Funding for courses is set by the UK Government and can sometimes be confusing. As part of your enrolment process, we will have a discussion with you to assess your eligibility and work out exactly what fee you will need to pay. 

The information shown below applies to 'home' learners who have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for three years prior to the start date of their College course, without any restrictions on their stay. Some exceptions do apply.

For students under 19

All of our courses at Entry Level to Level 3 are usually FREE* if you are aged 18 or under on 31st of August 2019. You may have to pay additional costs for materials or specialist equipment, which varies by course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Funds.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over, you may need to pay your course. The fee will depend on the level and type of qualification. If a course requires additional specialist materials or resources, there may be additional costs that you will need to pay for, that aren’t eligible for concessions. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for additional financial support.

Your course may be FREE* if you are:

  • aged 19-23, studying at entry level or level 1 and working towards level 2
  • aged 19-23 and studying a full Level 2 or 3 qualification for the first time
  • studying English and/or maths up to Level 2 (GCSE)
  • studying below level 3, currently unemployed and in receipt of a work-related benefit such as Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA - Work related).

If you don’t qualify for a concession, you will need to pay for your course in full or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost. If you want to study an HND or other higher education course with us, loans are available from the Student Loans Company.

More information: How can I pay for my course?

Direct Registrations with Professional Awarding Bodies

If students are required to register directly with professional awarding bodies, the registration is not paid at enrolment but is paid directly to the professional awarding body by the student. The courses that are subject to these conditions are mainly professional courses, such as AAT, IPD and CIM. There is no remittance of this registration fee.


International Students

International students are not eligible for UK Student funding and will need to pay the full international fee for their course, which is available on request. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students wanting to study in the United Kingdom.

Commercial & Training Courses

Some commercial and training courses are not government funded and you will be required to pay the full course fee. If you’re unsure of what you will pay, please get in touch.


* To be eligible for free funding, you must meet the criteria set out by the Educations Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).  Your eligibility will be checked at enrolment.