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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:

Looking for  a new start?
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Looking for a new start?
Follow your dream with an Access to HE Diploma
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
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
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
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.
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 …
Standard Learning Credits
SLC
Standard Learning Credits
The SLC scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs
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.
£250 PRIZE WINNER! On course  for success
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£250 PRIZE WINNER! On course for success
… that’s Anthony Clarke, our first Quest quarterly £250 prize winner. Thanks to his already impressive haul of qualifications he stands out as a shining example of how to use all the educational opportunities available to you while serving in order to prepare for a successful second career on leaving. Here’s his story so far …
No longer serving?
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No longer serving?
How to claim your ELC if you have left the Service.
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 …
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?
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
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
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 …
£250  PRIZE  WINNER! Master of his own destiny
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£250 PRIZE WINNER! Master of his own destiny
Keeping an eye to his future civilian career helped former Royal Signals Captain Mark Stanbury make some wise course choices. ‘I have two master’s degrees thanks to ELC and Army Education Services,’ he says. And he can now add another achievement to his list: he’s this quarter’s Quest £250 prize winner!
Aim higher!
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Aim higher!
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, all of 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.
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 …
How to use your ELC funding
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How to use your ELC funding
When your claim’s approved, there’s a big choice of what to spend your funding on
ELC dos and don’ts
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ELC dos and don’ts
A simple guide to the common mistakes and how to avoid them.
£250 PRIZE WINNER! Author of his own  success
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£250 PRIZE WINNER! Author of his own success
… that’s Steve Higgs, our latest Quest quarterly £250 prize winner, who has put to excellent use the courses and funding available to him during and since his time in uniform. His pursuit of higher-level qualifications got him noticed while serving – and, now he’s left, his dedication to self-enhancement is still giving back, seeing him secure a high-ranking role at a top-flight engineering firm while also finding success as a published novelist alongside his day job. Steve tells us his story so far …
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.
ELC: Avoiding queries or rejection
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ELC: Avoiding queries or rejection
Almost 20% of claims fail to comply with the correct procedures, here's how to help things to run smoothly.
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 …
Boost your prospects while serving
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Boost your prospects while serving
How your ELC can benefit both you and your Service
Are you eligible for ELC?
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Are you eligible for ELC?
Take a look at the eligibility rules to find out …
Useful contacts
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Useful contacts
Need to know more? Here’s who can help …
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 …
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.
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: Making an application
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ELC: Making an application
Your step-by-step guide to claiming your ELC funding

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