WHERE NEXT?

If you’re thinking about where you want to go next on your learning journey, take a look at the links below which will help point you in the right direction and to access the right information. There are links to further advice, guidance and information on qualifications, skills, employment.

WORKING WALES

Working Wales is a new service which allows anyone over the age of 16 across Wales to access expert advice and guidance to help you overcome obstacles that you may be facing to get you into work. So, whether you need help searching for jobs, writing a CV, preparing for an interview, finding work placement, learning new skills, understanding redundancy rights, childcare support, building self-confidence, or even where to turn next this is the right place to get the help you need. Visit Working Wales for further information.

STUDENT MONEY

All eligible Welsh undergraduates starting a university course from September 2018 will receive support for living costs, made up of a mixture of grants and loans. Most will receive support equivalent to the National Living Wage. For students with a relatively low household income, most of the available support for living costs will be a grant, which does not have to be paid back.

From August 2019, eligible postgraduate master’s students could receive a similar package of support to undergraduates.

STUDENT FINANCE WALES

Part-time student finance available in 2019/20
If you’re looking for information on accessing funding for part-time degrees visit Student Finance Wales.
While at university or college you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. To help cover these costs, the main types of finance are Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans (which need to be paid back) and grants and bursaries (which don’t). Most students won’t have to pay anything upfront for their course.
What you can get
There are grants and loans available to help you through your course.

  1. Tuition Fee Loan
  2. Help with living costs
  3. Extra support – help if you have dependent children or an adult who is financially dependent on you.
  4. Disabled Students’ Allowances
  5. Bursaries and scholarships

Tuition Fee Loan

Part-time students
must be studying at a course intensity of 25% or more to be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan.
A Tuition Fee Loan can be taken out to cover the fees and this is paid directly to your university or college. If the tuition fee charged by your university or college is more than the Tuition Fee Loan available, then you’ll have to fund the difference yourself (this may be the case for a privately funded university or college).
For updates on how and when to apply for 2019/20 check out the Latest News section.

CAREERS WALES

Careers Wales’ bilingual services are focussed on those in greatest need of support with their career planning.
They deliver independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance at centres, in partner locations, online as well as over the phone and using social media.
Careers Wales work in partnership with other partners to deliver a range of related services, including:
• Supporting schools to engage with employers to improve students’ understanding of the world of work;
• Providing support for schools with their Careers and World of Work (CWoW) curriculum, including working towards our Careers Wales Mark
Careers Wales also supports specific Welsh Government projects including:
• Jobs Growth Wales
• Apprenticeship Matching Service (AMS)
• Individual Skills Gateway support to unemployed adults
• ReACT – redundancy support programme for adults