There are three course fees shown in our brochure for our accredited courses. These are for fully funded learners, co-funded learners and non-funded learners. The price you will pay will depend on your residency status, age, employment status and any benefits you receive.
Our Level 1 and 2 qualification courses are fully funded* for learners who are in receipt of JSA or ESA (Work Related Activity Group) benefits. At Friends Centre’s discretion we may also fully fund* the course for those on other means tested benefits and those who are unemployed and looking for work. If this does not apply to you then you may qualify to pay 50% of the funding for the course, or may be required to pay the full fee for the qualification. Your eligibility for funding will be assessed at the interview stage. You may also be required to attend an additional interview with an Information, Advice and Guidance counsellor before enrolling on these courses.
For our Level 3 qualification course there is only one fee as we cannot use our funding for courses above Level 2.
*For fully funded courses we will charge a fee of £10 for administration of certificates.
The fee listed for our courses includes the tuition, resources and exam fees where appropriate. The majority of our courses are funded by the Skills Funding Agency, and this in turn may be used for match funding with the ESF (European Social Fund). Therefore your course may be part funded by the ESF as well as the Skills Funding Agency.
Funding for Accredited Courses – Level 1 or 2 GAE Courses
When claiming a funded place on an accredited course you need to be unemployed AND be receiving Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), National Insurance Credits or Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG).
If you receive other state benefits and earn less than £330.00 per month, you can apply for a funded place.
For all of the above learners, before you enrol on a course, you will be required to make an appointment to see Eileen, our IAG officer. During this appointment, you will be supported to make an action plan and will be helped to access further learning and work opportunities.
*IAG (Information, advice and guidance) is our free careers and guidance service. To book an appointment, please speak to a member of reception staff.