Access Programme

Fees and Funding

Information to help you estimate how much it will cost to study on the Access Programme.


The Centre for Open Learning will be processing students initial applications for SAAS Part-time Fee Grant funding. Current applicants will be contacted by email with details of the application process in due course. Programme Fee

The programme fee for 2021/22 is £720. You don't have to pay this until after the programme starts.

Funding Options

Payment of Fees

If you are expecting SAAS funding, evidence that you have been granted the award must be presented in-person to our Reception during the first Semester. You are responsible for payment of any remaining balance not covered by SAAS, in part or in full, if SAAS funding not obtained. If you are not able to present evidence of SAAS funding by this date, please let us know. SAAS decisions can take time to process so we encourage you to apply for SAAS funding as early as possible.

If you are self-funding, payment can be made in full or split into two payments. Payment for students in 2021/22 must be received by the following dates:


Self-funding / Student Contribution | Payment in Full Self-funding / Student Contribution | Payment Plan
100% due by Friday 24 September 2021 50% due by Friday 24 September 2021
  50% due by Friday 28 January 2022

You are welcome to contact us to discuss any payment issues or alternative payment plans. If you would like to speak to someone, please contact

Fees can be paid online via the University's own payment gateway. Students will be contacted after the start of the programme with payment instructions.

Cost of Materials

The course fee does not include the cost of materials. This includes any materials you may need to buy for the Access Art & Design courses. Details of any materials to be supplied by you will be provided prior to the start of the Programme. We estimate that the cost of materials will be around £50-£70 for the full programme.

More Information

If you have any questions about course fees or funding please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you are accepted on to the Access Programme we will provide you with full details of how to apply to SAAS and other payment options.