Fees & Financial Assistance

Fee Information

Full-time Courses

Full-time courses are free to students who meet the three-year residency requirement and who are under 19 years of age on the 31st August in the year in which their programme of study commences. UK students who are 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees and also the relevant registration and exam fees. UK students who are over 19 and studying for a Level 3 or higher qualification may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

Part-time Adult Courses

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as the relevant registration and exam fees.

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Higher Education Course Fees

Studying a university level course at Derby College is considerably less expensive than most other options. Our fees compare favourably with university tuition fees and because you have the convenience of studying locally, you won't face the same level of costs for accommodation and transport. For more information on HE course fees, please consult the following PDF documents.

You could be eligible for a student loan for your higher education course, check with the Student Loan Company (Opens in new tab)

HE Fees

Part-time HE Fee Guide

Full-time HE Fee Guide

Disabled Students Allowance Guide

Advanced Learner Loans

Qualify now, pay later with an Advanced Learner Loan. If you are aged 19 or over, you could now qualify for a new type of loan to help pay for your tuition fees as you prepare for your next step up the career ladder.

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Tuition Fees for Overseas Students

Tuition fees for full-time overseas students range from course to course and level to level. For further information, please contact international@derby-college.ac.uk

Privacy Notice

Our Privacy Notice describes what Derby College Group does with the personal information it is provided with. You may be asked to give the College personal information to become a student, client or to use college systems and services.

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If you are concerned that money troubles might affect your studies while you're at Derby College, we can offer advice and guidance on the financial support opportunities available to you.

We’re committed to helping you overcome any financial barriers which might prevent you from making the most of your educational opportunities.

Here, you can find information about bursaries, 19+ learner loans, lifelong learning accounts and other financial assistance that may be available.

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Bursaries for students aged 16-18

We provide two bursaries to help with the costs associated with studying: the Discretionary Bursary and the Guarantee Bursary. They are available to students aged 16-18 who are enrolled on our further education courses – either full-time or part-time – and who meet the right criteria.

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Bursaries for students aged 19+

Derby College has a Learner Support Fund which can help you towards the costs associated with studying.

It is available to students aged 19+ who are enrolled on further education courses, either full-time or part-time, and who meet the eligibility criteria. Funding is not available for students on apprenticeships, higher education or full-cost courses where other funding rules may apply. You must also meet the residency criteria.

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Lifelong Learning Accounts

Adult students at Derby College are eligible for a Lifelong Learning Account.

Who is eligible for a Lifelong Learning Account?

The Lifelong Learning Account is available to adults 19+throughout England and Job Centre Plus claimants or offenders in the community aged 18+.

What is a Lifelong Learning Account?

A Lifelong Learning Account is a free online service offering you greater flexibility and choice in developing your skills. Your Lifelong Learning Account is personal to you, tailored to match your circumstances and needs, helping you to organise your learning and career.

It provides you with a range of tools, the results of which can be stored in a secure single access point that you can return to and update.

What will your Lifelong Learning Account do for you?

A Lifelong Learning Account can help you take control of your future and provides you with access to relevant, up-to-date information on the training and funding options available to you.

There are four main benefits to a Lifelong Learning Account:

CV Builder

  • The CV builder can help you create a professional-looking CV using an easy-to-understand process

Skills Health Check and Action Plan

  • Identify the skills you have, using the online assessment tools
  • Match your skills to possible job roles
  • Plan and manage the information to help you make the right choices
  • Share this information with learning providers and advisers

Course Search

  • Choose the right course for you
  • Save your choices and find out how to apply

Find Funding

  • Find out if you can get funding
  • Track how much money you and the Government have spent on your recent learning

How do I open a Lifelong Learning Account?

Further education free meals

You might be able to receive support towards the costs of your meals while you attend College.

For students aged 16 to 18

Support is available if you are a dependant of someone who receives any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related ESA
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit) and gross income of under £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after ceasing to qualify for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

For students aged 19 to 24

Support is available if you are in receipt of – or are a dependant of someone in receipt of – any of the benefits listed in the previous column. However, to qualify, you will also need to have a Education Health and Care Plan in place.


Care to Learn

If you are a young parent, you may be able to apply to the Care to Learn Scheme to help with your childcare costs. Visit: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn or call 0800 121 8989 for information on how to apply online.

If you need to apply for this assistance, please contact the Learner Support Fund.


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