My daughter has failed a level course dropped out, then failed a BTEC course and now has started a new course a two year BTEC but she will be twenty in the first week of her second year. Her family allowance and tax credits stop that week and I assume her entitlement to free education will as well. I have been told it could cost about £600 in fees and wondered if this is the normal procedure or are there any agencies out there that might help me / her fund this ? Many thanks in advance.
whilst not the question you asked - before you agree to fund/find funding etc is she capable of passing? I say this as a teacher of BTEC at Level 2 & 3 and there are so many chances for students to complete the tasks/improve their work that if she was capable of starting A level courses but failed a BTEC I would question her work ethic and if education is the best route for her
I am sure you already know by now but students can get up to three years to complete level 3 courses. However re-sit policies vary from school to school some may allow a year 12 re-sit or a year 13 re-sit or some do not allow re-sits at all. Luckily colleges pick up these older students as schools do not.
When I was at college so long as you were 19 or under when the course started it was free for a level 3 (a-level or equivalent). There was also funding towards the courses if you were over that age but didn't already have a level 3 qualification which it sounds like she doesn't.
The best bet would be to ask the college she attends as they should be able to help.
My daughters BTEC course level 2 is £2800, i don't pay but we got a receipt when we signed up with that price on, but as she is 17 is free.
My son after messing up college has gone back now he is 19, but because he didn't register before his 19th Birthday he would have had to pay if he wasn't getting benefits, however you can get JSA if you go to college for less than 16 hours a week so he gets his course free. How any hours does your daughter do?