Fees, Financial Assistance and How to Pay
Understanding course fees:
Many of our students study for free. Don’t be put off by the cost of study, please call our Admissions Team on 0151 257 2053 to check if you are eligible to for free or qualify for a loan.
Eligibility depends on your individual circumstances and the course you have chosen to study.
Fees are paid annually for courses lasting more than one year. Fees shown on course information relate to the first year, unless otherwise stated.
Please note, in exceptional circumstances fees may be subject to change.
Financial Assistance and Fee Concessions:
If you are worried about the costs of learning, there may be some financial assistance available to help towards study costs and other expenses.
Many of our students study for free or are eligible for loans (eligibility depends on the course you choose and your personal circumstances).
You will be given full advice and guidance on any support available to you at your admissions interview which will take place once you have made an application to the College.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you are 19 or over you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans will cover the full course fee for some Level 3 courses.
For additional information about advanced learning loans, please click here.
Use this table to identify if fee remission is available to you:
|What type of Course are you enrolling on?||Fees, Course Funding and Loans||Action needed at enrolment.|
|A ‘Full Cost’ Course
(courses without any symbol after the fee in the Adult Course Guide)
|Course fees apply regardless of circumstances.||You must pay your course fees or your first instalment at enrolment.|
|A Higher Education Course
(these courses will have an ‘s’ in the FEE Column)
|Course fees apply.
You may be able to apply for a Student Loan from the Government.
|Please contact Adult Admissions to discuss your loan application.|
|A Functional Skills Course||These courses are FREE regardless of your circumstances.||You must sign a declaration regarding qualifications you have attained prior to the start of this course.|
|A GCSE English or Maths Course||A £40 registration fee applies to everyone.
These courses are FREE for anyone who has not achieved a GCSE in the same subject at grade C/4 or above in the last three years.
|£40 payment to be taken at enrolment.
You must sign a declaration regarding qualifications you have attained prior to the start of this course.
|An ESOL course||Please see the ESOL team.||Please see the ESOL team.|
|An Entry, Level 1 or Level 2 Course||These courses may be FREE if you are:|
|UNEMPLOYED and in receipt of a state benefit||Complete FRED form at Enrolment|
|EMPLOYED or SELF EMPLOYED and earning less than £338.00 per month and either:
In receipt of a state benefit, choosing a course that will provide you with the skills to enhance your employment prospectus
|Complete FRED form at Enrolment|
|EMPLOYED or SELF EMPLOYED and earning less than £15,736.50 per year||Provide a pay slip from the last 3 months or employment contract
For Self Employed – Last year’s tax return
|An Entry, Level 1 or Level 2 Course||Studying a FULL Level 2 course, aged 19-23 and have NOT already achieved a FULL Level 2 qualification|
|Full Level 3 Courses||These courses are FREE if you are aged 19-23 and have not already achieved a Full Level 3 or higher qualification.
Otherwise course fees apply – you may apply for an Advanced Learning Loan.
Complete FRED Form and sign declaration of the highest level of qualification you have attained prior to the start of this course.
Contact Adult Admissions for information on Adult Learner Loans.
A first full level 2 course includes: 5 GCSEs at grade A*- C, BTEC First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, GNVQ Intermediate. If you have additional qualifications that you are unsure of, we will check these at enrolment.
A first full level 3 course includes: 2 A Levels at grade A*-E, BTEC National Diploma, BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC National Certificate, NVQ Level 3, GNVQ Advanced. If you have additional qualifications that you are unsure of, we will check these at enrolment.
How do I pay?
Course fees should be paid at enrolment by cash or card. We accept all major credit/debit cards. We do not accept American Express.
Fees for courses which are not eligible for remission or loans must be paid for in full at enrolment.
All other fees that are £310 or above, and last a minimum of one term, can be paid in instalments. Students will be required to pay the first instalment at enrolment.
If your employer is paying your course fees you must bring a letter of authorisation from them. We will then issue an invoice directly to your employer for payment.