The cost of a course per hour varies to reflect, amongst other factors, the different ways that a course is funded, types 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 flexible payment options. Most courses include the cost of registration fee, essential materials and exams where applicable.
Where the minimum number of learners on a course is not reached, SCOLA managers will do their best to offer alternatives rather than automatically cancelling the programmes. 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 and discussed and agreed with the class before implementation. You are required to pay course fees according to the agreements made with the College. Your continuation on the programme and future enrolments on to 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.
From 1st August 2013, any UK resident aged 24 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 fee. This will be paid directly to the college on your behalf via the Student Loans Company. Further information is available via our website www.scola.ac.uk, advice & guidance 020 8770 6945 or enrolment centre on 020 8770 5566.
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 www.scola.ac.uk and all College centres.
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 a higher rate of £8.50 per hour in addition to materials and any exam costs.
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:
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 Enrolment Centre on 020 8770 5566. Under 19 If you are under 19 (at 31 August 2013) and enrolling on an accredited course, we will need to see your passport, driving licence or birth certificate. You will need to complete a Young Learners Policy form (available from www.scola.ac.uk) too. If you are enrolling on a non-accredited course, the fee is £8.50 per hour plus materials, if appropriate and you will 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.
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 SCOLA Support Fund. Please ask at the Enrolment Centre for an application form or visit our website. 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. For courses longer than 16 weeks you may also request to pay in two instalments. This option will attract a £10 administration fee. If you would like to discuss other ways to pay flexibly, please do contact the Enrolment Centre.
There are arrangements in place to support flexible payments – please contact the Enrolment Centre to discuss what is suitable in your circumstances and to see the terms and conditions .