Financial support for Home (UK) undergraduate students
There are various sources of finance available to students depending on their individual circumstances.
Find out below whether you will need to pay for your course or if you might be entitled to any financial assistance.
Do I have to pay for my course?
16 to 18-year-olds
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for trips, residentials, recommended text books and professional start up kits.
19-year-olds and over
If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
- If you’re 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a Full Level 2 or Full Level 3 qualifications.
- If you are 19 and over and in receipt and unemployed and in receipt of Universal Credit, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or are referred to learning by Job centre Plus qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
- If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade or higher in the subject that you are studying you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.