Will I have to pay for the course?

Whether you pay tuition and exam registration fees will depend upon your age. You will be required to pay a small annual course material fee to cover the cost of the supplies you will use throughout the year.

You will not have to pay Tuition Fees if you are under 19 on 1st September of the year that your course commences.

For new students over 19, but under 24, the fee for courses commencing in 2014 will be £2000 (full-time) and £1000 (part-time) per annum.

For new students over 24 the fee per annum for courses commencing in 2014 will be:

Foundation Diploma – £5,400 (full-time) and £2,700 (part-time)

From 1st April 2013, new students aged 24 and over are able to apply for a loan to fund these fees and there are no upfront tuition fees to pay for these students. This could be funded by Advanced Learning Loans, information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

You will have to pay Tuition Fees if you are an international student. Our International Office will provide you with specific details; contact them on: +44 1202 363 233 or international@aub.ac.uk

Are there any additional costs?

The resources used on arts, design or media courses are extensive and can be quite expensive. As with most specialist Universities, students on Preparation for Higher Education courses at the Arts University are required to contribute a small fee towards material costs.

Registration and material fees for 2014/15 are as follows:

Registration Material
Foundation Diploma (full time) £120 £205
Foundation Diploma (part time) £120 £100

Is financial help available?

Student loans are not available for Preparation for Higher Education courses.

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment worth up to £30 per week.

There are also bonuses of £100 if you remain on your course and make good progress with your learning. You may be entitled to an EMA if:

  • You are aged 16-18 years old
  • Your household income is £31,000 or below
  • You are on a full-time course

For more information, head to the EMA pages on Gov.UK.

The Learner Support Fund may be able to offer bursaries of up to £3,000 to help with living costs, transport, materials, etc.; these are assessed on family income.

Further information about financial help is available in our Student Information section under Money Matters or contact Student Services on 01202 363242 or studentadvice@aub.ac.uk.