Bolton College
Enrolment and Fees

Course Key: when refering to the course listings in the course guide please refer to the course icons information below. 

i = Interview required before you can enrol or make a payment.

£ = Full-cost course - free or reduced fees do not apply. You can pay online for most of these courses via www.ticketsource.co.uk/boltoncollege

Q = Learners enrolling on these courses must bring their prior qualification certificates with them to enrolment.


Free or Reduced Fee Entitlement

You may be entitled to free or reduced tuition fees when you study with Bolton College. This entitlement is based on age, income (linked to benefits received), qualifications already held and the type of course you want to study. Evidence confirming that you meet a concession will be required when you come to enrol.

Aged 19 or over and taking a Level 2 or lower qualification

Learners who are studying a course at Level 2 or below may be entitled to concessions (Conc) on fees if the following applies (please see the table below for evidence requirements):

  • You are receiving one of these benefits:
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), including National Insurance credits only
  • ESA (WRAG)
  • Universal Credit and in one of these groups:
  • You are unemployed and working fewer than 16 hours a week at the minimum wage
  • All Work Related Requirements Group
  • Work Preparation Group
  • Work Focused Interview Group
  • Housing Benefit
  • ESA (Support)
  • Council Tax Benefit (not including Single Person Discount)
  • Income Support
  • Working Family Tax Credit (on a joint WTC claim only the unemployed person can have their fee remitted)
  • You are taking the course to help find employment or new employment if you are already working
  • You are enrolling on a Literacy, Numeracy, GCSE English or GCSE Maths course and you don’t already have a grade A*-C
  • You are enrolling on an Entry Level or Level 1 course (if you do not already have a qualification above this Level and require it to progress to Level 2) and are aged between 19 and 23
  • You are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are aged between 19 and 23

Aged 19-23 and taking a Level 2 or higher qualification (excluding Higher Education)

Free* - courses may be free if you are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are aged between 19 and 23 years old (aged 19 on 31st August or aged 23 on the day you start your course) or if you are unemployed (please see the ‘eligible benefits’ section).
Eligible learners can only receive one Free* course at Level 2.

Learners may be entitled to a free course or concession (reduced fee) depending on their circumstances. Contact your nearest Centre or see the fee section to check if you are eligible.

  • Eligible learners may only receive one Free* course at Level 2 and one Free* course at Level 3.
  • Some £ (full-cost) courses may be available for funding at other institutions.
  • To fund a full Level 3 or 4 course (excluding HE). You may be eligible for an Advanced Leaner Loan 
  • The College reserves the right to change qualifications attached to courses, should the qualification become unavailable for public funding.

Eligible Benefits & Evidence Required

Students in receipt of the following benefits may have their fees waived providing that they produce the evidence required (restrictions apply):

Your current circumstances:

Evidence:

Evidence must be dated within 6 months of your enrolment date and you will also need to sign a form confirming your employment and/or benefit status when you enrol.

Course costs will not be reduced if you do not provide the correct evidence when you enrol.

Job Seekers’ Allowance (studying under 16 hours*)

Letter from the Job Centre stating that you receive JSA and your National Insurance number.

The following benefits do not automatically gain a fee waiver - students in receipt of these benefits must self-declare that they are unemployed in addition to producing their awarding letter as evidence (further restrictions apply on some courses):

Employment & Support Allowance
(Support Category)

Letter from the Job Centre stating the Category you are in and your National Insurance number.

Universal Credit (Unemployed or working the equivalent of less than 16 hours a week at the minimum wage)

Letter confirming receipt of benefit from the Job Centre with your National Insurance number.

Eligible groups are: All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group, or Work-Focused Interview Group.

Income Support

Most recent letter from the Benefits Agency stating that you receive income support.

Fees will not be reduced if the letter is not in your name.

Housing Benefit

Letter from your local authority confirming that you receive this benefit.

Fees will not be reduced if the letter is not in your name.

Council Tax Support

(NOT 25% Single Person Discount)

Council Tax bill or award letter from your local authority confirming that you receive this benefit. 

The Single Person Discount does not entitle you to reduced fees.

Fees will not be reduced if the bill or letter does not state your name.

Your current circumstances:

Evidence must be dated within 6 months of your enrolment date and you will also need to sign a form confirming your employment and/or benefit status when you enrol. Course costs will not be reduced if you do not provide the correct evidence when you enrol.

Working Tax Credit

(Learner unemployed, household income up to £15,579)

Full 2016/17 awarding letter showing your payment award.

