If you’re under 19:
Pre-degree courses at Plymouth College of Art are completely free of charge for permanent UK residents/permanent EU 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 2019) 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 2019) 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 students for 2020/21
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (ten-month course)
- Students aged 19 and over: £5,421
- International students: £10,000
Extended Diplomas in Art & Design (two-year course)
- Students aged 19 and over: £4,291 per year
- International students: £10,000 per year
Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (two-year course)
- Students aged 19 and over: £3,697 per year
- International students: £10,000 per year
All fees are subject to change and include any exam registration fees.
If you are aged 24 or over as of the 31 August 2019, 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 Pre-Degree students with their studies. If you have an annual household income of less than £25,000, 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 bursary scheme for this academic year has now closed and we can no longer accept applications. However, application forms for September 2020 will be available here from June 2020.
- We strongly recommend that those students who wish to apply for a bursary for academic year 2020/21 submit a full application as early as possible, from June 2020. Funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed.
- Please note if you will be returning to Palace Court to continue your studies for academic year 2020/21 you must reapply to the bursary scheme to be assessed. Your bursary will not roll over to your second year of pre-degree study.
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 100% attendance or explained and authorised absences. As funds are 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 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
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 contributory bursary targeted at students who need financial support to help pay for things like transport and meals on college days.
(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) may be eligible. Application for free meals is included within the 16-19 Bursary Fund application.
Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. Free meals in further education defines disadvantage as students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- 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 and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
Students may be eligible for a financial contribution towards the cost of travel to and from college. Any travel awards will be paid pro-rata into the student's bank account throughout the academic year, to enable them to budget accordingly for travel expenses.
For students in Plymouth, concessions are available on both Plymouth Citybus and Stagecoach 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, or if they have a round trip of more than 2 hours. Priority is given to students whose course is not available within their local area.
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, OR a contribution to the cost of travel. How much you get depends on your household income and your actual accommodation or travel costs.
This fund is very limited and demand often exceeds funds available, so please enquire and apply as early as possible. To apply, please submit the Pre-Degree Bursary Fund application form with supporting evidence and request an additional Residential Bursary Fund form, so that we can capture the details needed to process your application.
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 Student Support.
Discretionary Learning Support - 19 and over
Students aged between 19 and 23 can apply for financial support to help with travel OR accommodation costs. 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 an Advanced Learner loan. The loans bursary can help with the costs of accommodation OR travel.
Please note: The college endeavours to help support students financially to overcome specific barriers to participation, to enable them to access education. Funds are limited, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible.