Higher Education Fees | Walsall College

Higher Education Fees

Think you simply can't afford to get on course for the career you want? You can at Walsall College.

Course fees at university cost anywhere up to £9,000 per year, whereas at Walsall College a typical HNC/D costs £4,900 (£2,600 for part time) and a Level 6 top-up costs £7,200 a year which represents great value for money!

As well as lower fees, students on higher education courses at Walsall College will also benefit from smaller class sizes, personalised tuition and outstanding teaching and learning, accredited by The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education.

Payment of Fees

Our HE tuition fees are charged annually at the start of each academic year. HE students can apply to pay their tuition fees by instalment. The instalment arrangements will not be more favourable than:

  • One third of the tuition fee to be paid at enrolment
  • All other fees and charges (such as materials charges and learner pass charges) to be paid in full at enrolment
  • Two equal payments of the remaining tuition fee to be paid at the start of each of the following two terms

These instalment arrangements match the arrangements for the payment of student loans.

Fees Related to Course Duration and Progression Opportunities

Full –Time HNC (level 4) and HND (level 5) Pearson Courses

The College’s main HE partner is Pearson whereby the majority of programmes form part of the well-respected and established suit of BTEC Higher National Diplomas. Pearson HE courses are studied mostly as full-time and are the equivalent of one academic year in duration. They are stand-alone courses at level 4 and level 5. On the successful completion of level 4, students have the option to progress to the level 5 course, be that at the College (where progression levels are available and subject to group viability sizes) or elsewhere (subject to meeting the institutional entrance criteria).

Full-Time 2018-19 HE Annual Fees
HNC (Level 4) or HND (Level 5)
Returning New
£4,900 £4,900

Part-Time HNC (level 4) and HND (level 5) Pearson Courses

There are options available to study Walsall College Pearson HNC level 4 and HND level 5 courses, via a part-time mode, where each course/level can be studied over the equivalent of two academic years.

Part – Time 2018-19 HE Annual Fees
HNC (Level 4) or HND (Level 5)
Returning New
£2,600 £2,600

Partnership with London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA)

The College works in partnership with The London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA) located in High Holborn, central London, and as such, students local to that institution are able to study Walsall College Courses there. The 2018-19 tuition fee associated with this partnership is £6,200 for each full-time Pearson level 4 and level 5 course.

Information on inflationary increases

For two-year part time courses, The College may increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in the second and subsequent years of the course. It is anticipated that such increases will be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

In terms of students wanting to progress to a higher level course (for example, HNC level 4 to HND level 5 or from HND level 5 to Level 6), the College publishes its fees for each two academic consecutive years ahead, at the end of every April. This will enable students to review costs of not only the course they are considering, but of the subsequent progression level course, if they chose to remain and progress at the College.

The College aims to offer excellent value for money at all levels of study and will review this on an annual basis in line with local providers as well as outcomes for learners and learner satisfaction.

Partnership with Universities

The College’s strategy for HE includes programmes which are validated by a partner universities. We offer a series of level 6 programmes through formal partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU). We also offer a level 5 Diploma in Education and Training in formal partnership with the University of Warwick.

HE partnership provision fees are set by the partner / validating University and will be subject to their own OFFA Access Agreements and pricing policies.

Birmingham City University (BCU)

Level 6 top-up courses delivered in partnership with Walsall College are £7,200 for the 2018-19 academic year.

Partnership with Warwick University

Diploma in Education and Training delivered in partnership Walsall College is £3,000 for the 2018-19 academic year.

Additional fees

There may be additional costs to your studies that are not included in the course fee, such as: 

  • The cost of additional examinations for any award other than the intended award.
  • The cost of personal membership to professional bodies.
  • Additional materials beyond the supplied standard provision
  • Optional field trips and activities for personal development.
  • Travel costs to and from placements.
  • The cost of any Criminal Records Bureau Check or Occupational Health Assessment where these are required either by the college or a placement provider.
  • Printing and Photocopying.
  • Library Fees and Fines.
  • Own purchase Text Books.
Students can apply for extra financial support through  loans and bursaries to cover the cost dependant on eligibility.

HE Financial Support

The OFFA Agreement

The Office for Fair Access is the independent regulator of fair access to higher education in England.An access agreement sets out a university or college’s fee limits and the access measures it intends to put in place e.g. outreach work and financial support.

The Access Agreement between Walsall College and the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) covers all full time Home & EU students admitted in the academic year 18/19. The College’s Mission and Strategic Plan outlines a clear commitment to widening and increasing participation in Higher Education, regardless of any potential barriers associated with previous experience, background or any other factors.

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