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Learning Grants?

MixBotMixBot Posts: 8,656 Automated Account
I need to re-do GCSE English, but would rather not do an evening class. (I've found one, but for various reasons, don't want to do it)

Anyway, I was talking to one of the teachers a while back and he told me that it was possible to get a learning grant to pay for the cost of re-doing GCSe English, but according to the careers adviser, no such thing exists.

So, my question is do these learning grants exist? Or would I have to pay for it all by myself?
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Maybe she meant getting sponsored by a company or something?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you're under 19 you should be able to get reduced course fees for a level 2 qualification (and pay no exam fees), but I think the learning grant your teacher was on about is for adult learners. If you're doing a full time course you should be eligible for EMA I think?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    With EMA you have to do a certain amount of hours per week. (15+ I think) But due to some personal issues, I've decided that returning to education in September isn't a good idea and I know I won't be able to afford the fees some places are asking.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    not sure about the grant
    but if you don't want to do an evening class... may be consider distance learning
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Which is what I was going to do, but it costs about £300 to do so. (which I don't really have)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm not exactly sure if its the same for you because you're younger but when I was retaking my maths GCSE this year i phoned around everywhere and found there is no help towards the cost of retaking your GCSE, unless you're on benefits. (this was my thread http://vbulletin.thesite.org/showthread.php?t=107692&highlight=GCSE+maths). It really annoyed me actually, I ended up paying £220 in the end which I couldnt afford. I had to pay more because I paid it in instalments too.

    I'd have a try at getting in contact with Connexions, www.connexions-direct.com because they would probably know. I was advised to ring them but they're for 16-19 year olds and i was 22.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thank you.
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