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Fees and Reductions 2021-2022

Our adult education courses and workshops are either fully or part funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for adults over the age of 19 (on 31st August 2021).

Our courses have up to three fee categories:


This is the standard fee to be paid unless you qualify for a discount under Category B or Category C.


Courses are free if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits or on a low income:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA - WRAG)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA - WRAG)
  • Council Tax benefit
  • Housing benefit
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Individual income below £17,374.50 per annum.

CATEGORY C: Qualification courses

If you are employed and earn more than £17,374.50 per annum, the government will pay half of the standard course fees for you.

Other discounts

Derbyshire Gold Card holders can receive 10% discount for community and leisure courses if not eligible for any other discount.

All entry level and level 1 BSL and Makaton courses are free to:

  • People who have a hearing impairment
  • The spouse, civil partner and parents/guardians of a hearing impaired person

Other costs

For courses that include an exam or accreditation, there will be an extra cost to cover this. To check if this applies to your course ask one of our staff or have a look at the course information sheet on our website.

You may also need to pay for materials on some courses.

Family Learning courses

All our family learning courses are free.

Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills

Our maths and English courses up to level 2 are free to anyone who doesn’t already have these qualifications at GCSE (grades A*-C or 4-9) or an equivalent.

Our Essential Digital Skills courses are free to anyone who needs to build their confidence and skills at entry level and level 1.

Free courses

All our community taster courses are free.

All our skills for employment courses are free.

We offer several qualification courses that are free if it’s your first full level 2 or level 3 qualification.

Help with course costs

If you are experiencing genuine financial difficulties, you may be able to apply for help with some of your course costs.  Talk to our enquiries team on 01332 956565 or speak to one of our centre staff about our Hardship Support Fund.

Payment options

You will need to pay for your course and exam fees when you enrol.

For some of our longer courses we offer the option to spread the cost and pay by instalments.

For level 3 and 4 qualifications you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner loan to pay for your course fees. To read more about this visit:

Devolved areas

We no longer receive funding from the government for learners living in devolved areas. To find out if you live in a devolved area, please check the government website:

FREE Advice and Courses for Adults

Advice and short courses now available to jobseekers.

To find out more, talk to a member of our staff on 01332 956565 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Note: Not all available courses are shown on the website. Contact the Learner Helpline on 01332 956565 for more details about courses in your area.