Fee Information

Course Fees

The cost per hour of a course varies to reflect, amongst other factors, the different ways that a course is funded, the type of courses offered and the size of the class. We endeavour to provide the best quality of learning experience and acknowledge this in our course fee structure.

Please contact any of the centres if you would like to talk with a member of staff about costs and possible flexible payment options. Most courses include the cost of a registration fee, essential materials and exams where applicable.

You are required to pay course fees according to the agreements made with the College. Your continuation on the course and future enrolments onto subsequent courses may be at risk if there are fees owed. You must pay the fees even if you decide to withdraw from a course. If you withdraw from an accredited course, the College is entitled to ask you to pay any relevant funding that Sutton College is unable to access due to your withdrawal.

Where the minimum number of learners on a course is not reached, we will do our best to offer alternatives rather than cancelling the course. Alternative options offered will consider the quality of learning experience and viability of the programme, ensuring learners will be able to achieve the outcome intended. All possible options will be explained, discussed and agreed with learners before implementation.

English & Maths

For learners who are eligible for government funding i.e. you have been ordinarily resident in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for three years preceding the start of your course, you may eligible for full funding for English and Maths courses from Entry Level up to Level 2 (including GCSEs) which means you will not be expected to pay any fees.  This will depend on your prior attainment of English and Maths and a successful course approval assessment.

Levels 2 & 3

Level 2 and 3 courses are free for 16-18 year olds (must be aged 16-18 years on 31 Aug of the academic year you enrolling for) and also for learner aged 19-23 who are completing their first full level 2 or first level 3 course.  For level 2 courses, learners aged 24+ years may also pay the concessionary rate if they are unemployed, seeking work and on a benefit (this includes learners aged 19-23 who already hold a level 2 or level 3).

Advanced Learner Loans for Level 3 and above Courses

Any UK resident aged 19 or over who enrols with us onto an eligible Level 3 or higher course, can apply for a Government funded loan to pay for the tuition and examination fee. This will be paid directly to the College on your behalf via the Student Loans Company.

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Refund Policy

Course fees will be refunded only if the course is cancelled or closed prematurely by the College. Refunds will not be granted if you choose to withdraw from a course. All policies can be found on our Missions and Policies page and at all College centres.

Eligibility for Standard Fees

Standard fees advertised apply to those eligible to receive Government funding. If you have not been ordinarily resident in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for three years preceding the start of your course you will be charged at double the standard rate in addition to materials and any exam costs.

Concessionary Fees

If you are claiming a concessionary rate, we will need to see valid (dated within 6 months) proof of your benefit at the time of enrolment or within 7 days of enrolling if enrolling online. You may be eligible to pay the reduced (concessionary) fee if you can provide evidence that you are receiving:

  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit or Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Housing or Council Tax Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Low income (less than national minimum/living wage or less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold of £8.07 (hourly rate in 2016) and on the assumption of a 37.5 hour contract with paid statutory holiday entitlement)
  • For some courses different rules apply.

Your proof of entitlement has to be dated within the last 6 months and be valid at the time of enrolment. If the benefit is paid into your bank account, a recent bank statement may be needed. You may have to pay the full fee or may lose your place if you fail to supply the relevant evidence within 7 working days. If you have any queries about your status, your eligibility for standard fees or concessionary fees please contact the Customer Enquiry Centre on 020 8289 4700.


Should you choose to transfer to a different course, you may be charged a £20 transfer fee.

Under 19

If you are under 19 (at 31 August of the academic year you are enrolling for) and enrolling on an accredited course, we will need to see your passport, driving licence or birth certificate. You will also need to complete a Young Learners Policy form.  This course will be fully funded, so you will not pay any fees.

Additional requirements apply for students aged 16-18 on accredited courses.

If you are enrolling on a non-accredited course, the fee is double the standard rate plus materials. You may be invited to an interview with a curriculum manager.

Please note we do not receive funding for under 19s on non-accredited courses and under 16s on accredited courses.

Financial Support

We recognise that there are occasions when access to some financial support may help you with your studies. If you are on a low income, you can apply for help from our Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF) or Sutton College Support Fund. Please ask at the Customer Enquiry Centre for an application form.

You need to provide proof of eligibility at the time of enrolment. Financial support may help you with exam fees, travel, childcare and materials subject to terms and conditions. If you would like to discuss other ways to pay flexibly, please contact the Customer Enquiry Centre.

Flexible Payments

There are arrangements in place to support flexible payments – please contact the Customer Enquiry Centre to discuss suitable options and to see the terms and conditions.

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