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Paying for your Part-time Course

Course fees explained

Each course description webpage will give you fees relating to that course. The costs and whether or not you have to pay for your course depend on your age, circumstances and previous educational history. Please use this guide to find out which category applies to you.

Fees are payable before your course starts.

Ways to Pay

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, credit/debit card (we do not accept American Express or Diners cards), direct bank transfers or direct debit.

If you have already enrolled and wish to make a payment, please call the Finance Office on 01273 667788 ext: 474 or email:


Full Cost Courses

There are no discounts available for these courses, however part-payment options are available for courses over £200 and longer than 12 weeks in duration. The fee listed for each course includes tuition, registration and exam fees.


Part Funded Courses

In the course cost area of part funded courses you will see various possible prices, these refer to the following discounts

Category 1: If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and are studying towards your first full Level 2 or 3 course, you will not have to pay any fees.

Category 2: If you will be aged 19 or over when your course begins, studying at Level 2 or below, AND are unemployed AND claiming benefits AND completing the course to improve your employability, you will not have to pay any fees.

Category 3: If you are aged 19 or over when your course begins, studying at Level 2 or below and do not fall into categories 1 or 2, you will need to pay a subsidised fee.

Category 4: If you are aged 19 or over when your course begins and are studying at Level 3 or above and do not fall into category 1, you will need to pay the whole fee yourself or you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.


Category A: If you are not claiming any benefits you will need to pay the full cost of the course.

Category B: If you are claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support or Pension Credit you pay this fee.

Category C: This fee is payable if you are a Jobseeker claiming JSA or ESA.

For further information on fees, funding and support, please email

Financial Support for Adult Learners

If you are interested in studying a Government funded course but feel you would have difficulty meeting the costs, you may be eligible to apply for financial support from the College. Successful applicants may receive help with the cost of fees, equipment and childcare. You do not have to be on benefits to receive financial support. Many successful applicants are working but have a low household income.

Guidelines and application forms are available online in the Financial Assistance section of or from the Student Centres at Pelham Street and City College East Campus. We have tried to make the application process as simple as possible but please be aware you will need to provide us with information and evidence regarding your financial situation in order to demonstrate your eligibility.

The funds we have are limited and are offered at the discretion of the College on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for applying for courses starting this September is 4pm on 26th August 2016. Please note that not all courses are eligible for support. If you are planning to study a full cost course you cannot apply for financial support.


Full Payment Discount

The College operates a 5% tuition fee discount on full-time and part-time Further Education courses of longer than 12 weeks duration if the learner pays in full at the time of enrolment (to encourage full payment).

Please note that this is for Further Education level programmes (excluding students aged 19+ who wish to study and already hold a Level 3 qualification and students aged 24 and over studying at Level 3 and above whether funded by a student loan or otherwise) and Home/EU students only paying their own fees. Full cost course, Higher Education and International student fees are not subject to any early settlement discount.


Part Payment Agreements

If a course is more than £200 and 12 weeks in duration you can set up an instalment plan of up to three months. This will be for three equal instalments, the first payable on enrolment.

Instalment plans are not available for companies that are sponsoring learners.

If you withdraw, before all instalments have been received, we will still require all future instalments to be paid and will seek to recover any outstanding instalments if necessary.


Advanced Learner Loans

Funding for Level 3 or 4 courses is no longer available for students aged between 19 and 23 who already have a full Level 3 qualification, or for any student aged 24 and over studying at Level 3 or higher. This means you will need to pay the full cost of the course. However, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with these costs.

Any courses applicable to these loans are marked in the course guide and stated on the course description web pages.

The Advanced Learner Loan is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

For learners who do not already hold a full Level 3 qualification, fee remission is subject to qualification eligibility. If the qualification is not entitlement eligible, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. For more details contact Student Services on 01273 667759 or visit



A refund will be given if a course has been cancelled by the College and no suitable alternative can be found. If you enrol on a course that is longer than 12 weeks in duration, but do not start or withdraw within the first 2 weeks of the start date, a refund will be given but an administration charge of £30 will be applied. If you withdraw after 2 weeks of commencement of the course you will still be liable for all outstanding fees that are owed to the College. Queries related to refunds can be emailed to our Finance Department at the following e-mail address:

There are no refunds on short courses of 12 weeks or less in duration unless the course has been cancelled by the College and no suitable alternative can be found.

Queries related to refunds can be emailed to our Finance Department at the following e-mail address:



We must see identification for all learners at enrolment.

Please note that Residents from outside the UK will need to bring their Passport or National ID Card if they are from the EU. Residents from outside the EU will need to bring their Passport, National ID Card, Home Office papers and any other relevant documentation in order for us to conduct a fees assessment.


Fee Assessment for Non-EEA Students

If you are not from the UK or the European Economic Area (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), you will be required to provide your passport or Home Office papers so we can assess if you are eligible to pay the same fees as UK and EEA learners. You will be contacted about this after applying.

Students from the EEA do not need to attend a fee assessment but will have to provide proof of nationality when they enrol.


What if I’m being sponsored?

If your employer is paying for your course, they will need to complete a Contract of Sponsorship, you a copy of this form here. Contracts should be returned to the Finance Department before you enrol, the address is:

Finance Department, Room PT220
City College Brighton and Hove
Pelham Street
East Sussex

If we have received your Contract of Sponsorship, you will not be required to pay any fees when you enrol.


What benefits will I receive if I sponsor an employee?


Where a learner’s employer takes responsibility for payment, a discount of 5% is offered on tuition fees if full payment is received at the time of enrolment.

Once you have agreed to sponsor a learner, we will send you a sponsor pack, which includes an employer charter and a fee account statement including methods of payment. We will offer regular feedback on progress.

We offer customised courses in addition to the offer set out in this course guide, including delivery at your premises and a free training needs analysis. For more details please contact our commercial team -

Please note: 5% prompt payment tuition fee discount does not apply to partially sponsored learners or learners sponsored for Higher Education courses.