Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Course fees and financial support

Specific course fees are shown on the course listing page.

Fees

Each course page on the website will give you the full-cost fees relating to that course.

Due to government funding, there are discounts available on some courses. Whether or not you are eligible for fee remission depends on your age, circumstances and previous educational history.

Please use this guide to find out which category applies to you. If you have any queries please contact our admissions team who will be able to accurately assess your fee-paying status. Fees are payable before your course starts.

Discounted fees

There may be discounts available on some courses. If there are discounts available on the course you wish to study, there are two types of discounts that can be applied if you are eligible:

A or B relate to the type of benefits you are claiming:

Category A: This is the full-cost of the course. If you are not claiming any benefits you will need to pay this fee.

Category B: Some of our courses are eligible for a 50% discount if you are claiming one of the benefits listed below. Where this applies, the discounted fee will be shown with the course listing. 

  • Housing benefit 
  • Council tax benefit
  • Income support
  • Pension credit
  • Jobseekers claiming JSA, ESA or Universal Credit

If any of the above apply to you, please contact our Admissions team. You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration before you can enrol. We will accept a letter confirming the benefits are in your name or a bank statement showing receipt of benefits – both must be dated within the last three months.

1-4 relate to your age, the course level and whether or not you are claiming benefits.

Category 1: If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and are studying towards your first full Level 2 or 3 course, you will not have to pay any fees.  

Category 2: If you will be aged 19 or over when your course begins, studying at Level 2 or below, AND are unemployed AND claiming benefits AND completing the course to improve your employability, you will not have to pay any fees.  

Category 3: If you are aged 19 or over when your course begins, studying at Level 2 or below and do not fall into categories 1 or 2, you will pay a subsidised fee.  

Category 4: If you are aged 19 or over when your course begins and are studying at Level 3 or above and do not fall into category 1, you will need to pay the whole fee yourself or you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

For further information on fees, funding and support, please speak to our Admissions team: admissions-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk | 01273 667704

Full-cost courses

When a course is full-cost, this means that there are no discounts available, however, part-payment plans are available for courses over £200 and longer than 12 weeks in duration to help you spread the cost of your course.

The fee listed for each course includes tuition, registration and exam fees (excluding any retakes).

Full-cost courses

Ways to pay

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, credit/debit card (we do not accept American Express or Diners cards), direct bank transfers or direct debit.

If you have already enrolled and wish to make a payment, please call the Finance Office on 01903 273014 or email finance@gbmc.ac.uk.


Ways to pay

Financial support for adult learners

If you are interested in studying a course but feel you would have difficulty meeting the costs, you may be eligible to apply for financial support from the College. Successful applicants may receive help with the cost of fees, equipment and childcare. You do not have to be on benefits to receive financial support. Many successful applicants are working but have a low household income. See our page on financial assistance for more information.

Funding for Level 3 or 4 courses is no longer available for students aged between 19 and 23 who already have a full Level 3 qualification, or for any student aged 24 and over studying at Level 3 or higher. This means you will need to pay the full cost of the course. However, you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with these costs.

Full payment discount

The College operates a 5% tuition fee discount on full-time and part-time courses of longer than 12 weeks duration if the learner pays in full at the time of enrolment (to encourage full payment). Full cost courses, higher education and international student fees are not subject to any early settlement discount.

Part payment agreements

If a course is more than £200 and 12 weeks in duration you can set up an instalment plan of up to three months. This will be for three equal instalments, the first one payable on enrolment.

Instalment plans are not available for companies that are sponsoring learners.

If you withdraw, before all instalments have been received, we will still require all future instalments to be paid and will seek to recover any outstanding instalments if necessary.

Refunds

A refund will be given if a course has been cancelled by the College and no suitable alternative can be found.

For all courses that run for an academic year, once a student has attended for more than 28 calendar days after the course has commenced, the full fee is payable. This rule applies to all courses, including self-financing activity. Where a student withdraws within the first 28 days, or fails to start, a £30 administration fee will be due.

If the course is shorter than an academic year, and the student has attended for more than two weeks the full fee is payable.

Queries related to refunds can be emailed to our Finance Department at finance@gbmc.ac.uk.

Fee assessment for EU/EEA students

If you are from the EU or EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), you are eligible to pay the same fees as UK learners. You do not need to attend a fee assessment but will have to provide proof of nationality when you enrol.

For non-EU/EEA applicants, you will be required to provide your passport or Home Office papers your fee status. We will contact about this after we have processed your application. 


Fee assessment for EU/EEA students

Fees for international students

International fee-payers are those who do not qualify as EU/EEA students.

International students can study on most courses at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, subject to visa requirements.

For information on courses, fees and visas for international students, please go to the international home page.

Fees for international students

What if I'm being sponsored?

If your employer is paying for your course, they will need to complete a sponsorship form. Contracts should be returned to the Finance Department before you enrol, the address is:

Finance Department
Northbrook MET  
Littlehampton Road
Worthing
BN12 6NU  

If we have received your Contract of Sponsorship, you will not be required to pay any fees when you enrol. 

We offer a 5% tuition fee discount to your employer on full and part-time courses of longer than 12 weeks in duration, if full payment is received at the time of enrolment.

Please note that full cost courses, higher education and international student fees are not subject to any early settlement discount.
Find out more about the benefits for your employer by visiting our Employers section.

What if I'm being sponsored?