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ILA Scotland is a Scottish Government scheme that helps you pay for learning that you can do at a time, place, pace and in a way to suit you. It’s for people who have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or who are on benefits.


If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you could get up to £500 towards the cost of learning with a learner account from ILA Scotland.

There are two types of account available:


£200 accounts are available if you are interested in learning something new or brushing up your skills. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any approved ILA Scotland learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training companies.


£500 accounts are available if you are studying a part-time higher education or professional qualification course such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Degree. You need to be studying 40 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credits or more per year.

Higher education courses, Professional Development Awards (PDA) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are available at SCQF levels 7 – 10.


Learners can get up to £500 towards eligible part-time taught postgraduate courses, PDA and CPD courses at SCQF level 11.


You can only have one type of account open at any time so it’s important that you choose carefully.

For further information, please visit call the helpline free on 0808 100 1090.


For further information on utilising your ILA Account with Strathearn Training, please contact us on: 0141 5786588 or email us at