• A - You can enrol on courses in this category without needing further information.

  • B- You will need to contact the number provided on the course entry for more details before enrolling on courses in this category.

  • C - Please apply online.

  • H - Higher Education - before enrolling on courses in this category you will need an interview, please enquire on 01271 852365.

  • NR - Courses that carry no fee remission.

Free Certificated Courses

Fees charged for all courses are shown, but if you are paying your own fees (ie not by a third party such as an employer or training organisation) you could study your course without paying the tuition fee if you fit into one of the criteria below. Please note that exam fees and supplementary fees shown will not normally have to be paid (conditions apply). If you are struggling to pay your fees please contact the Guidance Centre for advice.

You do not have to pay the tuition fee, exam fee or fee supplement (conditions apply):

  • If you are studying for a vocational Entry Level or vocational Level 1 qualification and have not already attained a full Level 2 qualification and need this as an additional step in order to progress to a full Level 2 and are aged 19 to 23. Exclusions apply.
  • If you are studying for your first full Level 2 qualification (a full Level 2 qualification would be five GCSEs of at least a grade C or a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2), have not previously attained a full Level 2 qualification and are aged 19 to 23.
  • If you are studying for your first full Level 3 qualification (a full Level 3 qualification  would be an NVQ at Level 3, National Diploma or two A Levels), have not previously attained a full Level 3 qualification and are aged 19 to 23.
  • If you are studying for your first full Level 3 qualification and have left the British Armed Forces (up to ten years ago) after completing four or more years of service or have been medically discharged, due to an injury in active service, after completing basic training and are aged 19+.
  • If you are studying your first Level 4 qualification (at Diploma level) without having attained a full Level 3 qualification and are aged 19 to 23. 
  • If you are studying GCSE English or Maths and have not attained GCSE grade C or above.
  • If you are studying an Adult Basic Skill including Functional Skills in English or Maths, excluding English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). You can study an ESOL course for free if you are in receipt of a benefit listed below.

If you are in receipt of a benefit listed below:

  1. Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint.
  2. Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint.
  3. Universal Credit (mandated) for those unemployed, including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint.
  4. State benefits including Income Support, Housing/Council Tax Benefit/Support, Working Tax Credit with a household income less than £15,276, ESA other than WRAG Support Group, Pension Guarantee Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit (other than mandated). Remission is only available to those who are unemployed, including the unemployed partners where the claim is joint, who want to enter employment and need skills training to do so. You will be required to sign a self declaration.

Evidence will have to be produced at the time of enrolment.

If you’re planning to study at Level 3 or Level 4 or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship and starting a course on or after 1 August 2013 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England. For more information please visit the National Careers Service.

Courses that carry no fee remission will be marked NR. Courses as indicated 18+/19+ are only available for learners aged 18/19 years and over respectively. Courses marked L1, L2 or L3 indicate that the course is offered free to those studying either an Entry Level or vocational Level 1 qualification or their first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification, subject to terms and conditions.

Paying Your Fees

If you don’t qualify for one of the free categories as mentioned or meet the criteria for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, then the fee shown is only approximately 50% of the total cost as the remaining 50% is funded by the Government. If the course fee is above £250 you can pay it to the college in instalments. There may also be additional help for you if you are in receipt of a low household income but do not meet the above criteria. You can also take out a Career Development Loan for a part time or full time vocational course. Please contact the Guidance Centre on 01271 338125 for more details. Students from outside the EEA countries will be expected to pay overseas rates.

To guarantee your enrolment please make sure you have your means of payment(s); cash, cheque, credit/debit card; your National Insurance number; correct remission evidence and Agreement to Pay Form (if applicable) with you when you enrol.

Note

  • Fees payable to Examining Boards are shown separately and must be paid with the course fee at the time of enrolment. For those who qualify to study certificated provision for free these fees normally qualify for remission.

  • Supplementary fees include additional costs which will normally qualify for remission for those who qualify to study certificated provision for free, please enquire before enrolling.

  • Students under 16 years old as at 31 August 2013 (ie compulsory school age) should be aware that additional charges and conditions apply - please ask for details.

  • Some of the fees shown are the amount per annum and the amount may increase in the second year.

Refunds

The College has a policy for course refunds, please ask for details at enrolment.

Need further assistance?

Please get in touch with the Guidance Centre: