Working and learning, including to university level

What will be the cost of my training?

Some courses are available free of charge. So what have you got to lose? Getting a Level 2 qualification can help you develop skills suitable for a range of jobs and a Level 3 qualification could get you into university or higher education.

If you are aged 16-18

If you are under 19 years you will probably not be charged a course fee, but this might depend on what course you choose to study. Please note you will get a government loan for Higher Education courses.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years at the start of your course and do not currently hold a full Level 2 or a Level 3 qualification you may be eligible for reduced fees when you enrol on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course.

A full Level 2 qualification is equivalent to five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (New GCSEs Grades 9-4) e.g NVQ Level 2, Intermediate Apprenticeship, etc.

A full Level 3 qualification inclludes Access to Higher Education Diploma, BTEC National, Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, two or more A Levels or equivalent.

For some courses there might be additional fees to cover extra costs associated with the course, such as materials, trips, uniforms, etc. These will be discussed with you at interview when you apply.

Check whether you can get free tuition

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible for free tuition for the course you wish to do then check with the college or learning provider.

Even if you can’t get free tuition, many colleges offer discounts in certain circumstances - ask them when you apply.