Advanced Learning Loan

Advanced Learner Loans (19+)

Want to boost your career with a professional qualification? Looking to go to university?


We offer a number of Access to Higher Education Diplomas as well as vocational, professional development courses and qualifications that can give you the boost you need; the best bit, you can study online, from home! 

From Access to Nursing to Computing, we’ve got a wide range of Diplomas, Certificates and Access to Higher Education Courses all available. All our courses are from recognised UK awarding bodies.

With most of our courses, you can apply for government-backed funding known as Advanced Learner Loans that you only pay back when you are earning over £25,000. These are offered through the Student Loans Company (SLC).


Do I need a qualification?

Did you know;

  • Almost a third (31 percent) of employers said they would offer a wage premium for someone qualified to at least Level 3.
  • 60% of employers see vocational qualifications as more attractive or equal to academic qualifications.

Qualifications are a way for people who don’t know you; to be sure you are capable of doing something properly. They prove you have learned something to a set standard. Qualifications help you find work that suits you best, build a career or even start a new one.

Who can get an Advanced Learner Loan?

To be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, you’ll have to be:

  • You need to be a UK resident
  • You need to be funding an approved course that is Level 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • You need to be aged 19 or above.

You only pay your loan back if you’re earning more than £25k a year. Learn more about Advanced Learner Loans on

You won’t need a loan if:

  • You’re starting a Level 2 qualification, as these are still government-funded even if you’re over 19.


Extra support

Are you struggling to continue learning because of child care or travel costs? You may be able to get help with these. Ask staff about our Discretionary Learner Support.


Applying for your Advanced Learner Loan

Before applying for your loan, you first need to find the right course for you. We will talk you through the process of enrolling on your course and help with applying for a loan.


Do I have to apply for an Advanced Learner (19+) Loan?

No. If you want to, you can self-fund for your course in full and pay in installments.


Still got questions about professional development courses and Advanced Learner Loans…

Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers to all your questions:

You can also talk to one of our advisers about the process for applying for an Advanced Learner Loan on 020 8472 6060. Our team is available to take your call Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm.

Not sure if a loan is the right option for you? You can access free independent financial advice from The Money Advice Service at

For more details on repayment and interest, and to apply for your loan once you’ve enrolled on an eligible course, go to

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