The quoted prices for Ptlls courses can vary wildly. Just a quick look shows £260 to over a thousand. And then the price people actually end up paying is different again. I’m not saying it’s about cheap. It’s about value for money. There are plenty of other things to consider when choosing a Ptlls course but paying for the course can be a big hurdle.
A big part of the price variation will depend on where you want to go to study. Online, a college or a training provider will all charge differently as they are quite different animals. And the decision between those is about much more than cost.
I work at a college that runs a Ptlls course, so I got mine for free. On the same course were other people whose employers were paying, people receiving funding through the Jobcentre, people on government discounts and people paying full whack – about £280 in this case. We’ll have a look here at the different things you’ll need to consider.
If you work in the education or advice and guidance sector, are a trainer or anything similar you should approach your employer about funding your training. If it will improve your role and their business this would be good to swing for. Even if not, if your company has any kind of staff training schemes it would be a possibility worth checking out.
***The next two paragraphs are are out of date and are replaced by Updated funding***
If you are on means-tested benefits – something like Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, that kind of thing – you should look for providers who will give you a government funded discount. The government provides money for adult education on certain types of courses for certain types of people. The Ptlls course generally attracts this funding as it is a good public service sort of thing and a portion of your fees would be waived.
If you are on JSA or getting help from the Jobcentre you should also check with them as they can often fund this kind of training. Another avenue is to have a look at the kinds of support offered by the provider – some can subsidise actual course fees and/or the associated costs such as books, travel and childcare.
***Updated funding post for 11/12 academic year***
Hopefully there’s something you can take away from those ideas, some options that might have been opened up. If there’s anything else that needs to be covered or you have any questions just throw up a comment or get in touch.