Learning that’s right for you

Barton Peveril’s Adult Learning programme offers everything from business and vocational training to traditional adult education evening classes.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

24+ Advanced Learning Loans are student loans similar to higher education loans, but for the further education sector. They were introduced for the academic year 2013-14.

Tuition fee loans will be available for learners aged 24 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4. As a mature student you will soon be able apply for the loan, which is then paid directly to the College on your behalf.

Click to find out more about the loans, read FAQs and follow the learner journey.

What can I study?

Further details of courses are available on the course search page.  Popular options include

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Professional qualifications
  • Chemistry and other selected A Levels (September start only)
  • Leisure courses

Where and when?

Courses take place at Barton Peveril and at community venues across a wide area. All are designed to meet individual study aims and provide high quality tuition in well-equipped environments. You can study part time or full time; during the day or in the evening.

Find out more

  • Call the Adult Learning Team on 023 8036 7225
  • Email us
  • Come along to one of our Information Evenings
  • Pop into the college during term time between 9.30am and 3.00pm


The most important thing about adult learning is to forget your experiences at school.

Adult Learning Student

At a glance

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The Access to Higher Education Diploma course is an alternative path towards university entry designed for people who didn’t gain the traditional qualifications they needed while at school. The course requires you to complete a series of units assessed through essays, exams, presentations and a research project.

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To apply you must have at least a grade C in GCSE Maths and English Language.  Access students benefit from

  • Advice and guidance in higher education applications
  • Individual support from a personal tutor
  • Invitations to visit universities
  • Access to computers, a well-stocked library and online resources.

Funding your studies

If you are aged 19-23 and it is your first time studying a Level 3 course, then the course will be fully funded by the Government.

If you are aged 19-23 and have already attained a Level 3 qualification, then the course will be co-funded by the Government and cost you £1,500.

If you are aged 24+, the cost is £3,000 but you would be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan which will cover the cost of the course tuition fees, so you won’t have to pay any upfront costs. What’s more, if you complete a university degree, then your loan for the Access course will be written off.

Want to know more?

If you are not completely sure of what you wish to study at university and would like further support or clarification, then please book an appointment with one of our advisers who can talk through all your options available to you.