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Please find below an explanation of who might be entitled to a free course. Please note we try to keep this page up to date as much as we can but some information is subject to change. We firmly encourage anyone with queries about funding to get in touch by calling 01752 305300 or send an e-mail to

Courses are free for those aged 16 to 18 on full-time study programmes. There are some part-time courses that are also free to 16 to 18-year-olds but this dependent on the type of course.

Funding for Adults

Level 1 & 2 Courses

Low Wage/Unemployed Entitlement

Those who are unemployed, or employed and earning less than £18,525, are eligible to study a variety of level 1 and full level 2 courses, for FREE! Your household income is not taken into account for this criteria – eligibility is based on your income alone.


Other criteria for adults aged 19+

Those who are in receipt of certain means-tested state benefits such as Universal Credit, Employment & Support Allowance, Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance could be entitled to a free level 1 or 2 course.

If you are aged 19 to 23, you might be able to study a course at this level for free if you have not studied at this level before.

People of all ages can study GCSE maths and English for free if you do not have a grade 4 (a grade C) or above in these subjects. Functional skills in English and maths can also be studied for free by adults of any age providing they haven’t achieved a level 2 qualification in these subjects.

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