Adult / 19+ Students

If you receive free school meals, make sure the college has an up-to-date email address for you and that you are regularly checking your emails. We want to be able to support you during this time.

Adult/Part-time courses

Fees for part-time and adult learning (19+) courses will vary, so please contact us for further information. Some of these courses are not funded by the government, which means that they are not eligible for waivers or concessions.

Adult education course fees can be found alongside each course in the guide. Long course fees and fees over £100 may be paid by an instalment plan. Please contact us for more information.

19+ course fees

You may qualify for funding to help you pay for your course. Fees may be waived due to personal circumstances and/or if you receive certain benefits. Please note that you will need to provide evidence to prove your benefit payments.

Fees (19+)

If you are aged 19-23, full-time FE course fees are up to a maximum of £1,100 plus exam fees and any course extras. Waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college’s fees policy 2019/20 for more information.

If you are aged 24 or over and taking a FE course below Level 3, course fees are a maximum of £1,100 plus exam fees and any course extras. Waivers are available depending on each individual, please see the college’s fees policy 2019/20 for more information.

Please note, the ESFA will no longer fund 19-23 students on a Level 3+ course who have already achieved a Level 3 qualification or 24+ students on a Level 3+ course. All fees are payable for these courses and can be paid for by students, employers or through an Advanced Learner Loan.

College fees may include tuition fees, awarding body registration fees or examination and certification fees and course-specific charges. Please note, college fees may vary according to your age, level of study, type of programme and course location.

Fees Concessions (19+)

If you are over the age of 19 and would like to study a FE course you may be eligible for a tuition fee, exam fee or course cost concessions depending on your eligibility.

  • 19+ and unemployed*.
  • You are 19-23 and this is your first full Level 2 qualification.
  • You are 19-23 and this is your first full Level 3 qualification.
  • You are 19-23 and taking a full Level 4 qualification and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (fees/loan payable for tuition fees, exam fees and course costs).
  • You are 19-23 taking a foundation learning course (Entry Level or Level 1), don’t already hold a full Level 2 qualification and this course will help you progress to Level 2.
  • You are studying GCSE English and maths and don’t already have a grade 4 or above in these.
  • You are a 19+ ESOL student who is not on active benefits (tuition fees, exam fees and course costs will be payable).
  • You are a 19+ student who is directly referred by Jobcentre and in receipt of benefits.
  • You are 19-23 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

If you earn less than £15,736 per annum you may be eligible for fully waived fees on a range of courses at Level 2 or below. To enrol, you will need to bring in evidence such as a contract of employment or a wage slip no more than three months old before your learning start date.

*Please note, concessions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to change. We always advise you find out your eligibility for concessions prior to enrolling. For more information, please contact us.

*Please note, to be considered 19+ and unemployed (in terms of eligibility for financial support) you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You receive Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only
  • You receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the Work-related Activity Group (WRAG)
  • You receive Universal Credit, earn either less than 16 times the national minimum wage a week or £330 a month and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in a work-related requirements group, work preparation group or work-focused interview group.
  • You are released on Released on Temporary Licence (ROTL) and studying outside a prison environment and are not funded through the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS).
  • You receive other state benefits and earn either less than 16 times the national minimum wage a week or less than £330 a month.
  • You want to be employed (or progress into more sustainable employment) and earn less than 16 times the national minimum wage a week or £330 a month) and your course is directly relevant to employment prospects and the local labour market needs.

You can find out about your entitlement to benefits from gov.uk. If you are over the age of 18 and in receipt of income support, you should consult your job centre advisor

Employed learners on Level 2 courses and below, earning less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary may also be exempt from some fees. Please note, you will need evidence of your earnings. This may include a contract of employment or a wage slip that is less than three months old.

Adults under 24 studying for their first full Level 2 qualification may be eligible for free tuition subject to status and dependent on the course. Please contact us for more information.

Paying fee

All students will be expected to make arrangements to pay their fees at the time of enrolment. The college accepts payments by cheque and all major debit and credit cards as well as instalment payments by direct debit.

Instalment payments are allowed on long courses (over 20 weeks) with a minimum value of £100 with an initial payment of 25% of the course fee, with the rest of the fee payable over a maximum of four further direct debit payments.

Please note, this information on this page is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the details will remain accurate, as government policy often requires changes to how we operate. Applicants receiving an offer of a place will be sent further updated information.

Please also note that information about financial support, loans, fees and funding is given based on information available from a range of sources, but does not claim to be complete. All applicants and students are advised to check how the information applies to their personal circumstances.

All details on what the Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding rules from 01 August 2019 to 31 July 2020 can be found on the government website at gov.uk. For more information, please refer to our fees policy or contact us.

If you are 19-23 and plan to study a course at Level 3 including A levels, Access to HE diplomas, and professional qualifications, you may be eligible for free tuition. This is dependant on the qualifications you have previously achieved and the qualification you study. Please contact us for further information.