Costs and enrolment

Places are limited and need to be booked in advance. If you would like to book a place or require further information please telephone the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601 or email l&[email protected]

For further information on our course costs and reduced fees or advanced learner loans click on the links below.

Course Cost and Reduced Fees

Advanced Learner Loans

Enrolment dates and times

Coleridge Centre

Any week day 9:00am - 4:30pm

Enrolments and payment can be made over the phone on 01325 405601

When you enrol you will need your personal details (including address, date of birth, telephone number, national insurance number and information about any benefits you receive).

Enrolment Forms

Enrolment form [pdf document] for all our courses (except Apprenticeships and Study Programmes)

Please print a copy and post the completed form to: Learning & Skills Service, The Coleridge Centre, Coleridge Gardens, Darlington DL1 5AJ 

A leaner and a tutor at a computer
a leaner and a tutor at a laptop

Course Costs and Reduced Fees

Full Fees (including enrolment and tuition fees): £3.00 per hour 

Accredited Learning: Full accreditation fee (if applicable) - if the course has a qualification there will be additional fees to pay for registration and certification. 

No fees will be charged for publicly subsidised courses where:

1. Learners are aged 16-18 (on 31st August 2017)

2. Learners are aged 19-24 (on 31st August 2017) with a learning difficulty and / or disability as evidenced through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) 

3. Learners are aged 19 or older where the learning aim is up to and including level 2, and the learner is studying English or Maths

4. Learners are aged 19-23 (on their first day of study) and are studying their first 'full' level 2 or first 'full' level 3, excludes English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

5. Learners are aged 19 or older where the learning aim is up to and including level 2 (including ESOL), the skills training will help them into work, and the learner is classed as unemployed and one of more of the following apply: 

a. They receive Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) - this includes those receiving National Insurance credits only, or 

b. They receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and the learner is in the work-related activity group (WRAG), or

c. They receive of Universal Credit, earn less than 16 times the national minimum wage or £330 a month and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups: 

i. All Work Related Requirements Group 

ii. Work Preparation Group

iii. Work Focused Interview Group

d. They are released on temporary licence (RoTL) and studying outside a prison environment and not funded through the Offender's Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) 

Evidence required: Letter of entitlement from Job Centre Plus indicating the date and claim or for copy of licence (RoTL) from Probation Service

6. Learners aged 19-24 who are unemployed and on a Traineeship 

Courses with no public subsidy

For learners aged 19 or above and where the learning aim is level 3 or above (expect for exclusion above), learners will need to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, subject to funding availability. Further details can be found at:

Asylum Seekers - individuals will be assessed for eligibility in conjunction with SFA guidance Special fees - some courses have special fees, cost on application

FE course - NVQ and similar price on application 

The following courses are free: 

Family Learning, Functional Skills, Study Programme and courses which are funded through external projects

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is intended to enable disadvantaged learners to achieve their learning goal by providing funding, on top of programme funds, to help them overcome their barriers to learning. The funding is intended to be flexible and to help support learners who have a range of learning difficulties and / or disabilities. 

Advanced Learner Loans

Learning & Skills has the facility to offer Advanced Learner Loans to support learners with course fees, and this is dependent on a number of factors.


To be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan you must:

  • Be aged 19 or over

Your course must be:

  • a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification, for example A Levels or graduate certificate
  • at an approved college or training provider in England

Your nationality or residency status must be:

  • living in the UK on the first day of your course
  • have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
  • be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)

Loan eligibility does not depend on income and there are no credit checks.

What you will get

  • You can apply to up to 4 loans, but you can only apply once for Access to HE
  • Minimum loan value is £300
  • Learning & Skills will decide the loan amount for the course
  • You do not have to borrow the full amount; you can pay some money towards the cost


You will pay back your loan when both the following apply:

  • You have finished the course
  • You earn more than £25,000 per year

How to apply

  • Check with Learning & Skills that the course qualifies
  • Ask Learning & Skills for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter - you need this to complete the application. It contains the details about your course.
  • Apply online– you will need to register first. You can apply by post if you cannot apply online on the Student Loans website. [external link] 
  • You will receive a letter confirming your loan - usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications take longer).

What you need to know

You cannot apply until you get a ‘learning and funding information letter’ from Learning & Skills.

You can apply for a loan without a National Insurance number, but you must have one before the loan can be paid.

Learning & Skills Qualifying Courses

The courses that qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan are:

For more information contact Learning & Skills on 01325 405601 or email l&[email protected]

Or visit website page for advanced learner loans [external link]