Free Courses for Adult Learners at Exeter College

Did you know Exeter College offers a wide range of Professional and Leisure courses for adults? 

And under new government legislation, your course could be free, as the government are now paying course fees for adults earning less than £16,009.50 per annum. 

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) will enable providers in receipt of ESFA funded AEB to fully fund learners, who are employed and in receipt of a low wage and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees. The low-wage threshold has been increased to £16,009.50. 

The hope is that this trial will help to increase AEB participation and lift social mobility barriers to learning for those who would not otherwise struggle due to course fees being unaffordable. It is hoped it will also support those that are in low paid employment and are wanting to further progress in work and in their chosen career. 

You can take a look at our adult courses here.

And download our latest course guide here.

Exeter College will be enrolling adult students for courses starting in September, at our Centre for Creative Industries, on Tuesday 3rd September from 9am-5pm. Come along and talk to our Adult Advisers to find the right course for you. 

Please note: 

The 2019 to 2020 eligibility requirements for learners to receive full funding during the trial are: 

  • those that are eligible for co-funding for provision, up to and including level 2, and, 
  • earn less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary. 

To be able to enrol on a course you will need to provide: 

  • evidence of your gross annual wages, for example, this could be a wage slip or Universal Credit statement, within 3 months of your learning start date, or a current employment contract, which states gross monthly/annual wages. 

If you would like any more information please give us a call on 01392 400500 or email