Adult Fees

Fees Explained

There’s no doubt that Derby College is a great place to study. But, in order to keep providing excellent facilities and teaching, we need to charge fees to someone – and that might be you!

The good news is that – for a lot of our learners, especially the younger ones – the Government will pay all or some of those fees. However, before the Government parts with its cash, it needs evidence from us that we have met the criteria it has set. So don’t be upset if we ask you to produce benefit evidence or to sign a declaration or two.

Of course, even if you do have to contribute towards your fees, education is one of the best investments you can make. The better qualified you are, the greater your chances of getting a job – or getting a better paid job. And here at Derby College, we’re good at getting you qualified.

By and large, courses are free to all learners aged 16-18 – meaning that we don’t charge any fees for tuition or awarding body fees (exam costs). There’s no doubt that Derby College is a great place to study. But, in order to keep providing excellent facilities and teaching, we need to charge fees to someone – and that might be you!

Course fees

With the exception of Advanced Learner Loans, if you are studying for a two year qualification, you will need to pay the fees quoted for your courses each year. Tuition – this figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.

Co-tuition – this figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Exam – this fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.

Payment of fees

All fees must be paid IN FULL before the start of the course, unless alternative arrangements have been approved. Generally, fees are shown for the current year only, with courses running over two or more years attracting fees at the beginning of each year. The exception to this is Advanced Learner Loan fees, which cover the full cost of the course. Payment is accepted via cash, cheque payable to Derby College or by credit/ debit card. Learners aged 19 years and over who are studying for a qualification at Level 3 and above may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan – see our Advanced Learner Loan page

Payment by instalments

To assist with the payment of fees, we also offer instalment facilities payable by direct debit for courses, under the following conditions:

  • Course length is at least 12 weeks. Fees over £200 will qualify for a direct debit payment:
    1. – 20% of the course fees payable at enrolment.
    2. – Balance payable in equal instalments on the 5th day of each month after enrolment, in equal instalments, with all amounts being paid within one month of course completion.
  • The following evidence is required, one from each section:
    1. – Section A: Photo ID
    2. – Passport, driving licence or prior year’s Derby College Learner ID card.
    3. – Section B: Address confirmation: utility bill, bank statement, mobile phone bill etc.
  • Please note that the person who signs the direct debit MUST be the account holder. If a parent/carer/ employer is paying by this method, they will need to be present to complete the form and provide documentary evidence as above.
  • If at any time a direct debit instruction is denied, you will remain liable for the remainder of the fees and may be removed from the course.
  • Due to residency requirements, overseas learners must pay in full on or before enrolment.

Refunds – tuition/exam fees

  • Tuition and exam fees will be refunded in full where the College has cancelled the course.
  • If a learner withdraws voluntarily or has been excluded, no refund will be made and any outstanding fees will be collected.
  • In exceptional circumstances refunds will be considered on an individual basis. The learner is required to inform us of the circumstances by writing to the following address: – Finance Department, Derby College, The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JE –
  • Sponsored learners

    Where fees are being paid by a sponsor such as an employer, learners are required to bring either:

  • a signed sponsor letter detailing that the sponsor will meet the full cost of the course, including examination and registration fees, or
  • a purchase order detailing the name of the learner and the course undertaken.
  • If the subsequent invoice is not paid, the learner will remain liable for the course fees.

    Advanced Learner Loans

    If you are aged 19 or over and you want to study on a Level 3 course or above, you may be able to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan. This is the fee that would need to be paid or financed by a successful application for a learner loan.

    Course Information

    The College reserves the right to withdraw courses. If this affects you, we will offer you a suitable alternative


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