Here is our quick guide to the funding available for courses at Telford College. We appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different, so if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our friendly student services team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01952 642237
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You don’t normally have to pay course fees if the following applies to your age, employment status or choice of qualification.
|AGE AS AT
31 AUGUST 2018
|COURSES YOU CAN STUDY
|16-18||Any||All level 1, 2 and 3 courses are free
|Any||Any||Entry level English and maths, GCSE
English and maths and functional
skills English & maths are free, as
long as you have not already
achieved grade C/grade 4 or above
before you enrol.
|19-24 Holding an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)||Any||All courses until you reach the age of 25.|
|19-23||Any||You can study your FIRST level 1, level
2 or level 3 qualification for free,
provided you have not already
achieved a qualification at that level
(See Prior qualification chart for list of
qualifications at each level )
looking for work
and in receipt of
|If you are unemployed and in receipt
of eligible benefits, there is no cost
for studying a level 1 or level 2
qualification, even if you already have
a qualification at that level.
*Eligible benefits include Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit. Wider benefits will also be considered on an individual basis.
Fees & funding
Under the following circumstances, you’ll be required to pay some or all of the course fees, although support may be available either through student loans or our student support team. Please enquire.
|AGE AS AT 31 AUGUST 2018||EMPLOYMENT STATUS||COURSE TYPE & ELIGIBILITY|
|19-23 and 24+||Employed||Level 1 & level 2 qualifications: you may be
entitled to up to 50% discount on level 1 and
level 2 courses.
|19-23||Any||Level 3 qualifications: you will need to pay full
course fees if you already have a level 3
qualification. You can take out an advanced
learner loan for the entire cost which is only
paid back once you earn over £25,000 per year
(If this is your first level 3 qualification, the
course is free – see the table opposite).
|24+||Any||Level 3 qualifications: full course fees apply
whether you have a level 3 qualification already
or not. You can take out an advanced learner
loan to pay for the course. This means the
government pays the cost of your course fees
in the form of a loan. Your annual repayment
will be 9% of any income of any income you
earn over £25,000. An example of payments:
You pay £15 monthly if you earned £27,000.
repayments (for payment reference )
|19-23 and 24+||Any||Level 4 & 5 (Higher Education): full tuition fees
are payable. However, you should be eligible
for an advanced learner loan or HE Loan. This
means the government pays the cost of your
course fees in the form of a loan. An example
of payments: You pay £15 monthly if you
earned £27,000 in a year.
Information is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication (March 2018) but may be subject to change. Please contact student services for up-to-date information on advanced learner loans and HE loans.
Guide to prior qualification levels
The table below should help you identify which level you are qualified to already. If you are unsure, please contact our student services team who will be happy to review your circumstances and offer advice.
|PRIOR ATTAINMENT LEVEL||QUALIFICATION EQUIVALENT|
|Level 1||• GCSE grades D-G or 3-1
• Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma (e.g. BTEC/
CACHE/City & Guilds)
• Level 1 Functional Skills
• Level 1 NVQ
• Level 1 Technical Awards
|Level 2||• 5 or more GCSE grades A*- C or 9 - 4
• 1 A level or 2 AS levels
• Level 2 BTEC or City & Guilds Certificates (15+ credits)
• Level 2 or Higher Diploma (e.g. BTEC/City & Guilds)
• Level 2 NVQ
• Level 2 Technical Certificates
|Level 3||• 2 A levels or 4 AS levels
• Level 3 BTEC or City & Guilds Diploma
• Level 3 NVQ
• Level 3 Technical or Applied