Fees

Full-time Course Fees 16/17

If you're aged between 16 and 18 (as of 31/8/2016)

  • You can enrol on one of our full-time programmes for free
  • You won’t have to pay tuition costs, exam fees or material costs. You may choose to pay for the following on a voluntary basis:
  • uniforms of your own (used college uniform is available free on loan)
  • specific equipment for your own use (use of shared College equipment is available for free)
  • non-compulsory trips or visits that are in addition to the core elements of the course

If you're aged between 19 and 23 (at the start of your course)

The tuition fee for SFA Level 2 funded full-time (above 450 annual guided learning hours) courses is £850 (TBC). This figure excludes examination and registration fees which will be an additional charge depending on the qualification.

Your tuition, exams and material fees are waived, when:

  • enrolling on your first entry or Level 1 qualification which is needed to progress to a full Level 2 programme in the future
  • enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification
  • enrolling for your first full Level 3 qualification

You may be entitled to a fee waiver if you are aged 19+ and applying for a Level 2 qualification:

  • If 19+, unemployed and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (work related activity group) or Job Seekers Allowance, your tuition, exams and material fees are waived
  • If you are 19+, unemployed and receiving a benefit but want to improve your skills with the intention, and commitment, to progress into work, your tuition, exams and material fees may be waived if deemed an appropriate progression route

If you are entitled to have your tuition fees waived you will also not be charged Awarding Body registration or accreditation fees, although you will be charged associated fees and subscription charges made by professional bodies (e.g. AAT). However, you may have to pay for any specialist equipment or additional materials that aren't included in the course fees, or any trips/visits that are additional to your core programme. The College’s Fee Remission Policy is detailed at paragraph 4 of this document.

Level 3 and above
The tuition fee for adults aged 19+ (as at the start date of their course) on Level 3 or Level 4 full-time (above 450 annual guided learning hours) vary by course and you are advised to phone for details. If this is not your first Level 3 you will need to pay full fees: Advanced Learning Loans may be available

If you are 24+

Level 1 and Level 2 courses
You will pay a subsided fee (currently £850). This figure excludes examination and registration fees which will be an additional charge depending on the qualification.

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for courses up to and including Level 2:

  • If you receive Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (work related activity group), your tuition, exams and material fees are waived. If you're in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, your tuition, exams and material fees are waived.
  • If you're over 19, unemployed and receiving a benefit but want to improve your skills with the intention, and commitment, to progress into work, your tuition, exams and material fees may be waived if deemed an appropriate progression route.

If you are entitled to have your tuition fees waived you will also not be charged Awarding Body registration or accreditation fees, although you will be charged associated fees and subscription charges made by professional bodies (e.g. AAT). However, you may have to pay for any specialist equipment or additional materials that aren't included in the course fees, or any trips/visits that are additional to your core programme. The College’s Fee Remission Policy is detailed at paragraph 4 of this document.

Level 3 and above
The tuition fee for adults aged 24+ and over (as at the start date of their course) on Level 3 or Level 4 full-time (above 450 annual guided learning hours) vary by course and you are advised to phone for details. Advanced Learning Loans may be available.

Part-time Fees

  • Applicable to anyone normally resident in the European Union aged 19 and over on 31/8/16. If you have not been an EU resident for the last 3 years you may be subject to a higher, overseas fee.
  • Normally paid in full at enrolment. Payment can be made by debit / credit card, cash or cheque.
  • If fees are to be paid by your employer, we require a letter of authorisation at enrolment. (You will be liable for the fees if your employer fails to pay.)
  • We cannot reserve places on courses without payment.
  • Fees stated are for enrolment for the 2016/17 academic year only. Courses which run for more than one year will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.
  • For the College to comply with the duty of care required for under 16s, it cannot accept students before their 16th birthday, except on group courses agreed with their schools.

