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Courses Eligible for Advanced Learning Loan

**Exciting News**

We are excited to announce that we will be able to offer the Advanced Learner Loan Courses to anyone aged over 19 for courses starting from 1 August 2016 onwards. This means you are able to apply for any of our 4 Advanced Learner Loan courses below, straight away. Please note the earliest start date for your course, once your funding is approved will be 1 August 2016.

Learners aged 19-23 who have not already achieved a Level 3 qualification, may be eligible for a grant funded programme with another provider. Advanced Learner Loans may still be accessed if a learner cannot access grant funding. All other terms and conditions relating to the courses and loans remain unchanged. It is important to consider the best funding and training option for your personal circumstances. 

To find out more please call us FREE on 0800 9992277 or submit an Enquiry Form which can be found at the bottom of this page.


Courses Eligible for Advanced Learner Loans

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This fantastic Government student loan scheme is an extremely beneficial way for anyone aged 24 or over to take a Beauty Academy training course. For courses starting from 1 August 2016, we are also able to offer the loan to those aged over 19. There are no credit checks required for the loan and no previous knowledge is needed to start the courses.

There is no upper age limit and it is a fantastic way to study for anyone who wishes to return to learning, gain new skills and a qualification that can lead to employment or even starting your own business!

It is only available for the following Level 3 Courses, however these are suitable for beginners. You do not require levels 1 or 2 to start these courses, go straight into a Professional Qualification for fast track entry to an exciting new career:


VTCT Level 2 in Beauty Treatments & Level 3 in Massage Treatments (16 week programme) 

VTCT Level 3 in Massage Therapy

VTCT Level 3 in Nail Technology

VTCT Level 3 in Make up Artistry


The process is very simple; here is all you have to do:

  1. You decide which one of the courses you want to study (massage, make-up or nail technology over 9 months, or the beauty/massage 16 week programme).

  2. Call us Freephone on 0800 999 2277 or complete the enquiry form below. We will then be in touch, and send you further course information and an Application Pack by email. Once you complete and return your Application Pack, we will send you a Learning & Funding Information Letter (LIFL letter) by email.

  3. You go on-line to and complete your loan application using the information we have given you in your LIFL letter. You will need to have your proof of ID (such as passport or driving licence) & National Insurance Number to hand. You also download a copy of the application and sign this form and return it to Student Finance England.

  4. Student Finance England send you a letter to let you know you have been approved and they give you a customer reference number (CRN)

  5. Once we have been notified by Student Finance England that your loan has been approved, we will email you to welcome you to the course and send your first assignment to get you started.

  6. 14 days after you start learning we tell Student Finance England that you have started and then they pay us your fees direct right up until you finish your beauty course.

So, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan today and start next month...any month in fact because these courses are not limited to academic year starts and run all year round!

How do I qualify for the Advanced Learner Loan? It’s very simple:

You need to be age 24 or over when you start the course (or over 19 if you intend to start after 1 August 2016), you need to have lived in England for at least 3 years and be a UK National living in England on day one of your course. All you require to apply is proof of ID and your National Insurance number.

When do I pay this loan back?

You only start repayments if and when you earn over £21,000 per year. The first date of repayments will not be before April 2018 (for learners completing within academic year 2016/2017) and your repayments will be restricted to just 9% of any income over the £21,000. For older students, repayments are not taken from pensions. Please note if you opt for the 16 week programme, there is a registration fee of £200 which must be paid by the student to enrol, to cover your kit and uniform. It cannot be added to the loan amount. This does not apply to the 9 month programmes, as no kit or uniform is included for these.

Why else is this a good scheme?

Your household income is not taken into account and neither is your credit history. You do not need any previous qualifications or knowledge to apply and it is ideal for those who wish to get back into learning or to gain skills within a new field.

If you are 24 or older just ‘go for it’ There is a great mix of students both male and female, from all backgrounds usually aged between 24 and 54 but there is no upper limit!

For those aged over 19 (for courses from 1 August), it is a great way to learn on a fast track, intensive basis without the need to attend every day for a year, unlike many full time colleges. For those aged 19-23 however, you may be able to obtain grant based funding from another provider if you have no previous Level 3 achievement. You must personally consider what is the best way to fund your course and route for you to learn.

What will the course involve?

Please see the links above for a specific course outline however you will complete written work from home using your computer. Support materials are provided. You will complete practical training followed by practice required at home and will have assessments at the end of your course once you are well practised and confident. The course is studied over 9 months with 2 scheduled training blocks of 5 days each and flexible home study if you opt for the 9 month programmes. Alternatively the 16 week programme involves attendance 2 days a week for 16 weeks, with assignments to be completed at home.

All courses require a regular commitment of up to 14 hours per week to complete study at home (alongside any training to attend also) but this allows you to study around work, childcare and other commitments.

Our Support Team are available to assist you once enrolled, throughout your course by email or by calling 0333 800 7700. 

Please see this official Government page for more information:



  • A big thank you to everyone at The Beauty Academy. I have enjoyed every moment studying with you. The staff have been fabulous with their support and helping me get through my qualification. I would highly recommend The Beauty Academy to anyone! Olivia
  • I have done several courses all were very informative and well taught. Excellent tutor knowledge and teaching methods! Would definitely recommend! Heather Fletcher
  • Loved the courses at The Beauty Academy. My tutor Sharon was so friendly and helpful she went extra mile with explaining things and helping us with lots of advice! I would recommend The Beauty Academy to anyone! Zita Farkas-André
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  • Thank you to my tutor Michaela! You have given me a good start to this industry. I had many questions and my tutor was very helpful answered all of them. I liked the tutor's good sense of humour too! Svetlana
  • Everything perfect, I really enjoyed the course. Our tutor was very good at explaining and easy to understand. The Beauty Academy and customer service is very impressive. Thank you! Rabia Ehsan
  • Learnt a lot, our tutor Louise was really helpful. All the facilities are great and can't wait to do more courses!Maryrose
  • Really enjoyed the courses, Louise our tutor was really great. I felt at ease and confident.Ellie Collins
  • I trained at a London Training Centre, easy to get to, the training was so well explained and I was made to feel welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Eyebrows seems to be big business now, looking forward to becoming a stylist :) Julie Luxton
  • Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone at The Beauty Academy. I was really nervous about starting something new but I will never look back. I would recommend The Beauty Academy training courses to anyone of all ages! Thank you! Katie