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
There are no refunds available under any other circumstances
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
- Course 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 or EU/EEA citizen or permanent resident; or
- Be a non-EEA 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 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 £338 from employment per month (£541 for joint benefit claims)
- Receive other state benefits and earn less than £338 from employment (£541 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 £16,009.50 per annum.
Students receiving benefits or on a low wage will need to provide:
- Evidence of benefits
- Last three month’s payslips
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.
Funded courses may also be part-financed by the European Social Fund
Advanced Learning Loans
We are an approved centre for Advanced Learning 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 £25,000.
Access loans are written off upon graduation from university.