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Funding Options 

Find out what student funding options there are for learners
Funding your studies:
Pay on Enrolment.
  Simply pay the full amount up front.    

Payment Plan   We offer payment plans, where fee payment can be made via instalments.  

Employer Sponsorship.   If the course you’re interested in is relevant to your current job/career development and will also benefit your employer, then perhaps they’ll be willing to sponsor you by paying some or all of your course fees.  
In some instances, you won’t be able to progress your career without significant experience, training or qualifications.  
Some organisations have sponsorship schemes in place, so try talking with your line manager or HR department to see if they’ll sponsor DGI study.   When talking with an employer about being sponsored, consider the following:  
Have you already completed any study or personal development programmes?  This will help demonstrate to your employer your commitment to study and self-improvement.  
How will studying with the DGI help you improve in your current role?  Have a clear idea of where you want to gain greater knowledge and enhance your abilities.  
What are your career ambitions, and how do those ambitions fit in with the organisation?  Demonstrate the benefits to be gained by your employer in supporting your studies.  

By discussing in detail the course or qualification you want to study and how relevant it is to your work will show how much serious consideration you’ve given to study with the DGI  

Local Government Advice on funding assistance may also be available via your local town or county hall.

Further options to consider include:








https://futuresforwomen.org.uk/ Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS)  


https://www.cypruseducation.info/education-funding https://www.european-funding-guide.eu/  

Whats the difference between courses and qualifications?

All our qualifications and courses will greatly improve knowledge and job prospects within the animal care work. But there are differences in how they are studied, graded and in the cost of the course.

All our qualifications attract funding. 

A qualification may be more appropriate for certain careers in the animal care, canine training and behaviour sectors.
We want to be sure our students are well informed about their choice of study. Please scroll down for comparisons. Please contact us if you have any further queries about the difference.

What is a Regulated Qualification?

For training to be defined as an Ofqual Regulated Qualification, it must go through the rigorous process of Ofqual approval. This means that it has been written, checked and validated, and is verified regularly for appropriate levelling, quality of materials and assessment, and standardisation.

All qualifications appear on the Ofqual Register (https://register.ofqual.gov.uk), and have a number allocated to them, for example: AIM Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Welfare & Behaviour. Qualification Number 603/4610/3

To check whether training offered by any course provider is a qualification, visit the Ofqual website and put the exact course title or qualification number into the search function. If it is a qualification (and therefore officially recognised), the full information will appear with the corresponding qualification number and the level according to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

In short, if it is not on the Ofqual register, it is not a regulated qualification.

What is a Course?
Courses are very different to qualifications and are not externally checked, correctly levelled, approved or validated. In essence, anyone can produce a course at a level of their choosing, without the content being checked for quality, correct information, consistency or correct levelling. Some organisations use a QEL or QLS system, whereby an Awarding Organisation carries out some checks to ascertain the appropriateness of the course. However, this is voluntary and not mandatory. Whilst a course may be promoted as being accredited by an Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation (and have an Awarding Organisation’s logo), please note unless it appears on the Ofqual register, it is not a qualification, it is an accredited course.
Courses are valuable for knowledge and can be a great addition to CPD, personal interest, or to learn a small amount about a subject that is covered in depth in a qualification. However, they are not the same as qualifications. Please be aware that unfortunately, some training providers use the words ‘Customised Qualification’ when marketing their courses. This is misleading and is designed to cause confusion. It does not mean that the training is a regulated qualification; it is a course that is being incorrectly marketed as a qualification.
A ‘Customised Qualification’ does not meet the same requirements as an Ofqual Regulated Qualification and therefore does not meet Defra and other licensing requirements where it is a requirement to have an Ofqual Regulated Qualification.

Qualification Levels
Qualification levels go from Entry Level, up through the levels to the most challenging or difficult, which is a Doctorate (PhD) at Level 8.
Entry to each level is gained by completing the previous level. i.e. to enrol on a Level 6 qualification, it is necessary to first complete a Level 5 qualification etc.

Level 1: GCSE (grades D-G or 3-1)
Level 2: GCSE (grades A*-C or 9-4)
Level 3: A level
Level 4: Year 1 of a 3 year Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Level 5: Year 2 of a 3 year Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) Foundation degree Level 6: Bachelor’s degree
Level 7: Postgraduate, Master’s degree
Level 8: Doctorate  

You study at your own pace and there are no time pressures, so you can comfortably fit your studies around your other commitments. Once you have completed your course, we issue you with a Certificate. 
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