Financial Support

Making your studies affordable

We know how important your studies are, so we are continuously trying to keep your fees as low as possible. You can pay for your course via credit/debit card and if you need more information, or would like to learn about available payment plans, here are a few resources that may help.

Paying in instalments

Courses costing over £100, you can pay half on enrolment and the other half a fortnight before the course starts. Call 0191 643 2288 for details.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re aged 19 or above, and are interested in studying a Level 3 or above Further Education Certificate or Diploma qualification, you may be eligible for help with fees. The Advanced Learner Loan is a Government funded loan which is provided to help learners with their fees. It is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. Repayments won’t start until you are earning over £25,000 a year.

Am I eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

Most learners aged 19 and over, studying Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 Further Education Certificates or Diplomas will qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. If you are between 19 and 23 years old and do not currently hold a full Level 3 qualification you may be able to study a Level 3 qualification for free. The following individuals are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan:

  • Aged 19 or over at the start of their course
  • Resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course
  • Studying with an approved provider from the Education Skills Funding Agency (such as North Tyneside Council’s Adult Learning Service)
  • Undertaking an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 Further Education course as identified by the Skills Funding Agency
  • Able to maintain minimum attendance throughout the duration of the course

To find out more about eligibility for Advanced Learner
Loans, please visit

How much will I receive if I take out a loan?

The amount you can borrow depends on the type of course and course fees, however the minimum amount you can apply for is £300. You don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course – you can pay for some of it yourself.

How will I repay the loan?

You won’t start making repayments until you are earning £26,575 or over per annum. If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay back your loan at all!

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How do I apply?

The quickest way to apply is online using the details in your learning and funding information letter provided once you enrol. The student loans company can take up to five days to process your application.

Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund

The Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund is to support students who have an approved Advanced Learner Loan in place to cover the fees for their course and have an annual household income of £30,000 or less. The Fund is used to support students with travelling expenses, childcare, additional learning support and cases of extreme hardship. Additional support can also be provided to help you in your learning such as additional learning resources or other classroom support.

For more details about eligibility and applications please contact:

Adult Learning Service

Call 0191 643 2288

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