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Fees and payment information

You may have to pay for all or part of your course. You can find the fee for your course in our courses section.

You'll pay your course fees when you enrol with us and we'll do an assessment to see whether you qualify for reduced fees. Reductions are normally based on your age, income and personal circumstances.

Your finances shouldn't stop you getting qualifications or training and we can help you apply for student loans and grants. You can find further information on the Government website or see our financial support section. Alternatively pop into Student Services at any of our campuses to talk to our advisers about our courses, fees and financial support. 

Different types of course fee

Depending on the course you want to study and your age, income and personal circumstances, you may have to pay all or some of the following fees.

Tuition fee

Fees can change each year due to factors outside our control such as government funding. The fee you'll pay for your course is the fee that's in effect at the time you enrol.

The tuition fees published on our website cover the cost of your studies and any exam fees.

Materials fee

There may be materials you need purchase for your course. These are often specialist items you need to complete the course eg chefs' whites or hairdressing kit.

You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about any materials you need at interview or in your first class (if your course doesn't require an interview).

What you'll pay

Students aged 16-18

Tuition and exam fees for students aged 16-18 are free. You must be:

  • Aged 18 or under on 31 August (before the academic year your course starts)
  • A citizen of the UK/EEA and have lived in the UK/EEA for at least three years

You may still have to pay a materials fee to cover items you need on your course. Check our courses section to find out if this applies to your course.

Students aged 19 or over

If you're 19 or over you'll probably need to pay for your course. This includes tuition, exams and materials fees.

You may be able to get a reduction on your fees depending on your income and personal circumstances. See our financial support section for more information.

International students

Our course fees for international students include tuition only. They do not cover items like accommodation, insurance, external exams, course books, trips or the cost of support for disabilities or learning difficulties. See our international section for more information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students on benefits

If you are on income-based, state benefit you will probably qualify for reduced course fees. You will sit a fee assessment when you come in to enrol so please bring proof of your benefits with you. This should be from the last two months.

Depending on whether you study full-time or part-time there may be an impact on the benefits you receive. You should talk to us if you receive benefits and you don't know how this will affect you. We can provide letters for Job Centres and other agencies to confirm the number of hours you are studying.

When and how to pay

For most courses you'll pay when you enrol. Our enrolment period runs in August for courses starting in September. For other course start dates we'll write to you with enrolment dates specific to your course.

When you come to enrolment it's important you bring proof of benefits from the last two months so we can see if you're eligible for any reduced fees or financial help. We'll send you a checklist of what to bring with you to enrolment after you apply for your course.

Payment by instalment

If your course costs over a certain amount, you can pay for it in instalments using FlexEd. This helps spread the cost of your course into manageable amounts you can pay over a period of time. If you think this would help you, ask us about this option when you enrol on your course.


Whether we are able to offer a refund on your course fees is dependent on a number of factors such as the type of course you're studying and whether or not you've already started the course. If your course is unsuitable or you change your mind we will usually work with you to help you find an alternative. Read our Refund Policy for full information, or get in touch on 020 8918 7777.

Course and fee information for community learning courses

Important information

Please note courses run subject to student numbers and can be cancelled at short notice if not enough students enrol. If your course is cancelled every effort will be made to offer you an alternative, if no suitable alternative is available, a full refund will be given.

We comply with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and will provide a full refund if you cancel within 14 days of your payment, and before the course has started. If your course starts within the 14 day cancellation period, your refund will be adjusted to reflect the proportion of the course delivered at the point of cancellation. After the 14 day cancellation period, our standard refund policy applies.

Refund policy

You can find full information on refunds and cancellations here.

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