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
- Free Online Courses
- English and maths – free for adults that do not have a GCSE grade C or above
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – free when you are in receipt of certain benefits
- Teacher training
- Degree level courses
If you are 19+ and looking to fund your course fees for the 2019-20 academic year, you can with the Advanced Learner Loan. Government Loans are now available to learners aged 19 and over for eligible further education courses at levels 3 to 6. This will not affect your entitlement to full funding for your first Level 3 qualification for those aged 19 to 23.
The Advanced Learner Loan will be available to learners aged 19+ starting eligible Further Education courses from 1 August 2019 onwards. You can apply for the loan from May 2019.
Before making your decision to take a loan, we recommend you visit the Money Advice Service website for independent advice.
Qualifying for an Advanced Learner Loan all depends on your course, college or training provider, age and nationality or residency status
The loan is easy to apply for, your household income is not taken into account and it does not involve a credit check. If your course is eligible, the loan will fund your tuition fees at Level 3 and above including HE Access courses. You only start to pay back the loan once you have finished your course and you are earning over £25,000. Until then you do not need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
Whether you are a parent returning to work, a job seeker looking to enhance your employment prospects, or you are thinking about a career change, there is a Havering College F&HE course that is right for you, and the financial help to get you started.
If you decide to apply for the loan you need to obtain a learning and funding information letter from our Admissions Department when you enrol. You also need a National Insurance Number to complete your loan application and a valid passport if you have one.
If you need assistance with your online application, Student Services are happy to help. Come and see us with your learning and funding information letter, your national insurance number and passport.
If you are studying a degree course do not apply for the Advanced Learner Loan, please see information on applying for Higher Education funding on gov.uk/student-finance.
Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund
For students in hardship, you may be eligible for financial assistance with childcare fees and travel costs for the days you attend your course. Eligibility criteria apply and you need to have an approved Advanced Learner Loan. Contact Student Services for more information on 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 an individual income of £21,000 or below per year can apply. Students will also 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.
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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 with net earnings not exceeding £7,400 per year
Please come into Student Services or call us on 01708 462718 for more information or an application form.