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Course Fees

We aim to make learning available to everyone. Our fees are structured to ensure our courses are accessible to all parts of the community.

Please note, we no longer accept cash payments. Please contact us if you need any help with this.

Course Fees

Fees are found against each of the courses listed on this website along with concessionary rates where applicable.

Free Courses Available

Residency Requirements

British Citizen

Or have settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme

Or have one of the following immigration statuses:

  • Refugee status
  • Discretionary leave to enter or remain
  • Exceptional leave to enter or remain
  • Indefinite leave to enter or remain
  • Humanitarian Protection

Funding Requirements

On means-tested benefits
We need to see evidence received within the past 3 months and it must be in the learner's name.

Or earn less that the London Living Wage (for Greater London residents) or National Living Wage (for those living outside Greater London)
The London Living Wage is currently £25,642.50 annually as of 24 October 2023.
The National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over is £20,319 annually as of April 2023.
We need to see evidence received within the past 3 months and it must be in the learner's name.

Or for free Level 3 provision, must not have any qualification at Level 3 or higher
The course must be on the list of funded courses provided by the GLA or ESFA.

Documentation Requirements

Depending on British Citizenship, a combination of the below documentation will be required:

  • ID - for example, passport, UK driving licence
  • Proof of visa or settled status - for example, passport, visa letter
  • Proof of 3-year residency - for example, entry date information
  • Proof of British Citizenship - for example, passport, birth certificate

Our fees policy can be found here.

Advanced Learner Loans

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your course if you’re 19 or older.

Visit our Advanced Learner Loans page for all the benefits and requirements.

Time credits

Time credits are a community currency that brings people, organisations and businesses together through the sharing of time.

A time credit is earned for every hour that a volunteer gives to their community, which they can spend on an hour an activity that will improve their or their community's lives. This can be adult education courses, exercise at local leisure centres, family trips to attractions they might not normally be able to afford or even watching a film at a local cinema.

WAES is offering opportunities to spend time credits on our short courses. The Head of Learner Experience will determine if there are places available for time creditors on each course.

The value is calculated as 1 hour’s training = 1 time credit. On some courses there may be a further charge for materials at the discretion of the Head of Learner Experience.

Time credits cannot be accepted as part payment. If a course does not run, time creditors will be entitled to a full refund in the form of time credits (there is no cash value).

How to spend your Time Credits with WAES:

  1. Choose your course from our Short Courses section of the WAES website.
  2. Email us at or call 020 7297 7297 to check time credits availability for the course.
  3. Visit WAES Lisson Grove Centre to complete your enrolment and pay with time credit vouchers.

Concessionary Fees

Many learners are entitled to full fee remission:

  • If the learner is aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August in the year they start their studies.
  • Learners aged 19-23 who are undertaking a first full level 2, 3 or 4 “jumper” qualification – for this category the age of the learner at the time of application is taken into account.
  • Learners aged 19 and older who are unemployed and are undertaking a course up to level 2 and/or is a dependent of a person in receipt of:
    • Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income Support
    • Income Tax Credit (applicable to dependents only)
    • Working Tax Credit (applicable to dependents only)
    • Universal Credit – due to being unemployed and required to undertake skills training.

Resident discounts

Residents of the City of Westminster are entitled to a discount on some courses (mainly those not leading to formal qualifications). Please ask at enrolment if this applies to you. Proof of residence will be required.

Discounts cannot be combined and only the highest discount will apply.

Course fee instalments

You may be able to pay in instalments for courses that run over two or more terms. Please ask an adviser about paying in instalments when you enrol.

International student fees

International students pay a higher fee because government funding does not cover the cost of your learning. You will be classified as an overseas/international student if you have not been ordinarily resident in the UK or the European Union for three years preceding the start of your course or if you have any restrictions on your stay. A visa does not constitute ordinary residence. If you are unsure of your status and for details of course fees, please check with our enrolment staff on 020 7297 7297.


Please see our Fees Policy for information about Refunds, which can be found here.

Phone: 020 7297 7297


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