For some courses the total fee includes tuition fee, qualification fee and additional fee. For the majority of courses all fees are payable at the time of enrolment. See also Professional Body Membership below.
This covers the cost of delivering the course.
This fee is collected by the College and passed on to the appropriate awarding body for your qualification. It covers examination, assessment and certification costs. The College includes a small charge to cover administrative costs. A small number of courses have a range of possible qualifications and the choice of which will best suit you is made later in the year in discussion with your tutor. Where this is the case, the qualification fee will be payable when the decision is made, rather than on enrolment and will be advised by your tutor.
In the majority of cases there will then be no further costs for the duration of the course. However, if you decide later in the year to take extra units or additional qualifications, the associated fees will be payable at this time. On some courses there may be additional charges to cover the cost of materials used, on site assessment visits etc. These charges will be discussed by your tutor at the start of the course.
Professional Body Membership
Courses leading to a professional qualification require students to register with the professional body. Any costs of this nature are payable direct to the professional body by the student and will be discussed at the start of the course.
Who Listed Fees Apply To
The listed fees relate to those learners for whom the College can claim a Government subsidy where this is available. The exception relates to 24+ learners studying courses at Level 3 and above for whom no Government subsidy is available and is identified by a higher 24+ Fee. For other learners, such as those on modern apprenticeships, other youth training schemes or non-UK or EU nationals, a higher level of fees is charged. Any student aged 15 or under on 1 September 2014 will be required to pay a higher fee. They will also be required to supply a letter of authority from their school and permission from the College tutor before enrolment is accepted.
For some courses you may be eligible for help with tuition fees if you:
- are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 1 September 2014; or
- in receipt of Employment Support Allowance – Work Related Activity (ESA (WRAG)) or Job Seekers Allowance and actively seeking work.
Payment by Instalments for Students
Payment is accepted by cheque, credit or debit card.
- For total fees between £200 and £599 students may pay by four equal and consecutive monthly instalments commencing on enrolment*.
- For total fees above £600 students may pay by 3 equal instalments with the first payment due on enrolment and the 2 subsequent payments due at the start of each following term*.
* An additional £10 administration fee applies to both instalment options above.
Fees Paid by Employers or Other Organisations
Payment is accepted by company cheque, credit or debit card, at the time of enrolment in full. No instalment option is available. If you wish the College to raise an invoice for the fees, please contact the IAG team on 023 8091 1299. Payment can be made via BACS and our terms are 30 days net. Please note Employers will be liable for any outstanding course fees should the student leave their employment.
The College is currently accepting online payments on some of the courses displayed on this website. The following payment methods are currently being accepted:
19+ Advanced Learner Loan
If aged 19 or over at the course start date learners may be entitled to a 19+ loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC). However, if the loan is declined by the SLC, learners will become liable for the fees or withdrawn from their course of study. The College does not provide financial advice regarding the application for a 19+ Loan but learners can obtain free independent financial advice from The Money Advice Service at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.
Starting the Course
After enrolling, students should attend the first session of the course at the venue, time and date advised to them by the College. Places on courses can only be reserved by full enrolment and the correct payment.
It is College policy to make refunds only in certain circumstances and when payment has been confirmed:
Please note that if minimum number of enrolments is not reached, the course may be cancelled. In an effort to minimise the risk of this happening and to accept late enrolments, decisions to do so may well be within the seven days prior to the course start date. Should the College cancel a course the student(s) will be contacted and a full refund will be given.
If the course has started and the College decides in consultation with the student, that the course is not suitable for the student and an alternative course is not available, a refund will be granted.
If a student changes their mind about their course they have a period of 14 days starting the day after their place has been confirmed (‘acceptance date’) in which they can withdraw from the course and all fees already paid will be refunded. If the course has commenced within this 14 day period, then a proportion of the fees will be retained by the college. Depending on the method of the course application, the acceptance date will be based upon the following:
- Online – receipt of an email confirmation by the student
- Paper enrolment form – receipt of the form into IAG
- Telephone – verbal confirmation of enrolment during telephone conversation
If a period of more than 14 days has passed since the acceptance date then no refund of fees will be given unless the student has withdrawn due to a serious medical condition (evidence will be required). Instalment arrangements are still payable even if the student withdraws from the course before completion, and therefore will still be processed. If the outstanding fees are not paid further action may be taken to recover the outstanding fees.
At the course start date the student may be entitled to either an Advanced Learner Loan, Higher Education Loan or a Career Development Loan. However, if the loan is declined by the loan provider or the student fails to apply in a reasonable period as determined by the College, the student will become liable for any outstanding fees. Also if a student withdraws before the completion of their study, they will become immediately liable for the difference between what has been drawn down against their loan, and the full cost of their course.
In all circumstances, examination fees will only be refunded if they have not already been paid to the relevant Examining Board.
These terms (excluding payment by instalments) also apply to employers who are funding the training of an employee.
If a student thinks they meet the criteria for a refund then they will be required to complete a refund application form and return it to the IAG and Admissions Manager.
If, as a result of a complaint, the College is found after investigation, to be in default of its obligations, a partial or full refund may be arranged.
Payment of Refunds
Refunds will be paid by the same method they were made except for cash payments, which will be returned by cheque. All refunds will be made within 14 days following the receipt of the refund application form.
Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information displayed on this website. However, the College cannot accept liability for claims arising out of errors or omissions or amendments to Government policy relating to funding. The College reserves the right, without notice, to withdraw, merge or vary any course provision or facilities deemed necessary by the College.