Adult Students

Our aim at Yeovil College is to make education as affordable as possible.

We understand that finance plays a big role in the decision-making process when choosing to return to study, so we continuously review our fees to make them as low as we possibly can.

Depending upon your personal circumstances you may be entitled to significant financial support and, in some cases, you may be entitled to study for free with us. Our iZone Team will be able to give you clear and straight-forward advice regarding this.


Free or Discounted Courses
If you are unemployed and in receipt of certain benefits, or you are aged between 19-23 and studying your first full Level 1, 2 or 3 programme, you may be eligible for free tuition.


19+ Discretionary Bursary

19+ students can apply for financial support if they are:

  • living in the parental home and can provide evidence that their personal income is below £40,000.
  • living independently or with a spouse/partner and can provide evidence of household income below £40,000.


19+ Advanced learner loan
You now have the option to study now and pay later with an Advanced Learner Loan. If finances have been holding you back, then now is the time to take a serious look at studying with Yeovil College.

If you’re aged 19 or over and interested in studying a Level 3 qualification or higher, then you may be eligible for help with your fees via the Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and it does not take your household income into account, nor does it involve a credit check. Once you have been offered a place on the course, we will send you a learning and funding information letter. Repayment of the loan only starts when you are earning more than £25,000 per year.


Am I eligible?
Most learners aged 19 or over, who choose to study a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification with us, will qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan.

The following people are eligible:

  • Aged 19+ at the start of their course;
  • Have been a resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of their course;
  • Are studying with an Education and Skills Funding Agency provider, such as Yeovil College;
  • Undertaking an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 further education course.


How much can I borrow?
That all depends on the type of course and the fees, however the minimum amount is £300.


When do I repay the loan?
For courses beginning in 2023, you won’t start repaying until you’re earning over £25,000 per year. If your income drops then your repayment will also stop or reduce appropriately.


What do I do next?
We recommend that our students visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan for up-to-date information.


Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund
The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund supports students who have an approved Advanced Learner Loan in place to cover the fees for their course and have a household income of £40,000. It can be used to support costs associated with studying such as childcare, travel and hardship.
Call us on 01935 423921 or email us at iZone@yeovil.ac.uk if you believe that you may qualify for financial support.


Help with childcare
With nursery facilities right here on campus, you will have peace of mind that whilst you’re learning new skills, so too is your child:

  • Childcare is not assessed until all applications for this are received;
  • Awarded payments are a contribution only made directly to the learner.
    It is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that all bills are paid including any remaining
    balances to the childcare provider.
  • Childcare payments are made monthly in arrears.


For more information about how funding and financial support works for our Yeovil College University Centre programmes, visit our University Centre Financial Support page.