Advanced Learner Loans

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Available to home or international students?


Study level


Eligible course awards

Fd(A), Foundation Diploma

Number of awards

Limited number of awards each year


If you are over 19 years of age and are starting to study the Foundation Art and Design course, you may be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan and/or the Bursary Fund.

The Advanced Learner Loan gives you access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in Higher Education and is administered by Student Finance England. In 2023/24 you can borrow up to £5,421. Our tuition fees are £6,100 in 2024-25 and therefore you will have a balance of £679 to pay. This balance can be paid in 2 x 50% instalments (September and January).

There are a limited number of awards each year. Please contact to find out more. 

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

In addition to the Advanced Learner Loan, you may also be eligible to apply to the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.


Eligibility criteria

In most cases, all of the following must apply. You must be:

  • studying on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course,
  • aged 19 or over on the 1 September in the year that you start your course,
  • living in the UK on the first day of your course,
  • a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK),
  • living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course.

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This funding is available to students studying on the following courses:


Application process

In order to apply you will need a Learning and Funding Information Letter from the University which gives you all the details for your application. Please email to request this letter for your application.