Advanced Learner Loans

A loan for learners aged 19 and over studying in Further Education at Level 3 or above. The loan is provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and paid directly to the College.

  • The loan is NOT means tested or dependent on credit checks.
  • The loan application covers the duration of the course.
  • You will not need to reapply each year.

What is an Advanced Learner Loan?

An Advanced Learner Loan is funding provided by Student Finance England, which will cover or help to cover the cost of your course (tuition, examination and registration fees), meaning you have no fixed up front fees.

Loans are not credit checked or means tested, so you can apply whether you are unemployed or employed.

You just need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course, if you are aged 19 - 23, you will require a Level 3 qualification to access an Advanced Learner Loan
  • A resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the course
  • A UK national or have ‘settled status’
  • Enrolling on a course at Level 3 and above, which is designated for Advanced Learner

Pathway Group Courses

Click below to explore our courses in more detail:

Course Price List

Qual. Ref.Awarding Organisation & Qualification TitleCost Inc. VATGLH
6016170XATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business£2,573.00360
60043787ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Management£4,170.00480
60187013ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management£4,170.001200
Qual. Ref.Awarding Organisation & Qualification TitleCost Inc. VATGLH
60164748FOCUSAWD Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology (QCF)£3,345.00414
6016332XFOCUSAWD Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy (QCF)£2,583.00355
60333236FOCUSAWD Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry (RQF)£3,345.00421
60333200FOCUSAWD Level 3 Diploma in Nail Services (RQF)£2,583.00356
60338441FOCUSAWDS Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy (RQF)£3,345.00450
60048402VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology£2,882.00296
Qual. Ref.Awarding Organisation & Qualification TitleCost Inc. VATGLH
60130404GQA Level 3 Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments£3,345.00225
60183317GQA Level 3 Diploma in Cladding Occupations (Construction)£3,345.00454
60069867GQA Level 3 Diploma in Decorative Finishing – Painting And Decorating£5,421.00412
50116885GQA Level 3 Diploma in Fenestration Installation£2,583.00176
60134690GQA Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)£1,645.00224
60143228GQA Level 3 Diploma in Plastering (Construction)£2,583.00307
60183329GQA Level 3 Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction)£3,345.00488
Qual. Ref.Awarding Organisation & Qualification TitleCost Inc. VATGLH
6015889XVTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing£3,345.00541
Qual. Ref.Awarding Organisation & Qualification TitleCost Inc. VATGLH
50111309EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology£5,421.00600

Course Categories & Industry Knowledge

UK Resident Eligibility Assessment

Aged under 19

You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.

We recommend you contact the National Careers Service for further advice.

Aged 19 - 23 without a Level 3 Qualification

If you are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course and you do not have a full level 3 qualification, you do not have to pay for your course or take out a loan.

We recommend you contact the National Careers Service for further advice.

National Careers Serivce

The National Careers Service provide impartial information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
- 0800 100 900 - 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

Aged 19 - 23 with prior Level 3 Qualification

If you do hold a full level 3 qualification and are aged between 19 and 23 on the first day of your course, you maybe able to apply for an advanced learner loan to help you with your fees.

Aged 24 and above

If you aged 24 and above on the first day of your course, you maybe able to apply for an advanced learner loan to help you with your fees.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for one of our courses, you will need to either contact one of our centres directly, or our head office. Then we will be able to provide a course induction, to ensure the course is the best option for you.

You’ll recieve information, advice and guidance relating to your course and undergo a assessments to identify suitablity.

To apply for your Student Finance (Advanced Learner Loan), you can apply online – you’ll need to register first.

You can apply by post if you cannot apply online. You’ll get a letter confirming your loan – usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications take longer).

Our teams will support you through this process, when making an appointment, or appointment, you will need the following information with you:

You will need the following for your application

Advanced Learner Loan Application

You can complete your Advanced Learner Loan application, online, at home, work, training centre or academy, once you have met with a Pathway Group advisor. You will need the following information to complete your application:

  • A Learning and Funding Information letter (from Pathway Group)
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Proof of identity (e.g. passport or birth certificate)

Leave or change your course

You’ll have to pay back any money that’s been paid to your training provider (plus interest) if you leave or change your course after 2 weeks or more.

The interest rate will be the rate of inflation.

Speak to training centre staff to see if they can transfer the loan to another course, if necessary.

Repayments

You start paying back your loan in the April after you finish your course, but only if you earn more than £25,725 a year. Repayments are calculated as follows:

For example, your monthly repayments would be

  • £9.00 a month if you earned £27,000 a year
  • £32.00 a month if you earned £30,000 a year

Your employer will work out your repayments and take them out of your salary with your tax.

If you’re self employed, you make repayments as part of your Self Assessment tax return.

You can pay some or all of your loan at any time without an extra charge.

Repayments Calculator

Interest

You pay interest from the time your first payment is made until you pay your loan back in full.

IncomeInterest rate
While you’re studying and until the April after you leave the courseRate of inflation (Retail Price Index) plus 3%
£25,725 or lessRate of inflation
£25,725 to £46,305Rate of inflation plus up to 3%
£46,305 and overRate of inflation plus 3%

 

Pathway Group Training Locations

Pathway Group Training Academy

18 Lichfield Street

Walsall

WS1 1TJ

01922 870050

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Pathway Group Training Centre

King Charles House, 2 Castle Hill

Dudley

DY1 4PS

 0121 707 0550

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Pathway Group Training Academy

Copthall House, King Street

Newcastle-under-Lyme

ST5 1UE

01782 365 365

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Pathway Group Advanced Learner Loans Administration Team

Pathway Group Advanced Learner Loans Delivery Teams