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Pre-Degree

Investing in your education is a wise decision and it's important to understand the student finance support available. From Further Education bursaries to cash scholarships — we're here to help you plan and budget.

If you're under 19 years old and a permanent UK resident, our pre-degree courses are completely free of charge.

Pre-Degree students aged 19 years or over are no longer eligible for free study on our Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes and fees may apply for non-permanent UK residents. Financial support may be available.

For further information about our course fees and the financial support we can offer, please look through the relevant sections below.

Fees outlined are correct at time of publishing and provide an indication of current costs. For more information please email admissions@pca.ac.uk

The college is committed to ensuring Further Education is accessible and affordable for all, and we offer a variety of financial support options (listed below) to help Pre-Degree students with their studies. If you have an annual household income of less than £25,000, after-tax, or any exceptional circumstances, then you may be eligible for one of our Pre-Degree bursaries. Students are assessed on an individual basis and evidence of income must be provided in support of your application.

The 21/22 Pre-Degree bursary scheme for students starting their studies in September 2021 is now open and we are accepting applications.

Please note: this bursary scheme is not for Higher Education students studying at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level.

For more information about the financial support available for academic year 21/22 and the evidence required to support your bursary application, please click here. We recommend reading this before completing your application.

Please apply to our bursary scheme here.

  • We strongly recommend that those students who wish to apply for a bursary for academic year 21/22 submit a full application as early as possible because funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, our aim is to prioritise those students with the greatest financial need, so we recommend all students apply as early as possible.
  • If you will be a second year student, or returning to Palace Court to continue your Pre-Degree studies for academic year 21/22 you must reapply to the bursary scheme to be assessed. Your bursary will not roll over from 20/21.
  • Any financial support awarded is subject to students complying with the Code of Conduct as set out in the Student Handbook. Bursary payments will only be awarded to students who have 80% attendance or explained and authorised absences.

If you have any questions please contact the Registry team at any time (prior to or after enrolling) by emailing studentfinance@pca.ac.uk

We offer a range of awards and discounts to applicants who have previously studied at Plymouth College of Art:

  • 2021 Internal Progression £500 Cash Scholarship — Available to eligible* students who progress directly from one of our UAL Extended Diplomas or a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design onto a three or four-year undergraduate degree in Autumn 2021 at Plymouth College of Art.
  • Alumni Progression Award — 15% discount on MA or MFA fees for Undergraduate, Pre-Degree and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design graduates, who go on to postgraduate study with us.
  • Short Course Progression Award — 10% discount on MA or MFA fees for anyone who has completed a Short Course with us.
  • Alumni Discount on Short Courses — Up to 25% discount for UG, Pre-Degree and FAD graduates on our range of Short Courses. Please note, discounted Short Course places are limited. The discount of up to 25% off Short Course fees only applies to those who graduated from BA/MA/Pre-Degree and Foundation courses or programmes no more than 10 years ago. Contact shortcourses@pca.ac.uk to see if there are any discounted places available on the course you would like to do before booking.

*To be eligible students must achieve a Merit or Distinction in their pre-degree study, or those with a Pass must have been awarded a Green Traffic Light for their final Academic and Character progress checks. Students must achieve a minimum attendance requirement in their first and second semester 2021/22 to be awarded the £500 scholarship.

If you're under 19 years

Pre-degree courses at Plymouth College of Art are completely free of charge for permanent UK residents who are under 19 years of age, and who have met the entry conditions i.e. hold a complete Level 3 qualification for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and have met the GCSE entry requirements for the UAL Extended Diplomas.

If you're over 19 years

Pre-degree study at Plymouth College of Art requires a tuition fee for students over the age of 19 years old. Extended Diplomas for the entry year 21/22 are charged at £4,291 for UK(home) residents and £11,500 for EU and International students. Whilst Foundation Diploma fees are charged at £5,421 for UK (home) residents and £11,500 for EU and International students.

Extended Diploma - UK (home)

Under 19 - Free

Over 19 - £4,291

Extended Diploma - EU and International

£11,500

Foundation Diploma - UK (home)

Under 19 - Free

Over 19 - £5,421

Foundation Diploma - EU and International

£11,500

International fees (all categories) exclude costs for any pre-sessional English course and ongoing in-year English language support.


Please contact our Admissions team (admissions@pca.ac.uk) or our Student Finance team (studentfinance@pca.ac.uk) for further advice.