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. You can fill in our contact form here or give us a call on 01664 850 850.
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. You may, however, be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees (see below).
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 2021 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 £26,575 per year.
Who is eligible?
- 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.
- You need to pay course fees if you are 19+ 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 £26,575 per year (£511 per week/£2,214 per month). You pay back 9% of the money you earn over £26,575 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 https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk.
Click here to read our 19+ Advanced Learner Loan Booklet 2020-21.
Any questions? Contact Student Services on 01664 855 279 or 01664 855 294.Learn More About The Advanced Learner Loan