All the information you need as a learner in one place.


To be eligible for our courses you must:

  • Be 19 years old at the start of the academic year (by 1 August)
  • Live in UK/EEA for past 3 years and currently live in London
  • Hold a UK/EEA passport (or spouse)


  • Hold a Biometric Residency Permit
  • Have settlement in the UK.

How to enrol

To view and enrol on our courses please visit this webpage.

Community learning courses

These courses include arts & crafts, digital skills and health and wellbeing. For these courses we accept the following benefits for a concession fee:

  • Universal Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance (WRAG)
  • Housing Support
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Over 65.

Accredited courses

These courses include ESOL, functional skills English & Maths. Vocational courses include childcare, health & social care, special needs awareness, supporting teaching and learning and award in education.


The accepted benefits for a free ESOL course are:

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (WRAG) with Universal Credit (employment income is less than £338 a month)
  • Salary under £20,962.50 per year.

There is no fee for our functional skills courses.

You will need to confirm the fees of the vocational courses with an adult learning staff member.

For vocational courses we accept the following benefits for a concession fee:

  • Universal Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance (WRAG)
  • Housing Support
  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Over 65.

Language course

All language courses cost £159 and you need to contact Ealing School of Languages at or 07943 223 203 to pay and enrol.

Unfortunately no concession fee is available.

Please note, this course will be delivered online and requires access to Google Classroom and other platforms such as Google Hangouts or Zoom (support is available if needed). Therefore, you need to have basic skills in using a computer.


Learners are required to book onto an assessment session for all accredited courses. You will be assessed on:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Reading
  • Writing.

You will be given your overall level, course details and a confirmation of enrolment.

Fees for teacher training courses

Eligibility for advanced learning loans

You might be able to qualify for a government loan to help pay for your course fees, if you:

  • Are aged 19+ at the start of your course
  • Are studying an eligible course at Level 3 or above
  • Have UK residency.

About advanced learning loans

The advanced learning loans have been introduced by the government to support learners in further education in a similar way to university loans for higher education learners. Your household income isn’t taken into account, there’s no credit check and you won’t pay anything back until you’ve completed your course and you are earning over £21,000 per year.

You can take out a loan for the entire cost of your course or you can pay some of it yourself and take out a loan for the rest of the fee, subject to a minimum loan of £300.

We do not receive any other funding for these learners and so the full cost of the course has to be covered through the loan or directly by you.

Does my course qualify for an advanced learning loan?

Courses that qualify for loan funding are identified in the course guide or online together with the fee payable. If you are unsure whether the course you’d like to take is right for you, then you can find support and advice on the National Careers Service website or call their helpline on 0800 100 900.

More information on the loans

If you need more information about the loans, how they work and how to apply, please talk to a member of the adult learning team on 0208 825 5577. Please note we cannot advise you whether or not a loan is right for you or whether to take out a loan. You should consider all your options for funding your course and should also consider taking independent financial advice through the Money Advice Service.

If you are in receipt of an advanced learning loan, there is also a bursary fund to which you can apply for to support you with other costs such as travel, materials or childcare while you study.


We cannot give refunds if changes in your circumstances prevent you from attending a course, unless there is a medical reason and it is supported by a doctor’s letter.

However, you will be entitled to a full refund or an option to transfer your fee to an alternative course if we close a course prior to its start.

You will be entitled to a partial, pro-rata, refund if once the course is up and running there is a disruption to learning beyond our control. For example, illness of a tutor, and it may be necessary to extend course sessions or course length to make up for class time lost. In these circumstances the tutor will negotiate a suitable alternative for all learners. If the outcome of this negotiation reduces the learner numbers below a viable level for delivery we reserve the right to cancel the course and a pro rata refund will be given.

If there are insufficient learners (minimum 10) on a course and the course therefore needs to be closed.

Refund of examination and registration fees

Examination and registration fees are only refundable on courses which have been closed by EAL.


All courses include a £6.00 non-refundable registration fee.

The fees payable are those at the time of enrolment, which may supersede any that may previously have been advertised. Please note fees may change at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control.

EAL is not responsible for materials purchased by the learner either prior to or throughout the duration of the course.

EAL reserves the right to cancel or close course or make changes to days, duration, timing and venues. We will do this only in exceptional circumstances.

Destination and progression

As part of our service we aim to help our learners progress to gain employment or courses that will help them progress to further higher education.

After every course that is completed by our learners we will give you call to ask what you are going on to do and help establish if we can help with you progression or help towards a course that may help you gain employment.