Please note that Government funding policies can be subject to change. The information below is correct at time of publication (last updated March 2016).
Some of our part-time courses do not currently receive this funding. A list of these excluded courses can be found at the bottom of this page.
Level 1 and 2 courses
(equivalent level to GCSE)
Age 16-19 -
You do not have to pay fees on condition you are still under 19 on 31st August in the year your course starts.
- If you turned 19 before 1st September but you are still under 24 at the start of a Level 1 or 2 course (except ESOL courses), you do not have to pay fees on condition you do not already have a full qualification at Level 2 or above and you have fewer than 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
Receiving state benefits/unemployed
– You may not have to pay fees at any age if you are in receipt of certain state benefits/unemployed and seeking employment on the day you enrol (conditions apply).
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If none of the above apply
- You will pay the 'B' fee displayed on your course page. This can be paid in instalments (conditions apply), but you may get a discount if you pay the full amount before the course starts.
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Income under £30,000
- If your household income is below £30,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc). More info:
Age 19+ Support
Level 3 and 4 courses
(equivalent level to A Levels)
Age 16-19 -
You do not have to pay fees on condition you were still under 19 on 31st August in the year your course starts.
- If you turned 19 before 1st September but you are still under 24 at the start of a Level 3 course (except Counselling), you do not have to pay fees on condition you do not already have a full qualification at Level 3 or above and you have less than 2 A Levels.
Note that if your course is a BTEC or UAL, after you've achieved your Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma, this funding will no longer apply if you then progress to another academic year at Level 3 to gain an 'Extended' Diploma, at which point you will need to pay by Advanced Learner loan (see below) or self fund.
19-23 year olds who
already hold an equivalent qualification can apply for 'Advanced Learner' finance (see below).
Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
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Age 19+ 'Advanced Learner' finance
- For Level 3 and 4 students who do not fall into the above funding categories (except the TAQA Teaching/Training courses), you can apply to the Government for ‘Advanced Learner’ finance, whereby the Government will pay your fee and in the future, as long as your salary is over £21,000 a year, you will start to repay it gradually through the income tax system. If your course is an
Access to Higher Education
course, you may not have to repay your loan if you go on to complete a university degree.
Advanced Learner finance page
If you are not receiving the funding or finance above
, you can pay your fee in instalments (conditions apply) -
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Income under £40,000
– If your household income is below £40,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc). More info:
Age 19+ Support
BA/BSc/FdA/FdEng and HNCs
(university degree level)
- You can apply to the Government for Student Finance, whereby the Government will pay your fee and then, as long as your salary is over £21,000 a year, repayments will be deducted from your salary along with your income tax. See our
university level finance page
(Full time students can also apply for maintenance loans and grants to cover their living expenses during their course, such as food, rent and books).
If you are not using the finance above
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- For full-time students only, if your household income is less than £25,000 per year or you are a care leaver or you have progressed from a Northbrook FE course, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for a bursary (contact details at the bottom of this page)
Access to Learning
- Once your course has started, if you are experiencing financial hardship, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for an Access to Learning Fund, which is assessed on your income and expenditure during the academic year (contact details at the bottom of this page)
Students who already have a higher education qualification may in some circumstances not be eligible for a publicly-funded place and may have to pay additional fees. For information, contact Admissions on 0845 155 60 60.
The courses listed below do NOT currently receive the above funding.
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Aircraft - full-time Level 3 course excluded for students aged 19+ (the Level 2 however is currently funded)
Automotive Refrigerant Handling course excluded (all other motor vehicle courses are currently funded)
Barbering courses excluded
CIPD Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources excluded from Discount but eligible for Advanced Learner Loan
Part-time Interior Design course excluded
Engineering - part-time Level 2 course excluded (the other Engineering courses are currently funded)
ILM Management courses excluded
Personnel (HR) courses excluded
TESOL courses (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) excluded
Computer programming courses excluded
Apprenticeship courses excluded
Non-qualification leisure courses excluded
Northbrook’s Financial Services office can be contacted on 01903 273014 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is based at the Littlehampton Road campus in room 107 (just around the corner from Admissions) and 12.00pm-2.00pm Monday to Thursday.