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, however you could study your course without paying the tuition, exam or fee supplement if you fit into one of the criteria below. Please note that if you fit the criteria below, 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 Advice and Guidance Centre for advice. Courses that carry no fee remission will be marked NR.
You do not have to pay the tuition fee, exam fee or fee supplement (conditions apply) if you are studying one of the following:
- an Entry Level or 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
- your first full Level 2 qualification, and are aged 19 to 23*
- your first full Level 3 qualification, and are aged 19 to 23**
- GCSE English or Maths and have not attained GCSE at grade C/4 or above in the relevant subject
- an Adult Basic Skill (including Functional Skills in English or Maths), excluding English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and have not attained GCSE at grade C/4 or above in the relevant subject. You can study an ESOL course for free if you are in receipt of a benefit listed to the right
Employed learners who earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary who are unable to pay towards the cost of their fees and subject to prior attainment may be eligible to be fully funded for an Entry, level 1 or 2 course regardless of the number of hours the learner works.
If you are in receipt of a benefit listed below, meet the Department for Work and Pensions’ definition of unemployed and the course level is up to and including Level 2, you can be 19+ to receive the remission (conditions and exclusions apply). There are currently funding limitations for those aged 19-23 who do not hold a full Level 2 qualification enrolling on provision at Level 2 which is not classed as a full Level 2, (please enquire for further details).
- Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only, including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint
- Universal Credit earning either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage/national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)*** and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups, including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint:
- All Work-Related Requirements Group
- Work Preparation Group
- Work-Focused Interview Group
- State benefits including Income Support, Housing/Council Tax Benefit/Support, Working Tax Credit with a household income of less than £16,190, ESA other than WRAG Support Group, Pension Guarantee Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Universal Credit (other than the groups listed above), Carers Allowance and Child Tax Credit. Remission is only available to those who, including the unemployed partner where the claim is joint, as well as receiving one of the benefits listed also meets the following criteria:
- Earns either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage/national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)***, and;
- Want to be employed, or progress into more sustainable employment, if earning less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage/national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)*** and the learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs.
- You will be required to sign a self-declaration.
NB: Evidence will have to be produced at the time of enrolment.
If you are aged 19 or over and are studying for a Level 3 or above, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.
* For example, a full Level 2 qualification would be five GCSEs of at least a grade C/4 or a NVQ at Level 2.
** For example, a full Level 3 qualification would be a NVQ at Level 3, National Diploma or two A-levels.
***This is subject to change.
Help with payment
If you don’t qualify for one of the free categories as mentioned, or meet the criteria for the Advanced Learner 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 Advice and Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more details. Students from outside the EEA/EU countries might 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.
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 2018 (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.
The College has a policy for course refunds, please ask for details at enrolment.