If you aged 19 or over and choose to study a course at Level 3 or 4, you may be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan, a national scheme to help with the costs of studying. You may also be eligible for a bursary.
The good news is that the loan is only repayable once you start earning over £21,000 per year and you are taking steps to invest in your future career earnings and development.
For more information you can:
You can contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 to help you make an informed decision.
You can apply for your Advanced Learner Loan on the www.gov.uk website, or contact Learner Services for support completing your application.
Your loan application will not include a credit check
Research shows that achieving a Full level 2 qualification (Diploma), including the vital GCSE English and maths subjects, adds £80,000 to a learner’s earnings over their lifetime.
Research shows a further £60,000 could be added to your wage if you go on to achieve at least a Full Level 3 qualification (Advanced Diploma).
Your income each year before tax:
How much you pay
up to £5,000
£7 per month
£30 per month
£67 per month
TO ALL OUR ENGLISH AND MATHS STUDENTS
Thank you for all your hard work this year and your continued efforts in very unusual circumstances. We do hope you feel well supported by the College in this period of home learning.
We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how your GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this STANDARD LETTER and we would encourage you all to read it, and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.
Your grades will be based on your classroom work and assessments completed since September and your progress reviews to date. They will also be guided by your English or maths tutor, who knows you best and knows how hard you’ve worked. Very specific guidance will be followed by the teachers in this respect to ensure consistency across the country.
Your English and maths tutors will continue to be in touch with you, and to set work, up to the point when grades are to be submitted and you should continue to work on your English and maths until this point.
It may be tempting to ask your teacher or tutor about your potential grades or about the work that they will be doing to determine them, HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD NOT DO SO. They will not be able to discuss this with you, and the grades will be confidential and subject to Ofqual processes and checks before the release date in the summer.
Once the grades have been released in the summer anyone unhappy with their result will have the opportunity to appeal.
Please refer back to our UPDATES page for any FAQ’s you may have.