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    Some years ago i did a Geography degree and a few years later a pgcd. Teaching hasn't worked out for me, so I am looking to retrain.

    I am considering doing a BSc/MEng in Computing r Computer Science. Because i have already got a degree, i only qualify for fees funding and only if i am doing a part-time course. The course/university I would like to do, does not offer a part-time option. Also, I would like to complete the course as quickly as possible.

    Is it possible for me to get SFE to contribute the maximum that they will pay per year for a part-time course and for me to pay the difference, so i can do the course on a full-time basis?
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    Hi,

    If you already hold an honours degree then unfortunately we're unable to provide you with any future funding, part-time of full-time. You could however apply for Disabled Student Allowance if this applies to you.


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    Hi thanks for your reply. However, i have checked multiple websites and i am entitlted to fees loan for part-time courses in Engineering, Computing, Technology and related subjects!

    Hence the very spefic question that i asked about whether I can claim part-time funding and top this up myself to full time?
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    When i say multiple websites, this includes SFE and Gov.uk!
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    Hi Mark,

    Is there an update on this query?

    Cheers Richard
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    Hi Richard,

    Looking into this and with you already holding a degree, it is correct we're unable to provide you with any future funding, part-time of full-time. You could however apply for Disabled Student Allowance if this applies to you.

    Thanks.
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    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your reply. However, as I stated earlier this does not tally with information on both the Student Finance England, gov.uk and numerous other official websites!

    I have copied the paragraph below from a document on the student finance england website:

    "... if you’re an eligible student who holds an Honours degree or higher level higher-education qualification, and plan on starting a part-time Honours (minimum 25% intensity) degree level course in certain engineering, technology or computer science courses,you might be able to get a Tuition Fee Loan..."

    Is there an official enquiries email address for SFE, that i can use to get more information?

    Thanks for your time.

    Best regards, Richard
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    Hi Mark,

    The paragraphs below are taken from a "Student Support Information Note", dated January 2015, on the practitioners.slc.co.uk website:

    "... From August 2015 eligible students who have exhausted their student funding entitlement by achieving an Honours degree and who choose to study for another Honours degree (or undergraduate Integrated Masters degree) on a part-time basis can access a tuition fee loan if they are studying in engineering, technology or computer science or a joint honours degree in those specific subjects.Students must be an eligible student and studying on a designated course of at least 25% intensity of a full-time equivalent course in each year of the course. The degree must be completed in no more than sixteen years. If a student transfers to another qualifying part-time course the student must complete it within the years remaining and the total duration of study must not exceed sixteen years in aggregate..."

    And the following is taken from a "EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM TOTHE EDUCATION (STUDENT SUPPORT) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2014 2014 No. 2765":

    "4.3 This instrument amends provisions in the 2011 Regulations covering support to allow students who already hold an honours degree or higher level higher education (HE) qualification to apply for part-time fee loans to undertake another course leading to an honours degree in engineering, technology or computer science. This change will apply to students starting part-time courses at universities and colleges in the UK in respect of an academic year beginning on or after 1 September 2015."

    As you can see the government has amended the rules so that students, already holding an honours batchelors degree, who are studying part-time on at least a 25% load on a honours degree course in Engineering, Technology or Computing, can access SFE loan funding for the course tuition fees. In fact in the FAQ for one the official documents it even says that someone with a mechanical engineering degree could get a tuition fee loan for a honours degree in a different engineering discipline.

    I look forward to your response.

    Cheers, Richard
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    Hi,

    We do not have an email address, but you can get more information by calling us on 0300 100 0607.

    Thanks.
 
 
 
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