Croydon College

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I eligible for a Grant?

2. Can I learn from home?

3. Is there any help available to pay for childcare and/or transport costs?

4. I'm hoping to come back to College in September. Will I have to pay course fees?

5. I am currently receiving a number of benefits; will my entitlement be affected?

6. I would like to go to university but do not have the qualifications - will I have to obtain some first?

7. Evening and/or Part-time study is more convenient for me - can this be arranged?

8. If I attend Croydon College will I be with people my own age, or will I be in a group with school leavers?

9. I have just retired and would like to do some courses - am I too old?

10. I've read all the answers but I still have questions, how can I resolve them?




Please contact the College's Student Advice Service for more information.


Unfortunately Croydon College does not offer Distance Learning courses, however if you contact the Course Information Centre they will be able to discuss other study options with you.


Please contact the College's Student Advice Service for more information on support available. There are limited funds available so you will need to apply for this as early as possible.


Some students do have to pay course fees, visit the Fees and Funding page for more information.

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If your course is under 15 hours a week it should not affect the benefits you receive; however, you will need to clarify this with your Job Centre once you have applied for a course. Please note, you will be required to continue any activities needed to obtain your benefits while you are studying – for example, if you are claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance while studying you will have to continue looking for work.


Croydon College offers a range of courses to help prepare you for Higher Education, including Access courses which are designed to help mature students who do not hold traditional qualifications progress to university. Please contact the Course Information Centre for information, advice and guidance on how you can best achieve your goals.


We offer many evening courses in a variety of popular subjects, from basic English to Carpentry and from Modern Languages to Human Resources, including a number of degree programmes. Unfortunately while we try to be as flexible as we can, we are not able to offer evening or part-time options for every subject; if a course is listed as full-time only then you will not be able to study it in the evening.


Croydon College is proud to have a diverse student population, and you will find a wide range of student ages in the majority of our courses.


It is never too late to start studying! However some courses are designed for school-leavers and may not be suitable for your needs, so please contact the Course Information Centre to discuss your requirements before applying and our staff will help you to make an informed and appropriate course choice. 


Contact our Course Information Centre on 0208 760 5914, or by emailing and we will do our very best to answer any questions you have.


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