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The fees for courses vary according to the source of government funding. The following is a brief guide to where you can find out more information.

Don’t forget, you can call 0151 551 7777 for further information about the funding available. Please note, our Student Services team are not financial advisers and cannot advise you about your individual financial circumstances.

Degrees, Foundation Degrees, HNC, HND, Certificate in Education or PGCE programmes

You can apply for a student loan before you have a confirmed college or university place. To get your student finance in place for the start of term, you will need to apply by the Spring before you are due to start.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by July/September 2018. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit for more information.

Full-time students

The main sources of student funding for degrees, foundation degrees, HND and PGCE programmes are:

  • Tuition Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan

Most students will be able to take out a Tuition Fee Loan for the full cost of their course; these loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £25,000 per annum.  The Tuition Fee Loan is a non-income assessed loan which covers College tuition fees and is paid direct to the College by the Student Loans Company.

The Government offers Maintenance loans (for living expenses) to eligible students. These loans are repayable after you leave your course and you start earning at least £25,000.  Maintenance loans are used for day-to-day living costs, such as accommodation costs/rent, food and travel.  They are usually paid by the Student Loans Company in three instalments, directly into your bank account.

Visit for details of how to apply for student loans.
For information the 2018/19 Student Finance package click here.

Part-time students

Most part-time students will be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for their course fees, subject to the programme being at least 25% equivalent of a full-time programme. This means that you will need to complete your programme in no more than four times the amount of time it would take you to complete if you were studying full-time.

The maximum annual Tuition Fee Loan that is available to part-time students is £6,750 and is repayable when you leave your course and start earning at least £25,000 per annum.

Visit for details of how to apply for student loans.

Previous study

You won’t normally be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan if you already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for.

For further details about Student Finance, visit

Student Bursaries for Degree programmes

Students studying on a full-time degree programme can access bursaries:

  • Support Bursary - £500 per annum for students with a household income below £25,000.
  • Access and Progression Bursary - £500 per annum for students with a household income between £25,001 and £42,600 and who have studied at Wirral Met College in the previous two years.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available to help with extra costs you may have in relation to your course as a direct result of a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The level of any DSA award will depend on an individual needs assessment – Click here to visit the Student Loans Company website for more details. 

Additional Costs

Programme fees at Wirral Met College include tuition and examination fees unless otherwise stated.  There may be additional costs associated with your programme which may include field trips, DBS check, books, educational stationery and other items; for details of possible additional costs including printing and reprographics, download the HE Additional Costs leaflet.

Did you know Wirral Met has a Higher Education ACCESS agreement?

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) is an independent public body that regulates and promotes fair access to English higher education for people from under-represented groups.  English universities and colleges make plans called 'access agreements' which describe how they will promote and sustain fair access to their higher education programmes.


Financial help for Access to HE & professional development programmes

Advanced Learner Loans give students aged 19+ in further education, studying eligible level 3-6 courses, access to financial support for tuition costs from the Student Loans Company.  Loan repayments apply once you have completed your course and earn over £25,000.

It's easy to apply, your household income isn't taken into account and there are no credit checks.

Here are some of the key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,000 a year (which is £480 a week or £2,083 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.

For further information, contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or visit .

If you are being sponsored by your employer, you must provide written evidence of this at enrolment.  If you are self-funding and have to pay your own fees, you can pay the full amount at enrolment, or you can pay £80 deposit at enrolment, then pay the remaining balance by 6 x monthly instalments.

Are you studying on an Access to Higher Education programme at Wirral Met College?

If you successfully complete your Access to Higher Education programme at Wirral Met College and subsequently progress on to and successfully complete a HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course, your Advanced Learner Loan fees on the Access programme will be waived. You will still have to pay for the HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree course fees.

What Could My Repayments Be?

With the Advanced Learner Loan, repayments are linked to what you earn, not what you borrow. This tool will help you find out what your repayments would be based on what you expect to earn when you’ve finished your course.

Find Out More Using The Repayment Caldendar

Quick Guide On Repayments

Quick Guide On How To Apply

Don't Forget! You can seek impartial money advice from The Money Advice Service.

Additional Learning Support

Did you know Wirral Met is one of the top colleges nationally - our support for students with high needs is outstanding and they make exceptional progress*.

