If you’re under 19:
Pre-degree courses at Plymouth College of Art are completely free of charge for permanent UK residents who are under 19 years of age.
If you're 19 and over:
If you are aged 19 and over (as of 31 August 2017) or are not a permanent UK resident, you may be charged a fee depending on your circumstances.
Our pre-degree courses are also free for any permanent UK resident aged 19-23 (as of 31 August 2017) who has not yet achieved a full Level 3 qualification.
However if this does not apply, or if you are aged 24 or over, you will be required to pay a fee as detailed below.
Course fees for full time UK students for 2017-18
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (ten-month course)
- Students aged 19 and over: £5,421
- International students: £9,000
Extended Diplomas (two-year course)
- Students aged 19 and over: £4,291 per year
- International students: £6,300 per year
All fees are subject to change and include any exam registration fees.
If you are aged 19 or over as of the 31 August 2017, are a permanent UK resident and need help paying for your tuition fee, the Government have introduced a new loans scheme to provide funding for your course. Find out more about the Government's Advanced Learning Loans.
Please contact our Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Student Finance team (email@example.com) for further advice.
The college is committed to ensuring education is accessible and affordable for all, and we offer a variety of financial support options (listed below) to help students with their study.
If you have any questions please contact the Student Finance team in the Student Hub at any time (prior to or after enrolling) on 01752 203423 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any financial support awarded is subject to students complying with the Code of Conduct as set out in the Student Handbook.
There are two types of bursary as below and for both types, students are assessed according to individual need (evidence of financial circumstances must be provided):
(1) Discretionary Bursary. A bursary targeted at students who need financial support to help pay for things like transport, meals, books and equipment.
(2) Vulnerable Bursary. This bursary is for young people who are considered the most vulnerable, usually students living apart from their parents/carers and in receipt of benefits in their own right. Eligibility includes young people in care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, young care leavers, young people receiving Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right, young people receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or the new Personal Independence Payments AS WELL AS Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (as a replacement for ESA) in their own right.
Free meals for eligible students
This scheme provides a free meal for eligible students when attending college. Eligibility for students under 19 is based on parents (or the student) being in receipt of one or more of the benefits listed below. Additionally, any student under 25 years and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) is eligible. Application for free meals is included within the 16-19 Bursary Fund application:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
For students in Plymouth, concessions are available on both Plymouth Citybus and First Group buses. For more information students from Devon (excluding Plymouth) should contact Devon County Council on 0845 155 1019 or visit their website www.devon.gov.uk (follow links to Education Transport) for advice and information. Students from Cornwall should contact Cornwall County Council on 0300 1234 222 or visit their website www.cornwall.gov.uk.
The Residential Bursary can assist with accommodation costs for students who need to live away from home to study because they live too far away to travel daily. Priority is given to students whose course is not available within daily travelling distance of their home address.
Payments are to help with the costs of your accommodation during term time only and will not necessarily cover the full costs of living away from home. How much you get depends on your household income and your actual accommodation costs.
If your household income is below £30,993 you may be eligible. This fund is very limited and demand often exceeds funds available, so please enquire and apply as early as possible.
Students aged 19 and under who need help with the costs of childcare can apply for the Care to Learn scheme.
A bursary is available for students aged 20 and over for childcare costs (with an Ofsted registered provider). For advice on either option please contact the Student Finance team.
Discretionary Learning Support - 19 and over
Students aged between 19 and 23 can apply for financial support to help with travel, trips and exceptional material needs. Awards are made based on individual circumstances.
Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund
A loans bursary fund is available to help vulnerable and disadvantaged learners who are funding their learning with a loan. It is particularly aimed at students with learning difficulties or disabilities and parents who need help with childcare.