Welcome to your Student Zone

Throughout the Student Zone we have developed a wide range of resources and tools which have been developed to assist students to access additional support and opportunities.

If you are a student please explore the links below.

Essential advice for students and potential students:


Advice for students and potential students

Information and eligibility guidance for students and potential students who may be funded by the ESFA (Education And Skills Funding Agency) to undertake further education.

The government may contribute towards the costs of your learning through the EFSA if:

  • you are 19 or older when you start your course or training, or
  • you want to undertake an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, or
  • you are a parent on a family learning programme

This is a two stage process that involves checking you meet certain eligibility requirements, before determining the level of funding available. You will need to check that the college or training provider you want to study at is funded by the ESFA.

Skills Funding Agency

advanced learner loans

Advanced Learning Loans

An Advanced Learner Loan is funding to help with the costs of further education course fees for learners aged 19 and over, studying approved learning courses at Levels 3, 4, 5 or 6 at an approved provider in England.

It’s easy to apply . Eligibility for the loan doesn’t depend on a learner’s income and there are no credit checks.

Learners will only start to repay their loan balance once they have completed or left their course and their income is over the repayment threshold​ ​(currently £21,000 a year.)

To apply a learner will need a Learning and Funding Information letter; this will be issued by their learning provider. Learners should apply as early as possible and can change details of their application later if they need to.

Advance Learning Loans

Other useful links:



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EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.



Future Learn

Offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world.

Choose a high quality free course from a range of topics; from Science & Technology to Arts & Humanities, from Body & Mind to Business & Management. Our online courses are designed to fit around your life, with short activities and clear goals to encourage you to make progress at a comfortable rate that suits you.

Future Learn



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Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Learn from renowned professors, watch high quality lectures online, achieve mastery via interactive assignments, and collaborate with a global community of students.



Google Apps Learning Center

New to using Google Apps for Work Google Training? Find the training you need right here.

Get the most out of Google Apps at work or school with guides, tips, customer examples, and other training resources.

Google Apps Learning Center


National Union of Students

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions.

We are a confederation of 600 students’ unions, amounting to more than 95 percent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students’ unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.

National Union of Students