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Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding Update

Please be aware that from the 1st August 2021, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will be withdrawing their Adult Education Budget contract from The College of Animal Welfare. Due to this, we are unfortunately unable to offer any AEB funding to new students. This applies to the following courses:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care Online Learning (Distance Learning)         
  • Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Veterinary Care Support     
  • Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants   
  • Level 2 Certificate in Assisting Veterinary Surgeons in the Monitoring of Animal Patients
  • Level 2 Certificate for Veterinary Receptionists  
  • Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment
  • Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment             
  • Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting       
  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping                           
  • Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping           
  • Level 1 Functional Skills Maths  
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths  
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English 
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English 

This change does not apply to apprenticeships. All new students who have sent in a funding eligibility checklist and are affected have been notified. Please see below for alternative funding methods:

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are planning to study a level 3 or above course with us, you may be eligible for your course to be fully or partially funded with an Advanced Learner Loan. When applying for the loan, there is no credit check completed, and your household income isn’t considered. You would also not need to pay anything back until you earn over £25,000 a year. To apply for a loan, you must be:

  • 19 years of age or over at the start of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
  • enrolling onto a level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course (some exceptions apply)
  • living in England on the first day of your course and have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years previous to this. You may also qualify if you’re an EU national or a family member of one, a refugee, a migrant worker, the child of a Swiss national or the child of a Turkish worker

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans

Apprenticeship training

If you’re eligible for apprenticeship training, you may be able to apply to an equivalent apprenticeship programme. All apprenticeship fees are payable by the employer. View our available apprenticeship programmes

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this update, please don’t hesitate to contact our funding team at or 01480 422060.

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