Undertaking a Higher Education course is an investment in your future. There’s no doubt that the right skills and qualifications can help improve your career prospects. Many learners find learning both enjoyable and rewarding. How much does it cost? There are costs associated with learning, whether it’s the time you invest or the tuition fees for a particular course. There are a range of schemes available to help with course fees and living costs. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support.
The information below will assist you to understand the relevant costs and the financial support available.
Full Time Course Fees
Thanks to a non means tested Fee Grant funded by the Welsh Government, new full-time students ordinarily resident in Wales will pay no more than £3,900* per year in 2016/17.
*For the academic year 2016/17 the standard full-time fee for a HNC, HND or foundation degree is £7,500 per annum. The standard full-time fee for Certificate of Higher Education and BA or BSc Top-up courses is £9,000 per annum. The difference between the full fee and £3,900 is usually covered by the Fee Grant for Welsh students (terms and conditions apply).
You can find more information for the University of South Wales here
Fees will be different for courses offered in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Please contact Student Finance Wales for full details of the financial support available at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk or on 0300 200 4050.
Part Time Course Fees
The cost of studying may be less than you think. Fees for courses offered in Partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University are £630 per 20 credit module.
The latest information on fees for part time courses offered in Partnership with University of South Wales can be found here. The financial support for part-time learners is yet to be published for 2016. Please contact Student Finance Wales for full details at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk or on 0300 200 4050.
There are some scholarships that may be available for full time foundation degree courses at the college.
For Full Time students starting in September 2017, please visit our Higher Education Scholarships and Grants document.
Learner Support - Higher Education
At Coleg y Cymoedd we offer specliased support for Higher Education learners.
Our role is to help you to achieve and to support you during your time at Coleg y Cymoedd.
Our specialist staff are here for you to discuss your support needs or concerns in confidence. They can help you access the support you require on your course. This can include support for wellbeing, access to coursework support, advice to care leavers and library and learning resources support.
If you have a long term disability, mental health condition (for example, depression or anxiety) or specific learning difficulties (for example, dyslexia or dyspraxia) which has a substantial impact on your day to day activity (including in education) then you may be eligible for extra help in the form of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
The DSA funds individual support packages which can include additional support and/or specialist equipment that you may need on your course due to your disability, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. If you would like further information about applying for DSA you may find it useful to read the following:
Our specialist staff can:
- Arrange a one to one meeting to discuss your support needs
- Support you through the process of completing the DSA application form
- Liaise with Student Finance Wales or England on your behalf if you have any queries – as long as you have given consent
- Liaise with your course tutor to draw up an Individual Support Plan so that reasonable adjustments can be made
- Advise you how to get additional study skills support if you are not eligible for DSA
You can apply for DSA as soon as you have decided on the HE course you wish to study.
We encourage learners to apply for DSA as early as possible.
For all queries about HE support please contact Natalie Boughton-Lawrence / 01443 653688 or speak to Learner Services at any campus
Facilities on offer
Higher Education learners studying at a Coleg y Cymoedd campus will receive the same access levels to facilities as any other learner at Coleg y Cymoedd.
This includes - Learning Centres and Eating Places at all campus sites.
At our Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach campus, a Gym and Nursery are on site. Both of these may be accessed by learners with membership required for both.