employed (or progress into more sustainable employment and earn less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month). Your course is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

19-23 and this is your first full Level 2 qualification (i.e. you don’t already have a full Level 2 qualification)

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification (i.e. you don’t already have a full Level 3 qualification)

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

19-23 taking a full Level 4 qualification and you do not already have a full Level 3 qualification

Fees/Loan Payable

Fees/Loan Payable

 

 

Fees/Loan Payable

19-23 taking a Foundation Learning course (Entry Level or Level 1), if you don’t already have a full Level 2 qualification, and this current course will help you to progress to Level 2.

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

GCSE Maths and English and you don’t already have a grade C or 4 or above in these

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

19+ ESOL students not on active benefits

Payable

Payable

Payable

19+ Students who are directly referred by Jobcentre and in receipt of benefit

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

19–23 with an Education Health and Care Plan

No Fee

No Fee

No Fee

 

Please note that for people aged 16,17 and 18, it is your age on the 31 August 2017 that is used to decide if you meet the eligibility criteria in the above grid. If you are aged over 18, it is your age on the start date of the course that is used.

If you need to pay fees

All students will be expected to make arrangements to pay their fees at the time of enrolment. The college accepts payments by cheque and all major debit and credit cards as well as instalment payments by direct debit.

Instalment payments are allowed on long courses (over 20 weeks) with a minimum value of £100 with an initial payment of 25% of the course fee with the rest of the fee payable over a maximum of 4 further direct debit payments.

Please see the colleges Fee Policy 2018/19 found here for more information

 

**PLEASE NOTE: This information on this page is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the detail will remain accurate, as Government policy often requires changes to how we operate. Applicants receiving an offer of a place will be sent further updated information.**

Please also note that information about financial support, loans, fees and funding is given based on information available from a range of sources, but does not claim to be complete. All information is provided in good faith, but does not constitute advice, and applicants/students are advised to check how the information applies to their personal circumstances.  

 

Please see below table from the ESFA’s Adult Education Budget Guidance 2017/18 

Provision 19-to 23-year olds 24+ unemployed 24+ other
English and maths, up to and including level 2 (Must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement) Fully funded* Fully funded* Fully funded*
Level 2 (First full level 2 must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement Fully funded* (first and full) Fully funded Co-funded
Learning to progress to level 2 Fully funded^ (up to and including level 1 Fully funded Co-funded
Level 3 (First full level 3 must be delivered as part of the legal entitlement) Fully funded* (first and full) Loan funded Loan funded
Loan Funded** (previously achieved full level 3 or above)    
Traineeship# Fully funded (including 16- to 24-year-olds##) N/A N/A
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learning up to and including level 2 Co-funded Fully funded Co-funded
Fully funded -unemployed    
Learning aims up to and including level 2, where the learner has already achieved a first full level 2 or above Co-funded Fully funded Co-funded
Fully funded    

*Must be delivered as one of the English and maths, and/or first full level 2 or first full level 3 qualifications required as part of the legal entitlement.

^Must be delivered as an entry or level one provision from local flexibility

#Excludes flexible element where funding depends on age and level

##16- to 18-year-old learners must be eligible under the ESFA's young people's residency requirements.

**Availability of loans at level3 does not replace the legal entitlement to full funding for learners aged 19 to 23 undertaking their first full level 3.