Whether you have to pay a course fee depends on a number of things, for example:

  • Your age
  • Your citizenship
  • How long you have lived in the UK
  • Whether you are employed or unemployed
  • Whether you are receiving certain benefits and/or are actively looking for work
  • The level/type of course you enrol for

This page is intended only as a general guide and the actual fee you have to pay will be confirmed at enrolment.

Full documentation confirming your age and circumstances will need to be seen at enrolment in order to determine any concessions you may be eligible for.

The majority of students aged 16-18 at the start of their course will not pay course fees, and many students aged 19+ will not have to pay course fees.

The table below summarises when you might have to pay a fee.

Age 16-18

Age 19-23

Age 24+

All

Employed

Unemployed

Employed

Unemployed

English & Maths

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

ESOL

Free

Co-Funded

Free

Co-Funded

Free

Entry Levels & Level 1

Free

Free∗

Free

Co-Funded

Free

Level 2

Free

Co-Funded∗∗

Free

Co-Funded

Free

Level 3 (1st and Full)

Free

Free

Free

Level 3 and above

Free

Community Courses

Full Cost

Co-Funded

Free

Co-Funded

Free

Leisure Courses

Full Cost

Full Cost

Full Cost

Full Cost

Full Cost

Study Programme

Free

N/A

Free

N/A

N/A

Traineeship

Free

N/A

Free (Including 24 year olds)

N/A

N/A

Apprenticeship

Free for learners∗∗∗

∗ If you already have a Level 2 qualification in any subject you will have to pay for your course as Co-Funded

∗∗ If this is your first and full Level 2 qualification then you will not have to pay a fee

∗∗∗ There is not a fee for the learner, but an employer contribution may be required

By unemployed, we mean that you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • JSA, including those receiving National Insurance credits only
  • ESA (Work Related group)
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are determined by JCP as being in one of the following groups
    • Work Related Requirements
    • Work Preparation
    • Work Focused Interview
  • In receipt of other benefits and earning less than £330 per month and are taking the course to improve employment prospects

To be eligible for the fee concessions in the table above you must:

  • Be A UK Citizen or an EEA citizen, or
  • Have the right to abode in the UK
  • Have been a resident in the UK for at least 3 years at the start of your course

You must not have a study prohibition or restriction on your visa or residence permit, nor a ‘no recourse to public funds’ included in your passport stamp.

If you are an asylum seeker, you must have been in the UK for 6 months or longer and no decision has yet been made by the Home Office.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, then whilst we would welcome you onto our courses, you will have to pay the full cost of the course.

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