The College of West Anglia

Adult learning fees

All college courses have fees attached for adult learners (adults aged 19 and above) depending on your age and the course you are studying. Our course fees are charged per academic year and cover tuition, exams and administration.

Please select the relevant section below to find out more about course fees:

Full-time courses (excluding Level 3 and Access to Higher Education courses)

There are two fee rates for students aged 19 and above for students not studying a level 3 qualification:

- Full fee: £940 + additional material fee (dependent on course)
- Fully discounted fee: £0

Additional material fees

Art, Media and Performing Arts: £55
Business (inc. Enterprise and Employability): £50
Cambridge campus courses: £0
Computing: £0
Childcare and Health and Social Care: £0
Construction, Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Plumbing: £50
ESOL: £50
Hairdressing, Nail Technology and Beauty: £55
Hospitality and Catering: £100
Science: £0
Sport: £0
Travel and Tourism: £0
Uniformed Services: £10

If your household income is below £25,000 per annum, you may be entitled to a significant reduction in course fees through our financial support scheme - please click here for more information.

If you are due to pay fees for your course but have been awarded financial support, the college will fund £420, and the additional material fee listed above, towards your full course fee. This amount will be waived during enrolment which will leave you with the remainder to pay.

You may be entitled to a full fee discount if you are in one of the following categories:

  • You are unemployed, need skills to get a job and receive one of the following income-based benefits*:
    Income Support; Housing or Council Tax Benefit; Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit); Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) support group*Some income-based benefits may be affected by studying a course. You should check with your benefits advisor before enrolling on the course to ensure studying does not impact on your eligibility to receive that benefit. Please note that students on ESOL courses will not be entitled to this waiver.
  • You are unemployed, in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
    Studying may affect your benefits. You will need to get approval from your Jobcentre Plus benefits advisor to enable you to retain your benefits whilst studying.
  • You are aged 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification (or above)**
    If your course is at entry level, level 1 or leads to a full level 2 qualification (except for ESOL level 2 qualifications) and you do not already have a full level 2 qualification (or above) then you will not have to pay a course fee. To get this discount you will be asked to complete and sign a declaration form at enrolment confirming that you do not already have these qualifications. Examples of full level 2 qualifications are 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, BTEC First Diplomas and NVQs at level 2. Please note that students on ESOL courses will not be entitled to this waiver. ** Please note that, due to government funding regulations, there are some level 2 courses which are not eligible for this waiver. If this affects the course you have applied for, we will be contacting you prior to the start of the course.

Please note that if you meet the criteria for the full discounted fee, all uniform, kit and equipment which is deemed as essential for you to complete your course will be provided to you by the faculty team.

Level 3 and Access to Higher Education courses

Fees vary for learners aged 19 and above studying a level 3 (or higher) course.

If you are aged 19-23

If you do not already have a full level 3 (or higher) qualification then you will not have to pay a course fee*.

If you already have a full level 3 (or higher) qualification, you will have course fees to pay. To make studying a level 3 course as accessible as possible, you may be eligible for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which will cover the course fees.

CWA have produced a Learner and Funding Information letter which includes information on how to apply for the Advanced Learning Loan; to request a copy, please click here. If you would like to pay the full course fee directly (i.e. not use the Advanced Learning Loan), please contact student services to request the price. Please note that if you decide to pay the course fee directly, you will not be eligible to access the college's financial support fund.

Examples of a full level 3 qualification include 2 A-levels, BTEC Nationals and NVQ at level 3.

If you are aged 24 and above

Learners aged 24 and above studying a level 3 (or above) course will need to pay the full course fee. To make studying a level 3 course as accessible as possible, you may be eligible for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which will cover the course fees.

Please note that all uniform, kit and equipment which is deemed as essential for you to complete your course will be provided to you by the faculty team if you are studying a level 3 course and you are aged 19 or above.

*Due to government funding regulations, this does not apply to learners studying level 3 courses in dog grooming, counselling, personal training or teaching assistants. Learners studying these courses will need to pay the full course fee; however, they may be eligible for the government’s Advanced Learner Loan, which will cover the course fees. CWA have produced a Learner and Funding Information letter which includes information on how to apply for the Advanced Learning Loan; to request a copy, please click here.

Part-time courses (excluding Level 3 and Access to Higher Education courses)

Fees for our part-time courses vary, depending on the level of qualification they offer. Our recreational evening courses, most of which do not offer a formal qualification, have the associated fees listed on the course leaflet.

You can find all of our part-time course fees here.

For some of our part-time courses, you may be entitled to a reduction in course fees. You can find more information here.

Payment terms

Fees up to £150 are payable on enrolment. Fees over £150 can be paid in 3 equal monthly instalments, with the first instalment payable at enrolment.

Course fees over £1,200 can be paid in 3 equal termly instalments with the first instalment payable at enrolment.

If you require any further information on course fees or payment terms, please contact Student Services on 01553 815271.

Please note: the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.