How to use your ELC funding
When your claim’s approved, there’s a big choice of what to spend your funding on
ELC are available for full or part-time study for a qualification at level 3 or above, as defined on the National Qualifications Framework/Regulated Qualifications Framework (NQF/RQF),* with an organisation on the approved providers list held by ELCAS and viewable at www.enhancedlearningcredits.com It could be an A-level, or an NVQ 3 or equivalent award. You may also use ELC to fund anything above that, too, like university modules or nationally recognised diplomas. This might include:
- foundation degrees
- postgraduate qualifications
- other academic qualifications
- professional self-development
- accreditation of prior learning
- vocational training
- registration and accreditation fees
- sports qualifications
- overseas qualifications
- resettlement training (during last two years of service only).
To find out more about accessing higher-level study in particular, take a look at our feature on page 20.
Choosing a course
Before deciding on a course, you should consider:
- its relevance to your personal development plan
- your ability to undertake it
- likely disruptions to Service requirements
- the flexibility of the study method.
* The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is replacing the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) from 1 October 2015 onwards. Ofqual expects the QCF to expire on 31 December 2017.
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