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Fees Explained

Students aged 16-18

If you’re 18, or under, on the 31st August before the start of your course (i.e. 31st August 2018 for courses starting September 2018), your full-time course is free.  There are no tuition, examination or registration fees, except in certain situations (such as re-sit fees for exams). However, there may be charges for essential equipment and trips associated with certain courses: you can find out about these at interview or by visiting our page on course-related costs.

Where a course is part-time and offered in an evening or weekend, fees may be charged. These will be shown at the time of application and be payable when you enrol on the course.

Please see the page on on financial support and help available, for more details bursaries and learning support funds that you could access.

Students aged 19+

The fees shown, unless otherwise stated, are for the duration of the course and cover all examination and tuition fees.  Separate, course-related fees may also be charged for materials or equipment (please see our page on specific course related costs for details of these).

A range of payment options, including through instalments, are available and can be discussed at application stage. The fees are non-refundable for full-time students who withdraw from the course (unless it is for medical reasons or in exceptional circumstances) or transfer on to a course that has lower fees.

If you do not hold a level 2 qualification (e.g. 5 GCSEs at Grades A*-C/9-4) or a level 3 qualification (e.g. 2 A-Levels) and are under 23 years old, you may be able to get a substantial reduction in your fees. You may also be able to claim for free or discounted courses at level 1 and entry level if you’re aiming for a level 2 course, do not already a qualification at this level and are under 23 years old.  Please speak with a member of our Admissions team who can advise you further.

For those courses which have the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan symbol present, you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the fees. . Similar to the loans available for higher education students, it is not means-tested or credit checked - if you meet the criteria you will be able to apply regardless of whether you’re employed or unemployed. You will also only begin to pay the loan back once you’re earning over £21,000 and, in the same way as the higher education tuition loans, it is written off after 30 years.  More information on this loan is available on the Government website