Dropping out of uni and doing a foundation degree? Watch

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Hi,

I'm now finished with first year, and I'm thinking to drop out and therefore; not enter into second yr this academic year. I want to do a foundation degree in biology.

Would I get funded for my foundation course (it is one yr long) ?
Would I get funded for the next three years of my degree (presuming i'd pass my foundation degree, and then go on to say; doing a degree in bio that'll be three years)?

Thanks.
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Bit confused, do you mean a foundation degree or a foundation year? A foundation degree is a vocational course (usually studied at FE colleges) which can be topped up into degrees at a later stage. A foundation year is an introductory year for people without A levels/the right subject knowledge which leads onto a degree.

Everyone is entitled to loans which cover the full length of their course plus one extra year. You should aim to apply for a Biology degree that incorporates a foundation year rather than a foundation year on its own, that way you should be entitled to full student loans (but check with Student Finance to be sure).
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You will get funded for your degree length + 1 year. The foundation year counts as that 1 year.
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You will get funded for your degree length + 1 year. The foundation year counts as that 1 year.
Not necessarily. As I said, if the foundation year forms part of the course (e.g you apply for a BSc Biology with foundation year), that is a 4 year course, so the OP should be entitled to funding for all 4 years (he's already used up his extra year).
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Why do you want to drop out?
What kind of grades were you getting?
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Bit confused, do you mean a foundation degree or a foundation year? A foundation degree is a vocational course (usually studied at FE colleges) which can be topped up into degrees at a later stage. A foundation year is an introductory year for people without A levels/the right subject knowledge which leads onto a degree.

Everyone is entitled to loans which cover the full length of their course plus one extra year. You should aim to apply for a Biology degree that incorporates a foundation year rather than a foundation year on its own, that way you should be entitled to full student loans (but check with Student Finance to be sure).

Hey, sorry I meant a foundation year. It isn't a part of a four year degree i think. well it says on sites if i remember correctly, that if i pass the first foundation yr, then i can progress onto doing biology or some life science.

i heard from someone that you can only get loans from student finance for three years? guess that's not true then; is it? (i lived out for uni if that helps)
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Why do you want to drop out?
What kind of grades were you getting?
I don't find my degree that interesting...Well I do sometimes, but a lot of the time its a huge effort for me to sit down and enjoy what I'm working on. So I'm thinking about going into bio as ive been wanting to do that for a long time, but never truly considered it because of my lack of science knowledge.

- I did terrible in first semester, but in second I actually did some work. I'm known for being academically lazy....Got into a good uni though to do politics. I was getting thirds (scrapping), and 2.2's but then in second semester I was getting 1sts and 2.1s only! - that's when I
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There's no point. Just drop out and try to get a foothold in the job market as soon as possible. My personal recommendation would be pursuing a career in manual labour.
No. - There is a point..you don't know what my future plans are to say that there's no point. I don't think that's a very considerate recommendation you offered there!
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Hey, sorry I meant a foundation year. It isn't a part of a four year degree i think. well it says on sites if i remember correctly, that if i pass the first foundation yr, then i can progress onto doing biology or some life science.

i heard from someone that you can only get loans from student finance for three years? guess that's not true then; is it? (i lived out for uni if that helps)
Nop, that's not true but you really should ask student finance for a definitive answer. If I were you, I would only do a foundation year in which you automatically progress into year 1 of the degree, if you have to apply again then you will have to self-fund a year of university.
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(Original post by smallsvill123)
Hi,

I'm now finished with first year, and I'm thinking to drop out and therefore; not enter into second yr this academic year. I want to do a foundation degree in biology.

Would I get funded for my foundation course (it is one yr long) ?
Would I get funded for the next three years of my degree (presuming i'd pass my foundation degree, and then go on to say; doing a degree in bio that'll be three years)?

Thanks.
I'm totally in the same position!!!
I'm looking at doing a foundation attached to a degree e.g Manchester do a life science foundation which you can then go onto any of their life science degrees if you pass but it's included as part of a four year degree so you should(I'm still yet to hear this from student finance but its what I've been told) get the full funding even though you've already done a year. I'm not so sure about a separate foundation, you might be better doing an access course as that would be cheaper.
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I don't find my degree that interesting...Well I do sometimes, but a lot of the time its a huge effort for me to sit down and enjoy what I'm working on. So I'm thinking about going into bio as ive been wanting to do that for a long time, but never truly considered it because of my lack of science knowledge.

- I did terrible in first semester, but in second I actually did some work. I'm known for being academically lazy....Got into a good uni though to do politics. I was getting thirds (scrapping), and 2.2's but then in second semester I was getting 1sts and 2.1s only! - that's when I
So at the moment you're doing politics? Second semester results show you can pull it off.
Lots of people are the same with the motivation... and any degree shows that you have lots of motivation to follow through on your intentions.

As its first year, you can change to something else. Though, I wouldn't go with a foundation year... just push yourself and go for the full thing straight off. First year results don't matter, so gives you time to go crazy on work rather than drinking (the more common first year endeavour :P).
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