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Why are vision2learn courses usually offered free?

We really believe that creating access to free learning is the best way to help people keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date. This is important if you’re trying to get into work, back to work or get on at work. As vision2learn courses lead to nationally-approved qualifications they are fundable by government funding agencies* in England. This means that courses may normally be free of charge to anyone over the age of 16 who has been ordinarily resident in the European Union for 3 years or more, as long as this residency has been for purposes other than full–time study.

Funding can be complicated!

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However, funding streams can be notoriously complicated and your local funding agency may have prioritised certain types of funding and therefore certain types of course above others. This can in turn affect which vision2learn courses your local college is prepared to support. For example, some courses may be eligible for specific sources of funding. And to be eligible for a free place you may have to meet specific criteria. You will find the detail of any specific funding criteria on the course information pages on our registration website When you apply for a course you will also be contacted by telephone by the customer support team to check that you are eligible for the course you want to study.

We endeavour to create access to free learning opportunities for all but ultimately we can only provide what the funding agencies are prepared to fund and a college is prepared to support. If you find you aren’t eligible for whatever reason we’re sorry that we can’t be of more help on this occasion. And if it’s any consolation we get frustrated with funding too!

*In England, from 1 April 2012, funding is through the Education Funding Agency for 16-18 year olds and the Skills Funding Agency for Adults (19+).