Access to HE

Fees for Higher Education Programmes 2017/18

The information on this page applies to Higher Education (HE) programmes leading to one of the following qualifications:

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Foundation Degree
  • BA (Honours) Degree
  • Diploma/PGCE in Education & Training

Our programmes are some of the most affordable in the region, with tuition fees for full-time programmes set at £5,900 for the 2017/18 academic year. However, we understand that you might be concerned about the costs involved and for that reason we would encourage you to take some time to read through the information about funding available in the Financial Support for Higher Education Students section. 

Tuition Fees

Students commencing a programme in 2017/18 will be subject to the following annual tuition fee rates. Please note that these rates apply to students who meet the eligibility criteria for ‘Home’ fee status (see below for further details).

Type of Programme 'Home' fee status
Full-time £5,900
Part-time Pro rata full-time fee
Diploma/PGCE in Education & Training     £2,700

Please note that all published fees are for the first year of the programme only. A fee will be due for each subsequent year of the programme and will be requested at the beginning of each academic year. Fees for each subsequent year will be subject to an inflationary increase, based on the appropriate inflationary measure set by the Government each year.

There are two levels of tuition fee for Higher Education programmes, based on a student’s ‘fee status’:

‘Home’ fee status

In general, UK and other European Union (EU) citizens who have lived in the European Economic Area (EEA) since at least 1 September 2013 will qualify for home fee status, although there are other criteria to be satisfied. Students who qualify for home fee status will be subject to the fees in the table above.

‘Overseas’ fee status

Students will be overseas fee status if they do not fulfil the criteria to qualify for home fee status. In general, citizens of countries outside the EU who do not have ‘settled’ status and have not lived in the EEA since at least September 2013 will be overseas fee status. Overseas fee status students will be subject to higher tuition fees; please contact the Applications Team on 01233 743100 or email for details.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has a useful information sheet to help you assess your fee status if you’re unsure. If you require further advice about fee status, please contact the Applications Team on 01233 743100 or email

Annual tuition fees for part-time programmes are based on the number of ‘credits’ studied in the academic year. A full-time programme consists of 120 credits per year, so a part-time programme consisting of half the number of credits per year (60) will have an annual fee of half the full-time fee (£2,950). Details regarding the number of credits studied for each programme can be found under the relevant programme pages on our website.

Some programmes have additional materials and trip fees. These fees are payable by all students on enrolment and are the same for all students, regardless of fee status. As with tuition fees, these fees are payable for each academic year of a programme and students will be charged the same fee rates (plus an annual inflationary increase) for each subsequent year of the programme.

Please refer to the relevant programme pages on our website to check if a specific programme has additional fees, and to find out what these fees cover. Generally, materials fees cover the supply of basic materials by the College, whilst trip fees cover admission fees for external visits organised by the College. Please note that trip fees will not cover travel costs for external visits.

You may need to purchase books, materials and/or equipment for some programmes. Please refer to the relevant programme pages on our website to check if students are advised to make such purchases.

Fees are charged annually, so you’ll be asked for payment at the beginning of each academic year.

If you’re awarded a tuition fee loan you won’t be expected to pay your tuition fee up front. The Student Loans Company will pay your tuition fee loan directly to the College or partner university. Please see the Financial Support for Higher Education Students section for further information about loans.

If you choose not to apply for a tuition fee loan (or you aren’t eligible for one), you’ll be asked to pay your annual tuition fee on enrolment at the beginning of each academic year. Your tuition fee will be payable to either the College or the partner university (dependant on the programme).

Both the College and our partner universities offer the facility to pay tuition fees in instalments. Please note that this facility is only available to students paying their own fees, not to employers who are providing financial sponsorship to a student.

Any additional fees (e.g. materials and trip fees) are payable to the College by all students on enrolment

Please see our Financial Support for Higher Education Students section for information.

If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you may be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This grant will help pay for extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, condition or learning difficulty, such as human support, travel costs and assistive technology.

If you think that you will need additional support during your studies, you should apply for a DSA to fund the cost of the support. The application process can take around 14 weeks to complete, so you should apply in good time before the start of your programme. Please visit for further information. Our Additional Learning Support Team will be happy to provide further advice.

If you have a question about fees for HE programmes, or you require assistance making your application for student finance, please contact our HE Team by email on