Part Time Courses

Financial Support for part time Students:

You may be able to access financial support depending on your circumstances whilst you are studying at College. Whether that be courses fees or additional expenses. 

Funding for course tuition fees may be available depending upon your individual circumstances, contact the Careers Information Advice & Guidance Officer to find out more. 

Funding for course expenses such as kit, uniform and extra curricula trips, may also be available to learners. Please check with the Student Money Team which items are approved for financial help.

Course Tuition Fees

As a Part Time learner you may be entitled to study for free, depending upon your individual circumstances; contact the Careers Information Advice and Guidance Officer on 01524 521385.

If you are 23 or under and studying for your first full Level 2 or 3 course, this may be free.

You may also be eligible for free study if you're unemployed, receiving an eligible benenit and you are taking the course to help you find employment. There is also a subsidised rate of £25 per course if you're employed and in receipt of certain benefits, eligibility is shown in the table below.

Benefit Employed Waived Fee Evidence
JSA No Full 0 In date letter/account screenshot
ESA(WRAG)
ESA Contribution Based Yes Partial £25
Universal Credit No Full 0 If earning less than £17,004, submit in date letter or account screenshot
Yes
In receipt of another state benefit other than the above

In date letter/account screenshot

Course Expenses

Funding is available for course expenses such as kit, uniform and extra curricula trips, to learners when their:

  • household is in receipt of certain means tested benefits/household income is below £35,000 
  • course is 3 hours+ each week

Please check with the Student Money Team which items are approved for financial help. You’ll receive an 80% refund on approved items purchased for your course and must submit receipts, signed by your tutor, with your form. 

Refunds will be paid at the end of the first term as long as you continue to attend your course.

Support for course expenses such uniform and kit is available to Part Time learners from the Learner Support Fund, depending on their personal circumstances; such as being in receipt of certain means tested benefits or your household income being £35,000 or less.

Childcare Support

Parents under the age of 20 on 31st August 2021 should apply directly at Care to Learn 

Parents over the age of 20 on 31st August 2021 can apply for childcare support, by completing both the LSF Financial Support Form and a Childcare Application Form, if:

  • your household is in receipt of certain means tested benefits/household income is below £35,000
  • your course is 3 hours or more each week

One Childcare Application Form is required for each childcare provider that you use. 

Session rates or a maximum £5.25/hour (if your provider charges an hourly rate) will be paid during term-time only, for your timetabled days. The maximum weekly contribution is £160/child. 

Your Ofsted registered childcare provider must accept the free 15 & 30-hour funding, for 2 & 3-year olds. If your child qualifies for the free 15 hours, these must be used for the childcare required whilst attending college.

College will contribute towards the outstanding hours. If you receive the childcare element of tax credits/Universal Credit, we are unable to fund your childcare.

Please speak to the Student Money Team regarding the sliding scale of support dependent on income.