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    Currently studying an undergraduate BSc in Adult Nursing and for a long time
    I believed that I am able to do another undergraduate degree as my Nursing is funded by NHS Bursary. However, after numerous calls to SFE, and posts on here, this is not the case.

    Yet my sister's friend managed to graduate from an SFE funded course and swiftly transition to an NHS funded midwifery course.

    Why is it that she is able to be funded for two degrees but officially, when I speak to SFE, I am not able to?
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    maybe because the NHS is giving her a bursary and paying tuition fees (this ends next year) but she won't necessarily get another maintenance loan from SFE?
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    My understanding is student finance won't give you a loan to study at the same or lower level of qualification than you already have. NHS vocational roles are kind of an exception so you can still do that AFTER another degree, but not the other way round.
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    (Original post by lilibet01)
    maybe because the NHS is giving her a bursary and paying tuition fees (this ends next year) but she won't necessarily get another maintenance loan from SFE?
    It is not just the maintenance loan that they won't give. But you're not entitled to any SFE loan or tuition. They said that they won't fund someone who's already got a degree, whether NHS funded or not. But it seems that if one has an SFE funded degree, they can get an NHS funded degree, but just not the other way round. Trying to understand why that is...

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    (Original post by hazybubbles)
    My understanding is student finance won't give you a loan to study at the same or lower level of qualification than you already have. NHS vocational roles are kind of an exception so you can still do that AFTER another degree, but not the other way round.
    Thank you. Where'd you find this out?

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    (Original post by theike)
    It is not just the maintenance loan that they won't give. But you're not entitled to any SFE loan or tuition. They said that they won't fund someone who's already got a degree, whether NHS funded or not. But it seems that if one has an SFE funded degree, they can get an NHS funded degree, but just not the other way round. Trying to understand why that is...

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    You have not actually provided any argument as to why the government should fund someone who has already completed a healthcare course to do a degree. Other than they are not being 'consistent'. The government fund the reverse situation because they have problems recruiting enough school leavers. How many A-level students even know about occupational therapy or radiography never mind have relevant work experience to make an application? This is why they fund mature students who generally have a higher chance of knowing about these professions, have relevant work experience, and may be able to bring specialist knowledge from their existing degree.
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    (Original post by theike)
    Thank you. Where'd you find this out?

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    To be honest i cant remember exactly where it was i read this but the context was that i was looking into changing careers about 3 or 4 years ago and retraining by doing another degree. I think I used one of the funding calculator things on the website and it told me as I have an MA I couldnt get finance for any type of undergrad degree.
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    (Original post by evantej)
    You have not actually provided any argument as to why the government should fund someone who has already completed a healthcare course to do a degree. Other than they are not being 'consistent'. The government fund the reverse situation because they have problems recruiting enough school leavers. How many A-level students even know about occupational therapy or radiography never mind have relevant work experience to make an application? This is why they fund mature students who generally have a higher chance of knowing about these professions, have relevant work experience, and may be able to bring specialist knowledge from their existing degree.
    My point is not to argue for or against any position regarding government funding for degrees, including healthcare degrees. I am questioning whether there are individuals out there who have done a healthcare degree followed by an SFE funded degree. This is quite clear.
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    (Original post by theike)
    My point is not to argue for or against any position regarding government funding for degrees, including healthcare degrees. I am questioning whether there are individuals out there who have done a healthcare degree followed by an SFE funded degree. This is quite clear.
    The answer is no. There is no one. You would have to self-fund if you wanted to do another undergraduate degree.
 
 
 
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