Online and part-time fees

Online and Part-Time Fees

Tuition fee information

This information is applicable to home and EU students studying on a part-time or online course. International students should visit our International Tuition Fees page.

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

Course Title 2019/20 academic year 2020/21 academic year
BA/FdA Part Time Courses (Taught at UCB) £4,625 £4,625
BA (Hons) Childhood Education Studies (Top-Up) (Online) £3,720 (£930 per 30 credit module) £5,500 (£1,375 per 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 University College Birmingham after you enrol on the course.


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 £26,575 a year and you will repay 9% of anything you earn above this amount.

How to apply

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 Sunny Mehan, Rhianne Anderson or Emily Bryan at University College Birmingham on 0121 232 4401, 0121 232 4092 or 0121 232 4180.

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%


For part-time students whose courses begin in the 2020/21 academic year

Payment Courses starting September 2020 Courses starting January 2021 Instalment
Payment 1 31 October 2020 31 March 2021 25%
Payment 2 31 January 2021 31 May 2021 25%
Payment 3 31 March 2021 31 October 2021 25%
Payment 4 31 May 2021 31 January 2022 25%

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.

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

Maintenance loan

Part-time students (taught at University College Birmingham)

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:

  • your household income, and;
  • 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.

Online Part-Time Course

Please note that if your part-time course is being delivered online, it is classified as a distance learning course. Therefore you will not be eligible for a maintenance loan payment as outlined by Student Finance England.

However, if you are undertaking your part-time course where your sessions are being delivered at the University, you may be eligible for a maintenance loan.

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.

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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 £7,747 Up to £9,203
75%< 100% Up to £5,810 Up to £6,902
66%< 75% Up to £5,160 Up to £6,129
50%< 66% Up to £3,874 Up to £4,602
33%< 50% Up to £2,580 Up to £3,065
25% <33% Up to £1,937 Up to £2,301


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

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%


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