Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Advanced Learner Loan

What are they?

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying at Level 3 or Level 4, including RQF Certificates and Diplomas and Access to HE Courses. Any courses applicable to these loans are marked.

You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification and any essential items of kit and equipment. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information speak to our Course Advice Team on 01273 667704 or visit the government website:

Making the right choice

It’s important you consider your own circumstances and look into all options for paying for your course before choosing to take out a loan. 

You can get independent financial advice from the Money Advice Service.

Making the right choice

Do I qualify?

To qualify you must be:

  • Aged 19 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age-limit). 
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.
  • Studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding.
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 and above which includes: A-Levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates.

How to apply

If you make the decision to take an Advanced Learner Loan, then you can apply either online here or via a paper-based application. You can print this paper application off from the government website or pick up a copy from our Student Centres/Admissions offices.

Access to Higher Education courses

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access to Higher Education course and go on to complete a higher education qualification, your Advanced Learner Loan could be 'written off', making your access course free.

Terms and conditions apply so please check with Student Finance England.

Access to Higher Education courses