If you’re looking to start any course, it’s certainly a financial commitment. You’ll need to consider course fees and other associated costs. For this reason, it’s important that you know which category you fall into, as the payment of fees and support funds that are available can differ.  

  • You’ll be classified as a Further Education or an FE student if you’re studying for your BTEC, City & Guild or A Level type qualifications. Ranging from students age 16 to mature adult learners – there isn’t an upper age limit.
  • Higher Education or HE students will be no younger than 18. You’ll be studying for your Bachelor/Foundation/Top-up degrees and will have previously completed FE study.
  • If you’re looking to study a short course, you won’t normally be eligible for support funds. The cost stated against each course will be the cost you’ll expect to pay – regardless of your circumstance.