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 fee remission.

If you are aged 16-18 on the 31st August 2018 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 2018 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.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan 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 Education and 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 may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan.  These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.

You will not start repayments until after you have completed your course and you won't pay anything back until you are earning over £25,000.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

All examination and registration fees are included in the course fees as stated.

For 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 course fee can be found in the course information sheet. Please ring 0300 1231 117 to request a copy.

If a class does not start, or closes due to insufficient enrolments, a full refund of course fees will be made.

If a learner cancels their place on a course more than 5 working days prior to the course start, they will be given a full refund less £20 administration fee.  If a learner cancels their place on a course within 5 working days of the course start, there will be no refund.

Refunds for other reasons are not generally given, other than in exceptional circumstances such as bereavement or illness supported by a doctor's certificate.  If a course has already started the refund will be calculated on a pro-rata basis and will be subject to an administration charge of £20. 

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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