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Fees and funding

We know that the cost of courses and confusion about the different discounts available can be a real problem when deciding whether to enrol on the course that you have chosen.

At Tresham we are committed to making learning accessible to all and we will work with you to examine the different funding options available. If your household income is less than £30,000 you may be eligible for assistance from our Bursary. This limited means-tested fund is subject to availability so early applications are advisable.

Whilst we make every effort to ensure that all information relating to courses and fees is correct on the website it is always advisable to call our Customer Services team to check the current situation with regards to fees and funding.

All fees are payable at the time of enrolment to secure a place on your chosen course.

How much will I have to pay for my course?

For full details please refer to our Fees Policy which is available here.

The cost of your course can be affected by a wide range of factors including:

  • Your age
  • Whether you claim any benefits
  • Your existing qualifications
  • Government policy

We have used a code system throughout our course guide to make it easier for you to see which courses qualify for the different types of discounts and concessions.To find out which discounts apply to you please see the list below:

Aged 16 - 18 years old?

If you are aged 16 – 18 years old you do not pay any course fees. However, you are unable to study a part time course at Tresham if you are already studying at another school or college, or enrolled on a full time course or apprenticeship.

Aged over 19 and claiming benefits?

If you are aged 19 or over, in receipt of any benefits and unemployed, your course could be free of charge if it could help you to find work. If you are working less than 16 hours per week on the National Minimum wage (or £330 per month) then you may also be entitled to free courses.

Look for the course_code_1 symbol to see which courses qualify for this concession.

A self-declaration form must be completed to qualify

Aged 19 - 23 and looking to study a Level 2 or Level 3 course?

If you are aged 19 – 23 years old at the start of your course and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification or Level 3 qualification then you may not have to pay any fees. Some Level 1 courses are also covered by this concession if they are step up courses to specific Level 2 and Level 3 courses.

Look for the course_code_2 symbol to see which course qualify for this concession.


Aged 19 or over?

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Here are some key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000, before tax. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.

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You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan if:

  • You are aged 19 and over at the start of your course
  • You are studying for an approved level 3 or level 4 course (look for the course_code_6 symbol to see which courses are approved)
  • You are a UK resident and have been for at least three years
  • You have not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification

Please note that any courses marked with the course_code_6 symbol are not eligible for any concession rates if you are aged 19 or over at the time of enrolment.  Registration fees for courses will also still need to be paid separately and are not covered by the loan.

Click here to watch a short animation about the loan process.

Wishing to study for a Higher Education qualification?

If you enrol on to a Part time Higher Education course starting after 1st September 2014 you can apply for a tuition fee loan (replacing the grant system) to cover the costs of tuition. This loan will be payable when you earn over £21,000 per year and after 3 years, even if your course hasn’t finished. Click here for further information about tuition fee loans.

International Student?

The fees listed against our courses are for home students only. Students who are not settle EEA nationals and wish to be treated as home students should provide evidence of their eligibility, such evidence might be:

  • Proof of indefinite leave to enter or remain in the EEA or Right of Abode in the EEA. This will usually be passport stamps
  • Recognised refugee status
  • Proof of receipt of public benefit from those seeking asylum

If you feel there are other relevant circumstances, please ask. All other international students will be charged at a rate of £15 per hour.


Want to spread the cost of your course?

To make it easier to fund your training course Tresham offers the option to pay in up to five instalments for courses lasting more than one week. An administration fee of £30 will be charged for this service and 25% of the course fees must still be paid at the time of enrolment. The balance of the fees can then be paid by standing order. Tresham reserves the right to take legal action to recover any outstanding amounts in the case of non-payment.

Please note that should you decide not to complete your course your course fee will still be payable in full.

Look for the course_code_3 symbol to see which courses qualify for this facility.


Want to know more?

If you still have any questions about fees, concessions or discounts then please contact our Customer Services Team who will be happy to help you alternatively please click here for a copy of our fee policy.