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If you’re fully active in the Armed Forces and would like to begin some training or gain some useful qualifications while still enlisted – either to enhance your prospects while serving or with a long-term view to what kind of career you might eventually like to move into when you leave – here’s what’s available:

If you’re in, or about to enter, your resettlement period and considering the training and qualifications that will benefit your return to civilian life, here’s what’s available:

If you’ve already left the Armed Forces there are still sources of funding you can draw on to enable you to enrol in training or gain the qualifications you need. Here’s what’s available:

Loans
Loans
Loans
Professional and Career Development Loans are designed to help people change direction or increase their skills by providing a deferred repayment loan
Sponsorship
Sponsorship
Sponsorship
You may be able to access sponsorship through schemes set up to benefit Service leavers, such as that run by X-Forces
Using learning credits with individual resettlement training costs
ELCIRTC
Using learning credits with individual resettlement training costs
The MoD has optimised funding for Service leavers so they can use learning credits during resettlement with their individual resettlement training costs (IRTC) grant to pay towards the cost of eligible learning activities.
Individual Resettlement Training Cost (IRTC)
IRTC
Individual Resettlement Training Cost (IRTC)
The IRTC grant exists to help towards the cost of resettlement training through the CTP or external training providers.
ELC: Making an application
ELC
ELC: Making an application
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Think you’re not qualified for a healthcare career? Think again!
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Think you’re not qualified for a healthcare career? Think again!
There are almost 410 Access to HE courses in health-related subjects and more than 200 specifically designed for progression to a degree in nursing. Each year, around 50% of Access to HE students study Diplomas in health, public services and care. Could you join them?
Learning for life Making learning work for you
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Learning for life Making learning work for you
Speaking at the World Education Conference in January 2019, the English Education Minister, Damian Hinds MP, [1] said: ‘It’s not only that a good education helps you find skilled, rewarding work. It’s that everyone should have a chance to discover the joy that comes through learning.’ Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma students know from personal experience the joy of learning and the important role it plays in their personal development.
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ELC: Avoiding queries or rejection
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Making university affordable for you
ELC
Making university affordable for you
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Looking for  a new start?
ELCLoans
Looking for a new start?
Follow your dream with an Access to HE Diploma
Disabled? Open up to free study
ELC
Disabled? Open up to free study
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Taking stock, broadening horizons
ELCLoans
Taking stock, broadening horizons
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Aim higher!
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Aim higher!
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Boost your prospects while serving
ELC
Boost your prospects while serving
How your ELC can benefit both you and your Service
How to use your ELC funding
ELC
How to use your ELC funding
When your claim’s approved, there’s a big choice of what to spend your funding on
HE’s apprenticeship revolution
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HE’s apprenticeship revolution
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New year, new possibilities
ELC
New year, new possibilities
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Hands-on higher education success
ELC
Hands-on higher education success
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It’s never too late!
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It’s never too late!
The Princess Royal, Patron of the Institute of Learning and Work, recently said that adult education is good for people’s health, self-esteem and employability. A report by the funding body for higher education in England says graduates are more likely to feel satisfied with their life, be happier and feel more worthwhile than non-graduates. Good reasons to think about going back to education. Find out how an Access to HE qualification could help …
Find a new place to belong
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Find a new place to belong
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No longer serving?
ELC
No longer serving?
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The future is soft
ELC
The future is soft
Employment patterns are changing, nowadays a job for life is rare and it is expected that in future it will be normal to change career many times during your working life. Do you have the skills to succeed in this new world of work?
Take charge of your transition
ELC
Take charge of your transition
How can you approach your resettlement and transition journey in a successful and positive way? ‘The best and most practical advice I can offer is this: ask for help,’ says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. And he’s here with some sound advice on how to do just that.
Furthering her career
ELC
Furthering her career
In its first year, the Further Forces programme has helped people from all roles within the Armed Forces to find new careers as teachers of post-16 students. Hannah Payne, currently undertaking a work placement as a lecturer at Hartpury College, is just one of them …
Are You Eligible for ELC?
ELC
Are You Eligible for ELC?
Take a look at the eligibility rules to find out …
Get ahead … get AHED
ELC
Get ahead … get AHED
The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is designed for adults and is taken by people of all ages and backgrounds – it’s a nationally recognised qualification for people who left school with few qualifications and now want to go to higher education, with many looking to transition to a new career
Learn for life and make learning work for you
ELC
Learn for life and make learning work for you
When you ask young children what they want to be when they grow up they are often very clear: ‘I’m going to be an astronaut … a princess … a doctor.’ Not all of us can realise our childhood dreams, but for some they do come true. Find out how QAA-recognised Access to HE qualifications have helped others follow their dreams and change their lives – many of whom thought higher education wasn’t really for them
ELC dos and don’ts
ELC
ELC dos and don’ts
A simple guide to the common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Standard Learning Credits
SLC
Standard Learning Credits
The SLC scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs
Useful contacts
ELC
Useful contacts
Need to know more? Here’s who can help …
Ringing the changes for a new year
ELCLoans
Ringing the changes for a new year
For many people, the start of a new year is an exciting time as they think about what the coming year will bring (and work through their new year’s resolutions). For others it’s a less exciting time. Nevertheless, it is a chance to take stock, think about things that could make life better and to look forward to the coming year …
ELC 101: The basics
ELC
ELC 101: The basics
Subject to certain eligibility criteria, the ELC scheme offers currently serving or former Service personnel access to a first full level 3 or a first higher education qualification free from tuition fees.
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ELC
Life-changing opportunities through lifelong learning
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The Access to Higher Education Diploma
ELC
The Access to Higher Education Diploma
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