How much will my course cost?

Below is an outline of basic age brackets and what may be involved.

Please contact us directly to discuss your personal situation if you are still unsure as to what may be applicable to you. Call us on 01664 855 444 now.

The following information applies to those courses eligible for funding by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency). The fee remission categories only apply if you meet all of the relevant eligibility criteria as set out in the ESFA Funding Rules.

If you are aged 16 to 18

If you are under 19 on 31st August of the year in which you wish to join us, the course will be fully funded and in most circumstances there will be no fees for you to pay.

If you are aged 19+

If you are unemployed, in receipt of an eligible state benefit, seeking employment and studying up to a level 2, course tuition and exam fees will be waived.

You can also receive free tuition if you are 19 to 23* and studying an Entry or Level 1 qualification that supports progression to a first full level 2 qualification or are looking to achieve your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and studying one of the eligible qualifications. (*The age applies on the day you actually start the learning aim, as longs as you are over 18 on the 31st August).

Other course-related fees (for example materials) may apply if you fall under the above categories.

If you are aged 19 to 23 or over on 31st August and do not qualify for a fee reduction, you will be charged an annual tuition fee along with associated exam related fees. Other fees may also apply.

English and Maths

All English and Maths courses are free to all students who have not yet achieved GCSE English and/or Maths at either grades A* – C or 9 – 4.

Fees will apply to those wishing to improve on their grades.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2019 and want to study a Level 3 qualification at BMC, you may be able to access the Advanced Learner Loan.

These loans help you to cover the cost of your course fees – whether it is a full- or part-time course at Levels 3 to 6. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,726 per year.

Who is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

  • Aged 19 or above on the first day of your course
  • Studying or training on an eligible course at Level 3 to 6
  • A resident of the UK for the past three years.

Check your eligibility http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/allEligibility/index.html

What learners need to know

  • You need to pay course fees if you are 19 or over and wish to study for a qualification at level 3 to 6 and are not eligible for funding under the 19-23, First Full Level 3 legal entitlement
  • You may be eligible for a government-backed Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fee
  • The amount of money you can borrow depends on your course. The minimum amount you can borrow is £300 and is paid directly to your college or training provider
  • When applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, there is no credit check and household income is not taken into account
  • Loan repayments are linked to what you earn when you have finished your course, not how much you borrowed
  • You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £25,725 per year (£495 per week/£2,144 per month). You pay back 9% of the money you earn over £25,725 per year. If you’re employed, loan repayments will be taken directly from your salary through the tax system.
  • You can make voluntary repayments at any time
  • Before taking out any loan, you should consider all of your options. If you want advice on managing your finances, visit the Money Advice Service at moneyadviceservice.org.uk for impartial advice
  • For information and advice on learning, career and funding options, visit www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

For more information on loans and to apply visit www.gov.uk/advancedlearnerloan or read our 19 + Advanced Learning Loan Booklet. Alternatively, you can contact Penny Lapworth on 01664 850850 Ext 110 or Jan Barston on Ext 245.

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