Academic Registry

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning.  You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work).  The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards.  The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses.  You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.  Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, it should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated. 

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit or contact the National Careers service on 0800 100 900. 

Our learning provider registration number is 8367. 


Completion of PCDL Form - Learning Provider Section 

If you have already started the application for a Professional and Career Development Loan, at some point, you should receive a form which will contain a section to be completed by your Learning Provider (your University).

Please bring, or send in this section of the form to the following address:

Student Administration Division
Academic Registry
University of Portsmouth

Ground Floor
University House
Winston Churchill Avenue

This section of the form will need to be completed, stamped and signed by Academic Registry for you to then return to the address provided on your form.