What if I can’t afford the fees?
For some courses there may be additional help to pay for your fees:
- If you are unemployed and claiming state benefits, you may be able to claim the concessionary fee. Please contact us for details of evidence required or download our leaflet below.
- If your household income is less than £20,000 per year, you may be eligible to apply for a bursary to pay for 50% of total course fees. Application forms for bursary funds are available from both Receptions and will need to be submitted in good time prior to the start of your course as the application may take up to 3 working days to be processed. This is a limited fund and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so please enquire early
Download our How to Fund Your Course leaflet
I’m 19-24; do I need to pay course fees?
If you are between 19 and 23 when your course starts, you may qualify for a concession if you are studying your first full level 2 course. If you are between 19 and 24 when your course starts, you may qualify for a concession if you are studying your first full level 3 (e.g Access to HE ) or level 4 course.
Loans for students aged 24 and over
Further information regarding student loans can be found on the following pages:
Download the 24+ Learning Loans fact sheet
I’m 16-18; do I still have to pay my course fees?
We offer Leisure courses to younger learners which you will be required to pay the full fees for, we no longer offer qualification courses for younger learners.
Do I have to pay the whole cost all at once?
If your course is over £150 you maybe able to pay in 3 instalments; if your course is over £350 you maybe able to pay in 5 instalments, providing the final instalment is paid 6 weeks before the end of the course. Plans must be arranged in person at either site at the time of enrolment. You will need to have a UK bank account and will be charged £15 per instalment plan. You will also need to bring your bank sort code, account number and bank address with you.
Can I get any help paying for my course materials & travel expenses?
For some longer courses, you can apply for a bursary if your household income is less than £20,000 per year.
Local Bursary Schemes
Periodically we have bursary funds gifted to the college to assist learner afford courses and allow them to -
- Learn a new skill
- Meet new people
- Getting out of the house to be part of a safe, friendly environment
Presently we have kindly been given a Bursary Fund by the Portcullis Trust offering the opportunity to take a free course (one course per person per a term) to people who fit the elligibility criteria. Find out more
The local authority also run a similar scheme to encourage learning in disadvantaged groups for more information. Find out more
I don’t fit into any of these categories but I still need help to pay my fees
It might be possible to seek direct financial support from a local charity. Please ask at either Reception for current information.
I’m not sure if I have EU status
Government funding subsidies, concessions & bursaries apply to EU students only
- If you have been living in the UK for less than three years and do not have settled EU/UK residency status, you will probably need to pay non-EU rates
- You may need to enrol in person to provide the evidence required