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Paying Your Fees

Course Fees – Further Education Courses

Aged 16-18: you might be eligible for free tuition fees.

Aged 19+: there may be ways to reduce your fees or get rid of them altogether and take a FREE course.

You could be eligible if you:

  • want to study adult literacy and numeracy, or functional skills in literacy and numeracy – excluding English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)
  • want to study GCSE English or maths if you don’t already hold an A-C grade
  • are aged between 19 and 23 and this is your first eligible* full level 2 qualification (ie equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A to C, BTEC First Certificate or an NVQ Level 2)
  • are aged between 19 and 23 and this is your first eligible* full level 3 qualification (ie equivalent to two A Levels at grades A to C, BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or an NVQ Level 3)
  • want to get a level 2 qualification, but first need to get an entry/level 1 qualification (certain other criteria applies)
  • are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (work related activity group only) or Universal Credit**
  • are unemployed or earning less than £18,525 a year.

You can access our Fees policy here.

Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan enables any student (aged 19 or over*) studying a level 3 (equivalent to A Level) or above further education course to apply for a Government loan to cover their course fees. See the Advanced Learner Loan page for more information and how to apply.

*If you’re aged 19-23 and studying for your first full level 3 qualification, then you may be entitled to a fee waiver so won’t be required to take out a loan.

To see what you could be entitled to, try the eligibility calculator here.

Course Fees – Higher Education (University-level) Courses

Tuition fees for full-time HNC or Foundation Degree students at City College Plymouth for 2022/23 will be £7,450 per year. Fees to study a full-time Bachelor’s Degree top-up year will be £8,450. You can apply to Student Finance England for a student loan to cover your fees, a maintenance loan to cover your living costs and, if applicable, grants to help with disabled student allowances and/or childcare.

Part-time higher education students can also apply for a student loan to cover fee costs. Part-time fees are £3,700 per year for a foundation degree, £4,225 per year for a degree top-up or £3,700 for year 1 of an HNC and £1,850 for year 2. More information can be found on the Student Finance website.

You can access our Higher Education fees policy here.

Ancillary Course Fees

You may be charged separately for course materials. The course pages have more information and we’ll also confirm how much you need to spend. The fees will need to be paid in full when you enrol.

Self-funding Your Fees

Where it’s applicable, you can pay your fees in instalments. It means paying 25% on enrolment with three further payments made by direct debit. However, if you have a sponsor, for example your employer, they’ll need to pay for your course via our online store. Payment by instalments is not available to sponsors.

Student Funding and Financial Advice

The Student Funding Team will be happy to help and advise you on all funding matters. Call 01752 305110 or e-mail