Additional Costs

Additional costs are the mandatory or optional expenses, additional to tuition fees, that need to be paid for by learners to fully participate in and complete their studies. You are required to provide sufficient stationery to support your teaching and learning.

Bring Your Own Device

You will need a Wi-Fi ready IT device to take notes in class, create and submit assignments, research online, join in with online lessons and communicate with your teachers and classmates.

The type of device depends on the software/apps you will be using for your chosen course. If in doubt, get advice from your course coordinator before purchasing a device.

  • For most courses you will need a device to access the Internet, Moodle and Office 365, A Chromebook or a standard laptop/PC will be suitable for this. A tablet device such as an iPad will do at a pinch but won’t give you as many options when preparing assignments. Please note: We strongly advise against relying on a mobile phone. You will need to create files and/or read large documents, which is very difficult on a tiny screen.
  •  If you are taking courses in IT, Computing, Engineering, Media and Graphics, which need to run specialist software/apps, a Windows 10 laptop/PC is required. We recommend that you have one with at least an i5 (or equivalent) processor.
  • As well as a PC, laptop or a Chromebook, you will also need a webcam, microphone and speakers (built-in ones are fine) or a headset that is compatible with your device.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

Some of our programmes include work placements that usually involve giving the care of someone or a group of people to the student (such as teaching or childcare) in these situations, the course will require the student to obtain a DBS check, this is at an additional cost to the student.

A standard DBS check is suitable for certain roles, such as a security guard. The certificate will contain details of both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings that are held on the Police National Computer, which are not subject to filtering.

An enhanced DBS check is suitable for people working with children or adults in certain circumstances such as those in receipt of healthcare or personal care. The certificate will contain the same details as a standard certificate and, if the role is eligible, an employer can request that one or both of the DBS barred lists are checked.

The certificate may also contain non-conviction information supplied by relevant police forces if it is deemed relevant and ought to be contained in the certificate.

You can find out more about DBS Checks at

If you have any concerns, you can speak to the course leader for advice.

Placement Travel Costs

Some of our programmes include a work placement, the placement is organised by the student and any travel costs incurred while attending your placement are an additional cost to yourself.