Funding Your Course

Community and Family Learning Courses

All our courses are subsidised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Our family learning courses are FREE, and our community learning courses cost just £3 per hour. If you’re in receipt of any of the following means-tested benefits, your community learning course will also be FREE:

  • 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.

Payment should be made in full when booking unless you qualify for a free place.

Some courses may ask you to bring materials or ask for a small payment to cover material costs. If so, that information will be on the course details page on our website.

At the first session we will take some details from you to enrol you on to the course. Please bring proof of benefits if you are hoping to not pay fees.

Payment by Instalments

It may be possible to pay in instalments for your course, if you are unable to pay the full amount up front. If you would like to pay by phone or need any help with payment options please call us on 0115 804 4363. 

19+ Advanced Learner Loans

Flexible payment options for many of our Adult Further Education Courses and Qualifications are available or through a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts you will qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan.

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 £21,000 a year.

Read more about 19+ Advanced Learner Loans.