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Paying your fees

Course fees

If you are aged 19+ and not in receipt of income-related benefits, you will need to pay for all fees and programme costs.

You might not have to pay fees if you are:

  • aged 19+, unemployed, receiving benefits and seeking employment on a programme that is eligible
  • aged 19+ and working towards—but have not already achieved—a GCSE in English and maths at Grade 9-4 (A*–C)
  • aged 19+, employed and earning less than £17,004 per annum, and your programme is eligible
  • aged between 19-23 when you start your programme, this is your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and your programme is eligible

A limited number of free community learning places will be made available on some courses where indicated and to be eligible, you will need to be: 

  • aged 19+ unemployed and receiving benefits
  • aged 19+ employed and earning less than £17,004 per annum

Paying your fees

Payment may be made in person, over the phone or electronically

The preferred methods of payment are:

  • Most major credit and debit cards, excluding American Express
  • Bank transfer (please use your student ID as a reference)
  • Online via payment portal
  • Advanced Learner Loan
  • Direct debit instalment plan, if eligible

In certain circumstances, other payment methods may be used including:

  • cash payments up to the value of £100. Each payment must be 100 days apart
  • cheques 
Paying by Direct Debit

You may request to pay course fees by Direct Debit instalments, subject to the following conditions:

  • 40% of the course fee is paid at enrolment 
  • a £10 instalment administration fee is payable at enrolment
  • a Direct Debit mandate is completed at point of enrolment and given to the enrolment personnel
  • you must have a UK bank account
  • the course must be delivered over 15 weeks or more
  • the course fee must be:
    • £250 or over for a short plan, or
    • £500 or over for a long plan over £200.00 for a short plan
  • the remaining 60% of the course fee is paid over: 
    • six equal instalments of 10% each for a long plan, or 
    • two equal instalments of 30% each for a short plan 
  • these instalment plans can only be offered if the full course fees will be paid in full prior to the course end date
  • if a student withdraws from the course, they will remain liable for any outstanding balance
Employer payments

If your employer is paying your fees, we will need a letter on your employer’s headed paper, confirming they agree to pay your course fees. We will then raise an invoice to them. 

This letter should include:

  • Your/the students name
  • Course name
  • Academic year
  • Value being contributed
  • Invoice address
  • Email address for submission of invoice
  • Be signed by a manager

Invoice terms are 30 days from date of invoice, and full invoice value must be paid. Instalment options are not available (except apprenticeship courses).