West Thames College London

Fees and Concessions

Whilst every care has been made to ensure that all information, fees and charges are accurately displayed on our website, we reserve the right to make alterations to reflect changes in our course offer, facilities, qualifications and concessions. Please email our Information Centre for the latest information.

Do you have to pay fees?

Whether you have to pay course fees or not depends on a number of things, for example:

  • your age 
  • your status: for example, "home", overseas, refugee
  • whether you are employed or unemployed
  • whether you are receiving certain benefits and/or are actively looking for work
  • the level of the course you enrol for.

The information on this page is intended only as a general guide and cannot cover every single individual case. Our Information Centre staff will assess you to let you know what - if any - course fees you have to pay.

The majority of students aged 16-18 at the start date of their course will not pay course fees.

Many students aged 19+ will not have to pay course fees but some will.

See the leaflet Course fees explained for more details.

Tuition Fees

Fees, where stated, are displayed on individual course factsheets and are for one academic year, which runs from September until June.

If you would like to know the fees for a specific course, please contact our Information Centre or call 020 8326 2015. Alternatively, please drop in to the college and ask at our Information Centre before you enrol.

If you are not eligible for concessions, you will be expected to pay the full fee at enrolment.  

If you are not eligible for funding, e.g. if the course is only funded for 16-18s and you are aged 19+, you will have to pay the full fee.

Click here for our Higher Education Fees.

Full-cost courses

On some of our courses (mainly part-time and professional courses), no concessions apply and the full fee (which includes any exam fees) must be paid at enrolment regardless of your age or status. This should be stated on the course factsheet.

Age restrictions

Most courses are suitable for students of all ages providing the entry requirements have been met. However, sometimes an awarding body may set a minimum age requirement for a course or, if a programme is government-funded, funding may only be available for students within a specific age range. Places on these courses may be available to other students if they meet the entry requirements, but these students may be required to pay the full cost of the course (this is usually, but not always, the same as the International Student Fee).

Advanced Learner Loans

Students (UK residents) aged 24 and over at the start of their Level 3 or Level 4 further education [A course at Entry level, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. Includes pre-university and vocational qualifications, full-time and part-time for all ages.] course (such as an Access course or Advanced Apprenticeship, for example) pay the full cost of the course (usually equivalent to the International Fee) and are not eligible for any concessions. However, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for the upfront costs of the qualification. It's very much like a student loan in that you will not have to start paying it back until you are earning over £21,000 per year. You can apply for the loan online.


On some courses there will be a charge for materials. Please ask for details from our Information Centre on 020 8326 2000, or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] Check Fee (formerly CRB)

On some courses (usually care and teaching courses) you may need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service]) check before you are accepted onto the course as you will be required to work with children or vulnerable people. The DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] fee for 2014-15 is £44. 

Payment of Fees

All fees must be paid when you enrol. We accept payment by credit and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Switch/Maestro or Delta. Payment by instalments may be available. Please see the leaflet Course fees explained for more details.


Fees will be refunded if we cancel the course or if you have a medical certificate to withdraw you from the course due to ill health. Any request for a refund must be made in writing to the Chief Accountant.

Financial Support

Even if you don't have to pay tuition fees, covering the costs of being a student can sometimes be difficult. We offer financial support for home students to help with the cost of travelling to college, books and materials. Contact the Student Welfare and Support Adviser on 020 8326 2412 or email StudentWelfare@west-thames.ac.uk. You can also find out more in the Student Guide to Financial Support 2016-17 booklet.

Further Information

If you have any further questions about our fees, or if you'd like to know the fee for a specifc course (i.e. if it is not displaying on the course factsheet), please call our Information Centre on 020 8326 2015 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


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