How much do I pay?

Course fees

Adult Education course fees are exempt from VAT and are available online, alternatively you can pop into your local centre or call us on 0300 1231 117.

Am I eligible for free tuition?

Guide to Fees

Standard Fee (Std)
This is the fee for courses at Entry Level (E), Level 1 and Level 2 for learners aged 19 and over who are not eligible for fee remission.

Concessionary (Conc)
Levels E, 1, 2
If you are in receipt of JSA or ESA (WRAG) you will be eligible for fee remission.  You must provide proof of entitlement and sign a self-declaration.

If you are in receipt of benefits other than JSA or ESA (WRAG) you may be eligible for free tuition.

If you are aged 16-18 on the 31st August 2017 you will be eligible for fee remission if the English and maths funding requirements are met.

Level 3 and 4
If you are aged 16-18 on the 31st August 2017 you will be eligible for fee remission if the English and maths funding requirements are met.  Please note that not all awarding bodies will accept under 18s on their qualifications.

If you are aged 19-23 on the first day of learning without a full level 3 qualification you may be eligible for fee remission.  You will need to sign a self-declaration.

Advanced Loan Fee (loan)
This is the fee for all level 3 and 4 courses for learners aged 19 and over who are not eligible for fee remission.  Please visit www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/further-education.aspx for more information.

Full Level 2 Examples:

5 GCSEs at A-C; NVQs at Level 2; Level 2 BTEC Diplomas

Full Level 3 Examples:

2 A Levels; NVQ at Level 3; Level 3 BTEC Diploma; Access to HE Certificate

Please call 0300 1231 117 to discuss course fees

Concessionary rates are available if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance, (JSA), (income-based or payable to those who are unemployed)
  • Employment Support Allowance, (ESA), (Work Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing/Council Tax support
  • Dependent (19+) of anyone claiming one of the above, with no other income 
  • Pension Credit (Guaranteed credit only)
  • Working Tax Credit (only where the notice shows a household income of less than £15,860)
  • Income Support
  • If you are aged 16-18 you will need to pay the full cost of the course. Please ring 0300 1231 117 for more information.

The fees for any courses which do not qualify for a government subsidy reflect the full cost of the course, with no concessions.

You can spread the cost of your course by paying in instalments by standing order for many of our courses. You will need to make an initial payment when you enrol to secure your place. 

Learners aged 24 and over (at the start of their course) enrolling on most level 3 or level 4 courses have the option to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learner Loan. Therefore the option to pay by standing order is not offered for these courses.

We know that for some people being able to take part in adult education is only possible if they receive assistance towards the cost of tuition, exam fees, travel, books, materials and childcare. The Skills Funding Agency has allocated some funding to provide financial assistance to these learners. Please ring 0300 1231 117 for information and advice on how to apply for this support.

Have you heard about the Advanced Learning Loan?

If you're aged 19* or over and want to study A levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Here are some of the key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000, before tax. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.

For further information, contact us on 0300 1231 117.

*There are no fees for learners aged 19-23 studying towards their first full level 3 qualification.

All examination and registration fees are included in the course fees quoted unless otherwise stated.

On some courses the initial cost of materials is built into the fee to get you started, but you will need to provide all other materials such as books, stationery and any additional materials. Details of the materials you will need and a breakdown of what is already included in the full course fee can be found in the course information sheet. Please ring 0300 1231 117 to request a copy.

A full refund of course fees will only be made if a class does not start or closes due to insufficient enrolments. Refunds for other reasons are not generally given, but if a refund is granted there will be an administration charge of £20.00.

Courses may be cancelled, or changed, if enrolments are too low or for other reasons. Course details and venues may be changed if necessary.

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