Tuition Fees

Programme Type Cost per annum
UCLan/University of Cumbria part-time £1,161 per 20 credit module

For example:
£4,644 per annum (assuming 80 credits per annum) for Foundation degree in Early Years

£3,483 per annum (assuming 60 credit per annum) for Certificate in  Education/PGCE/Top-up Degrees

Lancaster University £871 per module (at 15 credit per module)

For example:
£3,484 Bachelor in Engineering per annum (assuming 60 credits per annum)

Fees Break Down 15 Credit Modules – £871 per module
20 Credit Modules – £1,161 per moduleFull Time (assuming 120 credits per annum) = £6,966 (+registration fee)

Further information about fees and and credits by programme can be found here.

Important Information for Students Regarding Course Fees – 2023-2024

Due to changes in government funded courses and benefit exemptions, more students than ever will be liable to pay their own course fees.

The information here explains how your course fees can be paid and the information/payment you will be required to produce upon enrolment.

Please ensure that you are fully aware of any fees you may incur prior to enrolment and that you are confident that you can pay these fees prior to signing any enrolment form.

If you require any information regarding how you can pay your fees or how you can obtain help to pay your fees, please contact Student Services on 01229 844817.

Tuition Fees

Furness College Financial Support

The Furness College Financial Support is to enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at University level. Successful applicants, who are awarded financial support, will receive:

  • Full time students – a benefit of no less than £2,000 (max £1,000 cash, fee waiver of up to £1,000).
  • Part time students – an award for tuition fee waiver (studying a minimum of 25% intensity of the full time equivalent), and a cash benefit pro rata.

Click here for the Higher Education Furness College Bursary Application 2023 – 2024

Click here for Higher Education Furness College Bursary Leaflet 2023-24

Maintenance Loan

The maintenance loan is available to full-time students only. You may have to give details of your household income. EU students can’t apply for Maintenance Loans. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back.

Other financial help includes:

  • Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
  • Childcare Grant
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance
  • Adult Dependants’ Grant

Further information on maintenance loans and financial help can be found here.

Ørsted Scholarship

The Ørsted Scholarship fund is targeted at non-traditional entrants to education and training in the Engineering sector. Priority groups include, but are not limited to, underrepresented groups such as the unemployed and adult learners looking to retrain or re-engage in learning.

Applicants may also come from within the local small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) engineering \ manufacturing supply chain, with employees working within SMEs eligible to apply.  The funds intention is to support applicants from SMEs companies who otherwise would not be able to cover the training cost themselves.

The identified courses are:

Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering

Level 5 B.Eng. Ordinary Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering

Level 6 B.Eng. Honours Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering

The purpose of this fund is to offer successful applicants full course fee sponsorship to access the range of courses identified above. Each course has a set of minimum entry requirements which potential applicants must be able to satisfy in order to access the course.

Through its mainstream funding options, Furness College delivers a number of recognised training courses which are specifically chosen to equip local people with the skills required to work within the Energy, Engineering, and Manufacturing industries and, where appropriate, applicants will be directed to these in the first instance.

However, outside of the traditional fully funded models all applicants will be considered.  Where applications exceed the availability of places the college will allocate places based on the principle and intention of the fund, with Ørsted looking to support people across Furness who would not otherwise be able to finance themselves through qualifications. Competitive interview and selection will be used where appropriate, the college’s decision is final.

Further information for each course including the entry requirements can be found at:

BTEC Diploma Electrical

BTEC Diploma Mechanical

HNC Electrical

HNC Mechanical

BEng Ordinary & Honours Electrical

BEng Ordinary & Honours Mechanical

All application forms must be submitted by 31/08/2022.  Applications to the college must be marked for the attention of Zoe Guest, Head of Area for Technical and Build Engineering, Furness College, Channelside, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 2PJ, or via email: zoe.guest@furness.ac.uk

The funding for this scholarship programme is provided by Ørsted through the Walney Extension Community Fund.

Tuition fee loans, that cover the full amount of tuition fee costs, are available to eligible full-time and part-time students. The tuition fee loan is not income assessed. You can apply online for student finance.

You will not start to make repayments until you earn over £27,295 a year. You repay 9% of your income above £27,295 – the amount you repay depends on the amount you earn after you have completed your course. Any outstanding balance is written off after 30 years.

Other payment options

  • Our Finance team can help assist you set up a payment plan to cover your course fees.
  • If an employer is to pay your course fees, we will need written confirmation on letter headed paper.
  • Discuss with your employer if you could use the Apprenticeship Levy to pay for a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.

For further information on either of these options, please contact Student Services on 01229 844817.

By studying at Furness College, you have the prospect of gaining a degree validated by one of the UK’s top universities, all without the added financial costs of living away from home.

As the largest provider of education and skills training in Cumbria studying with Furness College can offer you a wide range of benefits:

  • Over thirty years’ experience of providing university education
  • Learn-while-you-work, thereby reducing costs and loans
  • University qualifications which are validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the University of Cumbria, Lancaster University or Pearson
  • Accreditation by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • University qualifications which are relevant to future employment opportunities
  • Small group sizes which are friendly and supportive and help to improve confidence
  • Courses which fit around the workplace and a busy home life
  • Reduced transport costs
  • A network of support including personal tutors and additional support
  • High standards of tuition
  • Excellent training resources which meet industrial/commercial standards
  • Progression routes to honours degree courses or employment
  • Superb facilities including several IT suites with subject specific software
  • Resource Centre with quiet study areas, resources and computers

LA14 2PJ
Rating Lane
LA13 9LE
Contact Us Tel: 01229 825 017 (Channelside Campus)
Tel: 01229 828 377 (Barrow Sixth Form College)
Email: info@furness.ac.uk
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