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    Advanced learner loans - applications
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    • England
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    2014/15 to 2019/20
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    • Approved applications
    • Received applications
    • Total loan amount awarded (£000s)
    • Total
    Provider type
    • Total
    Qualification type
    • Total
    • A Level
    • Level 3_Certificate
    • Level 3_Diploma
    • Level 3_Vocational Qualification
    • Level 4+_Certificate
    • Level 4+_Diploma
    • Level 4+_Vocational Qualification
    • QAA Access to HE
    • Unknown
    Sector subject area
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    Row groups
    Row group 1
    A Level
    QAA Access to HE
    Level 3_Certificate
    Level 3_Diploma
    Level 3_Vocational Qualification
    Level 4+_Certificate
    Level 4+_Diploma
    Level 4+_Vocational Qualification
    Row group 2
    Received applications
    Approved applications
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)
    Column groups
    Column group 1
    This data is not from the latest release
    View latest data: Academic Year 2021/22
    'Advanced learner loans - applications' for A Level, Level 3_Certificate, Level 3_Diploma, Level 3_Vocational Qualification, Level 4+_Certificate and 4 other filters in England between 2014/15 and 2019/20
    TotalReceived applications67,28080,65093,66081,51077,61069,400
    Approved applications56,87071,19082,29071,46068,33061,280
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£148,800£195,200£236,200£208,000£200,300£182,400
    A LevelReceived applications820420680520440340
    Approved applications680340600400340270
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£500£300£600£500£400£400
    QAA Access to HEReceived applications17,06016,91020,00018,27017,57015,840
    Approved applications14,41014,40017,03015,32014,79013,930
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£44,800£45,700£55,300£50,000£48,300£45,600
    Level 3_CertificateReceived applications9,9908,8308,6506,2505,6805,110
    Approved applications8,8208,0707,7705,6505,1504,630
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£9,900£9,000£8,800£6,600£5,800£5,200
    Level 3_DiplomaReceived applications34,88049,64052,46044,99042,62037,450
    Approved applications29,28044,06046,49040,13038,09033,080
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£84,800£129,400£145,100£123,700£116,700£102,700
    Level 3_Vocational QualificationReceived applications01105,3005,2904,7904,540
    Approved applications01004,5804,4904,2003,970
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£0£200£11,300£12,500£12,900£13,000
    Level 4+_CertificateReceived applications7609009901,1301,3001,070
    Approved applications6308208901,0101,210970
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£800£1,000£1,000£1,100£1,300£1,000
    Level 4+_DiplomaReceived applications3,5603,7603,3403,5103,7603,840
    Approved applications3,0403,3403,0003,1203,3003,400
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£8,100£9,400£10,200£10,900£12,000£12,000
    Level 4+_Vocational QualificationReceived applications0602,2301,5201,4301,200
    Approved applications0601,9201,3201,2501,040
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)£0£100£3,800£2,700£2,800£2,500
    UnknownReceived applications2303030302020
    Approved applications1010202010~
    Total loan amount awarded (£000s)~~~£100~~


    1. Applications received include processed and unprocessed applications but exclude those Cancelled, Deleted, In Data Entry and Ineligible (except where stated).
    2. Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten, except for the Total loan amount awarded, which are rounded to the nearest hundred. Figures may not sum due to rounding. '~' Indicates a base value of fewer than five for the cohort combination.
    3. The sum of applications may not equal the actual total number of applications as there may be duplicates in the learner breakdowns categories and qualification levels.
    4. From 2013/14 to 2015/16 loans were available for learners ages 24 or older studying full Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications. From 2016/17, advanced learner loans were extended to learners aged 19 or older on the first day of their course and studying at Levels 3 to 6, and are not directly comparable to earlier years.
    5. Applications closed on the following 31 July for each academic year respectively. Final application data is as at 30 September for each academic year (August to July).

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