Fee and Financing Information

Programme / Course Fees 2019/20

Further Education programmes

Course fees

The cost of studying towards a Diploma at ACM is dependant on the age of the learner on 31st August 2019. Please see below for more information.

Under 18 on 31st August 2019

The government will fully fund your studies with us for the entire 2 year Extended Diploma. There will be no further fees to pay. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

18 on 31st August 2019

If you will be 18 on 31st August 2019, the government will fund 1 year of study at Level 3. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

19 or over on 31st August 2019

The course fee for over 19 year olds is £6,000 per year. If you are over 19, we suggest that you also consider our ​Higher Education​ programmes – we have a 3 Year study option that might be just right for you.

How to pay fees

You are liable for the annual tuition fee for your entire year of study, regardless of the instalment plan you may have chosen.

Securing Government Funding

Students that secure government funding will not be required to make any personal contributions towards tuition. However funding may be retracted and fee liability may revert to the student if your personal circumstances change.

Payment Options and Methods of Payment

The following instalment options can be offered to students that are self funding all or part of their tuition fee.

Instalment Options

1) Upfront Payment

– Single payment to be received by ACM on or before the 31st July 2019 -If payment is received by the deadline, students can receive a 10% discount on the annual tuition fee. If payment is received after the deadline, this discount is withdrawn; students liability will revert the original fee amounts listed above.

2) Three Instalments

– Three equal instalments of the fee you are responsible for paying. -Due on 15th Sept 2019, 15th Jan 2020 and 30th Apr 2020

– You will need to set up a direct debit mandate, to pay over 3 instalments

3) Ten Instalments

-Ten equal instalments of the fee you are responsible for paying.

-Due on the 1st of each month starting on the 1st Aug to 1st May

– You need to set up a direct debit mandate, to pay over 10 instalments

Payment Methods

1) Bank details

-Students can make payment of any tuition by Bank Transfer to the details below

-Students need to ensure to use the individual Learner ID as the payment reference

-Payments that are not referenced properly will not be able to be matched to the correct account and you may still be contacted for fee payments

Bank Account – Barclays Bank PLC

Account Name – ACM Guildford Ltd

Sort Code – 201727

Account Number – 20696528

2) Direct Debit

-Students can set up a direct debit to allow ACM to process a payment on the scheduled due date

-Students will need to complete a mandate form to give ACM authorisation to process these payments at least at least two weeks before the first payment is due

-You will need to contact ACM finance for the required form

3) Card payment

-ACM also allows students to pay by card online or over the phone -You will need to contact ACM Finance to make this type of payment

-Telephone ACM Finance 01483 500848

HE Courses Guildford and Birmingham

Course fees

The Fee Schedule sets out your individual tuition fee liability for 2019/20 for tuition fee, what payment options and methods are available should you be self funding.

Tuition fees may change for every new academic year and for new course intakes based on government policy and to take into account inflation and other costs. Therefore, you may be charged different fees for subsequent years of your course. ACM fees are currently capped at the government approved levels.

In the past, continuing students have been protected from significant fee changes arising from changes in government policy (such as the change to £9,000 in 2012) and this is likely to be the case in the future.

ACM Ltd will provide confirmation of your fees for subsequent years each Autumn.

2-year Accelerated Degree programme fee

Annual fee: £11,100

Continuing students fees are based on their current study status and should refer to separate communication.

Years 1 & 2 of the programmes are delivered as an accelerated learning route. By reducing the holiday periods, students are offered a high-quality programme with the same number of teaching hours in a shorter period of time compared to traditional study. This provides a considerable financial saving as students will pay less in tuition fees and living costs overall compared to an equivalent 3 or 4-year university course.

Government currently sets the maximum tuition fees chargeable for full-time UK and EU undergraduate students. ACM reviews its fees on an annual basis taking into account government policy.

1+2-year (Foundation Year + Accelerated) Degree programme fee

This 3-year pathway towards a Degree includes an integrated foundation entry year (called a year 0) followed by the 2-year accelerated degree programme.

