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Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country 

Following the government announcement on 14 June, we will update what that means for our services as soon as we can.

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Financial support for adult learning courses

If you receive certain benefits you can get either a 70% discount on GoLearn! adult learning courses or may be entitled to attend for free. Even if you’re not receiving benefits, you may still be entitled to help.

GoLearn! 20/21 Courses

GoLearn! update: Returning to the classroom!

From 12 April 2021, in line with government guidance, GoLearn is now able to offer face-to-face learning in centres.

Safety measures are still in place - Hands, Face, Space – and we are now offering all staff and learners the opportunity to take part in lateral flow home testing (asymptomatic testing). For more information on this, or to discuss what courses we have available, call us on FREEphone 0800 988 0308.

Please note: you should not attend class if you have Covid symptoms. In which case see: Book a test if you have symptoms.

See which courses are starting near you this month: 

Courses starting soon!

To view and download FREE learning resources and activities from across the GoLearn programme, see:

Life and Learning Online

To view our complete rage of courses, or to enrol online, see:

GoLearn! Course Search

Remember: if you need help enrolling, or want to find out more information on our courses, you can call us on Freephone 0800 988 0308. The lines are open Monday - Friday (8am -7pm). Alternatively you can email us: and we'll contact you directly.

Tuition fees

Getting your course paid for

You can get your course tuition fee paid for if any of the following applies:

You receive:

  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (work related activity group only)
  • Universal Credit (mandated to training)

Or studying:

  • a Skills for Life course (not English for speakers of other languages - ESOL)
  • an entry or level 1 course - if you’re unemployed and on a state benefit or aged between 19-23 years and do not already have a full level 2 qualification and require this to move onto to a level 2 course.

Courses are also free if you’re unemployed and claiming other means-tested benefits and need the skills to get a job. You must sign a self-declaration form to confirm that you intend to get a job and you need the qualification to do so.  The learning must be directly relevant to both your employment prospects and the needs of the local labour market.

Getting a 70% discount

You pay 30% of the full course tuition fee if:

  • you’re on a course


  • you're on a low income (single household income of £20,120, joint household income of £25,368) 

or you receive any of the following benefits or are dependent on anyone receiving any of these benefits:

  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit (excluding Single Person Discount)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Guarantee Credit (Savings Credit only is not eligible)
  • Employment Support Allowance (must not be attending Work Related Activity Group)
  • Asylum Seeker claiming Asylum Support assistance
  • Working Tax Credit (conditions apply)
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Attendance Allowance

For example: A course that has a full cost of £29.70, you will only pay £8.94.

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is available to help learners with course costs. 

You may be able to apply for help with:

  • Leicestershire Adult Learning Service exam fees
  • child care
  • transport
  • books and materials

if you’re on a low income (single household income of £20,120, joint income of £25,368) or your receive certain benefits. Please ask at enrolment.

Course fee loans

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you’re 24 or older, you can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the fees charged by colleges and training organisations.

The course must have started on or after 1 August 2013 and be an eligible level 3 or above course. For more information and how to apply see the website.

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