If you’re 16 to 18:
Pre-degree programmes at Plymouth College of Art, such as our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and extended diplomas, are completely free of charge for any permanent UK residents aged 16 to 18.
If you're over 19:
If you are aged above 19 (to date 31 August 2016) or are not a permanent UK resident, you may be charged a fee depending on your circumstances.
Our Pre-Degree programmes are also free for any permanent UK resident aged 19-23 (to date 31st August 2016) 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, detailed below.
Course fees for full time UK students for 2016-17 academic year
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (One year course)
- Students aged 19+: £5,421
- International students: £9,000
Extended Diplomas (Two year course)
- Students aged 19+: £4,291 per year
- International students: £6,283 per year
All fees are subject to change. All fees include any exam registration fees.
If you are aged 19 or over as at the 31st August 2016, 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. More details on the Advanced Learning Loans can be found by following the link: http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/7075/all_faq.pdf
Please contact Admissions (email@example.com) for further advice or guidance, or our Student Finance team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The College is committed to ensuring education is accessible and affordable for all, and we offer a variety of financial support options to help students with their study.
The range of Financial Support available is outlined below and can seem complicated - please feel welcome to contact the Student Finance team in the Student Hub at any time, prior to or after enrolling, on 01752 203423, email email@example.com
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 (including 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 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. 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. Please visit link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview
A bursary is available for students aged 20 and over for childcare costs (with an Ofsted registered provider). For either, please contact the Student Finance team who will be able to provide further advice.
19+ Discretionary Learning Support
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.