Fees for learning
The Skills Funding Agency provides our funding. Community learning courses are typically subsidised by around 50%. Some courses are fully-funded. Wherever possible our clear pricing policy means that fees are fully-inclusive, so that there are no surprises.
How are courses funded?
Your tutor may suggest additional enrichment activities which may not be part of your scheduled course, such as an exhibition visit. These activities are optional and will incur additional costs.
Helping you with fees
Some accredited courses are fully funded (free of charge to the learner) depending on your circumstances. If you are not eligible for full funding, financial assistance may be available to help cover course costs, material costs and help with the cost of childcare. New Directions provides support with the cost of Ofsted registered childcare for learners who attend courses which lead to a formal qualification. Download a child care application form here.
Financial support may be available for learners. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will receive support. The scale of support may vary. Call our Customer Relations team on 0345 842 0012 for details on how to apply.
Financial help is available for customers who meet the eligibility requirements of our funders. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will receive support and the scale of support may vary.
For courses lasting at least 10 weeks and costing over £80.00, payment by standing order is available. You will need to pay 50% of the fee when you enrol and the remaining fees will be divided into four equal payments.
Other payment plans may be available for high value courses. Talk to our customer relations officers for more information on 0345 842 0012.
If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2016 you may qualify for an advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the tuition fees charged by colleges and training organisations.
Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at level 3 and above, will qualify for these new loans from the UK government. It’s easy to apply. Your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.
You can apply for a loan from April 2016 for courses starting between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
To qualify you must be:
- Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age-limit) and starting your course on or after 1 August 2016.
- Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.
- Studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding.
- Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 and above which includes:
Loan amounts are shown on applicable courses.
- A levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships.
Course fees apply where loans are not available.
For more information on Student loans please visit: www.gov.uk/advanced_learning_loans