Finance And Welfare Advice

Further Education Fees

Please note that fees are subject to change. 

Fees policy for full-time courses

Not everyone has to pay fees. It depends on the course you study, your age, financial status and previous education. Where fees are due, these must be paid at enrolment or in some cases via direct debit.

16- 18 year olds

Tuition/exam fees are FREE if you are aged 16-18 years, however you may incur additional fees depending on your chosen course. To qualify you must be under 19 years of age on 1st September.

19-23 year olds

If you are aged 19 years or over, then you may have to pay fees. However, tuition/exam fees may be free if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Studying a full Level 2 qualification for the first time and aged 19-23 years (on 31st August)
  • Studying a full Level 3 qualification for the first time and aged between 19 and 23 years (age on 31st August)
  • Unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit

19+ year olds

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you’re starting a Level 3, 4 6 or 6 course after 1 August 2016 and you are aged over 19 years on the first day of your course, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to help you pay for your course fees. For more information, see the links below:


For guidance on the different types of student finance available - including how to apply and repay - have a look at the interactive guide from Student Finance England:

Examination and registration fees

If you do not attend an examination for which the College has paid examination/registration fees on your behalf, the College may invoice you for the cost of the examination. If you have to re-sit an examination already taken at the College you will have to meet the costs of the examination yourself.

Additional costs

It may be necessary for you to pay for overalls, protective clothing, specialist equipment, studio or residential fees, or a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be told about any additional costs during your admissions interview.

For further information please call: 01244 656555.