Advanced Learner Loan

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Learners aged 19+ who want to study a vocational, technical or professional qualification at Levels 3 and above are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

The Advanced Learner Loan is only available to students on eligible courses at an approved institution such as Wigan & Leigh College which can include:

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Level 3 BTEC or NVQ Certificate or Diploma course
  • Level 4, 5 and 6 Certificate or Diploma
  • Repaying your Advanced Learner Loan


  • You’ll only start making repayments when your income is more than £404 per week, £1750 per month or £21,000 a year.
  • You’ll only pay back 9% of any income above £21,000 a year, see table below for examples of what you’ll repay:


  • If you are aged 19+ it’s easy to apply

  • Your household income isn’t taken into account
  • You won’t have to pay anything back until your annual income is over £21,000
  • There’s no credit check
  • Most learners aged 19+ or over who apply, will qualify for these loans from the UK government


  • Please note that all applications for funding must be submit electronically to fundingapplications@wigan-leigh.ac.uk. Applications with no evidence or insufficient evidence will be returned to the sender requesting further information. Applications and documentation must all be sent in one email with numerous attachments, please do not send numerous emails containing your application form and evidence, this may result in your form being returned to you asking for further evidence and delaying the assessment process. Please do not use this email address for general funding queries, it is for the submission of application forms only, any queries you have with regards to funding please contact the main college switch board where they will give you options of how to contact us regarding any queries you may have. Please bear with us during our busy periods, especially at the start of the academic year, applications may take up to 4 weeks to assess during these periods.