Course Fees

Annual Tuition Fees are payable at the beginning of each year of the course or in three instalments through the year. Please read the Policy and Procedure on Payment of Fees.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Annual tuition fee £2,000 £2,000 £1,200
Annual tuition fee: payment by instalments 3 x £680 3 x £680 3 x £410
Registration Fees: see below

£100 reduction in Term 1 tuition fees for the first 10 fully complete applications received before the end of August.


The Godparents Association supports our students by offering interest-free loans with a long repayment time and small monthly repayments. These will cover tuition costs from Term 2 of Year 1 and the closing date for applications is early November (they do not take late applications). This means that only Term 1 and the registration fee need to be paid upfront. Please email GATF for more details. Many students have found these loans invaluable in enabling them to access the course!

Registration Fees – these are additional non-refundable fees payable at the start of Year 1 and Year 3. They have been set by the awarding body and maybe revised each year.

Year 1 – for the 2 year programme leading to the qualification Steiner Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Educator) Level 4, the registration fee will be £290. This qualification meets the IASWECE benchmarks. For those who already have a full and relevant qualification and are taking the Quality Mark programme in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies the registration fee in Year 1 will be £100.

Year 3 – for the work placement programme, leading to the qualification Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies – Level 5, the registration fee will be £340. This qualification meets the IASWECE benchmarks and SWSF (Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship) recommends this Level 5 as the required qualification for a kindergarten teacher or manager.

N.B. it may be necessary to increase fees in future years as costs rise. At least 12 weeks' notice will be given of any changes.

Help with funding for early years courses at various levels is sometimes available from charitable trusts that support Steiner Waldorf education.

In addition to tuition fees, students will have to pay travel, food and accommodation costs for all the residentials (see Residentials for further details). It will also be necessary to budget for buying some books and materials, but there is a course library and most materials will be provided.