Fees, Funding & Other Costs

Our courses are one of the most affordable ways to gain a degree in the market today, while providing high-quality academic services and course materials for our students.

OCA degrees are paid for and delivered one unit at a time so that your learning experience is as fruitful as it can be. Unit costs depend on the level of the unit, and also whether you live in the UK or rest of the world. OCA courses are roughly a third of the cost than a campus university.

If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, please contact accounts@oca.ac.uk as different fees may apply.

If you are funding your course yourself you can either pay for units in full or you can spread the cost by taking advantage of our deposit and instalment facility for which a £50 fee is included in the deposit you pay.

All OCA courses are listed with Student Finance England, Wales, and Northern Ireland allowing eligible students to apply for a Student Loan to cover the cost of fees. You may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan and/or Disabled Students Allowance to assist you with the cost of study.

We’ve made this helpful guide to take you through the application process, making applying for Student Finance simple and straightforward.

Download the Student Finance guide

The OCA Learner Support Scheme can provide partial bursaries towards course fees for students who are not eligible for funding via Student Finance, based on financial hardship.

Other sources of funding may include employer contributions, Enhanced Learning Credits (for Armed Forces Serving Personnel and Service Leavers) and Prisoner Education Trust.

As a student with OCA, most reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks, or sent to you in the post.

Other costs you may find on your degree include purchasing software (i.e. Adobe Suite) and /materials/books/texts to assist in your practice and research. These can be around £400 at Level 1, £500 at Level 2, and £550 at Level 3. Costs will vary depending on your choice of medium and whether books are bought or loaned from the library. Work is largely submitted to tutors and for assessment via email, however postal costs are expected to be around £40 per assessment for sending materials depending on quantity and weight of materials. Rates for overseas students will be higher.

For further information please email: enquiries@oca.ac.uk

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