*as confirmed in our Ofsted inspection 2017

The Additional Learning Support team are here to support students to be as successful as possible. We have a team of over 60 highly trained and qualified staff, including Specialist Tutors, Communication Support Workers and Learning Support Assistants.

We work with students in every subject area, and at every level from Entry Level to Higher Education. The students we work with have a wide range of needs, including:

Dyslexia/Dyspraxia ADHD, ADD
Mental Health and Well Being Physical Difficulties
D/deaf or Hard of Hearing Blind or Partially Sighted
Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Syndrome  


Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is available to help with extra costs you may have in relation to your course as a direct result of a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The level of any DSA award will depend on an individual needs assessment – Click here to visit the Student Loans Company website for more details.

Wirral Met College is fully accessible.  For details, click Disabled Go Accessibility Information.

Are you an overseas student?

We welcome overseas applicants and have a specialist team to help you with your English. Call our International Office on 0151 551 7777 for details.  International students who are not native English speakers must have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) qualification as a minimum requirement to enrol on a Higher Education programme.



If you want affordable, high quality university level courses, where you get outstanding support and excellent facilities, choose Wirral Met College. 


The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the high quality 
and standards of provision at Wirral Met College following its review in March, 2015.

Click here to read the latest review report

Click here to read the action plan

Degrees validated by prestigious universities

We offer a wide choice of full-time and part-time courses validated by prestigious universities and professional bodies.

University of Chester

Working in partnership with The University of Chester, Wirral Met College shares a common interest in promoting progression to, and awareness of, higher education opportunities within the region. The University of Chester seeks to provide all students and staff with the education, skills, support and motivation to enable them to develop as confident world citizens and successfully to serve and improve the global communitiewithin which they live and work. At the heart of the University’s vision is an unwavering commitment to ensuring an outstanding student learning experience,
developing the 
expertise of staff, providing teaching excellence, and actively growing
research and 

University of Liverpool

Wirral Met College is proud to be working in partnership with The University of Liverpool, which is ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world. The University of Liverpool’s aim is to support students as they become highly employable, creative, and culturally rich graduates, with the capacity to find employment that will enable them to be agents for change in a connected world. 91% of the university’s UK undergraduate 
graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their course.

University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the largest universities in the UK. UCLan has recently received a silver quality award for ‘consistently exceeding rigorous national quality requirements’ in the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. UCLan is estimated to be in the top 3.7% of universities by the Centre for World University Rankings 2016 (CWUR). As a partner of UCLan, Wirral Met College shares UCLan’s commitment to quality, personalised provision and excellent support for

HNCs and HNDs validated by Pearson

HNC and HND qualifications are an ideal choice for students seeking an affordable and relevant route to a degree or employment. The Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma give a blend of in-depth knowledge and skills with a practical approach to learning to prepare students for higher education and employment.

Lower fees & student bursaries

Our fees are much lower than most universities; if you want affordable Higher Education options, stay local and you’ll also save on accommodation and travel costs.  Students studying on full-time degree programmes can access a support bursary - £500 per annum for those with a household income below £25,000 (and existing HE students can also get a bursary!).  Click on Finance & Loans for details or call 0151 551 7777 for guidance on fees, loans, and how to get the most from the bursaries and financial assistance available.

Outstanding student support & small class sizes 

Our Additional Learning Support team are here to help sutdents to be as successful as possible.  Find out more about the support available.

Easy travel

Wirral Met College is easily accessible via public transport: View Merseyrail Train Times

Dedicated Higher Education Centre and excellent Facilities

You will study within our dedicated HE Centre at the Twelve Quays Campus and/or in our HE Mall and private study area at the Conway Park Campus.  Wirral Met has invested significantly in all of its campuses which offer specialist, industry standard equipment and resources.  Don't forget, you also have access to the university facilities including their student intranet and library. Come along to our open evenings and find out more!

See for yourself - watch our video: 


What our students said in the National Student Surveys 2015-16 & 2016-17:

"All tutors are always there with advice and support."

"The small class sizes have been great, less intimidating than more usual larger, university type classes.  Teaching is first class on the whole."

"Great environment to work in, staff are positive and good access to resources."

"There is ample support from staff, even outside of class.  They are very willing to give advice and support when it is needed."

"I have had the opportunity through the course to acquire experience within the field."

"Tutors are brilliant." 


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