Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Course fees and financial support at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Each course page will give you the fees relating to that specific course.

Fees

Each course page will give you the fees relating to that course. The costs and whether or not you have to pay for your course depend on your age, circumstances and previous educational history.

Please use this guide to find out which category applies to you. Fees are payable before your course starts.

Full-cost courses

There are no discounts available for these courses, however, part-payment options are available for courses over £200 and longer than 12 weeks in duration. The fee listed for each course includes tuition, registration and exam fees.

Full-cost courses

Part-funded courses

In the fee section on the course pages you will see various possible prices, these refer to the following discounts:

A-C relate to the type of benefits you are claiming

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

Category B: If you are claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support or Pension Credit you pay this fee. 

Category C: This fee is payable if you are a Jobseeker claiming JSA or ESA. 




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 need to 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 email courseadvice-brighton@gbmc.ac.uk


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 01273 667788 extn. 474 or email financialsupport@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. If you enrol on a course that is longer than 12 weeks in duration, but do not start or withdraw within the first two weeks of the start date, a refund will be given but an administration charge of £30 will be applied.  

If you withdraw within two weeks of starting the course you will still be liable for all outstanding fees that are owed to the College.

There are no refunds on short courses of 12 weeks or less in duration unless the course has been cancelled by the College and no suitable alternative can be found.

Queries related to refunds can be emailed to our Finance Department at financialsupport@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 Contract of Sponsorship. Contracts should be returned to the Finance Department before you enrol, the address is:

Finance Department, Room PT220
Brighton MET  
Pelham Street  
Brighton  
East Sussex  
BN1 4FA  

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?