Funding Your Course

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have an English postcode (not in a devolved area listed below) and have been a resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).

We no longer receive funding for courses for learners living in devolved areas so full cost fees would apply to courses if you live in these areas. Devolved areas are:

  • Cambridgeshire
  • Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England
  • West Yorkshire
  • Barnsley
  • Doncaster
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • North Tyneside 
  • Northumberland.

Our course fees

Our non-accredited courses are £4.50 per hour (£3 from September 2022) or free if you're in receipt of the following eligible benefits (you'll need to show evidence when you enrol): 

  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (excluding contribution-based)
  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax support (excluding single person's discount)
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit (excluding savings credit)
  • Unwaged Dependents of those in receipt of the above benefits
  • Identified elements of Universal Credit

However, if you have a financial barrier which may prevent you from enrolling on our courses you may be eligible to apply for learner support. For more information please contact us at learning@inspireculture.org.uk or telephone 0115 804 3611.

All our Family Learning courses are free. 

Our maths and English courses are free to anyone who doesn't already have these qualifications at GCSE A*-C or 4-9.

Many of our accredited courses are no or low cost depending on your circumstances. 

The following criteria applies to our level 1 and 2 qualifications:

  1. Courses are free if you earn less than £18,525 or you're on means-tested benefit.
  2. Payment help is available if you earn more than £18,525 but are on a low-income. We may be able to help pay part or all of your course fees. E-mail learning@inspireculture.org.uk for an application form or if you have any questions.
  3. Co-funded fees are available if you are on a higher-income. The government will pay approximately half of your course fees. The cost to you will be £108.00.

The following criteria applies to our level 3 qualifications (excludes Skills Bootcamps - see below):

  1. Courses are free if you are aged 19 or over and;
  2. You earn less than £18,525; OR
  3. You do not already hold a level 3 qualification.

The following criteria applies to our Skills Bootcamps:

  1. Courses are free if you are working age (19+) and;
  2. You are a resident of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincoln or Lincolnshire.

We offer flexible payment options for some of our accredited courses. Please speak to us on 0115 804 3611 or email learning@inspireculture.org.uk

Our Access to Higher Education courses may be funded though a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts we can support and guide you through the loan application if you study with us. The loan isn’t means tested and you won’t pay anything back until you are earning at least £27,295 a year.

Read more about 19+ Advanced Learner Loans.

Unless you qualify for a free place, payment should be made in full at the time of booking online or by phone. Please make sure you complete our e-enrolment form prior to the start of your course to confirm your place. 

If you would like to pay by phone, please call us on 01623 677 200.

Some courses may ask you to bring materials or ask for a small payment to cover material costs. Details will be given at the time of booking or at the first session.

At the first session, you'll be asked for some details as part of your enrolment, please bring proof of benefits if you're hoping to qualify for a free place.

View and download our Fees Policy for 2021 to 2022

If for any reason you're unable to attend the course, please let us know so we can offer your place to someone else.

For refunds, please download and complete our tuition fee refund form.