Fee Concessions

If you're aged between 16 and 18 (as of 31/8/2016)

  • 18 year olds can enrol onto some of our part-time qualifications for free (enquire for details)
  • You can enrol onto any level of our apprenticeship programmes for free

You won’t have to pay tuition costs, exam fees or material costs. You may choose to pay for the following on a voluntary basis:

  • uniforms of your own (used college uniform is available free on loan)
  • specific equipment for your own use (use of shared college equipment is available for free)
  • non-compulsory trips or visits that are in addition to the core elements of the course

If you're aged between 19 and 23 (at the start of your course)
Your tuition, exams and material fees are waived, when:

  • enrolling on your first entry or Level 1 qualification with the intention to progress to a level 2 programme
  • enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification
  • enrolling for your first full Level 3 qualification
  • enrolling for your first full Level 4 qualification (without having already achieved a full Level 3)
  • you enrol onto any level apprenticeship programme, but your employer will be required to pay a fee

The following qualifications will be offered to you at a lower subsidised fee:

  • Subsequent full Level 2
  • Fundable smaller qualifications and units (not classified as full) at Level 2 (classroom based)

If you are aged 19 and over
enrolling on one of these courses:

  • Any English or Maths qualifications we offer at pre-entry, entry, Level 1 & Level 2, or GCSE English and Maths your tuition, exams and material fees are waived
  • ESOL qualifications delivered up to and including Level 2 are offered to you at a lower subsidised fee (exams and materials fees apply)
  • you can enrol onto an intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeship programme for free but your employer will pay a fee

If you are enrolling on an ‘eligible’ qualification at Level 3 or above, you can apply for a Advanced Learning Loan to support the cost of your course.

Some course are NOT eligible for Government funding, and fee waivers are not available. The course will be marked as “no concessions”.

Additional Fee Waivers

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for courses up to and including Level 2:

  • If 19+, unemployed and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (work related activity group) or Job Seekers Allowance, your tuition, exams and material fees are waived.
  • If you are 19+, unemployed and receiving a benefit but want to improve your skills with the intention, and commitment, to progress into work, your tuition, exams and material fees may be waived if deemed an appropriate progression route.

However, you may have to pay for any specialist equipment or additional materials that aren't included in the course fees, or any trips/visits that are additional to your core programme.

 
  Remission Category What to bring as proof of entitlement
1 Recipient of Jobseekers Allowance including a partner if the claim is joint. JSA1 form authorised by Jobcentre Plus.
2 Recipient of Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group. Letter stating you are receiving income related (not contribution based) ESA (WRAG).
3 Unemployed learners who are in receipt of a relevant benefit who need skills / training to improve their employment prospects.

Current benefit letter for the following:

Universal Credit
Income Support
Child Tax Credit
Housing Benefit
Council Tax Benefit
Child Benefit
Disability Allowance
State Pension
Incapacity Benefit
Carers Allowance
Attendance Allowance
Widowed Parent Allowance
** Working Tax Credit Is not acceptable **

Cancellations

The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to courses and those that do not attract enough interest will not proceed. We will inform students as soon as possible and whenever such changes prevent you from starting or continuing your course, ALL fees will be refunded. If you wish to cancel your enrolment or withdraw from your course please refer to section 6 of our fees policy. The Application for the Refund or Waiver of Fees form is available here.

Please note:
  • You will be asked for your National Insurance number when you enrol
  • You will be withdrawn if you do not attend your course

Important Note
Due to fees being dependent on age and funding options, fees will be confirmed at time of enrolment.

Learner Support Funds

Available for part-time students on low incomes to help towards the costs of childcare, travel and the purchase of essential course equipment. In exceptional circumstances help may also be available towards course fees. Applications are available through Student Services after you have started your course. Only applicable for courses that attract fee concessions and funds are limited, so apply early.

Higher Education Fees

All higher education course fees vary depending on the validating university and course modules, please refer to the Higher Education Financial Help section for more details.

Certificates for courses with qualifications

Certificates are posted to the address we have on record for you and we recommend you update us with any changes to your address before you finish your course. Apart from GCSEs and A Levels, awarding bodies process certificates at different times, so we don’t have specific dates for the posting out of certificates. If you haven’t heard anything by the end of August, please contact the College.

Please note: Once you have received your certificate, please check the details and contact us immediately if you see a mistake.

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