Information For Learners

If you are 16-18 apprenticeships are fully funded. If you are over 19 and under 25 then they are part-funded (co-funded).

100% tuition fee remission tuition is also available for 19+ adults on certain benefits.

Level 2 & 3 entitlements – for adults – get the skills and qualifications you need to give your life and career a boost. Explanation on Entitlement to Level 2 and Level 3 fee remission:

Anyone 19 years & over,  studying for their first full Level  2 qualification (NVQ/QCF 2, etc.) is entitled to 100% tuition fee remission.
Aged at least 19 but under 25 are also eligible to claim 100% tuition fee remission if studying for their first full Level 3 qualification.
You may be eligible for 100% tuition fee remission providing you do not already have one of the following full Level 3 qualifications:

  • 2 or more A-Levels
  • GNVQ Advanced
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education
  • NVQ Level 3
  • Vocationally (related or other general qualifications at Level 3)

Other Criteria for Funding:

The learner will need to match all of the following criteria:

  • Committed to achieving the qualification.
  • A UK national, have UK citizenship/have a UK passport.
  • European resident for more than three years, currently residing in England. Indefinite leave to remain in Europe.

For Apprentices the following additional criteria is also relevant:

  • Apprentices must not have a degree or the same qualification that they wish to study.
  • Aged between 16 & 25.
  • They must work at least thirty hours per week.

To find out more contact us on: 0121 707 0550 or e-mail:

Fees are payable at enrolment, by cash, card or cheque. Our preferred method of receiving payment is by our dedicated and secured payment gateway:

For courses that cover more than 4 months, and with fees above £300, it is possible to pay in monthly instalments. We take a 25% upfront non- refundable deposit and the remainder in equal monthly instalments by standing order. There is no interest charged or any administration charges for this however this can alter at any time.

If an employer wants to sponsor employees to study, we can arrange for invoices to be raised. Please supply a purchase order or letter of authorisation at sign-up/enrolment stating the name of the employee, title of course and confirmation of the employer’s intention to pay the agreed fee.

Please note: If an employer fails to make payment, the student will become personally liable for payment of fees.

From September 2013 FE Loans are available for students aged 24 & over studying on a Level 3 or 4 course.  These will operate like HE student loans. You will only start to pay back the loan once you are earning more than £21,000 a year. Please contact our National Careers Advisers to arrange an appointment if you have any questions or the central government National Careers Service helpline on: 0800 100 900.

Career Development Loan: A bank loan between £300 – £10,000.

The government pays any interest on the loan while you are studying – and for one month afterwards.

You can use a Professional and Career Development Loan to help with:

  • Course fees up to 80% or up to 100% if unemployed for three months.
  • Other course costs, like books, travel & childcare.
  • Living expenses like rent: If unemployed or work less than thirty hours a week.

Applicants must be:

  • 18 years or over
  • Living in the UK & have been a resident for at least three years
  • Intending to work in the UK, the EU or the EEA when the course is finished.

Your application will take between six weeks – three months to process, so make sure you apply in advance.

If your application is successful, the bank will send you a credit agreement. You and the college will need to sign this. If your application is turned down, you can apply to another participating bank.

Career development loans are personal loans between you and the bank.

Before taking out a loan, check how much your monthly repayments will be, and that you feel confident that you can pay them.

Call the central National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Any additional questions?