We want to offer both support and encouragement to adults hoping to study with us.

Whether you would like to learn a new skill, embark on a career change or return to learn after a break, it’s never too late to follow your ambition.

If you need a helping hand with which direction to take, you can book an appointment with the Helpzone team for free, impartial advice and guidance.

There is plenty of support available to you, if you need access to funding, childcare or flexible study time, we can help you break down the barriers so you can achieve your goals.

Find out about some financial support options below:

Advanced Learner Loan



If you’re aged 19 or over and want to study a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you’ll need to pay for the cost of your course. If you’re thinking about returning to education, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by colleges and training organisations. The Advanced Learner Loan is a Government-funded loan to help adult students. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed. You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,725 a year. Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.


Learner Support Fund Learner Support Funds can contribute towards any of the costs associated with your studies, including childcare, college meals, exam fees, course books and materials and in some cases, travel. There is a limited amount of funding available for tuition fees. Your application to the fund will be means tested and proof of household income will be required. Please contact us below for further information.

Learner Support Funds are available to assist students who are:

  • Over the age of 19 studying up to and including a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 studying on a Level 3 or 4 course
Childcare Students aged 20+ can apply to our Adult Bursary Fund for help towards childcare costs. Find out more about the help you can receive with childcare costs by using the Childcare Choices calculator.
University Centre South Devon (UCSD) Bursary There is support available to you if you want to study at TEF Gold rated UCSD. To find out more about the UCSD bursary click here. Alternatively, please contact the Higher Education Team on university@southdevon.ac.uk

Additional information:

Eligibility tool – Find out if you are eligible for the loan.

Advanced Learner Loan Key Fact Sheets.

Money Advice Service – free and impartial advice.

Accommodation – alongside financial advice, we are also able to support with finding rental accommodation.

Click here for further details on financial support


For further information, please contact the Helpzone Team at South Devon College, on enquiries@southdevon.ac.uk  or Freephone 08000 380 123.


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