At South & City College Birmingham the cost of your study will depend on the course or programme that you are studying.

You may be eligible to borrow money to help pay for your tuition fees and to help with living costs.

Some students who have for example children, on a low income or disabled, may also be eligible to receive extra money to help with the costs of studying.

Everyone’s circumstances are different so you will need to apply to see how much finance you are eligible for.

To find out more about Student Finance please visit the student finance webpage at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

The website also provides clear information on maintenance loans for living costs as well as tuition fees loans. This advice is available at:

Full time students - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students
Part time students - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/parttime-students
Information on extra help - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/extra-help

Remember to apply as soon as you have received an offer so your finances are in place for your course.

You can always change your mind about which course you want to study or where you want to study after you have applied. Student Finance applications can take a little longer if you don’t apply until September when you are starting your course.

The College will not charge you fees until you are enrolled and have been studying with us. Please read the HE Tuition Fee Policy for University Level Courses below which explains when we charge you fees.

Studying with a Disability, health or Learning Support Need
If you are a full or part-time learner with a disability, for example, a hearing or visual impairment, dyslexia, mental health problems, physical disability, etc, you may be eligible for additional support in the form of a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

There is an assessment process and when that assessment has been completed and an allowance approved, any support approved will be funded by Student Finance England.
You will need to complete a DSA1 which you can download from the Student Finance England website https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Policies

Terms and Conditions for higher education students studying at South and City College Birmingham

1. Introduction
In accepting an offer at South and City College Birmingham a legal contract is formed between you (the applicant/student) and the College. The information in the terms and conditions forms the basis for the contract and so you should read this information carefully to make sure you understand the terms and conditions relating to you. Further information and advice can also be found on the Gov.UK website following this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-guide-to-consumer-rights-for-students. If you are a student studying on a university awarded course you can also find information on your terms and conditions on your university’s website.

2. Pre-Application
The College will provide accurate and clear information on courses and the terms and conditions to be accepted onto courses for prospective students. The college will provide clear and accurate information on the content of courses and entry criteria, complying with consumer protection law.

3. Application and Offers
All prospective students have the responsibility to provide accurate information as part of the application process, the College will make you an offer based on the information you provide at this stage. The offer will clearly state any conditions you must fulfill to enrol onto your chosen course of study. If you provide inaccurate or false information the College may withdraw an offer of admission or terminate your enrolment.

4. Application-Specific conditions relating to disclosure of criminal convictions
For some courses an offer made to you may have specific conditions relating to the disclosure of criminal convictions and Fitness to Practise, if this applies to your course you will be notified of this with your offer. For courses that require disclosure of criminal conviction, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 you are exempt from the provisions of Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means you are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are spent under the provisions of the Act. All students studying on a course requiring disclosure of criminal convictions will be required to provide an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate. Failure to comply with the specific conditions to disclose criminal convictions may result in the College withdrawing an offer of admission or terminate your enrolment. In this instance you may be liable for some fees, please refer to the fee policy and your liability.

5. Rights to Cancel
Once you have accepted an offer from the College and you start attending, you have 14 days from the date you start attending in which to cancel your acceptance without incurring any fee liability. Please refer to the College’s fee policy for further information regarding fees and fee liability.

6. Enrolment
You will be required, at the start of your course to enrol at the College and provide satisfactory evidence of your identity and qualifications. Failure to provide appropriate evidence to the College may result in the termination of your Offer or enrolment as a student of the College and the termination of the Contract. You will not be a student of the College until the enrolment process has been completed. If you fail to complete the enrolment process within 14 days of the start of your course you may have your offer withdrawn by the College and there will be no fee liability for students withdrawn in these circumstances.

7. Fees
The College publishes course fees for students. Fees are charged in each academic year based on the course, the number of credits registered and mode of study. You are responsible for checking your eligibility for tuition and maintenance fee loans. You can find information on student finance on the Student finance website https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.
Tuition fee liability commences on 14 calendar days after the start of your course. You are required to ensure that all tuition fees due to the College are paid in accordance with the College’s fee policy. Failure to pay fees could result in you not having access to academic resources, not progressing on your course and not be awarded a qualification. Further information can be found in the College’s fee policy

8. Assumed withdrawal
If you have not been engaging with your course and the College is unaware of any extenuating circumstances, the assumed withdrawal process will be followed. This process will notify you of the College’s intention to withdraw you from your course. If you are withdrawn from your course the College will notify Student Finance England or other sponsoring organisation, including sponsoring employers if applicable. Failure to pay any debts incurred to the College will instigate debt recovery proceedings. The College reserves the right to refuse admission to another course or entry into a new contract with any debtor.

9. Termination of study
You may be withdrawn from your course if:
• The outcome of any disciplinary action requires you to withdraw
• You fail to meet the progression requirements set out in your course’s academic regulations
• You have subsequently been found to have provided inaccurate, false or misleading information prior to enrolment
• You have not paid any outstanding debt to the College
• As an outcome of the assumed withdrawal policy

10. Complaints
You are able to make a complaint to the College using the College’s complaint procedure which can be found at https://www.sccb.ac.uk/complaints If the College cannot satisfy the complaint through its procedures, including appeals procedures you may be able to make a complaint to the awarding body for your course and /or the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, more information and detailed guidance can be found at http://www.oiahe.org.uk/

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