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There are different funding routes open to learners returning to study as Adults.

Don’t let worries over finance hold you back from achieving your career goals. Simply take a few seconds to fill in a quick enquiry form and one of our friendly advisors will be touch to explore all your finance options.

Dependent on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible:

  • for free study
  • an Advanced Learner Loan
  • to split the cost of your course over three instalments
  • to apply for additional financial support


Tyron Scott - IAG Officer - BCUC

For personalised advice on finance and funding


Local Flexibility Courses

You can learn skills which will support the local economy on a funded course.

Key Facts:

  • Available to those who live in Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley or BB1, BB4, BB5, OL13
  • If you are in receipt of certain benefits including Jobs Seekers’ Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment & Support Allowance or earn less than £20,319, you may be eligible for course funding
  • It must be the first time you have enrolled on the course

Free Courses for Jobs

(Formerly The National Skills Fund)

Through the Government’s Skills for Life initiative, Burnley College is able to offer this free training to support the workforce of the future.

  • Open to those aged 19+
  • Free training to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (the equivalent to A Levels or an Advanced Vocational qualification).
  • If you are earning under the National Living Wage annually (£20,319) you can access these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level.

Advanced Learner Loans

An Advanced Learner Loan could fund your Level 3 or above qualification and help you achieve qualifications to progress to university-level study at Burnley College University Courses, gain promotion at work or launch a new career.

If you study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, Student Finance England will ‘write off’ your Advanced Learner Loan once you complete an eligible university-level course.

Key Facts:

  • Apply for a loan of £300 or more
  • You pay nothing up front for your course fees
  • You don’t pay anything back until you earn more than £25,000 a year
  • There are no credit checks
  • The loan doesn’t depend on your income or household income
  • You can access an Advanced Learner Loan if you are on benefits or unemployed
  • You can get an Advanced Learner Loan even if you have had one before (maximum of 4 loans)
  • You can take out more than one Advanced Learner Loan at the same time to cover two applicable courses.

To qualify for a loan, you must be:

  • Aged 24 or over at the start of your course
  • Aged 19 to 23 and already have studied a full Level 3 course (that’s A Levels or an Advanced Vocational qualification)
  • Resident in the UK for the past three years

Paying in Instalments

On longer courses we offer payment over three instalments. These are paid over a three-month period, giving you the flexibility to spread the cost.

Key Facts:

  • Instalment plans are for course fees over £150
  • Courses that are 15 weeks or more can be paid in instalments
  • The 2nd & 3rd payments are taken on the 15th of each month

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