Pre-degree tuition fees

Do I have to pay tuition fees?

If you are under 19 years old on the 31 August before your course starts, you don’t have to pay any tuition fees. This doesn’t include the Access to Higher Education Diploma course.

If you are between 19 and 23 on 31 August immediately before your course starts, and studying for your first full level 3 qualification, you don’t have to pay any tuition fees.

If you are an international student from outside the European Union looking for information about funding, please visit our international fees and finance section.

Tuition fees

UK/EU pre-degree tuition fees for year 1 - 2019 entry


Age group

Course fee

Extended Diploma in Art & Design





Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology





Extended Diploma in Fashion Business & Retail 





Foundation Diploma in Art & Design  





Access to Higher Education Diploma: Art & Design 



*You will not have to pay fees if you are aged between 19-23 on the 31 August immediately preceding the start of the pre-degree course, and studying for your first full level 3 qualification.

All fees are currently correct, but may change as a result of changes in Government policy on tuition fees, entitlement to fee reductions and tax or benefit rules. Please check for the latest information before you enrol.

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

If you are joining UCA from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man you will be charged the overseas fee rate for your Pre-degree (FE) course. This is because you are ineligible for ESFA funding as the funding responsibility for your course remains with your own independent governments.

UK/EU pre-degree tuition fees for year 1 - 2020 entry

Fees for pre-degree courses for 2020 entry will be published as soon as Government policy regarding fees and support available for 2020/21 is known.

Other charges

If you’re a full-time student, you’ll need to pay extra costs of £130. If you’re a part-time student you’ll need to pay £100. This is to cover an annual materials charge.

If you’re over 19 at the start of your course, these charges are included in your course fee.

Paying your fees

You’ll need to pay your fees and any other charges before your course starts. the process is easy.

1. First, complete our online enrolment process

2. Within 24 hours of enrolling, we'll send you your tuition fee invoice by email

3. Make your payment using our online payment systems

Financial support

There are a number of financial support options available to help you with the costs of your studies including student loans. Please see the financial support page for more information.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about your fees, please get in touch through our enquiries service.