Helping you create your future
16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
living in England
not in full-time education
The government has highlighted the importance of training to develop the country’s skills base and competitiveness as a result of this it has allocated funding to support training for eligible candidates.
You must be a resident in the EU for three or more years
You must not have completed the same apprenticeship
National Minimum Wage
These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.
|25 and Over||£7.83|
|21 to 24||£7.38|
|18 to 24||£5.90|
|Year||25 and over||21 to 24||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
National Apprenticeship Wage
The Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016 estimated the average gross hourly pay received by apprentices in Great Britain was £6.70 an hour for level 2 and 3 apprentices which is equivalent to nearly £14,000 per year.
Apprentice Mental Health Support Organisation
This free service, delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions is available to any apprentice who is experiencing mental health difficulties at work. It complements any existing occupational health service you have, delivered by trained professionals with expertise in mental health in the workplace.
Workers are entitled to a week’s pay for each week of leave they take. A week’s pay is worked out according to the kind of hours someone works and how they’re paid for the hours. This includes full-time, part-time and casual workers.
|Fixed hours and fixed pay (part time or full time)||A week’s holiday pay equals how much a worker gets for a week’s work|
|Shift work with fixed hours (part time or full time)||A week’s holiday pay equals the average number of weekly fixed hours a worker worked in the previous 12 weeks at their average hourly rate|
|No fixed hours (ie casual work)||A week’s holiday pay is the average pay a worker got over the previous 12 weeks (in which they were paid)|
Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave.
Working 5 days a week
Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.
Part-time workers get less paid holiday than full-time workers. They’re entitled to at least 5.6 weeks of paid holiday but this amounts to fewer than 28 days because they work fewer hours per week.
Bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave.
An employer can choose to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave.
Advanced Learner Loans
- course information including what they’re studying and where
- nationality and residency status
- previous study
We’ve created an eligibility tool for learners considering an Advanced Learner Loan.
If the course started on or after 1 August 2016
The learner must be 19 or older on the first day of their course.
The course must be:
a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification, for example: A Levels or graduate certificate
at an approved college or training provider in England
If the course started before 1 August 2016
The learner must be 24 or older on the first day of the course. The course must be:
a Level 3 or 4 qualification, for example: A Levels
at an approved college or training provider in England
|Learning Aim||Maximum Duration|
|A Level||2 years|
|Access to HEI||2 years|
Nationality or residency status
- be living in the UK on the first day of their course
- have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting their course
- be a UK national or have ‘settled status’
- (this means there are no restrictions on how long they can stay)
Learners may also qualify if they’re:
- a UK national, or someone with settled status, but they live somewhere else in the
- an EU national or a family member of one
- not a UK national but they have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of their life)
- a refugee or the relative of one
- an EEA or Swiss migrant worker, or the relative of one
- the child of a Swiss national
- the child of a Turkish worker
- granted humanitarian protection or the relative of someone who has been granted humanitarian protection
- a stateless person (including any eligible family members).
To be eligible as a ‘stateless person’ learners must:
- be a new learner starting on or after 1 August 2018
- have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
Learners who live outside England may also be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if they’re:
- a serving member of the UK armed forces
- the spouse/civil partner of a serving member
- a child, step-child or adoptive child living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving outwith England
- a dependent parent living with a serving member
They’ll be able to get up to four loans for the same type of Vocational Qualification. However, they’ll still only be entitled to one FE loan for a Programme for A Levels or Access to HE Diploma.
How it's paid
The learner’s attendance must be confirmed before any payments will be made.
Confirmation of attendance
Confirmation of attendance will be required two weeks after they have started their course and every three months thereafter.
If a learner stops attending their course
If they stop attending at any point, the learning provider should let us know as soon as possible so we can stop further payments.
Learners will only start to repay their loan balance once they have finished or left their course and their income is over the repayment threshold.
They check with their learning provider that the course qualifies for ALL.
The learning provider should then give them a ‘Learning and Funding Information’ letter. They need this to complete the application.
The learner applies online.
If they’ve applied for student finance from us before they can use the same details.
If they can’t apply online, they can download an application form at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.
we’ll ask for information about:
- their personal details, National Insurance number and contact information
- their nationality and residency
- their course
- how much they’d like to borrow
We’ll write to the learner to confirm their loan, usually within 2 weeks if they applied online. Paper applications can take longer.
They should check the information on the letter to confirm the amounts and course details are correct. They must let us know immediately if anything is wrong or has changed since their application.
If we need more information or evidence, they should send this as soon as possible to avoid any delays with their money.
Any other forms we may ask for can be found at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.
We’ve created a downloadable template for the ‘Learning and Funding Information’ letter and a downloadable guide to help write this.