WHAT DOES FULLY FUNDED OR FREE MEAN?
Fully funded or free means exactly what it says. The government has allocated a pot of money called the Adult Education Budget specifically for the training and upskilling of UK residents, which includes those applying for the online short courses.
IS THERE AN ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
Yes, there is an eligibility criteria, but it’s straightforward. You must be:
- 19 years or older as of 31st August 2023
- Either employed or unemployed
- Committed to completing the course within 12 weeks of the start date
- Legally living in the UK or EU for 3 years
- Not already enrolled in any other fully-funded programme
WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW MY EMPLOYMENT STATUS AND NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER?
Your employment status and earnings do not affect your eligibility for the courses. The college funding your course needs to know what government funding they can claim for your enrolment.
CAN I ENROL IF I HAVE A HIGHER-LEVEL QUALIFICATION?
Yes, you can still enrol in the courses regardless of your prior attainment, as long as it is not the same qualification.
IS THERE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF COURSES I CAN COMPLETE?
There is no limit to the number of courses you can complete. However, for funding purposes, we ask that you only complete one course at a time.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A COURSE?
You have up to 3 months to complete your qualification. This time starts from when you have completed your enrolment, and you can start your course right away.
WHAT WILL I RECEIVE AFTER COMPLETING MY COURSE?
You will receive a nationally recognised accredited qualification from the awarding organisation upon successful completion of the course. The certificate typically takes around 6-8 weeks to arrive after completing your course.
HOW ARE THE COURSES DELIVERED?
The courses are mainly delivered online and are learner-led unless you have agreed otherwise. The course content is available online after completing a full enrolment, including workbooks, content, questions, feedback, and units. Throughout your time on the programme, you will receive tutor support to ensure you stay on track.
WHAT IF I DON’T FINISH MY COURSE?
As this is a government-funded course, applicants must commit to completing the course. Those who fail to complete the course without a good reason may be charged an early withdrawal fee of up to £130. This is at the college’s discretion.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can register your interest online via our website, click here, to begin the enrolment process.