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Pre-Degree

Investing in your education is a wise decision and it's important to understand the student funding and support available. From Further Education bursaries to cash scholarships — we're here to help you plan.

If you're under 19 years old and a permanent UK resident, our Pre-Degree courses are completely free of charge.

Pre-Degree students aged 19 years or over are no longer eligible for free study on our Pre-Degree study programmes and fees may apply for non-permanent UK residents. Financial support may be available.

For further information about our course fees and the financial support we can offer, please look through the relevant sections below.

Fees outlined are correct at time of publishing and provide an indication of current costs. For more information please email admissions@aup.ac.uk

The university is committed to ensuring Further Education is accessible and affordable for all, and we offer a variety of bursaries to help Pre-Degree students with their studies. If your net annual household income is £30,000 or less, or you have any exceptional circumstances, then you may be eligible for one of our Pre-Degree bursaries. Students are assessed on an individual basis and evidence of income must be provided in support of your application.

The 2022/23 Pre-Degree bursary scheme is now open and we welcome applications.

Please note: this bursary scheme is not for Higher Education students studying at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level.

For more information about the financial support available for academic year 2022/23 and the evidence required to support your bursary application, please click here. We recommend reading this before completing your application for a better understanding of the support available and eligibility criteria.

Apply for our Pre-Degree Bursary Scheme.

  • Funding is limited and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. However, our aim is to prioritise those students with the greatest financial need, so we recommend all students apply as early as possible.
  • If you will be a second year student, or returning to Palace Court to continue your Pre-Degree studies for academic year 2022/23 you must reapply to the bursary scheme to be assessed. Your bursary will not roll over from the 2021/22 academic year.
  • Any financial support awarded is subject to students complying with the Code of Conduct as set out in the Student Handbook, and maintaining a sufficient level of attendance and engagement, with absences reported correctly.

If you have any questions relating to bursaries or student finance please contact the Registry team at any time (prior to or after enrolling) by emailing studentfinance@aup.ac.uk

16-18 Bursary Funding is provided by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for students studying at Further Education level, who are aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31 August 2022*.

*Students aged 19 or over can receive bursaries if they are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16-18 (19+ continuers) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

In line with ESFA rules and regulations, we are able to support students in the following ways:

We offer a range of awards and discounts to applicants who have previously studied at Arts University Plymouth:

  • Pre-Degree Progression Bursary £300 Cash Scholarship — Available to eligible* students who progress directly from one of our UAL Extended Diplomas or a UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design onto a three or four-year undergraduate degree at Arts University Plymouth.
  • Alumni Progression Award — 15% discount on MA or MFA fees for Undergraduate, Pre-Degree and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design graduates, who go on to postgraduate study with us.
  • Short Course Progression Award — 10% discount on MA or MFA fees for anyone who has completed a Short Course with us.
  • Alumni Discount on Short Courses — Up to 25% discount for UG, Pre-Degree and FAD graduates on our range of Short Courses. Please note, discounted Short Course places are limited. The discount of up to 25% off Short Course fees only applies to those who graduated from BA/MA/Pre-Degree and Foundation courses or programmes no more than 10 years ago. Contact shortcourses@aup.ac.uk to see if there are any discounted places available on the course you would like to do before booking.

*To be eligible students must achieve a Merit or Distinction in their pre-degree study, or those with a Pass must have been awarded a Green Traffic Light for their final Academic and Skills Project progress checks. Students must achieve a minimum attendance requirement in their first and second semester 2022/23 to be awarded the £300 scholarship.

If you're under 19 years

Pre-degree courses at Arts University Plymouth are completely free of charge for permanent UK residents who are under 19 years of age, and who have met the entry conditions i.e. hold a complete Level 3 qualification for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and have met the GCSE entry requirements for the UAL Extended Diplomas.

If you're over 19 years

Pre-degree study at Arts University Plymouth requires a tuition fee for students over the age of 19 years old. Extended Diplomas for the entry year 23/24 are charged at £4,291 for UK(home) residents and £11,500 for EU and International students. Whilst Foundation Diploma fees are charged at £5,421 for UK (home) residents and £11,500 for EU and International students.

Advanced Learner Loans are available to help with the cost of tuition fees for our Extended Diplomas and Foundation Diploma. Our Admissions team will provide students with the relevant learning and funding information letter in support of Advanced Learner Loans applications.

Extended Diploma - UK (home)

Under 19 - Free

Over 19 - £4,291

Extended Diploma - EU and International

£11,500

Foundation Diploma - UK (home)

Under 19 - Free

Over 19 - £5,421

Foundation Diploma - EU and International

£11,500

International fees (all categories) exclude costs for any pre-sessional English course and ongoing in-year English language support.

The purpose of this statement is to set out how Arts University Plymouth will use its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation. This fund is designed to facilitate support for students who have been disadvantaged due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who have not yet achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths. We will invest in an Academic Skills Coach who will be tasked with focusing on English and Maths catch up in which we hope to inspire students to engage in academic skills with bespoke support strategies.

The provision will not be limited to tuition for English and Maths, we will also be allocating some additional funding within the Pre-Degree department to our learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) by supporting them more broadly within their individual study programmes by employing a Pre-Degree Inclusion Champion.

Tuition groups will consist of no more than five students and can be extended to seven students where appropriate. The tuition sessions will be embedded within the planned learning and also scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2022/23.


Please contact our Admissions team (admissions@aup.ac.uk) or our Student Finance team (studentfinance@aup.ac.uk) for further advice.