Qualification and Work Related Skills courses tend to be qualification courses, aimed at helping you improve your CV, getting you back into work or building up your functional skills. These government-listed courses attract funding at a higher rate and lead to specific qualifications or work-related skills.

Students must be 19 years of age or over to enrol. You will pay no tuition fees, if:

  • You do not already have a full Level 2 qualification (e.g. 5 GCSEs grade A*-C, an A-Level, an NVQ Level 2) and wish to study on an Entry Level or Level 1 course in order to progress to a full Level 2 course. Some additional course costs may be applicable.
  • You enrol on your first full Level 2 or first full Level 3 qualification course. Some additional course costs may be applicable.

In addition, for courses up to and including level two, you will pay no tuition fees, if:

  • You are on Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) or Universal Credit (that is due to being unemployed and skills training is required). Some additional course costs may be applicable.
  • You are unemployed and on a state benefit where skills training will help them get into work. Some additional course costs may be applicable.

Students aged 65 years and over

If you are aged 65 years and over, and do not fit into any of the above categories, you will be entitled to a 10% discount on your tuition fees.

Free English and Maths

English and Maths courses (including GCSEs, for those who do not already hold a GCSE A*-C) are free to most students, subject to meeting funding eligibility.