Deterioration of health due to recognised disability

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    I have a disability, due to a severe mental health condition, which is covered under the Equality Act, and I also receive DSA for.

    I completed a foundation year - full time 2015/16 - and received a loan/grant for tuition fees and maintenance.

    I have now commenced 1st year of undergraduate - full time 2016/17.

    *My disability has now deteriorated, which is affecting attendance and studies.

    *I could attend/study equivalent to part-time but not to the level required for full-time, at the moment but with additional medical treatment I foresee that this current deterioration will be overcome in a couple of months.

    My questions are;
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    * 1) By taking a leave of absence, my course would require me to *recommence the first year of the course in 2017/16.
    If I had medical evidence approved by SFE under exceptional circumstances, would this constitute as my gift year?

    * 2) If medical evidence was approved, is there the possibility to transfer to part-time study, temporarily, but not lose the funding awarded for full-time study, for this current year?

    * I am confident my consultant would support the importance, for me to continue part-time rather than taking a leave of absence.

    Taking a break would inhibit recovery and make it highly probable that it would jeopardise my return at a later date and therefore obtaining a degree.

    It is important that I 'ride out' this current deterioration but to ensure that stresses are significantly reduced, part-time study should meet this requirement. *

    I appreciate extenuating circumstances is another option, but I am a mature student, live on my own, and have a mortgage to pay. I have to work during the summer period or it will put me into financial difficulty.

    Having extenuating circumstances would cause a knock on effect for semester 2, and require that I be granted extenuating circumstances again. *This would then impact on the length of period I could gain employment for and therefore put me into financial difficulty. *Additional funding from the university would not compensate to cover financial obligations.
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    Hi,

    If you have not previously used your gift year then you do not need to send medical evidence. Medical evidence would only be require if you were applying for compelling personal reasons. If you are changing to part time study you would receive part time funding which is tuition fee loan only.

    Thanks
 
 
 
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