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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 £6 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 £3.20 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) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
  • You receive Universal Credit, earn either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are determined by Jobcentre Plus as being in one of the following groups:

- All Work-Related Requirements Group

- Work Preparation Group

- Work-Focused Interview Group

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.

Courses ending in 'B' (Blue courses)

These courses are mainly £3.20 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) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
  • You receive Universal Credit, and earn either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are determined by Jobcentre Plus as being in one of the following groups:

- All Work-Related Requirements Group

- Work Preparation Group

- Work-Focused Interview Group

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.

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

- You receive other state benefits and earn either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)

- You want to be employed (or progress into more sustainable employment), and you earn less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects and the local labour market needs.

Low wage flexibilty

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 £15736.50. You will need to provide a recent wage slip 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.

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

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:

  • Claim an income based benefit; and/or
  • have a household income of less than £15,000 if you have no dependants, or £22,000 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.

Funding for our courses

Many of our courses are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency which means that they cost you less. The courses are for people aged over 16. Learners must have been resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their course to qualify for fee remission or our subsidised course fees of £3.20 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 £6 per hour.

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 logoNewcastle 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

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Join us for our Open Days

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We are having two Enrolment and Advice Open Days on Monday 10 December and Tuesday 11 December at Westgate College from 9 am - 7.30pm. If you need advice and support you can speak to our qualified satff who will guide you through the enrolment process. The programme for the days lists when the advice sessions will be, (pdf 112KB). We hope to see you there. Remember, lots of courses are available for quick and easy online enrolment too.

Jan 2019 brochure out now!

Brochure cover Jan 19Stay with us in the New Year and take up one of the many progression opportunities available to you. Our latest brochure is available now! Your tutor will speak to you about follow on courses and your next steps too.

Your Learner Handbook

Learner handbook coverOur new learner handbook is now available here (pdf 1.81MB). Packed full of useful information about the service, we hope you will find it helpful. We'll cover a lot of the topics during our new induction process too, and you will be given a copy of the handbook to take away with you at the start of your course.

Advanced Learner Loans

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There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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