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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:

Furthering her career
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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 …

Time to step up?
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Time to step up?

Higher education at a college or university is about more than just degree courses – it offers a range of options, including Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs), and foundation degrees, which generally have a more vocational slant. So, if you’re ready to step up to the next level, HE could be the option for you.

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 …

The Access to Higher Education Diploma
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The Access to Higher Education Diploma

Opportunities and challenges for students with a Services background

Get ahead … get AHED
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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

ELC 101: The basics
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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.

Career Coach: your first step on the path to a new job?
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Career Coach: your first step on the path to a new job?

Most adults returning to study choose programmes based on their career goals. Now, for the first time, Career Coach helps users search for Access to Higher Education Diplomas linked to their chosen careers, highlighting the skills and knowledge needed to enter particular job roles and industries

Spending options
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Spending options

Once your claim is approved, you’ll find a range of choices available

Learn for life and make learning work for you
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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

Looking for  a new start?
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Looking for a new start?

Follow your dream with an Access to HE Diploma

Help yourself – and your Service
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Help yourself – and your Service

Using your ELC wisely while still in uniform won’t just boost your future prospects, it will benefit your Service too

Help and advice
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Help and advice

Need to know more? Here’s who can help …

Life-changing opportunities through lifelong learning
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Life-changing opportunities through lifelong learning

York St John University has been a leading education, training and research institution for 177 years. Equality, ambition and social justice are at the heart of the University’s ethos and this is reflected in its reputation for academic excellence, graduate employability and strong sense of community.

Standard Learning Credits
SLC
Standard Learning Credits

The SLC scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs

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

Already left?
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Already left?

Here’s how to claim your ELC if you are no longer serving …

Claims checklist
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Claims checklist

Keep your claim on track with our step-by-step guide

Making university affordable for you
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Making university affordable for you

Members of the Armed Forces are just as welcome at university as anyone else, and if you are looking to study at university next year, there are a number of useful military bursaries available …

Using learning credits with individual resettlement training costs
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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.

Are you eligible?
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Are you eligible?

Take a look at the ELC eligibility rules below to find out …

Tax exemption measures for those who are no longer serving
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Tax exemption measures for those who are no longer serving

Under the ELC scheme, most courses of study undertaken by individuals still serving are exempt from taxation, either as income or as a benefit in kind, if they can be justified as ‘work related’.

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.

New year, new possibilities
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New year, new possibilities

A new year often brings the chance to think about our potential. With that in mind, find out how the Access to Higher Education Diploma opens up study opportunities for those with a Services background …

‘Wish I’d done it years ago’
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‘Wish I’d done it years ago’

University of Cumbria nursing graduate Derrick Tyson says he has no regrets about leaving the Forces to take a new direction – indeed he wishes he’d changed career years ago!

Get on course to a smoother transition
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Get on course to a smoother transition

Your time in the Forces is likely to have been an all-consuming career experience. Despite that, you may yet have many years ahead of you in the workplace, which means it’s important to make the most of the resettlement options open to you. This five-step guide will help you to plan …

Prepared to succeed
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Prepared to succeed

Now working as technical developer with CNet, Clint Sherratt’s time in the Forces saw him work hard to accumulate skills and qualifications that he knew would stand him in good stead on leaving …

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?

Get it right first time!
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Get it right first time!

Stop queries or rejection slowing down your claim

Disabled? Open up to free study
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Disabled? Open up to free study

The Open University (OU) recently launched the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund, offering 50 disabled Veterans, injured in, or due to, military service, access to free OU education. In addition to free study, applicants will be offered further specialist careers and disability support. If this is something that could benefit you, read on …

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.

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

Hands-on higher education success
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Hands-on higher education success

Barney Polden graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 2017 with a first-class degree and was nominated by the College for the Institute of Osteopathy’s (iO) Rising Star award. Here’s Barney’s back story …

Power up your HE options
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Power up your HE options

Throughout your Service career you will have been continually focusing on reskilling and upskilling, but you might need higher-level qualifications or want to try something new and change direction when you make the transition from Service life. The Access to HE Diploma could be just what you need …

HE’s apprenticeship revolution
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HE’s apprenticeship revolution

Apprenticeships are at the forefront of a huge change in the world of higher education – it is now possible to be an apprentice at all levels of learning, right up to master’s

Take charge of your transition
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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.

Ringing the changes for a new year
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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 …

Taking stock, broadening horizons
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Taking stock, broadening horizons

The Access to Higher Education (Access to HE) Diploma – regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – is a widely recognised qualification that provides a second chance for adults who left school without the qualifications needed to enter higher education. If that’s you, read on …

From Armed Forces to civilian life – change your career with NEBOSH!
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From Armed Forces to civilian life – change your career with NEBOSH!

Stepping into civilian life and finding a whole new career path can be challenging. However, for four Service leavers, this was made much easier with a NEBOSH qualification to their name. Here they tell us about the impact NEBOSH qualifications have had on their new careers …

The future is soft
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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?

Make your claim with care
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Make your claim with care

Streamline your application with our list of dos and don’ts

Find a new place to belong
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Find a new place to belong

Higher education is not for everyone, but it could be your route through transition. Access to HE qualifications have already been the stepping stone to new careers for many members of the Forces family. Find out how the Access to Higher Education Diploma changed the lives of Mark, Tommy and Susan …

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Batalas Ltd | Aviation
We were founded in 1962 and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in auditor training. Our courses enable delegates to learn new skills and knowledge whilst gaining a professional qualification.
International, Nationwide
The Business School (UK) Ltd | Distance Learning
The Business School is a first-class professional development provider, delivering the highest calibre of training to the highest standards. We specialise in the provision of learning and development to military audiences – indeed this was our driver for setting up the business in 2014. We are ELCAS, Cyber Essentials and ISO:9001 approved. The courses listed below all attract ELC and SLC funding, and there are specific mapped options for particular trades.
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Animal Jobs Direct | Animal Courses
Animal Courses Direct (part of Animal Jobs Direct), is the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual government regulated animal courses.
International, Nationwide
Informa Connect | Distance Learning
The first transnational counter-terrorism online course to provide individuals, military and police, as well as public and private sector organisations with an understanding of the latest thinking on terrorism and homeland security.
International, Nationwide
The Management Development Network (MDN) | Coaching & Mentoring
MDN delivers bespoke qualification programmes in Management & Leadership and Coaching & Mentoring via distance learning for all levels of skills and abilities, from Team Leaders at Level 2 up to Strategic Managers at Level 7. The qualifications are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and help to translate workplace experience into recognisable qualifications that are known and valued by employers. We work on a 1:1 basis, supporting learners in making the most of their previous experience and translating this into current learning via a distance learning programme. For the more experienced managers we also offer the prestigious CMI Award of “Chartered Manager” (CMgr).
International, Nationwide

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University College of Estate Management | Construction
UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment, with over 95 years’ experience of providing the highest quality learning opportunities. At any one time, we have more than 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our qualifications taught by tutors with extensive industry experience.
International
Wiltshire College & University Centre | Health & Safety
Wiltshire College and University Centre has a long association with the military and is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant.
South West
Edinburgh Business School | Accountancy & Book Keeping
Edinburgh Business School is the School of Business of Heriot-Watt University. We have been delivering postgraduate management education to our students for over 25 years.
International, Scotland
Edinburgh Napier University | Distance Learning
Edinburgh Napier University can equip both Undergraduate and Post Graduate students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.
International
Leeds Beckett University | Computing & IT
Leeds Beckett University provides degree and post graduate learning in many subject areas and most courses offer both full-time and part-time routes of study.
North West

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