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There is support available to help you with the cost of further education as a part time student, however this varies according to the type of course you are enrolling on and your age when you start the course. These rules are determined by the Government.

Part Time Financial Information – Learners aged 16-23

Free Tuition and Assessment Fees

Learners aged 16-18
(Please note: course codes that begin with an F and HNC/HND courses are excluded from this.)

If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2014 and are not a full time student at another institution you can study a part time course for free.

If you are a full time student at South Downs College and wish to undertake an additional part time course you will need to apply and get agreement from your tutor and the Assistant Principal for Admission, Progression and Marketing.

If you are studying full time at another institution you will have to pay for any part time course that you undertake.

English and Maths

You will qualify for free English and maths courses up to and including Level 2. This includes:

• Functional Skills
• Adult Basic Skills in Literacy and Numeracy
• GCSE English Language
• GCSE Maths

Government Priorities

You will qualify for free tuition and assessment fees if you are aged 19-23 and enrolling on:

• An Entry/Level 1 course in order to meet the entry criteria to enrol on a Level 2 course which would result in you achieving your first Level 2 qualification
• Your first full Level 2 qualification
• Your first full Level 3 qualification
• Your first Level 4 qualification (without having achieved a first full Level 3 qualification)

You could also qualify for free tuition and assessment fees if you are aged 19 – 23 and:

• Studying for a Level 3 qualification or above and need help to move in to work, progress in work or remove a barrier to getting in to work and are:
o Receiving Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
o Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA_ and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
o Receiving Universal Credit because you are unemployed and you are required to undertake skills training
• Have been released on a temporary licence (RoTL) and are following learning outside of a prison environment and not funded through OLASS
• Are studying for your first full Level 3 qualification having left the British Armed Forces (within the last 10 years) after completing four or more years of service or have been medically discharged due to an injury in active service after completing basic training.

Proof of benefit must be produced at the time of booking and must still be active on the start date of your course.

British Armed Forces

You will qualify for free tuition and assessment fees if you are studying for your first full Level 3 qualification having left the British Armed Forces (within the last 10 years) after completing four or more years of service or have been medically discharged due to an injury in active service after completing basic training.

This does not apply to apprenticeships.

Part Time Financial Information – Learners aged 24 and over

English and Maths

You will qualify for free English and maths courses up to and including Level 2. This includes:
• Functional Skills
• Adult Basic Skills in Literacy and Numeracy
• GCSE English Language
• GCSE Maths

British Armed Forces

You will qualify for free tuition and assessment fees if you are studying for your first full Level 3 qualification having left the British Armed Forces (within the last 10 years) after completing four or more years of service or have been medically discharged due to an injury in active service after completing basic training.
This does not apply to apprenticeships.

Government Priorities

You will qualify for free tuition and assessment fees if you need help to move into work, progress in work or remove a barrier to getting in to work and are:

• Receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and seeking work
• Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG)
• Receiving Universal Credit because you are unemployed and are required to undertake skills training

Proof of benefit must be produced at the time of booking and must still be active on the start date of your course.

You could also qualify for free tuition and assessment if you are:

• Unemployed and receiving qualifying state benefits not listed above but want to enter employment and believe skills training will help you to do so.
• An offender in custody and released on temporary licence (RoTL) following learning outside a prison environment and not funded through OLASS.

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

All learners aged 24 and over and studying on a Level 3 or 4 course will require a loan from the Student Loans Company for the cost of the course, pay the fees themselves or a combination of the two.

Loans are for the cost of the course and are paid directly by the Student Loans Company to the College.

Further information about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans can be found here. http://southdowns.ac.uk/24-advanced-learning-loan/


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