Higher Education Finance
Studying a degree is an investment in your future. Find out about the associated costs and financial help available.
Tuition Fees for Home/EU Students:
- Degree - £9,250/year
- Masters Degree* - £9,250/year
- HNC / HND - £9,250/year
- Higher Education Certificate - £9,250/year
Pro-rata cost of the full-time cost at £77 per credit. Typical costs are as follows:
- Foundation Degree - £6,160/year
- Honours Top Up Degree - £4,625/year
- Masters Degree* - £4,625/year
- HNC - £4,625/year
- PGCE / Cert Ed. - £4,625
- Higher Education Certificate Year 1 (80 credits) - £6,160
- Higher Education Certificate Year 2 (40 credits) - £3,080
Additional costs to consider:
- Accommodation 2021 / 22 - £5,848/year half board (includes £1,000 for food)
- Course-related costs, including books and equipment. Further information about these can be found on the individual course pages.
*Alumni students qualify for a £1,500 bursary when progressing to study a masters programme. Paid year 1 for full-time and £750 each year part-time.
Paying for your higher education can seem daunting, but you may be able to borrow money to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs whilst you study for a degree. You can find out more from the Student Finance section of gov.uk.
The important thing to remember about these loans is that you make repayments based on how much you earn not how much you've borrowed!
Once you leave your course, you’ll only repay when your income is above the repayment threshold. The current UK threshold is £27,295 a year, £2,274 a month, or £524 a week. For example, if you earn £2,310 a month before tax, you’ll repay just £3 a month.
Postgraduate loans are now also available for those studying a masters programme. Find out more.
Two course fee scholarships are available for BAME students from low income households, of £2250 per annum for the expected duration of their programme.
Two course fee scholarships are available for care leavers. These are for £2250 per annum for the duration of the programme and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more about our Care Leavers' Package.
Higher Education Bursary Programme
The Higher Education Bursary Programme will offer financial support to 100 students from households with an income of less than £25,000 in year one of study. Additional widening participation criteria will be used to prioritise awards which will include consideration of internal progression, postcode deprivation areas and disability. These awards are of £500 per full-time equivalent (pro-rata for part-time) and will be given in the form of three equal payments across the year, subject to achievement of attendance targets and submission of work.
An additional 20 bursaries of £500 will be offered to students from under-represented groups who need financial support or those who have a household income between £25,001 and £45,875.
Aimed at supporting low income, high deprivation or students with disabilities to complete additional qualifications or to engage in industry-specific development which will support their future career. There will be 30 employability bursaries available in the 2020 / 2021 year. Students can apply for this bursary to support their employability ambitions and enhance their CVs. The award is up to a maximum of £300 per application.
Student Opportunity Fund (General Hardship Fund)
This discretionary fund is specifically aimed at assisting Higher Education students that are in financial hardship or difficulty to:
- Meet specific course and living costs which are not already met from other sources
- Provide emergency payments for unexpected financial crisis
- Intervene in cases where a student may be considering giving up their course because of financial problems.
The Student Opportunity Fund awards are conditional to the students’ expenditure being higher than their income.
For applications to be considered all students must follow the college procedure which includes the completion and submission of a Student Financial Awards application form (available from Student Services) and supporting documents (available on Pay My Student) followed by an advisory interview with the Higher Education Finance Officer.
Applying for a Bursary
Applications will only be considered from enrolled students. To be considered, all students must follow the college procedure which includes the completion and submission of a Student Financial Awards application form via Pay My Student with supporting documents, such as student finance awards notice, three months bank statements and other evidence were applicable. This will be followed by a short advisory interview.
Please note all bursary funds are limited and any bursaries applications and hardship funding may be closed before the end of the academic year once the allocations have been made.
Higher Education Student Childcare Grant
Childcare Grants may be available through student finance for those students with dependent children in registered or accredited childcare. It cannot be claimed for if a student is already claiming the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit from the Inland Revenue.
The Student Opportunity Fund can also offer help with childcare costs for those who have a shortfall in their Childcare Grant.
Please contact Student Services or call 01964 553114 regarding eligibility and how to apply.
Parent's Learning Allowance
If you are a full-time student with dependent children, you may be entitled to help from the Parent's Learning Allowance through student finance.
This extra finance (along with the Childcare Grant) can help pay for childcare and other costs related to your course.
You may be entitled receive between £50 and £1,766 per year for course-related costs, which is paid in three instalments and can again be applied for through Student Finance England.