Funding Your Course

Community and Family Learning Courses

Adult and Community Learning courses - just £4.50 per hour or FREE if you're in receipt of certain benefits (please see below).

Family Learning courses - FREE

Maths and English - FREE to anyone who doesn't already have these qualifications at GCSE A*-C or 4-9.

Funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency fully covers the cost of family and community learning courses, making these courses FREE to you, if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits: :

  • 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.

How to pay


Unless you qualify for a free place, payment should be made in full at the time of booking. It may be possible to pay in instalments if you're unable to pay the full amount upfront.

If you would like to pay by phone, or need help with payment options, please call us on 01623 67 200.

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

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.

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 01623 677 200.

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 £25,000 a year.

Read more about 19+ Advanced Learner Loans.