Wherever you choose to study there are two main costs involved: the cost of your tuition and your living costs.
Tuition fees for 2014 entry
For 2014 entry, the tuition fee for the LIPA Foundation Certificate in Popular Music and Sound Technology is £8,950, regardless of your nationality.
We do not receive any funding from the government for providing the Foundation Certificate courses so (regardless of nationality) you have to pay these tuition fees and your living costs and will be unable to get loans or grants from the UK government to cover either of these.
We request a 25% deposit of the tuition fee, which is likely to be payable at the end of May 2014, depending on the date of your offer. This is paid online. The remaining tuition fee is also payable online prior to the start of the teaching year in September. Depending on your funding arrangements, an instalment agreement may be available.
Cost of living
Wherever you choose to study, you'll have to budget for accommodation and other everyday living expenses, such as food and bills. While the last two items roughly cost the same no matter where you study, the amount you pay for accommodation will vary significantly. The good news for our prospective students is that Liverpool accommodation costs are low in comparison with other places in the UK, particularly in comparison with those in South Eastern England.
Other good news is that, as Liverpool has a large student population, many shops and entertainment facilities here also offer student discounts. For many, this will be your first time living away from your parental/guardian's home so it's the first time when you will have to pay for your accommodation, bills, insurance, TV licence, food and laundry, clothes, books and so on. Added to that are the costs of your travel and socialising. In terms of overall living costs, we usually recommend you budget for spending around £7,200 per year, although all of this is completely personal. There is lots of advice available online about budgeting, including a very helpful calculator on the UCAS website.
Because of the intensive nature of our courses and our busy seasons of student public performances, options can be limited in terms of gaining part-time work during our teaching periods.
However, many do gain flexible part-time work, sometimes in city performance venues but also in high street retail outlets, restaurants, bars and other employers of casual staff. We also provide casual work opportunities for our students, such as working as stewards on our productions.
Free places for UK students on Foundation Certificate courses
LIPA is offering up to two free places on each Foundation Certificate programme for 2014/15. This means that each student who receives a free place does not have to pay the £8,950 tuition fee, although they do have to pay a £500 security deposit refunded following completion of the course.
As our Foundation Certificate courses are not eligible for Government support, students who receive our free places will still need to pay for their living costs themselves. They will not be eligible to take out student loans or grants from the Government to cover these costs. We will therefore also provide a contribution towards living costs of £3,000. Although living costs are very personal as a rule of thumb we usually recommend candidates allow £7,200 to cover their living costs including accommodation costs.
To be eligible you must:
- have a declared household residual income of £25,000 or less;
- be a UK student (i.e. your permanent registered home address must be in the UK);
- be interested in applying to study for a degree at LIPA in 2015/16;
- not already have taken part or all of a course of higher education such as a degree or postgraduate qualification;
- pay a £500 deposit by 31st May (this is refundable on successfully completing and passing the course);
- be from a neighbourhood where participation in HE is low and/or from a lower socio-economic group
- be able to fund your remaining cost of living expenses for the duration of the course at LIPA.
***Meeting the criteria does not guarantee you an award.***
We anticipate having more eligible applicants than free places available.
In order to allocate the awards we will also evaluate applicants’ potential to progress on to study a degree here. Our judgement of your potential is based on our assessment of your current abilities at audition and our understanding of your achievements and track record to date (as evidenced on your application form). The highest ranking eligible applicants will be offered the free places. We reserve the right not to offer free places, if we decide that the standard of applicants is not high enough in any given year of operating the scheme.
Students need to complete a Foundation Certificate Free Place Application Form 2014-15 and submit this with appropriate supporting evidence by 31st May 2014.