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Concessionary Fees

Working Out How Much You Pay

You will find the total cost of each course with the course details in the online enrolment course search. The course fee is for the entire course.

For some courses there will be exam fees, and these are included in the total price. These fees are correct at time of display but occasionally they may change.

Courses have been grouped into bands.  Each band has a set hourly rate.  The hourly rate has two categories, a standard fee, and a concessionary fee.

The hourly rate includes basic material costs and specialist equipment or facilities which we need to use when teaching the course to you.

The Idea Store Learning Programme receives financial support from the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Greater London Authority.  This enables course fees to represent good value and ensure access for learners.  Course fees represent only part of the cost of running our programmes.

Band 4a is a further reduced fee band to support you to enrol onto an Adult Community Learning class with pre-employability as a focus.

 

Band

Type of programme

Hourly Rates
   

Standard Fee

Concession Fee

Under 17k

1a

Adult Community Learning Classes

£4.00

£1.25

£1.25

2a

Adult Community Learning Classes that require specialist facilities or venue

£4.25

£1.25

£1.25

3a

Adult Community Learning Classes that require specialist facilities and significant specialist equipment and materials

£4.75

£1.25

£1.25

4a

Adult Community Learning Classes with pre-employability as a focus

£2.75

£1.00

£1.00

ASB.1

Specifically funded qualification classes

£4.00

Free

£1.25

ASB.2

Specifically funded qualification classes that require specialist facilities

£4.50

Free

£1.25

WS

Classes run for learners with previous skills and working on solo projects

£5.50

£5.50

£5.50

FC

Classes run without any public funding delivered at full cost

£9.50

£9.50

£9.50

FL

Specifically funded family learning (Maths, English and Employability classes)

Free

Free

Free

OS

All classes – overseas learners

£9.50

£9.50

£9.50

 

Payment of fee
The correct fee must be paid in full at the time of enrolment. Places on courses will not be reserved without receipt of the correct fee and documents.


Paying by instalments
If your course costs over £200, you can pay in two equal instalments. You need to pay one instalment when you enrol and the other within one month. You can pay by direct debit. If you withdraw (leave) from the course, you will still be expected to pay the full fee for the course.

Overseas fees
If you are an overseas learner and do not qualify for government funding, you will be required to pay the full cost of your course at the hourly rate of £9.50 per hour plus any examination fees.

Examination
Courses that lead to a nationally recognised qualification involve final assessment by an external examination board.  This final assessment may involve the assessment of work that is produced in class, a written examination at the end of the course or a combination of both.

Am I eligible for a concessionary fee?
To be eligible for the concessionary fee you must have lived in the UK/EU for three years or more and be on one of the benefits shown below or be the unwaged dependant of a person in receipt of that benefit. You will need to provide evidence of these benefits which is also shown below in the table and be actively looking for work

Friend and Carer Member
FREE place on one daytime Idea Store Learning course per term, when you are accompanying the Home Reader.

Pensioner
If you are a pensioner and have previously uploaded your evidence into your online enrolment account, you do not need to submit evidence anymore.

If you are a pensioner enrolling online for the first time, you must upload your evidence into your online account.  After uploading your evidence, you will not need to submit evidence in the future.

 

Am I eligible for a concession fee?

Concessions for bands 1a, 2a, 3a and 4a

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