Course Funding Options

Some of our students choose to fund their course from personal savings or parental support.

However, we also offer the Professional & Career Development Loan finance option for prospective UK students, offering affordable repayment plans to help you spread the cost of your course.

Unfortunately Tante Marie Culinary Academy is unable to offer scholarships.

Professional & Career Development Loan

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.

They are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. You should apply 3 months before your course starts to give the bank enough time to process your application.

Who can apply?

To apply you must:

  • Be a UK resident
  • Be 18 or over
  • Have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts
  • Plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course

How to apply

  • Find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers service on 0800 100 900
  • Fill in the application form and send it to the bank, available from the above link
  • The bank will decide if you qualify for a loan
  • You take out the loan with the bank and agree to their repayment conditions

A few additional notes

  1. PCDL’s are only offered by The Co-operative Bank and Barclays Bank
  2. If you chose to use Barclays bank you must have held an account with them for three months prior to applying for the PCDL
  3. You need to complete an application form from your chosen bank, referencing our learner provider registration number: 2682
  4. Loans available from £300 to £10,000
  5. You should apply for the loan 3 months prior to the course start date to allow sufficient time for the bank to make its decision
  6. The loan approval process by the banks usually takes 2 weeks but can take longer
  7. Once approved by the bank you will be issued with a loan agreement between yourself and the bank and a course start notification form that the Academy returns to the bank
  8. Your place is not guaranteed on the course until you have a letter of confirmation of your loan from the bank
  9. After the start of the course the bank will transfer the course fees directly to Tante Marie
  10. The PCDL scheme is an agreement between you and the bank. Tante Marie Limitied has no involvement in the scheme
  11. Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that have to be paid back. You start repaying the loan (plus interest at a reduced rate) 1 month after leaving your course. The government pays the interest while you study and for 1 month after you leave your course. After this time, you start repaying the loan and interest

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