How to study for free in London

Tuition fees are frequently a source of controversy in the UK especially in London where fees are likely to be substantially higher, but there are options available to enable students to access education at a lower cost or no cost all, such as further education courses and apprenticeships.

Under the one-year trial for the 2018/19 academic year, the Adult Education Budget (AEB) will enable more eligible adults to access funding for Education. Funding is available for eligible unemployed adults, young people aged 19 to 23 with skills below level 2, and adults aged 19 or over without English and Maths up to level 2. For those who do not, the AEB will also contribute 50% of the cost to those who do not fall into these categories or earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary. Find out more here.


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Further education courses range from basic English to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) with courses in English & Maths at GCSE and Functional Skills levels, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and vocational diplomas. West London College offers courses for 16-18-year-olds and adults, tailored to help students develop the necessary skills and gain the qualifications required to progress onto a higher level of study or further their career. Courses are available from Entry Level to Level 5, some of which are free depending on eligibility criteria. 

We offer free post-16 English & Maths GCSEs resits for students with Grade 3. For students with Grade 2 or lower, the College offers English and Maths Functional Skills. Our ESOL programmes help and support students to improve their knowledge and use of English. These courses focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Taster sessions are available for Entry 3 students in a range of different subject areas to help learners decide which subject they are interested into progress onto a vocational course and onto higher education or employment.

For learners who want to study at higher education level but do not have the relevant Level 3 qualifications, an Access course is an option to achieve the required qualifications to progress to University. These courses are equivalent to A-levels and are specifically designed to meet the needs of students by providing a flexible approach to learning and by using modern teaching methods and continuous assessment. West London College offers Access courses in a range of subjects including business, humanities and social sciences, nursing, engineering and biomedical science amongst others.

Learners can also access free education through Apprenticeships, learners can gain recognised qualifications, skills and real workplace experience while working by combining work and study with on-the-job training and classroom learning. Apprenticeships are available up to degree level across most industry sectors and are designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to a specific occupation to prepare learners for progressing onto the next level of apprenticeship or employment. West London College (WLC) offers apprenticeships in Building, Construction & Engineering, Business & Accounting, Childcare & Teaching, Hair & Beauty amongst others.


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