How do I know if I am eligible for funding?

Our enrolment team will check your application form when you apply to see if you are eligible for funding. If you are aged 16-18, you are almost certainly eligible for apprenticeship funding and will need an apprenticeship placement in order to secure this. If you are applying for a qualification from outside the UK, we will not be able to secure any funding for you.

What happens if I am not eligible?

Those who are not eligible for funding through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and/or European Social Fund (ESF) should still apply to their Local Authority for a bursary or grant. Each Local Authority is responsible for distributing their own budget so it is always worth applying. If you are not eligible we can discuss different options with you which may then allow you to become eligible (e.g. increasing the amount of hours that you work). If you are in a position to pay for the course yourself, we can offer the cost on a flexible interest free payment plan. Please note that you will not be committed to starting your course by submitting your application form and that you will not be liable for any costs if we are unable to obtain funding for you.

I am over 18, can I do an apprenticeship?

Yes. Eligibility criteria still applies, so you will need to send us an application form so we can determine whether you are eligible for apprenticeship funding. If you are not already an existing member of staff you will need an apprenticeship placement.

How does the teaching work if my tutor doesn’t visit me at my workplace?

It’s even better. Unlike traditional college training or workplace assessment, our training blends learning from your Laser® programme, your workplace and your studying for a more balanced and flexible experience. Although you may not see your tutor in the workplace each week, they will still be in contact with you. Your tutor will arrange the best time to speak with you and can dedicate more time to your learning as there is no travel time. It also means that if you are unwell or are not able to make a session for whatever reason, it can easily be rearranged. Overall, our learners get a much higher level of contact and support than those in traditional face-to-face training. The time you spend with your tutor is personal, and we find our learners create special bonds with their tutor while on their course. You will never be abandoned and there will always be support for you whenever you need it.

I am not confident with technology, can I still do the course?

Absolutely. Our learning programme is designed to be easy to use for everyone, no matter how often you use a computer or how confident you are with technology. Our learners range from all ages and capabilities, and our Laser become an invaluable learning tool for everyone.

I have additional learning needs, will this course suit me?

Our Laser programme incorporates your personal learning style in order to create a learning programme which suits you. If you struggle with reading, you can spend more time watching videos and making notes or engaging with more activities. If you have trouble with your hearing, you have the ability to read along with our videos and are not reliant on the sound.

Are there any entry requirements for a course?

In order to complete any of our full qualifications, you will need to be working or volunteering in an appropriate setting (nursery, nursing home, office, school, etc.) for a minimum of 16 hours a week for the duration of your course.

For all courses except the Early Years Educator, you do not currently need to hold any level of English or Maths to begin a course with us, but you will be asked to complete a skills check on application. To start an apprenticeship with us, you will need to demonstrate during your skills check that you are working at Level 1 in English, Maths and ICT. If you are not sure of your level – don’t worry. Please apply and our skills checks will help identify your current skills level for English, Maths and ICT. If you are hoping to complete the Level 5 Diploma qualification, you must already hold a Level 3 qualification in Childcare or Health and Social Care, and must at least 19 years old.

Do I need to be working?

Yes, you will need to have a placement for the duration of your course. This can be full or part time, or working as a volunteer, but must be for a minimum of 16 hours per week. If you are hoping to gain SFA funding for your course, we may need to discuss your work placement in further detail on application.

How many hours do I need to be working?

We recommend that you are working a minimum of 16 hours per week. This amount may change depending on your level of experience within your chosen sector and previous academic achievements. The amount of hours that you are working may affect what funding you are eligible for.

How long will I have to complete my course?

This will depend on which qualification or apprenticeship you are completing and how you are being funded for your course. You will be notified of how long you have before starting your course. Extra time can be allocated for learners with additional needs. Please note learners who enrol on an apprenticeship must be on the course for a minimum of 12 months. This is a condition of the apprenticeship funding.

Do I need my level 2 before completing my level 3 qualification?

Not necessarily. It is not a requirement; however, this will depend on your level of experience within the sector and previous academic achievements.

Will I have a Tutor to support me?

Yes. You will be assigned a Tutor to support and guide you for the duration of your course. Your Tutor will contact you through either the Laser® program, via telephone, Skype or text message on a weekly basis. Your Tutor will set your learning plans and mark each assignment you complete. They are there to support your from start to finish. A Tutor will also come out at least once during your course to complete the direct observations on your practice.

Are the qualifications that you offer full and valid?

Yes. Our qualifications are accredited by CACHE, Edexel and NCFE. Our Childcare, Playwork and Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualifications are recognised by OfSTED.

When can I start?


You can start your course at anytime. Unlike a college there are no enrollment dates or term times.

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