Course fees and discounts
Our adult education courses and workshops are for adults over the age of 19 on 31 August 2021. The courses are either fully or part funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Our courses have 3 fee bands.
You will pay the full fee unless you qualify for a discount under Band B or Band C.
Courses are free if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits or on a low income:
- Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
- Council Tax benefit
- Housing benefit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Individual income below £17,374.50 per year
Band C – Qualification courses
If you are employed and earn more than £17,374.50 per year, the government will pay half of the standard course fees for you.
Community and leisure courses - Derbyshire Gold Card holders can receive 10% discount if not eligible for any other discount.
British Sign Language and Makaton courses - all entry level and level 1 courses are free to:
- people who have a hearing impairment
- the spouse, civil partner and parents or guardians of a hearing impaired person.
There will be an extra fee to cover courses that include an exam or accreditation. To check if this applies to your course ask one of our staff or have a look at the course information on our website.
You may also need to pay for materials on some courses.
Family Learning courses
All our family learning courses are free.
Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills
Our maths and English courses up to level 2 are free to anyone who doesn’t already have these qualifications at GCSE (grades A*-C or 4-9) or an equivalent.
Our essential digital skills courses are free to anyone who needs to build their confidence and skills at entry level and level 1.
Other free courses
All our community taster courses are free.
All our skills for employment courses are free.
We offer several qualification courses that are free, if it’s your first full level 2 or level 3 qualification.
Help with course costs
If you are experiencing genuine financial difficulties, you may be able to apply for help with some of your course costs. Talk to our enquiries team on 01332 956565 or speak to one of our centre staff about our Hardship Support Fund. Information can be found in the download Hardship Support Fund Policy
You will need to pay for your course and exam fees when you enrol.
For some of our longer courses we offer the option to spread the cost and pay by instalments.
For level 3 and 4 qualifications you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your course fees. More information about this can be found on the government website GOV.UK - Advanced Learner Loan.
We no longer receive funding from the government for learners living in devolved areas. To find out if you live in a devolved area, please check the government website GOV.UK - Adult education budget (AEB) devolution.