Money for learning 16+

Full-time courses at Level 3 and below are usually free for 16 to 19 year olds. You will have to pay for your travel, books and on some courses, specialist equipment.

Students aged 19+ may have to pay some or all of the costs depending on the course level, the level of qualification they have and their circumstances. Advanced Learner Loans are available to students aged 19 or over, studying an approved course at Level 3 up to and including Level 6. For some courses over 18s may also be able to look at getting a Professional and Career Development Loan

Apprentices get at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and many get more.

Trainees may get help with travel and meals and may be able to apply for other learning support.

Up to your 20th birthday, your parents or carers will get Child Benefit and may get support through Universal Credit for you.

Other help includes...

        • 16-19 bursaries; also Discretionary Learner Support – schools, colleges and training providers may help with some costs if you're struggling, so ask them

For higher education student support, see the information on the Year 13 thining of HE page.

You can also contact your local council:

In Calderdale T: 01422 399367

or visit financial assistance for post 16 education

In Kirklees T: 01484 22100

for information about Kirklees Passports, which offer help to eligible students studying on a full or part-time post-16 education course


              • Login and search careersinfo logo for our leaflet on:
              • 'Money for learning' and our guides to options after Y11, which have more information

Get Organised 2019Get organised 2019 - a guide to your post-16 options

Get Ahead 2019Get ahead 2019 - career and learning options at Entry level and Level 1 

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Your C&K Careers school or college careers adviser can help and advise you – get in touch with the careers team in school/college.


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Page updated January 2018

Our careers advisers are based at:

Head Office
C & K Careers Ltd
78 John William Street

T: 01484 225500
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