Fees and Funding
All fees must be paid prior to the course start date except where instalments have been agreed.
We can accept three instalments where the cost of the course is over £400. Instalments are due as follows:
- £150 deposit at the point of booking
- 50% of the balance prior to the course start date
- 50% of the balance three months after the course start date
Learners are liable for the full course fee from the start date, regardless of whether instalments have been agreed.
Cancellations and Refunds
Qualification courses – no refunds are available once the course has started.
Courses that require a deposit when booking – all deposits are non-refundable.
Recreational courses up to 12 weeks long – a full refund is available up until 1 week after the course start.
Recreational courses over 12 weeks long – a full refund is available up until 2 weeks after the course start.
If we have to cancel your course then we will issue you with a full refund.
There are no refunds available under any other circumstances.
Changes to Course Delivery
In some circumstances we may need to switch to online delivery of classroom-based courses, for example, if the College is required to close or if a member of teaching staff is required to shield. Where this is the case, live lessons will be delivered via a platform such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Where we are able to continue to deliver the course in this way, no refunds are available other than in accordance with the above policy on Cancellations and Refunds.
Courses ineligible for funding
There is no funding available for:
- Recreational and non-qualification courses
- Qualification courses where you have achieved the same or equivalent qualification
- Students under 19 years of age
- Apprentices of any age
Courses eligible for part-funding
Level 1 or 2 courses may be part-funded by the Government.
To be eligible for funding you must:
- Be a British citizen or permanent resident; or
- Be a non uk citizen who has permission to live in the UK for non-educational purposes; and
- Have been resident in the UK or EU/EEA for 3 years prior to the start date
You will need to provide us with:
- Proof of identity – we will need to see a valid Passport or valid photo card driving licence
- Proof of address – this must be less than three months old. Acceptable proof includes bank statements, utility bills, letters from government departments
- National Insurance number
Our advertised course fees take into account government funding so there is no further reduction in course fees unless you qualify for full funding on one of the grounds below:
Courses eligible for full funding
Full funding may be available for:
- Students aged 19-23 studying for their first full Level 2 or 3 qualification
- Students aged 24+ studying their first full Level 3 qualification that forms part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee Level 3 offer
- Students on Maths and English Functional Skills or GCSE courses who do not already have a Grade C/4 at GCSE level. You will be required to sit a diagnostic to who that the course is suitable for your needs.
Full funding may also be available for students studying Level 1 or 2 qualifications who:
- Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit and earn less than £343 from employment per month (£549 for joint benefit claims)
- Receive other state benefits and earn less than £343 from employment (£549 for joint benefit claims) who want to progress into more suitable employment and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects. Funding under this category is at our discretion.
- Are employed or self-employed and earn less than £17,004 per annum.
Students receiving benefits or on a low wage will need to provide:
- Evidence of benefits
- Last three month’s payslips
- SA03 statement or accountant’s letter if self-employed
Please note that there is a limited amount of funding available and we will prioritise students in order of application and taking into account previous funding claimed whilst studying with us.
Advanced Learner Loans
We are an approved centre for Advanced Learner Loans. If you are aged 19+ and studying for an eligible
Level 3 or Level 4 course you can apply for a loan. To apply for a loan you should:
- Book on to an eligible course and pay a £150 non-refundable deposit.
- We will issue a letter to you that confirms the outstanding balance for your course and gives the information required for your loan application.
- You must apply for the loan online within 2 weeks
Please note that there is a limited amount of loan funding available and students who are unable to access this funding will be liable for the full course fee. The funding is allocated by the SLC in order of approved application.
If you are unable to complete your course you will be liable for the percentage of your loan up to the date you formally withdraw from College.
Your loan becomes repayable from the April after you finish college. You will begin to pay it back at a percentage of your salary once you earn over £26,575
Access loans are written off upon graduation from university.
Exam and resits fees
If your course includes an examination, your course fee includes your exam entry fee. If you need to resit an exam then you will be need to pay a resit fee that includes the exam entry fee and invigilation costs