Fees and Funding

College tuition fees for UK & EU students 2018/19

Please view details of our college tuition fees for 2018/19 here.

You will not have to pay tuition fees if you fall into one of the categories below at the time you enrol on your course; you must also meet the necessary residency criteria and your course has to be eligible for Government funding (PLEASE NOTE that if your course is not eligible for Government funding you will have to pay the full cost of the course):

Level 1 & Level 2 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees: 

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2018 
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2018, who do not already have a full level 2 qualification (e.g. 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or grade 4 and above) and are enrolling on the following courses only:
    • C&G Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food & Beverage Services (FT)
    • VTCT Level 2 Diploma In Hair And Media Make-Up
    • VTCT NVQ2 Diploma in Hairdressing & VRQ2 Beauty Therapy 
  • Students in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)* 
  • Students in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the work-related activity group (WRAG)* 
  • Students in receipt of Universal Credit*, earning either less than 16 times the National Minimum wage per week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (Household claims), and are determined by Jobcentre Plus as being in one of the following groups:
    • All Work Related Requirements Group
    • Work Preparation Group
    • Work Focused Interview Group 
  • Students who receive other state benefits* and earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (Household claims); and want to enter employment and need skills training to do so and the learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and local labour market needs 
  • Students in custody who are released on temporary licence and not funded through OLASS 

* For us to assess your entitlement, you must bring your benefit letter to enrolment.  It must be in your name and dated within the last three months.  If you only have a letter older than three months, please bring this to enrolment, along with your most recent bank statement.  The bank statement should contain visible evidence that you are still in receipt of benefit payments.  We must be able to see from the statement that the bank account is in your name and that the payment details match those on your benefit letter.

Level 3 courses

The following students will not have to pay tuition fees: 

  • Students aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2018 
  • Students aged 19 to 23 on 1st September 2018, enrolling on the following courses, who do not already have a full level 3 qualification e.g. 2 A Levels:
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business
    • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (VRQ)
    • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision 
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality
    • Pearson Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Travel and Tourism
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism with Languages
    • VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Studies
    • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
    • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up 

If you do not fall into one of the categories above you will have to pay the tuition fees for the course. If you are aged 19 and over on the first day of your course you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan.  This is a non-means tested loan available from the UK Government to pay the tuition fees of full level 3 qualifications (course exclusions apply**). The loan is paid directly to UCB to cover the cost of your tuition, and does not have to be repaid until you are earning over £25,000 a year.  For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.  

**The following courses are not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan:

  • CACHE Level 3 Award Health & Social Care
  • OAL Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology

If you are paying your own fees you can either pay in full at enrolment, or payment can be made in 4 equal instalments: instalments are due by the end of October, January, March and May.

 

Frequently asked questions

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Can I pay my tuition fees in instalments?
Can I apply for a student loan to cover the cost of my tuition fees?
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