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Finance and Course Fees

To help protect you and our staff please use cards whenever possible to make payments. 

Many of the courses we offer are supported by funding from the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). 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.  

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.  

Fully Funded (CF) Courses

Fully funded (you pay no fee) courses or Concessionary Fee (CF) courses are subject to residency and eligibility rules (please  contact us for details).  

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

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

  • If you receive JSA or ESA 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 your take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £552 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner) and want to progress to more substantial employment, the course may be fully funded (you pay no fee).
  • If your earnings are less than £17,374.50pa you may be eligible for a fully funded course (you pay no fee)

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

AH Courses

The fee shown is the full cost of the course. You will need to pay this full cost or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. If you are 19-23 at the start of the course and do not already have a full Level 3 or above qualification, then you may be eligible for a fully funded course (you pay no fee). 

TG, ZA and ZN Courses

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

NE Courses

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

PL, PS and PM Courses

The fee shown is the cost for eligible learners (please see  Terms and  Conditions). 

Please note the concessionary fee for PL courses applies if you have access to a leisure and learning card or meet the same funding criteria for an access to leisure and learning card. You can check if you qualify  here. 

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) or Jobseeker’s Allowance   
  • Receive Universal Credit, and their take-home pay as recorded on their Universal Credit statement (disregarding benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner)    
What do you mean by 'low wage'?

Learners in receipt of low wage earn less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary. You can find our low wage declaration form here

If you are ineligible for our fully funded or subsidised 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.

Concessionary Fees - 50% off

In order to simplify Community Learning pricing structures and to help ensure that our intended audience are reached, BCP residents with Access to “Leisure and Learning” or BCP and Dorset residents who meet any of the qualifying criteria; will receive a 50% discount on course fees:

  • 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 Long-Term 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)[BW1]
  • Registered disabled
  • Diagnosed learning difficulty/disability

To check if you qualify, call us on 01202 123444.