Course Fees

Paying for your Study

You may be eligible for reduced fees depending upon your age, residency in England and any benefits that you may be receiving. Fee concessions usually apply to the following:

Students aged between 16 & 18 years of age (under 19 years of age on 31st August 2015), or Residents of England, EU/EEA members, spouse or child of EU/EEA members who have been resident in the EU/EEA for 3 years or more prior to the start of the course, for a purpose other than full-time education, and if:

– It is a first level 1 qualification and you do not already hold a full level 2 qualification, or
– It is a first full level 2 qualification, or
– It is a first full level 3 qualification and you do not already hold a full level 2 qualification and you are under the age of 23, or
– You do not already hold the relevant level of qualification to be studied, are not in employment, you need this qualification to assist in gaining future employment and you complete a self-declaration form confirming these conditions (subject to Skills Funding Agency guidelines changes / up to level 2 courses only ), or
– It is a nationally approved literacy or numeracy course (not  GCSE/GCE ), or
– You are in receipt of income based or contribution based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). JSA award notice must be brought along to enrolment as evidence. Please note: ES40 booklet is NOT acceptable ( not applicable if over 24 years of age and relates to a level 3 or above course).
– You were under 19 years of age when you enrolled on the first year of a 2 year course. Please bring along your student statement from the previous year
– You are in receipt of contribution based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Related Activity Group. The award notice must be brought along to enrolment as evidence.
– All fees relate to the 2015/16 year only further fees are payable if courses are over one year in length.

Consideration is also given to students who have:

– Asylum seeker status
– Recognised refugee status
– Exceptional leave to enter/remain
– Humanitarian protection
– Discretionary leave
– Have been in the UK for at least 3 years for a purpose other than full-time education.

Documentation from the Home Office must be brought along to enrolment as evidence. Fee remission does not apply to students aged 24 and over and are studying a level 3 or above course – for fees in these circumstances Adult Loans are available – see this section on our website.

All course and fee information advertised on and in documents, on the website or in leaflets or adverts may be subject to change without notice. Fees advertised are the Government Support fees, the 24+ loans attract a higher fee reflecting that this is not Government supported these fees are available of the loans website or from our Student Services Area.

All fees relate to the 2015/16 year only, further fees are payable in the following year if the course is over one year in length.

Students aged 24 years and over who are studying for a level 3 or above course are not eligible for fee remission or Government supported fees and can apply for a 24+ student loan.

All Higher education courses are longer than one year and fees relate to each year not the total course, fees are also published on the UCAS web site.

Click here to download Fees Policy 2015/16

Please contact Student Advice & Admissions on 0121 477 1300 for more information.

Payment of all fees (tuition and/or awarding body costs) is due in full at enrolment and is not refundable unless the course is cancelled by the College. If the learner withdraws before the course starts, there will be a £15 refund charge.  All fees relate to the 2015/16 year only, further fees are payable in the following year if the course is over one year in length.

  • Courses up to 15 weeks in length: payment required in full
  • Total course fee is less than £100: payment required in full
  • Course is longer than 15 weeks and the total fee payable is greater than £100: Instalment plan via direct debit available, administration charge of £15 to be added to the full cost of course. Fees are payable on the basis of 25% plus the £15 charge at time of enrolment and then by 3 equal instalments over the following 3 consecutive months to clear the remaining balance. Students must bring bank details with them at the time of enrolment (This payment facility is not available for full cost recovery courses).
  • Firm/employer to pay course fees: Letter of authority required from the student’s employer confirming that course costs, registration fees, etc. can be invoiced to them. A purchase order from the employer may be required. The instalment option is not available to employers. If the employer withdraws funding the fees are payable by the learner.

Payment of fees can be by cash, credit card or debit card. Cheques are only accepted from employers. International students can also pay by bank transfer – further details upon request.

Students aged 24 years and over who are studying for a level 3 or above course are not eligible for fee remission or Government supported fees and can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning loan.

All Higher education courses are longer than one year and fees relate to each year not the total course, fees are also published on the UCAS website.

