Course Fees and Fee Remission
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Remission of fees usually applies to vocational further education courses.
Non vocational leisure courses, short courses and Teesside University courses do not qualify for remission of fees. Details of fees for all courses can be found on the individual course leaflets.
You will be required to pay your fees at the point of enrolment or provide proof of employer sponsorship which may include a purchase order number.
Free Vocational Courses for 16-18’s
If you are 16-18 years old on 31st August 2018, no fees apply to vocational further education courses.
Free vocational courses for 19 or over
- If you are between 19-23 years old studying Entry Level or Level 1 and have not attained a full Level 2 qualification
- If you are between 19-23 years old studying your first full Level 2 qualification and the qualification is a legal entitlement
- If you are between 19-23 years old and studying your first Level 3 qualification and the qualification is a legal entitlement
- If you are 19 years and over and you wish to study English/maths (excluding English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)) and have not already attained a grade A*- C in these subjects
- If you are 19 years and over studying courses up to and including Level 2 and you are unemployed *
- If you are 19 years and over studying ESOL courses and you are unemployed*
You will be required to sign a declaration to confirm this is your first qualification at this particular level.
Remission of awarding body costs
If you are entitled to remission of fees in the categories detailed above then you will also be entitled to remission of awarding body costs which includes registration, examination and certification fees.
If the above does not apply to you, you still may be able to claim 50% fee remission if the following applies:
- If you are 19 years and over studying ESOL courses
- If you are 19 years and over and studying up to and including Level 2 and you already have a qualification at Level 2 or above
- If you are 24 years and over studying courses up to and including Level 2
For funding purposes a learner is defined as unemployed if one or more of the following apply:
- You receive Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), including National Insurance credits only
- You receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
- You receive Universal Credit, earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups: All Work-Related Requirements Group; Work Preparation Group; Work-Focused Interview Group
- You are released on temporary licence (RoTL) and studying outside a prison environment and are not funded through the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS)
- You received other state benefits and earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month, and you want to be employed (or progress into more sustainable employment, if you earn less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month) and the learning is directly relevant to your employment prospects and the local labour market needs.
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