Financial Information


Concessionary Fees

Please note that all fees and concessionary prices on the Varndean Adult Education website may be subject to change

If you are studying an accredited course at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 you may be eligible for a concessionary fee if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Claiming Job Seekers Allowance/Employment Support Allowance (work related activity group).
  • It is your first level 2 or Level 3 qualification and you are aged 19-23.
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit and wish to upskill to enter employment. (You will need to complete a self-declaration form).
  • If you earn less than £15736.50

You must enrol in person at the college and bring your means tested benefit, proof of age (passport/driving licence) or pay slips with you. This must be dated within three months of the course start date. Please contact the Registry on 01273 546604 for further information.

Learner Support Fund

If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit or on a low income you may apply to the Learning Support Fund for help with travel and childcare costs. You may also be able to get some help with tuition fees if you are working, but on a low income. You will be required to complete additional forms and will have to provide proof of benefit or income evidence to support your application. Please contact the Adult Education Office on 01273 546602 for further information.

Paying in Instalments

If your course costs more than £200 you may apply to pay in three instalments. You must complete and sign an instalment form. The first payment will be taken immediately, followed by a further payment at the start of the course and a final payment 2 months later. Please note that a handling charge of 10% of the course fee (up to a maximum of £30) is added to all instalment payments. You will still be liable for the full cost of the course if you leave the course prior to all instalments being paid. Please contact the Registry Department on 01273 546604 for further information.

19+ Advanced Learning Loans for Level 3 Qualifications

Students over 19 years old who wish to study a level 3 course (Access, CACHE, Counselling etc.) may apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from the UK Government. The minimum loan amount is £300 and loans do not have to be repaid until your income exceeds £21,000 per year. For further information visit If you decide to fund all or part of your course in this way please advise us of this on enrolment on your application form.

Free courses in Maths and English

You do not have to pay to study Maths or English if you do not already have a GCSE grades A-C.

Course Cancellations

Courses may not run if enrolments do not meet the minimum numbers required.


No refunds are given once a course has started. If a course is cancelled by the college you will receive a full refund of all fees paid. If you decide to cancel your enrolment before the class starts your payment will be refunded less a 20% administration charge (up to a maximum of £50). If you decide to cancel your enrolment for a Saturday workshop less than 72 hours before the class your payment will be refunded less an 80% administration charge. All refunds will be processed within 14 days.

Non-EU Students

If you come from a country outside of the European Union examination courses will be priced differently from the fees shown in this brochure. You may need to provide your passport or Home Office papers to see if you are eligible to pay the same fees as EU learners. Please contact Registry on 01273 546604 for further information.

Gift Vouchers

Why not give your loved one or a friend a Varndean Adult Education gift voucher for their birthday or Christmas. They can use this towards a course of their choice. Prospective learners must be 16 or over. Please contact the adult education office on 01273 546602 or email for more information.

Further Information

First Class

On the day or evening of your first class, please come to the main reception to be shown to your classroom.

Class Cancellation

If we have to cancel a class due to staff illness, weather or other reasons, you will be contacted via text or email. There will also be notification if the college is closed on the website. 


Cold drinks will be available to purchase from the canteen vending machines. In the evenings at Varndean College the canteen is open from 6.15pm for hot drinks and snacks.


Varndean College cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to cars or other property brought onto the premises. Such property is brought entirely at your own risk.

Who Can Attend

Anyone aged 16+.


Smoking is not allowed on the premises

Conditions of Enrolment

Varndean College reserves the right to amend the provision of courses or their content in light of changing circumstances. Courses may be cancelled if enrolments do not meet minimum number requirements. Fee payments are processed on receipt of enrolment but will only be refunded if a course is cancelled. All courses are attended at your own risk. You should speak to your GP if you are unsure about your health for a particular course. You must notify your course tutor of any health conditions you may have prior to embarking on an exercise class.

The Adult Education department must be notified in advance of any special requirements for exam based courses.