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I heard somewhere that the foudation year needs to be integrated to obtain a student loan otherwise you would have to pay £9000 for the year yourself, is this true?

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http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...urseDetailsTab
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I think you're right.

BTW,the link isn't working for some reason.
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(Original post by ryandan123)
Hi,

I heard somewhere that the foudation year needs to be integrated to obtain a student loan otherwise you would have to pay £9000 for the year yourself, is this true?

For Example for this Course

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...urseDetailsTab
See the advice here:

http://www.nus.org.uk/en/advice/mone...ing-in-the-uk/

A stand-alone one year foundation course does not qualify for the student loan finance, although a degree with a foundation year will qualify (this will usually be a four year course).

That nus website suggests that you might be able to get further education funding for the one year foundation course.

Also, if you get a place for the Birmingham four year degree with the foundation year, and do well in your foundation year, then you are guaranteed a place on their degree course - but some people can transfer to another university at that point (no guarantees - see this article -
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...y_Transfer_FAQ )
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See the advice here:

http://www.nus.org.uk/en/advice/mone...ing-in-the-uk/

A stand-alone one year foundation course does not qualify for the student loan finance, although a degree with a foundation year will qualify (this will usually be a four year course).

That nus website suggests that you might be able to get further education funding for the one year foundation course.

Also, if you get a place for the Birmingham four year degree with the foundation year, and do well in your foundation year, then you are guaranteed a place on their degree course - but some people can transfer to another university at that point (no guarantees - see this article -
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...y_Transfer_FAQ )
Thanks for the reply, so if I apply for the degree metioned in my original post, will I be eligible for student loan finance?
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Thanks for the reply, so if I apply for the degree metioned in my original post, will I be eligible for student loan finance?
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Thanks for the reply, so if I apply for the degree metioned in my original post, will I be eligible for student loan finance?
Is there any way for you to not do the foundation year and just start in year 1? It would save you some money (potentially).
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(Original post by ryandan123)
Hi,

I heard somewhere that the foudation year needs to be integrated to obtain a student loan otherwise you would have to pay £9000 for the year yourself, is this true?

For Example for this Course

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...urseDetailsTab
Using your link, the "overview" tab - here -
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...rseOverviewTab

states that the course is Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Year BSc (FGI0) or BEng (HFJ0)
- i.e. a degree programme, qualifying for Student Loan finance (if you are from the UK/EU).

See also

http://search.ucas.com/course/summar...rsedetailsmenu (for FGI0) and

http://search.ucas.com/course/summar...&ret=providers (for HFJ0)
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Thanks for the reply! So what I've understood from this is, that a foundation year FG10 you don't get a student loan but in a fondation degree HFJ0 you do?


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Using your link, the "overview" tab - here -
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...rseOverviewTab

states that the course is Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Year BSc (FGI0) or BEng (HFJ0)
- i.e. a degree programme, qualifying for Student Loan finance (if you are from the UK/EU).

See also

http://search.ucas.com/course/summar...rsedetailsmenu (for FGI0) and

http://search.ucas.com/course/summar...&ret=providers (for HFJ0)
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You can get a loan for a foundation year, which is known as year 0.
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You can get a loan for a foundation year, which is known as year 0.
Thanks for the reply, I’m looking for a foundation year,where after completing I can go into Computer Science with student loanfinance, shall I apply to Thanks for the reply, I’m looking for a foundationyear, where after completing I can go into Computer Science with student loanfinance, shall I apply to BSc (FGI0) or BEng (HFJ0)?
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Thanks for the reply, I’m looking for a foundation year, where after completing I can go into Computer Science with student loan finance, shall I apply to BSc (FGI0) or BEng (HFJ0)?
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(Original post by ryandan123)
Thanks for the reply, I’m looking for a foundation year, where after completing I can go into Computer Science with student loan finance, shall I apply to BSc (FGI0) or BEng (HFJ0)?
Hi, applying for either of these is an application for a four year degree (foundation year followed by three futher years). Birmingham award a BSc in Computer Science, so you would apply for FGI0, and this would, if you meet the relevant criteria, mean that you would get Student Loan finance for the full four year course. The course is flexible, though, and if you have chosen the right modules, you could go onto any of the science or engineering degrees.

Have a careful look at the modules you should choose if you are aiming for computer science through this route - see page 3 of
www.birmingham.ac.uk/bfa-pathways
If you are a native English speaker then you would probably do the 40 credit "Advanced Academic Skills" option instead of the English Language courses.

I would recommend that you contact Birmingham to check all this - I am only going by what their website says!

Their contact details are at the top right of this webpage, which describes the modules available:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Internat...urseDetailsTab
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(Original post by ryandan123)
Hi,

I heard somewhere that the foudation year needs to be integrated to obtain a student loan otherwise you would have to pay £9000 for the year yourself, is this true?

For Example for this Course

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergra...urseDetailsTab
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Thank you so much for the reply!! Just wondering what would happen if i applied for the HFJ0 course?

(Original post by Holmstock)
Hi, applying for either of these is an application for a four year degree (foundation year followed by three futher years). Birmingham award a BSc in Computer Science, so you would apply for FGI0, and this would, if you meet the relevant criteria, mean that you would get Student Loan finance for the full four year course. The course is flexible, though, and if you have chosen the right modules, you could go onto any of the science or engineering degrees.

Have a careful look at the modules you should choose if you are aiming for computer science through this route - see page 3 of
www.birmingham.ac.uk/bfa-pathways
If you are a native English speaker then you would probably do the 40 credit "Advanced Academic Skills" option instead of the English Language courses.

I would recommend that you contact Birmingham to check all this - I am only going by what their website says!

Their contact details are at the top right of this webpage, which describes the modules available:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Internat...urseDetailsTab
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Thank you so much for the reply!! Just wondering what would happen if i applied for the HFJ0 course?
Much the same, but they would be expecting a personal statement geared towards the engineering modules in the foundation year.
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