Annual fee for foundation year: £9,250

Fees for years 2 and 3 are the same as for the 2-year Accelerated Degree programme.

Continuing students fees are based on their current study status and should refer to separate communication.

How to pay fees

Your fee liability is based on the Annual Tuition Fee for your entire year of study, regardless of the instalment plan you may have chosen.

Securing Government Funding

Students can apply for government funding towards annual Tuition fees. Payments of any fee loan is made directly to the ACM Guildford Ltd.

Students only need to make personal contributions towards tuition where a fee loan has not been approved, does not cover the full level of tuition or where a fee waiver has not been approved to cover the difference in fee loan and overall annual fee.

​Self Funding Students Payment Options and Methods of Payment

The following Instalment options can be offered to students that are self funding any payment of all or part of their tuition fee.

Instalment Options

Students that are paying any portion of the fees themselves can select the instalment option they use and confirm that via the online induction form pre-enrolment. Changing to the instalment plan after this would need to be requested via ACM finance.

1) Upfront Payment

-Single payment to be received by ACM on or before the 31st July 2019

-If payment is received by the deadline, students can receive a 10% discount on the annual tuition fee. If payment is received after the deadline, this discount is withdrawn; students liability will revert the original fee amounts listed above.

2) Three Instalments

– Three equal instalments of the fee you are responsible for paying.

-Due on 15th Sept 2019, 15th Jan 2020 and 30th Apr 2020

– You will need to set up a direct debit mandate, to pay over 3 instalments

3) Ten Instalments

-Ten equal instalments of the fee you are responsible for paying.

-Due on the 1st of each month starting on the 1st Aug to 1st May

– You need to set up a direct debit mandate, to pay over 10 instalments

Payment Methods

1) Bank details

-Students can make payment of any tuition by Bank Transfer to the details below

-Students need to ensure to use the individual Learner ID as the payment reference

-Payments that are not referenced properly will not be able to be matched to the correct account and you may still be contacted for fee payments

Bank Account – Barclays Bank PLC

Account Name – ACM Guildford Limited

Sort Code – 201727

Account Number – 20696528

2) Direct Debit

-Students can set up a direct debit to allow ACM to process a payment on the scheduled due date

-Students will need to complete a mandate form to give ACM authorisation to process these payments at least at least two weeks before the first payment is due

-You will need to contact ACM finance for the required form

3) Card payment

-ACM also allows students to pay by card online or over the phone

-You will need to contact ACM Finance to make this type of payment

-Telephone ACM Finance 01483 500848

ACM Bursaries and Scholarships

ACM offers some students the opportunity to secure financial support towards the cost of the course each year through the form of Bursaries or Scholarships

2019/20 Widening Participation Bursaries

ACM is pleased to announce we will be providing two main types of bursary for the 2019/20 academic year.

Widening Participation Student Bursary

This bursary is for new and continuing students in September 2019 on one of our undergraduate degree programmes at ACM Guildford or ACM Birmingham, from a household with an income of £25,000 or less (as evidenced through your SLC application). We have allocated a total bursary fund for this purpose and individual allocation will be subject to the total number of eligible students, with a potential individual bursary of up to a maximum £1000. The bursary fund is managed by the SLC and payments will be made through three-equal termly payments. It is designed to support general living costs.

Widening Participation Student Equipment Bursary.

This bursary is for new entrants in September 2019 on one of our undergraduate degree programmes at ACM Guildford or ACM Birmingham, from a household with an income of £40,000 or less, and from one of the following underrepresented groups: care-leavers, mature students (21 as of 1st September 2019) or disabled students, as evidenced through your SLC and UCAS application, and not in receipt of a Widening Participation Student Bursary.  The bursary fund is managed by the SLC and payments made through a single payment of £250 towards the end of Term 1.

Application process for bursaries

No application is required for bursaries. We will contact eligible students once we have received confirmation from the Student Loans Company as to eligibility. All bursaries will be subject to Terms and Conditions which will be published on our website. Students will only be considered for one bursary.

