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Need help paying for your level 3 course? Learning loans now available...

Aged 24 or over and thinking about further education?

If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2014 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by colleges and training organisations. Most learners aged 24 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4 and Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships, will qualify for these new loans from the UK government.

It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.

How much can I borrow?

The amount you can get depends on your course, the fees charged by your college or training organisation and maximum amounts set by the government. The minimum loan amount is £300. You can take out a loan for the maximum amount to cover your fee or you can pay all or part of the fee yourself.

Do I qualify?

To qualify you must be aged 24 or over, living in the UK, studying with a college or training organisation in England and enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 and Level 4.

How can I apply 

You can apply for a loan from April 2014 for courses starting between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015. You’ll be able to apply online or download an application form.

Find out more about the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan from the official downloadable factsheet or apply online at

What level 3 courses can I take?

At WAES we run several level 3 qualification courses in a range of subjects to suit any need!

Textiles Level 3 Certificate is perfect if you're looking to work in the fashion or textiles design industry or advance into higher education.

Floristry Level 3 for those who want to learn more about plant care, flower arranging and floral decorations.

Ceramics Level 3 Certificate where you're encouraged to be experimental and develop your skills in hand-building, wheel throwing, surface decoration, and glazing.

Production Arts Make-up Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is designed to fully equip you for the world of make-up and qualifies you to enter the workplace as a complete make-up artist.

Photography Level 3 Certificate gives a broad introduction to the more advanced techniques of photography with a focus on practical and post-production skills.

Fashion and Photographic Make-up Level 3 Certificate to learn about period make-up, wedding make-up and fashion make-up, and build up your professional portfolio.


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