Charities, trust funds, bursaries and scholarships are alternative sources of funding which might be available to you. Check with your local library, as they will hold an index in their reference section. You can also contact the Student Funding Unit, as although we don't hold a comprehensive list, we will be able to offer some guidance.
Commercial credit may be your only option to fund a course, particularly at postgraduate level. Many banks offer a government-backed educational loan scheme (a Professional and Career Development Loan) or their own product.
If you wish to consider such a loan, you are advised to approach your bank and explore your options with one of the bank's student advisors.
You are also strongly advised to seek independent financial advice and not make any final decisions or sign any documents until you are completely clear about the terms and conditions of such borrowing. Have a look at the advice provided here to find out if a career development loan is for you:
You must remember that this is a bank loan and repayments cannot be deferred in a similar way to student loans.