Are you thinking of studying a level 3 (further education) course but may struggle to afford it?

Then Advanced Learner Loans could help you study on a course or support you in a change of career.

NEW: In the last spending review the government stated: ‘The government will expand tuition fee loans to 19 to 23 year olds at levels 3 and 4, and 19+ year olds at levels 5 and 6 to provide a clear route for learners to develop high-level technical and professional skills.’*

Funding of loans for 19-23 year olds does not remove the entitlement for the first full Level 3 qualification to be free.

Advanced Learner Loans have been introduced to help you pay for some or all of your college tuition.

  • You don’t pay back a penny until your income is over £21,000 a year
  • No credit checks and a low interest rate
  • Your household income isn’t taken into account
  • Enhanced employability – fast-track your career

Please note: If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme (a further education course) and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay back your Further Education loan!

Who can apply?

To qualify for a loan you need to be:

  • Starting a relevant course on or after 1st August 2016
  • Aged 19 or over at the start of your course*
  • Resident in the UK for the past 3 years
  • A UK national or having “settled status” in the UK
  • You can still apply for a loan if you are unemployed

When you can apply?

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (formerly known as the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan) from May 2016 for courses starting on or after 1st August 2016.

How to apply

Please be aware that Advanced Learner Loans aren’t the only means of supporting the cost of your studies. For independent advice on financial advice go to The Money Advice Service website.

Further information on Advanced Learner Loans is available from the National Careers Service website.

*Subject to final Government confirmation.

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications/spending-review-and-autumn-statement-2015-documents/spending-review-and-autumn-statement-2015.

See which courses are eligible for an advanced learner loan:

Animal Management

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Animal Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma In Animal Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Animal Management
  • CQ Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing – Small Animal
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Animal Management (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Animal Management

Agriculture

  • NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Agriculture
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Agriculture
  • (TECH BACC) NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Agriculture

Adventure Sport / Public Services / Sport

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Adventure Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Adventure Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Adventure Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Sport Performance
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport Performance
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport Performance
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Public Services
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Adventure Sport (QCF)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Public Services (QCF)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Sport Performance (QCF)

Business and Events Management

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Business
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Business
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Events Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Events Management
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Business (QCF)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Events Management (QCF)
  • Level 3 – Access to Higher Education (Reaseheath College)

Construction

  • CSKILLS Level 3 Advanced Construction Diploma – Bricklaying
  • CSKILLS Level 3 Advanced Construction Diploma – Site Carpentry & Joinery
  • NPTC Level 3 Diploma In Conservation & Wildlife Management
  • NPTC Level 3 Diploma In Forestry & Arboriculture
  • Level 3 Diploma in Game Management
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fish Management
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Countryside Management
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management (QCF)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Game Management (QCF)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fish Management (QCF)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Environmental Sustainability (QCF)
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF)
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Game Management (QCF)
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Fish Management (QC)
  • NPTC Level 3  Environmental Archaeology and Bushcraft
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Countryside Management (QCF)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Game Management
  • (TECH BACC) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Game Management (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC)  Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fish Management (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) Environmental Archaeology and Bushcraft

Engineering

  • IMIAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology
  • IMIAL Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Land-based Technology (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology

Equine

  • NPTC Level 3 Diploma In Horse Management
  • NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Horse Management
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Horse Management
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma In Horse Management – Croft End Equestrian Centre
  • NPTC Level 3 Diploma In Horse Management – Croft End Equestrian Centre
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Horse Management (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma In Horse Management

Food

  • Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology and Management
  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery

Horticulture

  • NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture
  • NPTC – Level 3 Diploma in Floristry
  • NPTC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (3D Design)
  • NPTC – Level 3 Diploma in Floristry (TWO YEAR COURSE)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Horticulture (QCF)
  • Level 3 – 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design (QCF)
  • (TECH BACC) NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture – Sports Turf & Greenkeeping Industry
  • (TECH BACC) NPTC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture – Crop Production
  • NPTC – Level 3 Diploma in Floristry