Course fees and funding

We get funding from the government. This funding means we can offer courses to most learners for free or at a discount.

Our courses have different fees depending on your circumstances and the course that you want to do.

UK/EEA fees and proof

The course fees we publish are for people who have been resident in the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area (EEA) for three years.

You will be asked to show us proof. For example:

  • A passport that clearly shows evidence you have been resident in the UK or EEA for the past three years. (Not all passports show this.)
  • Home Office confirmation.
  • Bank statements, utility bills, letters from schools, or any other official documents showing you have lived in the UK/EEA for at least three years.

Not sure what to bring? Please email to find out more.

Free and discounted courses

You could take a course for free, or get a discount up to 70 per cent, if you are:

  • a jobseeker;
  • receiving a means-tested benefit;
  • employed and earning less than £25,000 per year; or
  • receiving working tax credit.

You will need to show us proof of your benefits and income.

Funding rules are complicated, so some courses could be excluded from this offer.
Instead of a free course, you could pay a discounted fee.

Standard fee and our new 50 per cent discount!

You will pay a standard course fee if you do not receive a state benefit or you do not qualify for a discounted fee.

As of October 2020, we are also offering a 50 per cent discount on the standard fees for many of our 2020-21 courses. This is one way we are continuing to support learners during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our 50 per cent discount is only for the course fee for certain courses; you would still need to pay the full exam and materials costs.

If you need help paying for your course, please ask us about available support.

Other fees

Aside from your course fee, you might also need to pay exam fees and certificate fees for some courses. These fees are from the awarding body that sets the exam or checks your work before issuing a certificate.

You might also need to pay an additional cost towards materials for your course.

The fees in our prospectus include exam, certificate and materials fees. All fees are accurate at the time of publication.

Enrol and pay for your course(s)

You can enrol and pay for your course(s) in different ways


A refund will only be given if a course is closed. Learners are not entitled to a refund if they decide to stop attending a course. We sometimes allow learners to transfer the balance of their payment to another course in the same academic year.