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. Special rates apply for National Vocational Qualifications
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.
They are free if you are receipt of the one of the following:
Employment Support Allowance - Work Related Activity Group;
If you are not in paid work and you are dependant on someone from one of the categories listed above.
There is a £5 enrolment deposit per course for non fee paying learners, which will not be refunded on completion of the full course.
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.
You may not have to pay a course fee if you are in receipt of one of the following:
- Jobseekers Allowance;
- Employment Support Allowance - Work Related Activity Group;
- Universal Credit
- Eligible Skills for Life Learner;
- Unemployed individuals who are in receipt of a state benefit (other than JSA or ESA WRAG), who want to enter into employment and need skills training to do so (certain courses only - please ask for details).
Courses are also free for young people in certain circumstances:
- Aged 16 to 18 years and in full or part time education.
- Aged 19 to 23 years and studying a first Full Level 2 Qualification, or a first Full Level 3 Qualification.
- Aged 19 to 23 and eligible for 'Step up' to Level 2 progression.
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' coded courses only.
To qualify you must:
- Claim an income based benefit; and/or
- have a household income of less than £14,000 if you have no dependants, or £21,000 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.
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.
In some cases, if you are not able to be funded for a course through the Skills Funding Agency, you may be allowed to join courses at the centre's discretion. You may have to pay different fees.
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
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.