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Information about Course Fees

FREE courses

Provided you meet residency requirements, courses are FREE for all learners on:

  • English and Maths courses (unless you are doing a GCSE to improve a grade which is C or above).
  • Family Learning courses.

Course fees are also FREE provided you meet residency requirements and you are enrolled on Government Priority Course (most of the qualification courses) and you are

  • on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • on Employment Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group (ESA WRAG)
  • on Universal Credit
  • studying for Maths or English GCSE and have not already got a Grade C or above (16 - 18 years old you will need to check your eligibility with a member of our staff)
  • over 19 on the 31st August 2016 but under 24 years old at the start of the course, studying for an entry or level 1 vocational qualification which you need to progress to your first level 2 qualification
  • over 19 on the 31st August 2016 but under 24 years old at the start of the course, studying for a full level 2 qualification and do not already have a full level 2 qualification
  • over 19 on the 31st August 2016 but under 24 years old at the start of the course, studying for a full level 3 qualification and do not already have a full level 3 qualification
  • unemployed, in receipt of Income Based Benefits and on a vocational course to improve your skills in order to gain employment

Other Important Fee Information

If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2016 the fee you pay will depend on other education you are engaged in.
Please speak to a member of staff for more information.

Exam Fees

There is an exam fee for all qualification courses, however 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.

Discounts

Provided you meet residency requirements, there are also discounts on many of our standard course fees, including:

  • Most qualification courses if you are on an income based benefit such as Income Support, Personal Independance Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit (and have a household income of less than £17,560 per annum)
  • Most leisure courses (non qualification) if you are on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Employment Support Allowance (ESA), or on Income Support, Personal Independance Payment, Disability Living Allowance,Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Working Tax Credit (and have a household income of less than £17,560 per annum)

If you are not on Job Seekers Allowance or other benefits you will have to pay the full course fee and any exam and assessment fees for your course.

Level 3 courses

If you are over 24 on 31st August 2016 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.

The level 3 qualification will be free if you are under 24 years old when the course starts and taking your first full level 3 qualification.

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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