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Finance and Course Fees

Cards Only – No Cash/Cheque Payments 

To help protect you and our staff we will only accept cashless payments.

Many courses we offer are supported by fund from the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and from other sources, such as the European Social Fund. Skills & Learning must make responsible use of this funding and has a duty to ensure it is used to support learners who are committed to achieving. If you are on one of these courses staff at Skills & Learning will direct you to an online satisfaction survey between November 2020 and April 2021, where you can give your feedback.

We also offer courses that do not receive any external funding and these are supported by the fees we charge to learners. 

Below you can see how your course is funded based on the course code, please read the information carefully and if you have any queries please call us on 01202 123444. 

For information regarding Advanced Learner Loans and the impact of Coronavirus on Call Centres and procedures please click here.

Fully Funded (CF) Courses

Fully funded (you pay no fee) courses or Concessionary Fee (CF) courses are subject to permanent residency within the EU for the last three years (there may be exceptions, please contact us for details). 

Courses Starting AA, AT, AN, QE, QN, QT and PT:

The fee shown is a subsidised cost for eligible learners (please see Terms & Conditions):

• If you receive JSA, ESA, Lone Parent Income Support (WRA) or Universal Credit  it is likely you may be entitled to a fully funded (you pay no fee) qualification course

• If you are unemployed, either looking for work or will be looking for work in the future, and are in receipt of any other state benefit, you may be eligible for a fully funded (you pay no fee) course

• English and maths GCSE may be fully funded if you do not already have a Grade C / 4 or above

• If you are working less than 16 hours a week at the minimum wage or your income is less than £338pm (disregarding benefits) and you are in receipt of state benefits and want to progress into more substantial employment the course may be fully funded (you pay no fee)

• If your earnings are less than £17,004 PA you may be eligible for a fully funded course (you pay no fee)

Further financial assistance towards course feesmay be available depending on your personal circumstances. For further information please contact us for advice.

PL, PS, PM, PE and FN Courses

A 50% concession is available to those in receipt of/who are:

  • Tax credits (Working Tax Credits combined with Child Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits only or Working Tax Credits combined with disability element). Household gross annual income from your current award letter should be £16,385 or less. Use your most recent award letter – if this is for the current financial year, your income will be estimated and will be accepted.
  • Housing or Council Tax Support
  • Income Support or Guarantee Pension Credit (not savings credit)
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Universal Credit
  • Job Seekers Allowance (contribution based)
  • NHS HC2 Certificate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Incapacity Benefit – Higher or LongTerm Rate
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Social Services Cardholders
  • Voluntary and Community Sector/Not for profit Volunteer
  • Social Prescription (NHS)
  • Registered Disabled
  • Have a diagnosed Learning difficulty/disability

AH Courses

Maths and English courses are FREE for those aged 19+ with residency status.

If you are aged 19-23 then you may be able to study Functional Skills ICT for FREE.

If you are aged 24+ and do not yet have a Level 3 qualification, then you may be able to study the following courses for FREE:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health (e-learning)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism (e-learning)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • ECDL Advanced – Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills

If you do not qualify for funding you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan or simply pay the fee.

TG, ZA and ZN Courses

The fee shown is the full cost. There are no subsidies available.

NE & PA Courses

These courses are for those who are unemployed or under-employed and are free to eligible learners.

What do you mean by 'unemployed'?

A learner is defined unemployed if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)   
  • Receive Universal Credit, and their take-home pay as recorded on their Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner)   
  • Receives other state benefits (not listed in paragraph 157) and their take home pay (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner), and;
  • Wants to be employed, or progress into more sustainable employment, and their take-home pay (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner), and you are satisfied identified learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs
What do you mean by 'low wage'?

Learners in receipt of low wage earn less than £17,004.00 annual gross salary.

If you are ineligible for our funding options and cannot afford to pay the full course cost we do have some more options to help, please see below.

Instalment Plan

For fees over £100 It may be possible to pay 50% of the course fee before the enrolment can be processed for the course, with the remainder 50% being paid in 2 consecutive monthly instalments at 25% each. An example being – If the course costs £132 and starts in September, £66 must be paid before enrolment, with £33 being paid the next 2 months after the first initial payment. So if the first payment is taken in September of £66, £33 will be owed in October and again in November.
For fees over £650 We recommend that you contact our team at Skills and Learning for further information and guidance.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study a course at level 3 or above, you will need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course. The Advanced Learner Loan is a way of borrowing money to pay for your course. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. Please click here for more information on our Advanced Learning Loans