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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.


Course Fees

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

Our fees policy can be read here.

Advanced Learner loan

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

You’ll have to pay your loan back when both the following apply:

  • you’ve finished your course
  • you earn more than £21,000 a year

Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks. You can get independent money advice from the Money Advice Service.

The availability of loans at Level 3 does not replace an individual aged 19 to 23's legal entitlement to full funding for a first full level 3.

Find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan from the official downloadable factsheet or apply online.

Concessionary Fees

Many learners are entitled to full fee remission i.e. Learners in receipt of Active Benefits (Active Benefits are Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance – Work Related Activity Group (ESA (WRAG) etc.) will not incur any charges if planning to study a course at level 2 or below. Recent proof of benefits is required. Additional information on charges for materials and equipment is available from our enrolment team and shown on the website.

Learners who are aged 19 to 23 and do not have a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification may be eligible for free tuition on some courses. Please check with our enrolment staff.

Learners without a GCSE in maths or English (excluding ESOL) will not have to pay fees for either Functional Skills or GCSE courses.

Resident discounts

Residents of the City of Westminster are entitled to a discount on some courses (mainly those without formal qualifications). Please ask at enrolment if this applies to you. Proof of residence will be required.

Discounts cannot be combined, highest discount applies.

Course fee instalments

You may be able to pay in instalments for courses which 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.


WAES reserves the right to amalgamate, change the location, or date, or cancel a course if enrolments are too few or in other exceptional circumstances.  We will try to find learners a suitable alternative or refund the full cost.

Cooling off period cancellations

The 14 calendar days cooling off period commences from the day the learner is enrolled on the system or the date on the receipt whichever is later.  During this period the learner will have the right to cancel the course and obtain a full refund.  If the learner changes their mind and submits a refund application form within this period to the admissions department they will receive a full refund of the money paid for the course.  However, if the learner’s course starts during the cooling off period they will not be able to claim a refund as payment indicates to WAES  that they wish to undertake the course and therefore their right to cancel is lost if they choose to withdraw at this late stage.  

Once the cooling off period has expired there is no obligation on WAES to make any refund unless this is due to service failure.

Request for refunds relating to Learner medical condition 

Refunds for leaving a course due to a learner’s medical condition will only be given on proof of a doctor’s certificate.  The learner will receive a proportional refund of the fees paid in relation to the number of classes remaining.  The refund will be dealt with from the date the doctor confirms the learner’s medical condition.  There will be a £25 administration charge for each refund.  The learner must complete the refund application form.  Any request for a refund must be made within three months from the last date of attending the course.

Course closures, cancellations and changes

The Service will refund fees in full if we close a course in the first two weeks or cancel a course before it starts. Refunds may be considered in other exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Heads of Faculty.

If WAES cancels a learner’s course(s) prior to start and we are unable to provide a suitable alternative, they will be entitled to a full refund of the fees. If WAES changes a course venue, dates or times refunds may be considered at the discretion of the Heads of Faculty.

All requests for refunds should be forwarded to

Refunds, Learner Services, WAES Lisson Grove Centre, 219 Lisson Grove, London NW8 8LW

Phone: 020 7297 7297


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