Fees 2020/21

Making university affordable is an important factor when choosing where to study.

University Centre Peterborough offer lower tuition fees compared with other universities and provide bursaries for undergraduate students.

Tuition Fees

The HE tuition fee policy below identifies the fee amounts, fee liability points, procedures for the assessment and our fee appeal process. It is important that you read this document so you understand your rights and responsibilities.

The following tuition fees are for all undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2020/21 at University Centre Peterborough. 


The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).


The tuition fees for UK and EU students starting in 2020/21 will be:

  • HNC/HND full-time: £6,000 per year
  • HNC part-time (2 years): £3,000 per year
  • HND part-time (3 years): £4,000 per year

Please note that if you fail a unit, you may incur re-sit costs. All tuition fees may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate course at University Centre Peterborough in the 2020/21 academic year may be entitled to tuition fee and maintenance loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU. We advise EU students check www.gov.uk for latest information or you can speak to our Student Support team for guidance. In addition further guidance can be found on the Student Finance website https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Government Student Support and 'home' fee status eligibility
An announcement about the regulations in England which determine eligibility for 'home' fee status and student support for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members commencing a course in the academic year 2021/22 was made on 23 June 2020. There have not yet been announcements from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. See Brexit: Impact on student finance and Brexit: Impact on fee status assessments for information.


There may be additional costs for the course which are not covered by your tuition fee.

Additional Funding (Bursary Schemes)

The following bursary schemes are available to all undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2020/21 at University Centre Peterborough.  These bursaries are not available to HNC/HND students.

(household income <£25,000) 

= £500 per annum for full time

In order to be assessed as eligible for the low income bursary students must meet the following criteria:

  • New student to UCP enrolling in 2020/21
  • Paying the maximum tuition fee through Student Finance England
  • Studying full-time on an UCP/ARU Accredited Undergraduate Degree programme*
  • Have an assessed household income of under £25,000 from Student Finance England and be in receipt of their financial support**
  • Fully enrolled and in attendance at the time of each payment
  • Have validated bank details registered on our secure system

* Part Time will be pro-rata depending on the number of credits studied
** Only relates to the Low income bursary


= £500 per annum

In order to be assessed as eligible for the Care Leaver bursary there is no separate application. All students will be considered for the bursary automatically based on the information supplied in their course application. Applicants will additionally be required to submit evidence of Care Leaver status.


= up to £1,000 per annum

You can receive up to a £1,000 tax-free bursary by becoming a Student Ambassador or Student Research Ambassador for University Centre Peterborough.

The benefits of becoming an Ambassador is that it will increase employability when you graduate, develop personal and presentation skills and you will inspire prospective students to go to university.

Student Finance

For more information about tuition fee and maintenance loans including how much you may be entitled to, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance. On this website you can easily check what you are entitled to without starting an application.

When you apply for student finance funding, please use institution code FFCH and institution name 'University Centre Peterborough' for all higher education courses within the Inspire Education Group.


You can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees. Tuition fees are not means-tested so your household income does not affect your entitlement and you will be entitled to the full amount. Student Finance England will pay the fees directly to University Centre Peterborough and you do not need to pay any fees upfront.


Full-time and part-time students can apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, bills, transport, study resources and books. Student Finance England will pay the maintenance loan directly into your bank account over three instalments.

The amount of maintenance loan you are entitled to will depend on your personal circumstances, including your household income, what year of study you are in, and whether you are living at home or away from home. These levels are determined by government and not set by UCP.


In addition to a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, you may also be eligible for one of the following sources of financial help:

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

Our Student Support team can help advise you on an individual basis so you receive what you are entitled to.

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