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Information about course fees

How much will it cost?

Free courses

Provided you meet residency requirements, courses are FREE. These include;

  • English and Maths Functional Skills.
  • English and Maths GCSE unless you have a grade A-C or 4-9.
  • IT courses for complete beginners through to Level 1 qualifications.
  • Introduction to Business Administration or Customer Service.

Concession fee

These course fees are available if you are:

  • on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA).
  • on Employment Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG).
  • in receipt of an income based benefit*, earn less than £330 a month and are actively seeking work or better employment.
  • employed and earning less than £8.07 per hour (you will need to provide evidence of this).

Discount fee

Depending on the type of course you wish to join discount course fees are available if you are:

  • on an income based benefit*.
  • claiming Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

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 (with a household income of less than £17,560) or Asylum Support.

Full fee

If you are not eligible for a Concession or Discount Fee you will have to pay the full course fee and any exam and assessment fees.

Other important fee information

Exam fees

There is an exam fee for all qualification courses.

Unfortunately at the time of going to press some 2018/19 exam fees had still to be confirmed by the exam boards. 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.

16 - 18 year olds

If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018 the fee you pay will depend on other education you are engaged in. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.

Level 3 courses

If you are over 19 on 31st August 2018 and studying a level 3 course, then you must either pay the full cost of the course or take out a loan for all or part of the course fee. The loans are administered by the Student Loans Company. Ask Centre staff for details or go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

European Community / EEA learners

You must provide proof of your status at enrolment. Provided you meet eligibility criteria, standard fees, concessions and discounts apply.

International learners (non EC/EEA)

The minimum course fee is £10 per hour. For details on the residency requirements needed to qualify for Skills Funding Agency funded courses please ask at your local centre.

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