Fees and Funding

Our courses are subsidised by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and, in some cases, there is no tuition fee to pay. Where fees are paid, our standard rate is £5.50.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a 50% reduction in Community Learning course fees or funding to cover the costs of an accredited qualification. 


You won’t be eligible for a refund if you cancel your place within 7 days of your course starting, unless your circumstances meet those covered in our Fees Policy.

Whilst we will make every effort to run your course, there are some circumstances which may prevent us from doing so. In these cases, we will refund you for any complete missed sessions or offer extra sessions to complete your course.

Qualification Funding


To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • be aged 19 or over on 31st August 2023
  • have lived legally in the UK, EU or EEA for the last three years or more
  • currently live in England in an area excluding Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Greater London, Liverpool City, Tees Valley, West of England, West Midlands, North of Tyne, Sheffield City and West Yorkshire

Please note you may be asked to provide evidence of your eligibility.

English and Maths funding

To be eligible for funding for a ‘Multiply’ maths course or a Functional Skills or GCSE qualification in English or Maths, you must meet the general funding criteria and also not already hold a GCSE grade C / 4 or equivalent in that subject.

Digital Skills funding

To be eligible for funding for a Digital skills qualification in English or Maths, you must meet the general funding criteria and be assessed as working at Level 1 or below.

Financial Support

Community Learning Concessions

You could be entitled to a 50% reduction in your Community Learning course fees if:

  • you have a gross household income of less than £27,000
  • you receive Job Seekers’ Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Universal Credit, Pensions Guarantee Credit, Council Tax Benefit or Working Tax Credit
  • you are the unwaged dependent of someone receiving the benefits listed above

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are unemployed or on a low income and enrolled on one of our qualifications, we may be able help with your:

  • transport costs
  • exam or registration fees
  • childcare costs*

*contributions can only be made towards childcare provided by an Ofsted-registered childminder, setting or childminder agency.

If you’re attending our Foundation or First Steps English and Maths, or English for Speakers of Other Languages, Community Learning courses, we may be able to help with your transport costs.