British Forces Resettlement Services

Enhanced Learning Credits Guide

Registering for ELCs

From 1st April 2016 the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) and Further Education and Higher Education schemes have seen some changes. The key changes to the schemes are as follows:

  • All Service Personnel (SP) currently in service will be auto-enrolled to be eligible for both Schemes, as will future SP on completion of Phase 1 training
  • A new ELC payment has been created: an aggregated lower tier payment, a single payment of up to £3000 for those with 6 or more years of qualifying service completed on or after 1 Apr 16, which will count as all 3 payments.
  • The qualifying service required for lower tier payments and FEHE will increase from 4 to 6 years from 1 Apr 2017. SP who have already accumulated 4 years qualifying service before 1 Apr 2017 will keep their entitlement to use lower tier payments and FEHE.
  • Post service access to ELC and FEHE, for all those leaving on or after 1 Apr 2016, will be reduced to 5 years.
  • Those who left between 1 Apr 11 and 31 Mar 16 (both dates inclusive) will have until 31 Mar 21 to use ELC or FEHE – 5 years from now. Anyone who left before 01 April 2011 will retain 10 years of post-service access.

What You Can Use ELCs For

  • You can claim up to £1,000 (Lower Tier) or £2,000 (Higher Tier) per financial year (31st March – 1st April) towards qualifying courses
  • ELCs can be used for up to 80% of a course; you have to cover the remaining 20% yourself (you can use your Resettlement Grant for this.)
  • You can claim 3 times (as long as they are in separate financial years.)You can use ELCs for up to 10 years from your last day of service, but for all those leaving on or after 1 Apr 2016, this is reduced to 5 years
  • ELCs can be used towards the costs of tuition fees including VAT.
  • ELCs cannot be used towards travel, subsistence, accommodation, meals, equipment or course materials where additional fees apply.
  • You can use one claim for multiple courses, as long as they are linked by a single career goal or industry, and are with the same provider.     

Qualifying Courses

For you to be able to ​use your ELCs on a course, it must:

  • Be from an ELCAS accredited provider (full list here)
  • Be accredited by NQF or QCF (NationalQualification Framework or Qualifications and Credit Framework)
  • Result in a qualification which is Level 3 of higher    

Claiming ELCs

You cannot claim money back from ELCAS once you have paid, so make sure you allow plenty of time between submitting your claim and having to pay for your course (at least a month). Do not pay for anything until your claim has been processed.

Procedure for Eligible Service Personnel

Please note that the following information must be submitted to your Education Staff a minimum of 25 working days prior to your course start date/registration date: 

  • Fully completed claim form (section 1, 2 and 3) – provided as single-sided pages and authorised by your Line Manager.
  • Full information about the course that you wish to undertake and include details of your registration date where applicable
  • On receipt of your Claim Authorisation Note (CAN), you must present it to your chosen Learning Provider before the course is due to start.

Procedure for Claimants no longer in Service

Please note that the following information must be submitted via post to your Single Service Representative (address details below) a minimum of 25 working days prior to your course start date/registration date:

  • Fully completed claim form (section 1, 2 and 3) – provided as single-sided pages submitted via post unless residing overseas
  • Evidence of your last day of Service which can be one of the following:- copy of your discharge document, copy of P45 terminating employment, document stamped by regiment confirming leaving date (see notes below) 
  • A copy of a utility bill showing your home address
  • Full information about the course that you wish to undertake and include details of your registration date where applicable
  • Completion and submission of course evaluation form for all previous ELC funded courses​

If you are no longer serving, send your claims to the relevant contact below:

 

 

Royal Navy
ELC Manager, Floor 3, Leach Building, Whale Island, Portsmouth PO2 8BY 
Email: NAVYTRGHQ-EL3RRESETSO3C@mod.uk 

 

 

 

Army
Learning Credit Scheme (LCS) Manager, Ed&CD, Zone 4, Floor 2, Ramillies Building, Army HQ, Monxton Road, Andover SP11 8HJ
Tel: 01264 381580
Email: elc@detsa.co.uk

 

 

 

Royal Air Force
Learning Credits Administrator, Accreditation and Education Wing, RAF Central Training School, HQ 22 TrgGp, Room 221B, Trenchard Hall, RAF College Cranwell NG34 8HB
Tel: 01400 268183
Email: 
22TrgGp-CTS-AandEWg-LCA@mod.uk

 

 

If you are still serving, consult the staff in your local RN Education Centre, Army Education Centre, or RAF Learning Centre.  

If your claim is eligible, it will be sent on to ELCAS.  

ELCAS will send a Claim Authorisation Note (CAN) and Evaluation Form to your education/learning staff, who will send this on to your home address.  

You then send your CAN and the payment for the portion of the course you are paying for you yourself to your training provider.

When you have finished the course, you need to complete the Evaluation Form and return it to ELCAS.   

Making Changes to a Claim

If you have to change, cancel, or reinstate a claim, you’ll need to follow the related process on the ELCAS website.

(Cancellation is for if the training provider has not already sent an invoice to the MoD; if they have, you’ll need Reinstatement). 

Notes

This is just a brief overview of the process, for the full details and terms and conditions, please see the ELCAS website. You can also contact ELCAS on 01452 558390  or elcas@uk.g4s.com.