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What is an Advanced Learner Loan?

Advanced learner loans are available for individuals aged 19 or above to undertake approved qualifications at levels 3 to level 6, at an approved provider in England.


Advanced learner loans give individuals access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in higher education and are administered by Student Finance England.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to undertake an advanced learner loan, applicants must:

  • Be aged 19 or over on the first day of your course

  • Currently living in the UK

  • Have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this course

  • Want to undertake a Level 3, 4 or 5 course

  • Have a placement or employer in the sector

How do the loans work?

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It is simple to apply, our Business Development team will guide you through your options.


Your household income isn’t taken into account and there are no credit checks.


You do not pay anything back until your income is over the repayment threshold of £27,295 a year.  For more details on repaying your student loan please see the website.

You can also apply for an Advanced Learner Loan Bursary to help with costs such as childcare and course materials. You can see more details about the bursary on the website.

Qualifications fundable


The qualifications that are currently fundable with Quest under the Advanced Learner Loan are:

        Early Years Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator

  • Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

  • Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner

        Playworker Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

  • Level 5 Diploma in Playwork 

        Residential Childcare Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare

        Adult Care Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

       Teaching Assistant Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

What to do next?

Contact the Quest Business Development team, they will be happy to give you information, advice and guidance on funding available and courses running.

Telephone: 01474 704441


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