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    So my situation is a little bit complicated, basically. I started doing a-levels then dropped out halfway through year 13 due to severe depression. I then applied for a foundation year in social sciences at Leeds university, but now I've realised that 1) I still can't cope with that level of work yet due to my mental health and also lack of support for my problems since I've been at university, and 2) I really don't want to do social science at all, I want to do something related to music or media.

    So my plans at the moment are to move back home and apply to a local college, doing a BTEC in either media or music, since I can't exactly just change uni courses due to not having a-levels. But my main worry is finance, since for one thing, I'll be 19 by the time, meaning I'll have to pay course fees to the college, and also I live with my mum who's a single parent, also at university, so she can't afford to pay my living costs, and obviously she won't get child benefit for me anymore.

    So even though I'm not doing a degree, would student finance be able to give me a loan for my tuition fees and living costs, even when doing a BTEC?
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    A foundation year is pretty much going to be A level style work. You can get funding from your college, I'm not really sure about student finance and the way they work, but it's always worth checking, but check with the college you will be attending, as a lot of the techs/universities will have their own funding and bursaries in place, especially for those with extenuating circumstances.

    You might be able to get a maintenance loan and grant if you are staying away from home as well, I would also look into Disabled student allowance if you've been diagnosed with depression.

    I know the workload can be really tough. I took a year out after a levels due to depression, but did small courses and that helped a lot with the depression, but I went to uni this year and have had to drop out of university due to the same reasons, so it really is a mixed reaction that you can get. The routine of the degree will help with your depression as well. It might also just mean taking a year out to yourself and seeing what you really want and working on getting better, but don't set a date on when to get better.

    Just take little steps. your first should be contacting the college and student finance to see what is available to you.
    If you don't want to do social science, don't. I decided to do a career I didn't want to and I had to drop out, therefore I am in a lot of debt, so be sure of the career that you want to do. Student finance will cover you for 4 years of funding, so if you do get it wrong the first year, you can change course and still get funding.

    I hope this helped, if you want to pm me on anything go ahead
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    (Original post by abizoey)
    So my situation is a little bit complicated, basically. I started doing a-levels then dropped out halfway through year 13 due to severe depression. I then applied for a foundation year in social sciences at Leeds university, but now I've realised that 1) I still can't cope with that level of work yet due to my mental health and also lack of support for my problems since I've been at university, and 2) I really don't want to do social science at all, I want to do something related to music or media.

    So my plans at the moment are to move back home and apply to a local college, doing a BTEC in either media or music, since I can't exactly just change uni courses due to not having a-levels. But my main worry is finance, since for one thing, I'll be 19 by the time, meaning I'll have to pay course fees to the college, and also I live with my mum who's a single parent, also at university, so she can't afford to pay my living costs, and obviously she won't get child benefit for me anymore.

    So even though I'm not doing a degree, would student finance be able to give me a loan for my tuition fees and living costs, even when doing a BTEC?
    My friend i would advice you not to drop out.

    I think the reason why you're not enjoying it is because you don't feel like your doing a degree which this is true. Do not go back to college, finish your foundation year and then do a music or media degree Afterwards.

    We are similar - I did a foundation year after dropping out my second year in BTEC Extended diploma level 3 in November 2012, then i decided to work for 3 years as a Salesman in which i would later become Assistant Manager. I study a Foundation Year and i do not enjoy it because everyone is childish just like college and the fact that i have no friends in uni (yes sad i know, Proves that living in halls doesn't even help). Also it is very demotivating situation because you're not really a first year or even a uni student and doing 4 years of university is not my cup of tea (as i don't enjoy uni)

    I doubt you will fail your foundation year anyway despite your mental health problems so stick with it. You say you wanna do music? You could do a fast track 2 year degree in The academy of contemporary music in Surrey or a specialist arts university.
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    Student finance won't fund a a BTEC.

    You would either need to get a job or benefits. You may find that it's part time to enable that to happen. You need to speak to the college.
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    (Original post by abizoey)
    So my situation is a little bit complicated, basically. I started doing a-levels then dropped out halfway through year 13 due to severe depression. I then applied for a foundation year in social sciences at Leeds university, but now I've realised that 1) I still can't cope with that level of work yet due to my mental health and also lack of support for my problems since I've been at university, and 2) I really don't want to do social science at all, I want to do something related to music or media.

    So my plans at the moment are to move back home and apply to a local college, doing a BTEC in either media or music, since I can't exactly just change uni courses due to not having a-levels. But my main worry is finance, since for one thing, I'll be 19 by the time, meaning I'll have to pay course fees to the college, and also I live with my mum who's a single parent, also at university, so she can't afford to pay my living costs, and obviously she won't get child benefit for me anymore.

    So even though I'm not doing a degree, would student finance be able to give me a loan for my tuition fees and living costs, even when doing a BTEC?
    no, student finance don't fund BTEC's
 
 
 
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