Information about our course fees
How much will it cost?
Provided you meet residency requirements, certain courses are FREE. These include;
- English and maths functional skills.
- English and maths GCSE courses are free if you have not previously achieved a grade A - C or 4 - 9 at GCSE
- Computer Skills - Beginners to Level 1 qualifications are free if you have not previously achieved an IT qualification at that level or above
These course fees are available if you are:
- in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- in receipt of Employment Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group (ESA/WRAG)
- in receipt of an income based benefit* and are actively seeking work or better employment
- employed and earning less than £9.90 per hour (you will need to provide evidence of this)
- are unemployed
Please ask a member of staff for further advice
*Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance (WRAG/HRAG), Income Support, Pension Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Asylum Support.
If you are not eligible for a discount fee you will have to pay the full course fee and any exam and assessment fees.
Other important fee information
There is an exam fee for all qualification courses. For some learners the exam entry will be free depending on the course and your personal circumstances. Please ask staff for details.
For Level 3 courses the exam fee is already included in the published course fee.
Advanced Learner Loans for over 19s studying on level 3 courses
If you were aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2022 and you are enrolling onto some of our level 3 courses, then you must pay the full fee or take out a loan depending on the eligibility of the qualification. More information can be found at: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan
You do not have to pay your loan back until you have started earning over £26,568 per year.
EEA National learners
You must provide proof of your status at enrolment. Provided you meet eligibility criteria, standard fees, concessions and discounts apply.
International learners (non EEA National Learners)
The minimum course fee is £10 per hour. For details on the residency requirements needed to qualify for our funded courses please ask at your local centre.