Advanced Learner Loan

An Advanced Learner Loan will cover the costof your course (Tuition fees, registration fees and exams). It is easy to apply for, you will not be credit-checked or means-tested, and you can be working or unemployed. Plus, repayments don’t start until you are earning more than £25,000 per year.

There is a wide range of courses, from level 3 to level 6, which are designated for Advanced Learner Loans. Pathway Group currently offers qualifications in the following sectors and we are constantly expanding our provision:

  • Business Management
  • Engineering
  • Health and Social Care
  • Nails and Beauty
  • Sport, Leisure and Recreation

Obtaining a Level 3 qualification (e.g. Diploma or A Levels) is a worthwhile investment, as it will improve your chances of getting the job you want and earning a good wage.

You could progress up to a level 6 qualification. This is the equivalent of a degree, but at a fraction of the cost of University study.

If you have any queries, please e-mail us ( or call us (0121 707 0550).

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Am I eligible?

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You just need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course
  • 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 or above, which is designated for Advanced Learner Loans

You can check your eligibility by visiting

How do I apply?

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You can apply online – (You may need to create an account first)

Or by post –

You will need the following for your application:

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

You will receive a letter confirming your loan - usually within two weeks if you apply online (postal applications take longer).


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You start paying back your loan in the April after you finish your course, but only if you earn more than £25,000 a year. Repayments are calculated as follows:

  • Deduct £25,000 from your annual salary before tax
  • Work out 9% of the remainder
  • Divide that figure by 12
  • Round this down to the nearest pound

For example, your monthly repayments would be:

  • £15 a month if you earned £27,000 a year
  • £37 a month if you earned £30,000 a year