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    Hi,

    10 years ago I had to leave my studies in computer science at the end of the second year due to a complicated pregnancy and was unable to complete it.

    I'm looking at starting a 3 year part time foundation degree in integrative counselling at Newman University Birmingham, which requires the student to undertake a counselling placement requiring clinical supervision. I then wish to top up to a BA hons by doing a further year of study

    I've read that you look at the length of a new degree add a 'gift' year and then take away the previous years of study and that is the allowance. I also read somewhere that where there is a placement an extra year can be added.

    What I'd like to know is:
    1. would this placement be one that would entitle me to an extra year of loan funding?
    2. if my intention is to definitely do the extra top up year would this be counted, making the length of my study 4 years (plus any gift/placement years) or would you only look at the initial application for the foundation degree?
    3. Does the years of allowance get calculated differently if it's f/t or p/t (because I could do a full time BA in three years but will take four years to do it part time).

    I'd really appreciate your advice as i'm at a crossroads and would really like to know if I can afford to make the change.
 
 
 
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