Part-Time Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for Part-Time Foundation Degrees and BA (Hons) Top-Up courses for the 18/19 academic year will be £4,500, and for the 19/20 academic year the fee will be £4,625.

Tuition fees for our online courses differ slightly and can be found in the table below.

Course Title 2018/2019 academic year 2019/2020 academic year
BA (Hons) Childhood Education Studies (top-up) £930 per 30 credit module £930 per 30 credit module

Tuition Fee Loan

Tuition fee loans are available to eligible Home/EU students. This is a loan that you can take out from Student Finance to pay for your tuition fees. It is available to all students who meet specific residency criteria, regardless of household income. However, if you have had previous Higher Education study this may affect your eligibility. If you are eligible, you can get a loan to cover the full amount of your tuition fees and it will be paid directly to UCB after you enrol on the course.

Maintenance Loan for BA (Hons) students

New students beginning a BA (Hons) course, or those topping up from an FdA to a BA (Hons) can apply to take out a maintenance loan (some course exclusions apply)*. This loan is available through Student Finance England (EU students are not eligible unless they have lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year).

The maintenance loan is intended to assist students with living costs throughout their studies, and the amount you can get is based upon a combination of:

a) your household income, and;
b) the intensity of your studies, i.e. how many credits you are studying in a given academic year, compared to that of a full-time course. Your intensity may not be the same each year, therefore your loan amount may also change in future academic years.

To be eligible for the maintenance loan, you must be under the age of 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course.

Maintenance payments will be made directly to your account in 3 instalments over each academic year. Your first payment will not be released until you have been in study for 2 weeks.

When you apply for a maintenance loan you must indicate how many credits you are expecting to study in the forthcoming academic year. If you are unsure how many credits you’re expecting to study, please visit your course page to find out.

The table below provides an indication of the maximum maintenance loan you will be entitled to, depending on your study intensity:

Study intensity Living at parental home Living elsewhere
100% Up to £7,529 Up to £8,944
75%< 100% Up to £5,647 Up to £6,708
66%< 75% Up to £5,014 Up to £5,957
50%< 66% Up to £3,765 Up to £4,472
33%< 50% Up to £2,507 Up to £2,978
25% <33% Up to £1,882 Up to £2,236

*distance learning courses are not eligible for the maintenance loan, therefore BA (Hons) Childhood Education Studies is not able to apply for this.


The maintenance loan and tuition fee loans are repayable, but you will not enter repayment until the April after you finish or leave your course, or the April four years after the start of your course – whichever comes first. Repayments will only be deducted once you are earning more than £25,000 a year and you will repay 9% of anything you earn above this amount.

How to Apply

The 2019/20 application form is now available.

English students can apply for loans online at (EU students will not be able to apply online and must complete a paper based form).

Paper application forms (PTMN form for new English students and EUPTL1 form for EU students) are available to download from 

If you need any help completing the application please call Katrina Evenett, Sunny Mehan or Rhianne Anderson at University College Birmingham on 0121 232 4411, 0121 232 4401 or 0121 232 4092.

Please note that if your tuition fee loan is not approved by the time your course starts, you will be invoiced for your tuition fee when you enrol.  If you are not taking out a tuition fee loan you can pay in four equal instalments, payable by agreed dates throughout the year as indicated in the table below.

Payment Dates* for part-time Students Whose Courses Begin in the 2018/19 Academic Year 

Payment Courses starting September 2018 Courses starting January 2019 Instalment
Payment 1 31 October 2018 31 March 2019 25%
Payment 2 31 January 2019 31 May 2019 25%
Payment 3 31 March 2019 31 October 2019 25%
Payment 4 31 May 2019 31 January 2020 25%


Payment Dates* for part-time Students Whose Courses Begin in the 2019/20 Academic Year

Payment Courses starting September 2019 Courses starting January 2020 Instalment
Payment 1 31 October 2019 31 March 2020 25%
Payment 2 31 January 2020 31 May 2020 25%
Payment 3 31 March 2020 31 October 2020 25%
Payment 4 31 May 2020 31 January 2021 25%

* The payment dates listed are for a full year’s tuition fee/attendance.

What will I be charged if I decide to withdraw during the academic year? 

Please consider carefully whether to enrol on your course.  If you enrol and subsequently withdraw you will be charged fees irrespective of how early in the academic year you withdraw.  Fees will be calculated as follows:

If you withdraw at any time in: Percentage of tuition fee charged
Term 1 25%
Term 2 50%
Term 3 100%