Community Governance – Additional Costs

The tuition fee for new students in 2020 is £5880 for the level paid in four instalments over two years. You may negotiate monthly payments if you are self-funding and complete a standing order form. Tuition fees cover the costs of all teaching and assessment and accommodation costs for study days (see additional information below).

You pay a non-refundable deposit of £294 when you apply for the course. This is subtracted from your first payment of fees. If you decide not to join the course before the end of February, this deposit covers our costs to date.

If you are splitting the cost of your studies over more than one council we charge an administration fee of £25 per council.

You or your Council will be invoiced in February & June for your fees. The invoices are due for payment by the end of the following month. If you are self funding you can pay in 10 instalments – please contact the Community Governance Administrator on [email protected] for details of how to do this.

In undertaking this course, you may incur further costs that are not included in the tuition fee.

  • In addition, students should provide for the travel costs involved in attendance at our study days. Whilst course fees include your accommodation and some meals, you would need to pay for your travel which will vary depending on your location, and meals and refreshments depending on the venue. Two study days will be held in Royal Wootton Bassett, near Swindon and another at De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • The programme is delivered in part via an online learning platform which facilitates discussion, holds course materials and enables assignment submission. It is vital that you have access to a computer and the internet whether it is at home or at work. The costs will depend on your supplier and the type of computer you use.
  • We provide detailed advice on how to obtain library books and other resources. However, you may choose to buy books up to a value of £175. More detailed reading lists (for optional reading) are available in our student handbook (known as the Elephant Guide) which is available when you apply and in each module handbook. In addition, the key textbook for CG4015 Local Council Law & Procedures is Paul Clayden’s (2016) ‘Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration’ 11th ed, Butterworths, LexisNexis. – SLCC Members’ Price £103.99 from the Society bookshop. If you are employed by a council, your employer should purchase this book.
  • Graduation costs: Students gaining an award at each level will be invited to receive recognition and a celebratory breakfast on the first morning of the Practitioners Conference in late February. Students and their families may attend for the presentations only but the cost of attending the whole conference is approx. £299 + £40 VAT. Level Six graduates will also be able to attend a graduation ceremony at DMU in July 2019. Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.