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    I am hoping you can give me some clarity. I have a previous degree which I accessed student loans for. I am intending to study for a second degree in Paramedic Practice starting Sept 2018. The course leads to HCPC registration, is an allied health care profession, and receives no funding from the local health authority or ambulance service or NHS. With this is mind, in theory I should be eligible to receive a second student loan. Please can you confirm this is correct? Ambulance services funding degree programmes has almost ceased for 2018 and the majority of courses are supposed to be funded entirely by students;therefore the previous situation where the courses were funded differently to other allied health courses such as nursing is no longer the case. Student finance said if I can prove the course leads to registration and has no trust affiliation or funding I could apply for finance;however have also been told the opposite by 1 University. Another uni I spoke to said they could provide a supporting letter for student finance to assist my application. Paramedic practice isn't listed on student finance website under the allied health profession list, however it is an allied health profession in the exact same way nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy is and is HCPC registered. Please can I get confirmation that I would be eligible for a second student loan if I get a supporting letter from a university, before I submit my ucas application and plan to move for a course.

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    Rebecca Welsh
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    (Original post by bexwelsh)
    Hello

    I am hoping you can give me some clarity. I have a previous degree which I accessed student loans for. I am intending to study for a second degree in Paramedic Practice starting Sept 2018. The course leads to HCPC registration, is an allied health care profession, and receives no funding from the local health authority or ambulance service or NHS. With this is mind, in theory I should be eligible to receive a second student loan. Please can you confirm this is correct? Ambulance services funding degree programmes has almost ceased for 2018 and the majority of courses are supposed to be funded entirely by students;therefore the previous situation where the courses were funded differently to other allied health courses such as nursing is no longer the case. Student finance said if I can prove the course leads to registration and has no trust affiliation or funding I could apply for finance;however have also been told the opposite by 1 University. Another uni I spoke to said they could provide a supporting letter for student finance to assist my application. Paramedic practice isn't listed on student finance website under the allied health profession list, however it is an allied health profession in the exact same way nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy is and is HCPC registered. Please can I get confirmation that I would be eligible for a second student loan if I get a supporting letter from a university, before I submit my ucas application and plan to move for a course.

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    Rebecca Welsh
    Hi Rebecca,

    If you have already gained a BA degree then you would not be eligible for more funding, as Paramedic Practice is not classed as one of our exception courses. We only class as an exception course if you are entitled to funding from the Ambulance Service Trust. If you are not eligible for this then it will fall under our normal previous study/Equivalent level qualification calculations.

    Thanks Erin.
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    Hi Rebecca,

    If you have already gained a BA degree then you would not be eligible for more funding, as Paramedic Practice is not classed as one of our exception courses. We only class as an exception course if you are entitled to funding from the Ambulance Service Trust. If you are not eligible for this then it will fall under our normal previous study/Equivalent level qualification calculations.

    Thanks Erin.

    Hi Erin

    Thank you for your email. This is very disappointing news. I would be eligible for ambulance service funding; however nearly all the University courses have lost their ambulance service funding and they no longer get any funding for the course therefore ask for students to apply for loans from 2018 onwards. Can you tell me why it is not on your list of allied health professions when a paramedic is an allied health profession and is HCPC registered in the same way nursing, midwifery, podiatry etc is? The course is structured in the same way as those other courses.

    If the University can provide evidence it is the same type of course as nursing etc would a second loan be available?
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    (Original post by bexwelsh)
    Hi Erin

    Thank you for your email. This is very disappointing news. I would be eligible for ambulance service funding; however nearly all the University courses have lost their ambulance service funding and they no longer get any funding for the course therefore ask for students to apply for loans from 2018 onwards. Can you tell me why it is not on your list of allied health professions when a paramedic is an allied health profession and is HCPC registered in the same way nursing, midwifery, podiatry etc is? The course is structured in the same way as those other courses.

    If the University can provide evidence it is the same type of course as nursing etc would a second loan be available?
    Hi Rebecca,

    The course is not currently listed as an allied health profession and if you are looking to apply for funding in the next academic year 2018, there maybe changes to courses and funding that have not yet been released . The applications for 2018 will be available from march 2018. You can contact us nearer the time and we can advise if there is any changes to the course and funding.

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    Louise
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    (Original post by Louise E SFE)
    Hi Rebecca,

    The course is not currently listed as an allied health profession and if you are looking to apply for funding in the next academic year 2018, there maybe changes to courses and funding that have not yet been released . The applications for 2018 will be available from march 2018. You can contact us nearer the time and we can advise if there is any changes to the course and funding.

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    Louise
    Thank you for this information. If I were to undertake the diploma in higher education (level 5 qualification) instead of a BSc course would I be eligible to apply for an advanced learner loan to cover tuition fees?
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    (Original post by bexwelsh)
    Thank you for this information. If I were to undertake the diploma in higher education (level 5 qualification) instead of a BSc course would I be eligible to apply for an advanced learner loan to cover tuition fees?
    Hi Rebecca,

    In order to check your eligibility for funding for the level 5 qualification, I would suggest that you call the Advance Learner Loan team on 0300 100 0619.

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    I have just spoken to Student Finance and received confirmation that from Sept 2018 I would be eligible for a second student loan for both maintenance and tuition fees for Paramedic Practice degree as it is HCPC registered and no longer attracts any funding from the local health authority. The advisor at student finance confirmed that no courses are going to attract funding from ambulance services or local health authorities therefore the course will be treated like the other allied health care professions and can receive a second loan. Please can you clarify this is definitely the case.
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    (Original post by bexwelsh)
    I have just spoken to Student Finance and received confirmation that from Sept 2018 I would be eligible for a second student loan for both maintenance and tuition fees for Paramedic Practice degree as it is HCPC registered and no longer attracts any funding from the local health authority. The advisor at student finance confirmed that no courses are going to attract funding from ambulance services or local health authorities therefore the course will be treated like the other allied health care professions and can receive a second loan. Please can you clarify this is definitely the case.
    Hi Rebecca,

    We haven't had any details on changes to funding that will take effect in Academic Year 2018/19 so I am unable to clarify this for you.

    And as the funding details have not been released I'm also unable to explain why you were advised that there would be funding available and can only apologise for this.

    More information about funding for next year will be available nearer the application launch date. Details will be available on gov.uk, Facebook, Twitter and on this website.

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    Stuart
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    That's very frustrating to hear that once again I have been given incorrect information when speaking to student finance staff on the phone. I explained the situation in full to the advisor who had me on hold for 15mins and said I would definitely be eligible to apply for second funding.
    I don't understand why I would be told this and have the opposite put in writing. There needs to be some training and education of Student Finance staff on this issue.


    I hope that this is rectified and funding is offered for September.


    QUOTE=Stuart SFE;74976054]Hi Rebecca,

    We haven't had any details on changes to funding that will take effect in Academic Year 2018/19 so I am unable to clarify this for you.

    And as the funding details have not been released I'm also unable to explain why you were advised that there would be funding available and can only apologise for this.

    More information about funding for next year will be available nearer the application launch date. Details will be available on
    Regards,

    Stuart[/QUOTE]
 
 
 
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