Adult Education – Fees and support

Additional Learning Support

We have a specialist member of staff who can offer advice and support on all aspects of communication and study skills, essay writing, planning your time, numeracy etc. Help is available on Monday and Tuesday evenings to any student enrolled with Aquinas Adult Education at any time throughout the academic year.

Help with Fees

Need help to pay for your course?

How we can help you varies depending upon whether you enrol for an examination course or a leisure course (please ask before enrolment) but below are the main sources of help:        

Examination courses

  • You may be entitled to a free or reduced rate course if any of the categories below apply to you:
  • You receive:
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (in the work related activity group)
  • Low Income:  Earning less than £18,135.00 per annual gross.  You must provide evidence either a wage slip within 3 months of your start date or a current employment contract which states the gross monthly/annual wages.
  • If you are:  19-23 and enrolling onto a Level 3 course and it is your first A level course (Access to Higher Education Diploma or AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping or Accounting)
  • If you are:  enrolling onto an English or Maths GCSE (if you do not currently possess these qualifications at A* – C grade or 9-4).

NOTE:  (If you live outside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area you may NOT BE entitled to fee remission – please check with reception staff).

  • Advanced Learner Loan – You have to be aged 19 and over enrolling onto a Level 3 course: Access to Higher Education Diploma, Level 3 AAT Accounting or Level 3 AAT Bookkeeping.  This is a new way of paying your course fees and is offered to students by Student Finance England. You can find out more information about this loan from the Advanced Learner Loan website.

Advanced Learner Loan Support Fund – this fund provides financial support to enable you to attend and complete your course with costs such as: travel expenses, books and equipment for students enrolling onto examination courses (terms and conditions apply). This is offered at enrolment to those students who are on a low income or in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; Employment Support Allowance (in the work related activity group); Universal Credit (mandated to seek work) only. Application forms available during the academic year and distributed until the funds are used.

Instalment Plan for examination courses costing over £250:

You have the option of spreading the cost of your fees by paying a deposit at enrolment followed by a number of standing order payments (full details on request); you will need your bank details, your cheque book or credit/debit card when enrolling. Please enquire which courses this applies to when you enquire/enrol.

Leisure, general & fitness courses

  • Fee reductions are available if you are in receipt of any of the following income related benefits:
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit (mandated to seek work)
  • Working Tax Credit (excludes Child Tax Credit on its own)
  • Council Tax & Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only)
  • (Unwaged dependant of the above – (named spouse/partner/adult dependent of income based benefit claimant)
  • Carer’s allowance
  • You are issued with a Stockport Council Band A Leisure Key beginning with number 1/….
  • If you are entitled to a reduction in your fees, you will need to provide proof of this at enrolment, with your payment book, your Giro (or a photocopy), or an appropriate letter from the agency awarding you the benefit.

Staggered payments

Staggered payment arrangements for leisure courses can be made available.  You would pay the first half of the full fee BEFORE the term starts and the second half of the full fee ONE MONTH later.

Telephone  0161 419 3620 if you need advice or help with any of the above.