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Help with course costs

We’ve reduced the cost of some of our courses to help you get back into learning.

Gold Card holders get 10 per cent discount on non-vocational courses all year round.

And if you’re receiving certain benefits you may also be able to pay a reduced cost for your course. Find out more on the fees page.

Or you find you’re experiencing real financial difficulties you may be able to apply for help with payment of exam fees. Talk to your local centre about our learner support funds.

Free and reduced cost courses

  • Our free Skills for Life courses help you to improve your reading, writing,  maths and communication skills.

  • Most of our family learning courses are free although you may need to pay for some materials.

  • All English and maths GCSE courses are free and if you qualify for Band C because you’re receiving benefits you won’t even have to pay for the exam.

  • All lip-reading and sign language courses are free to people who have a hearing impairment.

  • There are a number of free courses that count towards a first full level 2 or 3 qualification (such as GCSEs and NVQs).

Pay by instalments

At a small cost some of our centres will let you pay for your course by instalments. Contact the centre to see whether they can help and what charge is made for this.