Fees and Financial Support

Fees and Financial Support

Some Newcastle City Learning courses are free, some have discounts available and some need to be paid for in full. Our courses are colour coded. The final letter of a course's code will indicate which fee category applies. The code can be found online when looking at course details.

Courses ending in 'G' (Green courses)


These are our full cost courses, there are no concessions or discounts. Most of these courses are £7.00 per hour.

Courses ending in 'R' (Red courses)


These are our free Family Learning, English and Maths courses where no fees or deposits are charged.

Courses ending in 'Y' (Yellow courses)


These courses are mainly £3.50 per hour with some exceptions.

Learners are eligible for full fee remission (pay no fees) subject to meeting the criteria below

  • You receive Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only
  • You receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 
  • You receive Universal Credit, and your earned income from employment (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (you are the sole adult in your benefit claim) or £541 a month (you have a joint benefit claim with your partner) 

Our Gateway staff on our receptions can offer guidance on whether you will qualify for fee remission and explain what information you will need to provide.

There is a £5 enrolment deposit per course for non fee paying learners, which will not be refunded. 

Courses ending in 'B' (Blue courses)


These courses are mainly £3.50 per hour with some exceptions, such as Education and Training, Access to HE Diploma, ECDL and Counselling.

Learners are eligible for full fee remission (pay no fees) subject to meeting the criteria below

  • You receive Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only
  • You receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 
  • You receive Universal Credit, and your earned income from employment (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (you are the sole adult in your benefit claim) or £541 a month (you have a joint benefit claim with your partner)

Our Gateway staff on our receptions can offer guidance on whether you will qualify for fee remission and explain what information you will need to provide.

There is a £5 enrolment deposit per course for non fee paying learners, which will be refunded on completion of the full course.

We can also use our discretion to fund other learners if all of the following apply


- You receive other state benefits and your earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (you are the sole adult in your benefit claim) or £541 a month (you have a joint benefit claim with your partner)

- You want to be employed or progress into more sustainable employment, and your earned income (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (you are the sole adult in your benefit claim) or £541 a month (you have a joint benefit claim with your partner) and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects and the local labour market needs.

Low wage flexibility


You may qualify for full fee remission (No Fee) if you meet the eligibility criteria for funding and you are employed but earning an annual gross salary of less than £17,004 (for ESFA funded provision) or £18,135 (for NTCA funded provision). Please ask our Gateway staff for guidance. You will need to provide a recent wage slip, Universal Credit statement, or current employment contract that states your gross monthly / annual wages.

Courses are also free for young people in certain circumstances and depending on your prior qualifications - our Gateway staff can advise.

In addition, we may be able to help with your course fees if you meet household income eligibility criteria. Please ask our staff for details.

What does the course fee include?


The course fee covers the cost of providing the course including the teaching, venue and the awarding body costs. These are payable at the time of enrolment.

You will be liable to pay the costs if you fail to attend and exam you have entered for. Additionally, if you do not take part in the assessment process you may have to pay the full cost for your course.

Equipment and materials may not be included in the course fee. Please ask at the centre for details.

Can I get learner support and support for childcare?


We have some money available to help people on low incomes to study. ' Discretionary Learner Support Funds' (DLS) may be available to help with your course fees, travel costs, childcare, books and equipment. This applies to 'B' and 'R' coded courses only.

To qualify you must:

  • have a household income of less than £16,000 if you have no dependants, or £23,000 if you have one or more dependants.

To claim assistance with your childcare costs your child or children must be under 15 years of age, and being cared for by a registered childminder or nursery. If you get financial assistance but decide to leave before the course ends you may have to repay the money. Check with your centre to see if you can get support as there are other conditions too.

 

Our Learner Support Policy for 2020-21 has more details, and our application forms explain the process of applying and the evidence required.

Funding for our courses


Many of our courses are funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) or the Education and Skills Funding Agency which means that they cost you less. The courses are for people aged over 16. Learners must meet certain residency requirements prior to the start of their course to qualify for fee remission or our subsidised course fees of £3.50 an hour. Where this is not the case, learners are able to enrol on courses but are required to pay the full cost fee of £7.00 per hour. Our Gateway staff can advise as funding rules are subject to change.

You can only be funded to do a course once. If you have already done a course with us and gained the qualification, you will not be able to do this course again. However we will try and find a suitable course for you at an appropriate level.

This year we are offering free skills assessments to learners on a range of courses. If your course is chosen, you may be asked to take part in a short assessment. This will help us find out if we can give you extra support to reach your goals. For example, we may be able to offer you free courses to refresh your English or maths.

All of this information is correct at time of being published, but funding rules change constantly so please check when you enrol.

European Social Fund


eu logo Newcastle City Learning's courses may also be part-financed by the European Union with ESF match funding

 

 

 

Advanced Learner Loans


If you are aged 19 or over and taking a course at Level 3 or above you may be eligible to apply for a loan to pay for your course fees.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans