The course fees can be viewed on the course information pages of the website, showing the fees payable depending on age. The fees shown are payable per year if the course duration is for more than one year**. Where courses include an exam fee it is for one sitting only. If students need to re-take an exam, then they will have to pay an additional fee. All fees shown apply to people aged 19 or over, who have been resident in the UK or in another country in the EEA for the last three years or more.
For some courses, there are additional fees which are payable later or at enrolment and cover extra costs associated with the course, such as materials, trips etc. These will be discussed with you.
Payment by instalments will be available on courses of 24 weeks or more for students who are not sponsored by their company and where the total fee payable at enrolment is more than £325 – see ‘Spreading the Cost’ further down this page for more information. The full fee or, where applicable, the first instalment, plus a £25 administration fee, is payable upon enrolment. You will need to pay this before you can start the course.
Please note that for courses lasting more than one year, the fees shown represent the first year’s fee only. Further fees are payable in subsequent years**.
**Unless marked with a circle. See 19+ Advanced Learner Loans information further down this page.
Fees are payable on enrolment and failure to pay the fees could result in the learner being withdrawn from the course and the fees being recovered through our External Debt Collection agency.
For courses marked with a triangle, the College does not charge any compulsory fees if you are studying at Level 2 or below and you are aged 19 years or over and a student in one of the following categories:
Eligibility criteria for a FREE Level 2 Distance Learning course:
An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the course.
Please note that fees apply to some distance learning courses. Course fees are published on the course information page. For advice on fee remission please see the Free Courses section above.
From August 2019, funding decisions for education became devolved to local government in several counties of England. This transfer of funding from central government to combined authorities has created fundamental changes to areas that we as an education and training provider can operate in.
We regret that we can no longer offer FREE courses in: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), Greater London Authority (GLA), West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority.
If you are unsure if your postcode falls into one of the five combined authorities, please email email@example.com and we’ll be able to help you.
Students in the following categories also receive full funding for ESFA funded qualifications based on the qualifications they hold on entry:
These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from April 2021. The rates change every April:
18 – 20 year old: £6.83
21 – 22 year old: £9.18
23 and over National Living Wage: £9.50
Low Wage Definition:
You are defined as having a low wage if you earn less than £18,525.00 annual gross salary (£1,543.75 monthly / £356.25 weekly).
West of England Combined Authority
If you live within the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) area then the values are defined as £19,305 annual gross salary (£1608.75 monthly / £371.25 weekly).
Advanced Learner Loans are available for eligible FE and non-prescribed HE courses at Level 3 and above for students aged 19+. Eligible courses include:
Where a course is paid for by an Advanced Learner Loan the elements of the fee not paid by the Student Loan, should the student withdraw, will become a debt to the student.
Students who enrol for a course without payment because they have applied for a Loan will be invoiced for the annual course fees if they are not subsequently awarded the Loan. They will be given a period of 42 days from their start date to complete the process.
How do I apply?
You will be able to apply for a Loan from 27 June 2022 for courses that start between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023. It is recommended that you complete an online application to enable your application to be dealt with more quickly; visit the Direct.gov website. You will need your Learning and Funding Information Letter, which was sent to you with your offer to be able to do this. If you do not have this information or need further support with making your application, please contact our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234.
To see the range of courses we offer, click here.
For further information about Advanced Learner Loans, please visit the following websites:
If you don’t qualify for a free course or an Advanced Learner Loan, and you are on a low income, you may be able to receive support from our Learner Support Fund to cover some or all of your fees. You should apply to the College for Learner Support Funds as soon as possible. In exceptional cases, these funds may also support travel costs. Demand is very high and we may not be able to meet the needs of everyone who applies, so you should aim to submit your application as early as possible. Student Support can help you with this; call 01278 441233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Fees for overseas students may vary from those shown on our website.
All course fees and additional fees are non-returnable from three weeks prior to the course start date, unless it is subsequently cancelled by the College or is oversubscribed. If any course is cancelled or already full, you will receive a full refund.
If you do not wish to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan, the College offers payment by instalments. This is only available if you are paying your own fees, are attending a course of 24 weeks or more and the total fee payable at enrolment is more than £325, inclusive of additional fees. The first instalment will be £325 or 50% of the fee, whichever the greater, with the remaining amount payable in two equal instalments on 1 November 2022 and 1 February 2023. Instalments will be collected by Direct Debit. There will be an additional administrative charge of £25 for this facility, which must be paid with the first instalment. You will also be required to complete an instalment agreement form and Direct Debit Mandate. These forms will be available from our Finance office: email@example.com 01278 441327
This helps students with up to 90% of the cost of childcare for courses shown with a triangle. Apply through Student Support on 01278 441233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability. To reserve a place for your child at the Bridgwater campus Childcare Centre, call 01278 441270.
You will not be charged any course or additional compulsory fees if you are aged 19 to 23 and enrolling on a legal entitlement qualification at Level 2 or Level 3, and have not previously achieved a full qualification at this level or higher. You would also be eligible if you do not currently hold a full Level 2 qualification or above, and are studying at Entry Level or Level 1 in order to progress to Level 2. Speak to our Information, Advice & Guidance team on 01278 441234 for help completing your application form, or email email@example.com
If you are applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, you may be eligible to apply for help with the costs of travel, additional learning support, childcare and in exceptional circumstances, on-campus accommodation. This funding is extremely limited and early application is recommended. Priority will be given to students with special educational needs. Please contact Student Support on 01278 441233 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are applying through UCAS, you can apply for loans and grants via Student Finance England at www.gov.uk/student-finance
Contact Student Support on 01278 441233 for details or email email@example.com for more information.
Students are automatically entitled to free membership of the Student Union. The optional purchase of a £12 NUS Extra card will entitle you to discounts on hundreds of products and services throughout the UK. For more information contact a member of our Student Union on 01278 441341.