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.
If your total fee is £325 or more, including any additional fees, you may choose to pay by instalments – see ‘Spreading the Cost’ further down this page. 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.
For courses marked with a triangle, the College does not charge any compulsory fees if you are:
Weekly National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage 2018:
18 – 20: £94.40
21 – 24: £118.08
For courses marked on the website with an F2 for Level 2 or F3 for Level 3, the College does not charge any compulsory fees if you are:
If you are not sure whether or not you have already achieved a legal entitlement qualification at Level 2 or 3, please call our Information and Guidance team on 01278 441234.
If you are aged 19+ and the course fee for your age group is marked with a circle you are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Alternatively, you can pay the fee yourself. The amount shown is the loan you would have to take out to pay for the total duration of the course. Please contact the College for further information on 01278 441234.
Advanced Learner Loans are available for anyone aged 19+ starting an eligible course at Level 3 and above (exceptions apply) from 1 August 2018. The Loans are designed to support learners with their course fees in a similar way to how students studying university level courses receive a higher education loan.
If this is your first Level 3 course and were aged 19 – 23 on 1 August 2018, you may be able to get the course for free!
How do I apply?
You will be able to apply for a Loan from May 2018 for courses that start between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019. 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 the following payment option. Payment by instalments is available, but only 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, payable at enrolment, will be £300 or 50% of the fee, whichever is greater, plus an administration charge of £25. The remaining amount is payable in two equal instalments. You will also be required to complete an instalment agreement form available from our Information and Guidance team or the Finance office.
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 email@example.com to check availability. To reserve a place for your child at the Bridgwater campus Childcare Centre, call 01278 441270.
If you are aged 19 – 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 will not be charged any course or additional compulsory fees for courses marked with a for Level 2 or for Level 3. 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 and Guidance team on 01278 441234 for advice on completing your application form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, you may be eligible to apply for help with the costs of accommodation, 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. Contact Student Support on 01278 441233 for details or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.