The fee reduction only applies to the unemployed person named on the awarding letter.

Asylum Seekers

You must have been resident in the UK for 6 months or more. You will need to bring your Application Registration Card (ARC) and a post office receipt issued in the same month as you enrol.
Please note: If you have been resident in the UK for less than 3 years, you will need to bring your Home Office documents with you to enrolment confirming that you have indefinite leave to remain. If you are unable to provide the documents, you may be asked to pay for your course. Please speak to a member of staff before you enrol.

The following are able to obtain a reduction in their tuition fee costs for most Community Learning courses
- this does not apply to material costs or exam fees though:

50% reduction for widows or widowers on appropriate benefit

Pension book, or pension documentation.

50% reduction if aged over 60 but not in employment

You must be 60 on 31st August of the year the course starts or aged 60 on the course start date.

Bus pass, birth certificate or driving license plus evidence of income, clearly indicting no other income in addition to pension e.g. bank statement

Course fees are shown within the relevant course area. Click here to view our adult learning courses

Students aged 19 or older

The College seeks to help students who are on an annual income of under £21,000 for a single person or under £25,000 with a partner, or students who receive an income-based benefit, with some of the costs associated with studying (e.g. childcare and travel) through our Learner Support Fund. The fund is limited, so early application is advised. For further details call Student Services on 01204 482 182 or visit our Deane Road Campus.

Any learner aged 19 or over, taking a Level 3 or higher course (but not Higher Education) may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for their course tuition fee. With this loan you do not need to pay anything when you enrol and you only need to make loan repayments once you earn over £21,000 per year. For more information click here


Paying for Your Course – including Loans, Instalments & Online:

Once you have completed an enrolment form, you will be asked to pay any fees that apply. You can pay for your course yourself or the fees can be met via a loan or through your employer/training provider. 

Please note: Some Level 3 (and above) full-cost (£) courses may be eligible for Advanced Learner Loan funding via another provider.

FEES: College course fees are charged on an annual basis and are payable before the start of the course. A two-year course, will therefore incur two annual payments. 

If you pay for the course yourself: You can pay for the whole course in cash, with a cheque or by credit/debit card. You can pay in instalments if your course is longer than 12 weeks and costs £150 or more. The total cost of your course will be split into up to 6 equal monthly payments; the first of which you will pay at enrolment. Online payments are not possible if you are paying by instalments. For most courses marked with a £ you can pay online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/boltoncollege Please note that all courses are non-refundable unless the College cancels the course. Courses marked with an i require an interview. You can still pay online for these but please note that if you pay for a course without attending an interview and receiving an offer of a place, your booking will be cancelled and you will receive a refund minus the administration fee.

If your employer or training provider is paying for your course:
If your employer is paying your fees by invoice, you must bring proof of this on the employer’s letter-headed paper or a purchase order showing the complete address of where the invoice should be sent. 

Free Meals Fund: Some students aged 19-24 (on 31st August 2016)  with Education, Health & Care Plan needs (EHC Plan) may be eligible for FREE College meals – depending on the benefits they or their family receive (please visit www.boltoncollege.ac.uk for details and apply using the College’s Financial Support application form provided by Student Services). Please bring relevant documentation with you to enrolment.

If you are paying for your course with an Advanced Learner Loan: Please bring your Learning & Funding Information Letter and your awarding letter from the Student Loans Company with you, if you have it, when you enrol. You will also be asked to sign a Fee Payment Advanced Learner Loans form. Please see our website www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans for more information on the loan scheme available to students aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or above (but not a HE course).

Please note: All learners enrolling on a course with a (Q) symbol next to the course title must bring their prior qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates, please contact your school or exam board. The main exam boards being: OCR (www.ocr.org.uk), Edexcel (www.edexcel.com) and AQA (www.aqa.org.uk).

Refunds: If a course is cancelled, or if there is an administration error made by the College resulting in an overcharge to the student, a full refund/overcharge element will be paid to the student.
No other circumstances will result in a refund.

Childcare Facilities: Ofsted-registered childcare facilities are provided at our Deane Road Campus. They cater for children aged from 8 weeks to 5 years. For information on places available and how to apply, call our Childcare Centre on 01204 482 196 or email audrey.west@boltoncc.ac.uk

There is a charge for using the College childcare facilities but you may be entitled to receive help towards these costs. You may also be entitled to receive help towards the cost of childcare if your child is placed with an Ofsted-registered child-minder or nursery external to the College. For further details, call us on 01204 482 182 or visit Student Services at our Deane Road Campus.­­