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    Hi, i'll try and keep this brief as possible.

    so i attended university x on a BA social Work, completed my first year no problems, however over the summer my daughter passed away resulting in a change of circumstances and a long winded court process over our grandchild, not to mention the MH problems associated with it all! Anyway, i attended the second year but couldn't get my head into the right place to complete the specialist units and was told to return part time the following year so i didn't have to redo my placement and the already completed units, unfortunately when the time came to recommence it wasn't financially and socially viable to carry on full time and university x didn't do part time study so i withdrew with certificate of higher education.
    i spoke to SFE today about funding if i wanted to return to study and finish the Social Work degree or commence an alternative degree but as ive had 3 years funding they said i would need to self fund a year to finish or i could appeal under compelling personal circumstances for a year to be written off and get both years funded! They also said if i wanted to do another course i could appeal for both years following my daughters death and still have 3 years funding, is this right? how likely is it that 2 years could be repealed? obviously i have all the supporting documents and evidence to support and they recommended sending it in with my finance application when iv decided what to do. has anybody done this? how long does it take for a decision? i was considering applying for MH Nursing through clearing if i got 3 years funding and start afresh but i don't want to get my hopes up and do all the necessary supporting evidence to be told no.
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    (Original post by Silent Satsuma)
    Hi, i'll try and keep this brief as possible.

    so i attended university x on a BA social Work, completed my first year no problems, however over the summer my daughter passed away resulting in a change of circumstances and a long winded court process over our grandchild, not to mention the MH problems associated with it all! Anyway, i attended the second year but couldn't get my head into the right place to complete the specialist units and was told to return part time the following year so i didn't have to redo my placement and the already completed units, unfortunately when the time came to recommence it wasn't financially and socially viable to carry on full time and university x didn't do part time study so i withdrew with certificate of higher education.
    i spoke to SFE today about funding if i wanted to return to study and finish the Social Work degree or commence an alternative degree but as ive had 3 years funding they said i would need to self fund a year to finish or i could appeal under compelling personal circumstances for a year to be written off and get both years funded! They also said if i wanted to do another course i could appeal for both years following my daughters death and still have 3 years funding, is this right? how likely is it that 2 years could be repealed? obviously i have all the supporting documents and evidence to support and they recommended sending it in with my finance application when iv decided what to do. has anybody done this? how long does it take for a decision? i was considering applying for MH Nursing through clearing if i got 3 years funding and start afresh but i don't want to get my hopes up and do all the necessary supporting evidence to be told no.
    Hi Silent Satsuma,

    So sorry to hear about your loss.

    From the information above it looks like you only studied 2 years? Year 1 and year 2. How long is the course you are now looking to do?

    If we can use a 3 year Social Work course as an example we would work out the funding as follows:

    3+1 = 4 years of support total. Take away your two years of previous study means we would fund the last 2 years of your course (so if you are going straight into year 2 then full funding).

    And for a 4 year version of the course:

    4+1 = 5 total years of support, take away again the two years of previous study would mean we would fund the last 3 years of your course (again if going into year 2 full support).

    If you have to start from year 1 then we would require CPR to be sent in which you have noted above and this can be used to award you another year of funding directly applied to the first available academic year which would result in full funding. The same calculations would apply if you switched to a different course.

    As for timescales, currently applications are taking 19 working days

    Warmest regards.
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    Hi thanks for the reply,
    i studied my first year and passed, commenced the second year but failed on the final three specialist modules. i returned to repeat the modules the following year but only got half way through before withdrawing so that would be 3 years of funding? SFE did say i only had 1 year of funding but using CPR could have them 2 years funding already used reinstated to give me the 3 years to start a new degree or just 1 if i wanted to return to Social Work? is it known to have 2 years reinstated for the above reasons?

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    they did give me a certificate of higher education in social welfare studies for completion of the first year.
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    (Original post by Silent Satsuma)
    Hi thanks for the reply,
    i studied my first year and passed, commenced the second year but failed on the final three specialist modules. i returned to repeat the modules the following year but only got half way through before withdrawing so that would be 3 years of funding? SFE did say i only had 1 year of funding but using CPR could have them 2 years funding already used reinstated to give me the 3 years to start a new degree or just 1 if i wanted to return to Social Work? is it known to have 2 years reinstated for the above reasons?

    regards

    they did give me a certificate of higher education in social welfare studies for completion of the first year.
    Hi Silent Satsuma,

    Looking at the formula we use to calculate support available, you will see we allow you one additional year of support, incase you have to repeat a year or start a new course.

    So if you have already had support to repeat year 2, to repeat this year again and be awarded full support you would need to supply evidence of compelling personal reasons. This will be reviewed in a case by case basis by an assessor who will make a decision.

    The evidence needs to state what the situation was, how it affected your studies in the academic year concerned and how it led to you withdrawing from university. You can also send evidence relating to the previous year you struggled, it will also be reviewed by an assessor.

    Thanks
 
 
 
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