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Education and Learning

Get all the latest information about student finance loans and bursaries. Find out how school admissions and the national curriculum work.

UK EDUCATION: There is a lot of help available for those who are already in schooling.

For example, you can find out what courses and qualifications are available for 14 to 19 year olds at schools, colleges, and sixth forms in your area.

You may also get payments towards the transport cost of send you children to school.

You can find further information about apprenticeships, further education, and specialist training for work.

There is even more help from the government if you are planning to go on to further or higher education.

Those who are looking for specialist training will find help and advice in this education and learning guide. You can also get the most up-to-date information on student finance or a career development loan.

Education and Learning Guide

Schools and Curriculum


Get advice about dealing with schools and how to get financial childcare support for your school-age kids.

Note: There is also further advice and important information about the school curriculum in the United Kingdom.

School Life

The guide explains the regulations on school life and the curriculum. Key information covers the school leaving age, school term and holiday dates, and how to make a complaint.

Replacement Exam Certificates

The guide explains how to get a replacement exam certificate if you lose the original and what to do if the old exam board no longer exists.


The main reasons for becoming an apprentice are to work alongside staff with greater experience, learn skills that are specific to a job, and to earn a wage while you do so.

Further Education Courses

The help guide on further education courses and funding explains how to find FE courses and how to get financial help (e.g. for course materials, towards childcare).

Note: Your local council may offer subsidised transport for 16 to 19 year olds in education, such as discounts and concessions (in England and Wales).

Funding for College Accommodations

You could get financial help with term-time accommodation while studying away from home. The section explains how much you might get and how to claim it.

Learner Support Fund

If you are at least 19 years old, and facing financial hardship while studying on a further education (FE) course, you may qualify for Learner Support.

Student Finance and Loans

A student finance guide for those who are already studying or those who plan on going to University. You can find advice and information about Higher Education and how to get financial help while you study.

Universities and Higher Education

The help guide explains how to find and apply for a college or university course as a full-time or part-time student (including Open University courses).

Note: A range of new bursaries will help learners upskill and retrain through one hundred flexible short courses with trials starting in September 2022.

What Qualification Levels Mean

Understanding what different qualification levels mean is important for learners. It shows employers and teachers what level of difficulty you have already mastered.

Education and Learning Guide