Our Fees

Our Fees

The fees for courses include the cost of tuition, registration, certification and exam fee (if applicable).

Some courses may have a fee added to include the cost of additional or specialist material. Any material fee that is applicable to your course will be shown in the course information. No discount can be given against the material fee. Please do not buy any materials before the course begins, unless otherwise stated, as refunds will not be given if it does not run.

Concessionary fee is a reduction of the tuition fee (partial or full).

Our Terms and Conditions for enrolment in 2019-2020 apply.

You can pay your course fees:

  • by debit or credit card
  • by cheque (made payable to: Plymouth City Council)
  • by cash, in person only
  • sending a letter or purchase order from your employer or sponsor confirming they will pay if we invoice them for the course fee


Refunds are not generally given, except when a course is closed.

On Course South West reserves the right to cancel or limit lengths of courses. Learners will be entitled to a full or partial refund in event of course closure. As part of our ongoing aim to improve services we may relocate some classes to improved facilities. In the event of a change, you will be notified.

Concessions and funding

You may be fully funded up to and including all level 2 qualifications if you earn less than £16,009.50 pa. To check if you are eligible, please contact our Learning Services Team who will also be able to advise you regarding a number of courses that include a reduced fee or concessionary offer for persons who are unemployed and receiving Universal Credit; or are in receipt of certain benefits.

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a concession on selected courses. You will need to provide documentary evidence to prove your eligibility for a reduced fee.

Additional support funds may also be available if you cannot meet the cost of your course. Funding is limited and we cannot guarantee its availability, but if awarded can be put towards your course fee, travel, books or childcare. Enquire before you enrol by asking to speak to a Learning Adviser.

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