Take a course with us for a better future. Our courses for adults can sharpen your skills, get you back to work or education, or teach you something new for fun.
Courses for adults
- English and maths – free for adults up to GCSE
- English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) - free if you're on certain benefits
- Teacher training
- Degree level courses
Please contact Admissions to find out more.
24+ Adult Learning Loans
Are you aged 24 or over?
Is the course Level 3 or 4 and not a commercial course?
The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan is available to help you pay the tuition fees charged by colleges and training organisations.
Courses include – Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates.
Please check your course is eligible with our Admissions Department before applying.
For more information speak to a member of Student Services on 01708 462718 at the college, visit gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans or download the PDFs below:
24+ Loans FAQ's
24+ Loans Key Facts 2014/15
Quick Guide on How to Apply
Access to Higher Education Diploma
Check your eligibility
This tool will help you to find out if you're eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. It's intended to act as a guide – you'll only know for sure that you're entitled to a loan once you've submitted an application. Eligibility checker.
You can also use this online calculator to help you find out what your repayments would be based on what you expect to earn when you've finished your course. 24+ Calculator.
24+ Loan Bursary Fund
Once your loan is approved you may be able to access the Bursary fund to help with course related costs such as travel, books, childcare and materials. You will need to be in receipt of a means tested benefit such as Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee or Tax Credits with an annual income of £21,000 or less. If no benefits are claimed you may still receive help by supplying evidence of your household income being £21,000 or less.
Please contact Student Services for more information or an application form
by calling 01708 462718.
Student Services are available to offer you information, advice and guidance regarding financial support whilst studying. Assistance will be given to access appropriate funding, this includes personal one to one appointments, as well as group presentations.
Discretionary Learner Support Fund for students aged 19 and over
Students studying on full or part time courses who have a household income of £21,000 or below per year can apply. Students will usually be eligible if they receive a benefit such as Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Guarantee element of Pension Credit, Universal Credit, Working Tax credit or Income Related Employment Support Allowance. A contribution towards course related costs including books, materials/equipment, childcare, work experience, residential trips and travel can be made. All financial awards are subject to funding.
For further information on the above funding please contact Student Services on
01708 462718. We also have information on student discounts.
Free College Meals - Further Education Students
Students aged 19-25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) Education Health Care Plan (EHC plan) or S139A, are eligible if they or their parents receive one of these eligible benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Based ESA
- Guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit with a household income of under £16,190
- Universal Credit
Please come in to Student Services or call us on 01708 462718 for more information or an application form.