All course and fee information advertised on and in documents, on the website or in leaflets or adverts may be subject to change without notice. Fees advertised are the Government Support fees, the 24+ loans attract a higher fee reflecting that this is not Government supported, these fees are available on the Student Loans Company website or from our Student Services Area.

(Registration and Examination Fees)

Where charged, these fees are payable at time of enrolment, regardless of whether tuition fees are free. These are costs that the College has to pay to third parties. However, learners and basic skills courses and learners who are under 19 years of age and sitting the examination for the first time, will not have to pay for awarding body fees. The cost of re-sits will be charged regardless of age.

In certain circumstances learners who are not eligible for free tuition and/or awarding body fees may apply to the Student Finance Team for possible financial assistance towards these costs in part.  For further information contact the Student Finance Team on 0121 477 1302.

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TABLE OF BENEFITS AND WHETHER ALLOWABLE FOR FEE WAIVER 2015-16

This is a guide taken from the Bournville College Fee Policy for 2015/16 which shows whether learners could be eligible for fee remission.  Please check through this document to see if you meet any of the relevant the criteria as this could mean that you are exempt from paying tuition fee’s’.

BENEFIT RECEIVED/CATEGORY

TUITION FEES

AWARDING COSTS

 Attendance Allowance No * No *
 Asylum Seeker who is eligible for Agency Funding and in receipt of the equivalent of an Income Based Benefit (Assistance under the terms of the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act) and their dependant No No
 Basic Skills (not including ESOL) Yes Yes
 Carer’s Allowance No * No *
 Child Benefit No No
 Child Tax Credit No * No *
 Council Tax Benefit No** No **
 Disability Living Allowance No * No *
 Full time programme (i.e. in excess of 450 glh) No * No *
 Housing Benefit No** No **
 Incapacity Benefit No * No *
 Income Support No** No **
 Job Seeker’s Allowance Yes Yes
Those in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group (ESA (WRAG)) Yes Yes
Those in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (contribution based) No** No **
 Entry or Level 1 aims(excluding Skills for Life) where the learner has an entitlement to a full Level 2 qualification. 19-23 yrs only (under 23 on 31/08/15) Yes Yes
 Level 2: first full course entitlement (per SFA listing) 19-23 yrs only (under 23 on 31/08/2015) – Evidence of prior attainment and self-declaration required Yes Yes
Level 3: first full course entitlement (per SFA listing) 19-23 only (under 23 on 31/08/15) – Evidence of prior attainment and self-declaration required Yes Yes
Level 4 ‘jumpers’ (those taking a full Level 4 or above without having attained a full Level 3 qualification) 19-23 yrs only (under 23 on 31/08/15) – Evidence of prior attainment and self- declaration required Yes yes
 Category D Offender Learner (serving a sentence in the community) (unless in receipt of an eligible benefit) No No
 Pensions Guarantee Credit No No *
 Pensions Savings Credit No No
 Refugees with Exceptional Leave to Enter or Remain No No *
 Registered Disabled No * No *
 Retirement Pension No * No *
 Severe Disablement AllowanceStatement of special needs (aged 19 upto 25th birthday on L2 or below) No *Yes No *Yes
 Under 19 on 31st August 2015 Yes Yes
 Unwaged dependant of someone within the ‘Yes’category No No *
 Working Tax Credit No No *

No = Not allowable for fee waiver
No * = Not allowable for fee waiver but check with Learner Support Fund for possible assistance
No**= Could be fully funded if Unemployed individuals who are in receipt of a state benefit (other than JSA or ESA), who want to enter employment and need skills training to do so are (at the discretion of the Provider) eligible for full funding for units and other learning aims that will help the individual into work or removes a barrier to getting the individual into work. Learners who meet this criteria must complete a Self Declaration Form.

Adult students who are not on a recognised benefit but are not in work and are using study to gain employment may be subject to fee remission, subject to the other fee and funding rules as set out in the policy and by the Skills Funding Agency. Learners have to complete a self-declaration form.
Learners studying a FE qualification at level 3 or above who are aged 24 or over when their qualification commences may be entitled to an Advance Learning Loan if they meet the eligibility criteria. A higher fee is charged for these learners.