If you believe you are eligible for bursary and have not received a notification from ACM regarding potential bursary by 16thSeptember 2019 please contact studentfinance@acm.ac.uk

Fee Waivers – ​Students that are eligible to receive a tuition fee loan from a UK-student finance body but cannot receive a loan to cover the full annual tuition fees, will be offered a Fee Waiver in 2019/20 to cover any difference in fees; Our aim at ACM is to ensure students will not be required to pay any top up fees where student loans don’t cover the full amount. Fee Waivers will be allocated once students confirm they have been awarded their student finance.

Students not eligible for a tuition fee loan in 2019/20 will not be eligible to secure this waiver towards tuition.

Find out more about our Scholarships programme ​here​.

Student Loans

ACM are pleased to confirm that the Office for Students (OfS) has registered ACM in the Approved fee cap category. The Office for Students has informed all student finance bodies that we are now registered as an Approved fee cap institution. Following this registration students are now eligible to submit an application to Student Finance England or their equivalent body for t​uition fee loans, maintenance loans and grants​; Visit ​www.officeforstudents.org.uk​ for more information.

Eligible students from England and the EU will now be able to apply for a fee loan that covers the full tuition fees for 2019/20, without any need for personal top up fee payments.

Students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland will also have access to student loans to study at ACM. However not every region will provide a loan to cover the full cost of tuition. ACM will offer fee-waivers to eligible students from these regions where their loan does not cover the full cost of tuition due to their local fee loan policy.

Applications are now open for 19/20 funding

EU students can also apply for student loans, however these students will not have access to maintenance loans.

If you have previously completed a programme at the same level or higher level of study you may not be able to obtain funding to support your studies and therefore may be required to pay the full funding fee.

Access to Maintenance support depends on the level of household or family income and your individual circumstances. This will vary between each funding region, therefore please visit the relevant website below.

Students on the accelerated years of the degree may also qualify for additional living support in the form of a long course loan, to help with the living costs for the additional period of attendance each year. Again the exact amount a student will get depends on their income and personal circumstances

Students may also qualify for additional support to help with any disability or dependants depending on the individual circumstances. Please contact your funding region for more individual information.

How to Apply

It is important to note that students should apply for finance using the details that follow and NOT use the UCAS course code.You also need to apply to the funding where you normally reside rather than where you live during any study.

Applications and more information can be found via the following websites:

ENGLAND – ​https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

SCOTLAND – ​https://www.saas.gov.uk/

WALES – ​https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/

NORTHERN IRELAND – ​http​s://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk​/

EU Students – you must apply via a paper form which can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

New students should use the following course information when applying for support.

Institution: ACM Guildford Ltd – SLC institution code: ABZS

Course Title: Music Industry Practice or Music Industry Practise with Foundation

Students that will be attending ACM London need to apply for funding via Falmouth University. Please see the ACM London tab for more information.

If you are in receipt of an offer to join us on a Higher Education Programme of study at ACM, it is very important that you start (if you have not already started) your application for Student Finance at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait for your final exam grades. It is much easier to make changes or even cancel an existing Student Loan application than it is to apply late and experience a delay in funding.

At the end of the application process, there is a page for you to print off, sign and post to the relevant Student Finance provider in your region (e.g. Student Finance England). This piece of paper is crucial and without this, your Student Finance money will not be paid to you. You can log into your Student Finance online account to retrieve this form if you have not yet already sent it in.

If you encounter any problems during this process, get in touch with Student Finance at ACM on 01483 500 804 or ​studentfinance@acm.ac.uk​.

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Student Finance Team on 01483 500804 or email them on studentfinance@acm.ac.uk.

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Production and keyboard students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice. Technical Services lectures may require suitable footwear.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge or travel costs. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

Please note that graduation ceremonies and any retakes or resits a student may be required to attend are not included in the Annual tuition fees. Additional costs will apply.

