Help for Learners

Additional Learning Support

Are you a learner with additional needs?

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The Cornwall Adult Education Service (CAES) is committed to ensuring that we will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that learning opportunities and facilities are accessible to all with the aim of enabling all learners, including any who may have additional needs or disabilities to participate fully and effectively in their chosen learning programme and to develop skills that will support an active role within the community.

It is important to us that you are placed on the right course and have the support you need to get the most from your learning. For example we may be able to help you by providing:

  • Learning materials that suit your needs, for example, large print handouts
  • Physical access to the buildings and facilities
  • Support equipment, for example, a Conversor or hearing loop
  • A helper to support you in class
  • Someone to interpret, read or sign for you
  • Information and advice on courses and possible progression routes

Please let centre staff know what your needs are when you enrol by recording this on the enrolment form or by contacting us on 0300 1231 117 if you require any assistance. Any information provided will only be used to support you, the learner and if you would like to talk to someone in confidence, we will put you in touch with one of our Equality and Accessibility Advisers.

Will the Adult Education Service help with my course fees?

If you are on a Cornwall Adult Education Course you may be able to apply for concessionary fees. For some courses if you are not eligible for concessionary fees you may be able to access ‘learner support funds’, and this is intended to support learners who face financial barriers that could impact on their ability to study with us.

Advanced Learning Loan

Have you heard about the Advanced Learning Loan?

If you're aged 19* or over and want to study A levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learning Loan is a government funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Here are some of the key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000, before tax. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.

For further information, contact us on 0300 1231 117.

*There are no fees for learners aged 19-23 studying towards their first full level 3 qualification.

Is there help for childcare / care costs whilst I attend my Adult Education course?

You may be able to access ‘learner support funds’ which is intended to support learners who face financial barriers that could impact on their ability to study with us. For learners aged 24+ enrolling on level 3/level 4 and who take out a loan, there is a learner bursary fund which you may be able to access and is intended to support learners who face financial barriers that could impact on their ability to study with us.

Our mission is to provide affordable, part-time, community-based adult learning opportunities that help adults to achieve their full potential and through this contribute to social inclusion, stimulate economic development, widen participation in learning and promote a culture of lifelong learning. We will do this by:

  • Providing a second chance for those who, for whatever reason, have not achieved their full potential at school.
  • Enhancing the career prospects of adults not in employment by seeking to meet their education and training needs and supporting business to develop the skills of their existing employees.
  • Assisting adults to function and progress at work and in society in general through improving their reading, writing, English speaking, mathematics and computer skills.
  • Helping to build the capacity for learning in communities through delivering a family learning programme.
  • Broadening horizons, expanding knowledge, developing skills and providing personal fulfilment through a range of learning opportunities.

For more information on how to join a course please see our how do I join a course? page.