We need to ask you a little about yourself to get started. Confirming your location and contact details enables us to determine whether you may be eligible for one of our sponsored places or to let you know the payment options.

We use an email to identify you, so please use the same email for this form you would like to use for your course profile. 

We treat all responses confidentially and process data in line with the data controller's GDPR and the Privacy Policy of Advantages of Age Ltd. You can find their privacy policy here: https://www.advantagesofage.org.uk/privacy-policy.

What is your email address?

What is your first name?

What is your last name?

What is your date of birth? (DD-MM-YYYY)

Where do you live:





Based on your responses, it appears you are eligible for a sponsored place. Our funder requires us to collect further information to support the cost of your learning (usually £385).

We expect this form will not take longer than 5 minutes of your time to complete.

Thank you. It looks like you may qualify for a free place based on our funder's requirements. However, we need to collect further information from you first and will inform you upon completion of this brief questionnaire.

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Which statement(s) best describes your current employment situation? (Tick all that apply)
  • Working full-time - more than 30 hours/week
  • Working part-time - less than 30 hours/week
  • Working part-time for yourself - less than 30 hours/week
  • Working full-time for yourself - more than 30 hours/week
  • Unemployed and looking for work
  • Recently been made redundant
  • In full-time education
  • Unemployed through caring responsibilities
  • Working part-time and with caring responsibilities
  • Retired

Are you in receipt of Universal Credit or other benefits?

Please specify your ethnicity:

What best describes your gender?

Do you consider yourself to have a disability?

Household Situation: (Tick all that apply)
  • No member of the household in which I live (including myself) is employed
  • The household that I live in includes only one adult
  • There are one or more dependent children in the household
  • None of these statements apply
  • I confirm that I wish to withhold this information

What is the current postcode where you live?

House number or house name

What is the highest level educational qualification you have achieved?

Please let us know your preferred phone number so that we can verify any information

Scholarships are funded by the Government and we are required to check the information below:
  • I confirm that I am over 19 years old as of 13th December AND
  • I have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 yrs before the start of my course OR
  • I have the Right of Abode in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for the last 3 yrs
  • Not applicable
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You, social media and digital skills

This is about you and your use of social media and general confidence in the digital world

Do you currently use social media regularly, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.

Which social media do you actively use? (please tick all that apply)
  • None
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • TikTok
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Other

We use the Office for National Statistics (ONS) four survey questions to measure personal well-being at the beginning and end of every course (0 = low and 10 = high)

Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?

Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?

Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?

Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

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About you and your business

This section is about you, your business idea and your business knowledge and skills.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

I have the skills and knowledge to start or grow my business

  • Strongly disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly agree

I am confident of my next steps for this business

  • Strongly disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly agree

I have the know-how to create video content for my business

  • Strongly disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly agree

I would feel confident putting video content I have created online

  • Strongly disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly agree

Have you tried to start or grow a business before?

Are you attending this course about…

  • Turning an existing hobby into a business
  • Turning an idea into a business
  • Expanding an existing business or self-employment
  • Coming up with a business idea
  • Learning something new
  • Changing industry or role
  • Selecting a business idea from many I have
  • Re-starting your working life after illness
  • Re-starting your working life because of changes in caring responsibilities

Have you earned money as a result of your own products or services in the last month?

How much did you earn from your own products or services in the last month?
(Type N/A if not applicable)

Please indicate the legal status of your business or business idea

  • I am registered as self-employed
  • This business is registered as a company (Ltd/CIC) or charity
  • My business aims to solve a social problem or effect social change
  • None of the above

What expectations do you have from this course?

  • Help me get my business off the ground
  • Provide me with new contacts and strengthen my network
  • Meet new people
  • Meet other people starting a business later in life
  • Give me something to focus on and achieve
  • Help me gain more clarity about my business idea
  • Help me change roles and field
  • All of the above

And finally... How did you hear about us?

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