 

Higher Education Courses London

Course Fees

Degree Programmes course fee

£9,000 per year.

Tuition fees may change for every new academic year and for new course intakes based on government policy and to take into account inflation and other costs. Therefore, you may be charged different fees for subsequent years of your course. ACM London fees are currently capped at the government approved levels.

In the past, continuing students have been protected from significant fee changes arising from changes in government policy (such as the change to £9,000 in 2012) and this is likely to be the case in the future.

How to pay fees

Securing Government Funding

Students can apply for government funding towards annual tuition fees. Payments of any government loan for tuition fees is made directly to Falmouth University.

Students only need to make personal contributions towards tuition where a fee loan has not been approved, does not cover the full level of tuition or where a bursary or Scholarship has not been approved to cover the difference in fee loan and overall annual fee.

​Self Funding Students Payment Options and Methods of Payment

Please review Falmouth University’s website for payment and instalment information. https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/study/tuition-fees/undergraduate

ACM Bursaries and Scholarships

ACM offers some students the opportunity to secure financial support towards the cost of the course each year through the form of Scholarships.

Scholarships – For information, see ​here​.

Student Loans

Eligible students are able to apply for a fee loan that covers the full tuition fees for 2019/20, without any need for personal top up fee payments.

Students are now eligible to submit an application for financial support towards the cost of studying at ACM, for both tuition and maintenance loans to cover living costs. ​Applications are now open for 19/20 funding

EU students can also apply for student loans, however these students will not have access to maintenance loans.

If you have previously completed a programme at the same level or higher level of study you may not be able to obtain funding to support your studies and therefore may be required to pay the full funding fee.

Access to Maintenance support depends on the level of household or family income and your individual circumstances. This will vary between each funding region, therefore please visit the relevant website below.

Students may also qualify for additional support to help with any disability or dependants depending on the individual circumstances. Please contact your funding region for more individual information.

How to Apply

You will need to apply for the funding where you normally reside rather than where you live during any study.

Applications and more information can be found via the following websites:

ENGLAND – ​https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

SCOTLAND – ​https://www.saas.gov.uk/

WALES – ​https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/

NORTHERN IRELAND – ​http​s://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk​/

EU Students – you must apply via a paper form which can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

It is important to note that ​students should apply for Finance with Falmouth University​, who will award your qualification and ​not ACM​. The details for your application are:

Institution: Falmouth University

Then choose the appropriate course, below:

Course Title: Professional Music Performance | Student Loan Course Code: 755090

Course Title: Commercial Songwriting | Student Loan Course Code: 754229

Course Title: Creative Music Technology | Student Loan Course Code: 754261

Course Title: Music Business & Innovation | Student Loan Course Code: 754264

Course Title: Game Development (Art) | Student Loan Course Code: 532484

Course Title: Game Development (Audio) | Student Loan Course Code: 532480

Course Title: Game Development (Design) | Student Loan Course Code: 532488

Course Title: Game Development (Programming) | Student Loan Course Code: 532487

If you are in receipt of an offer to join us on a Higher Education Programme of study at ​ACM London​, it is very important that you start (if you have not already started) your application for Student Finance at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait for your final exam grades. Apply early. It is much easier to make changes or even cancel an existing Student Loan application than it is to apply late and experience a delay in funding.

At the end of the application process, there is a page for you to print off, sign and post to the relevant Student Finance provider in your region (e.g. Student Finance England). This piece of paper is crucial and without this, your Student Finance money will not be paid to you. You can log into your Student Finance online account to retrieve this form if you have not yet already sent it in.

If you encounter any problems during this process, get in touch with Student Finance at ACM on 01483 500 800 or ​studentfinance@acm.ac.uk​.

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Student Finance Team on 01483 500804 or email us on studentfinance@acm.ac.uk

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Production and keyboard students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice. Technical Services lectures may require suitable footwear.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge or travel costs. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

Please note that graduation ceremonies and any retakes or resits a student may be required to attend are not included in the Annual tuition fees. Additional costs will apply.

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