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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

Please note that we are currently not taking any cash payments due to Covid 19

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).