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 courses are roughly a third of the cost than a campus university, and are paid for and delivered on a course unit by unit basis so that your learning experience is as fruitful as it can be. Please take a look at the sections below for further information about the costs of studying with OCA.   For further information please email: enquiries@oca.ac.uk
  • 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.

    A Level 1 course unit deposit is £440 followed by 8 monthly instalments of £120. A Level 2 course unit deposit is £520 followed by 10 monthly instalments of £120. For international students, the deposit is £590.

    At Level 3, two units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £510 followed by 14 monthly instalments of £120. For international students, the deposit is £735.

    The final Level 3 unit is a deposit of £530 followed by 6 monthly instalments of £120. For international students, the deposit is £655. The Creative Writing Degree Level 3 is split two course units, and the deposit for each is £520, followed by 10 monthly instalments of £120. For international students, the deposit is £695.

    If you select a deposit and instalment option and enrol to more than one unit, the deposit and instalment would be as above for each of the you enrol to. For instance, if you enrol to two Level 1 course units and select the deposit and instalment option, the deposit amount would be £880 followed by monthly instalments of £240.

    The above fees are set for the academic year 2019/2020. Course fees are reviewed annually, and so please be aware that our course costs are subject to change based on funding, finance, inflation etc. We aim to keep any increases to a minimum.

  • All OCA degree courses are listed with Student Finance England, Wales, and Northern Ireland allowing eligible students to apply for a Student Loan towards the cost of course fees. Unfortunately OCA courses are not eligible for Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS) – please refer to the Learner Support Scheme section below. Foundation courses are not eligible to fund through Student Finance.

    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

    Maintenance Loans

    Student Finance England offer maintenance loans for students who are studying through distance learning due to a disability only.

    Student Finance Wales offer maintenance loans if you plan to study at a 50% intensity, meaning you will complete the degree in 6 years. Only certain degrees are eligible for this, so please check with Student Services is this available for your degree.

    Student Finance Northern Ireland offer different maintenance loans/grants dependent on your circumstances and study intensity.

    For further information and guidance, please visit the respective Student Finance website or speak directly to their Customer Service team who can advise on your eligibility.

    Disabled Students Allowance

    You may wish to consider applying for Disabled Students Allowance (Student Finance) as this has been invaluable to many of our students.

    Support awarded varies depending on individual need. We’ve had students awarded a specialist mental health mentor which provides regular face-to-face interaction with someone to support you with areas of difficulty such as planning and motivation. We’ve also had students awarded a specialist study skills support for dyslexia. In terms of other support, students have been awarded ergonomic equipment or assistive software depending on what aspects of study may be challenging.

    A Needs Assessor will look at what the requirements of the course are, where your areas of difficulty may be due to your symptoms and let you know what options there are that could help.

    If you decide to apply for DSA, we advise waiting until the support is in place before beginning your course, however the decision is yours.

    For further information, please visit the respective Student Finance website or speak to the DSA team directly who can advise on your eligibility.

    When to Apply

    We accept enrolments all year round, so you can submit your tuition fee loan application throughout the year. Applications can take between 4 – 6 weeks to process, and your funding needs to be approved before we can enrol you to the course, however you can submit an enrolment form whilst your student finance application is being processed. Because applications can take over a month to be processed, we advise students applying from June onwards to make sure they apply for the next academic year.

  • 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. Please visit https://www.oca.ac.uk/studying-with-us/support-and-resources/ to find out further information on eligibility and how to apply.

  • Other sources of funding may include employer contributions, Enhanced Learning Credits (for Armed Forces Serving Personnel and Service Leavers) and Prisoner Education Trust. Please speak to these providers directly for further information about how to make your funding application to them.

  • 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 if included within the course materials. Degree students also have access to the UCA online library. Foundation courses are not part of degree study.

    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 about additional costs to your degree programme specifically, please review the Programme Specification available the degree information pages.

  • If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, you may be under a protected fee rate. When submitting an enrolment form, please ensure you select ‘secure email link’ as your payment method and the fee will be adjusted accordingly. To find out the cost of your next unit under a protected fee rate, please see the latest academic fees as published on the weareoca blog. via the link below. If you’re unsure which protected rate you fall under, contact Student Services and quote your student number.

    Download the 2019/2020 Course Fees

Foundations

£900

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,050

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,340

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,350

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,670

Per course unit (6o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website.

Foundations

£1,050

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,500

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,690

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,500

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,845

Per course unit (60 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website.