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I've been told varying bits of information so I hope you can help me.

I already received funding for a full-time three year Bachelor's course. I claimed both full tuition and maintenance loans.

What would I be eligible for if I take BSc Psychology as my second degree?

Some resources stipulate you can only receive a part time tuition fee loan, whereas others state that because its a STEM subject that anyone studying it - even if its a second degree - is eligible for full time tuition and maintenance loans.

Please help!! I'm so confused. If I can I'd much rather study full time.

Many thanks
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Hi there,
I've been told varying bits of information so I hope you can help me.

I already received funding for a full-time three year Bachelor's course. I claimed both full tuition and maintenance loans.

What would I be eligible for if I take BSc Psychology as my second degree?

Some resources stipulate you can only receive a part time tuition fee loan, whereas others state that because its a STEM subject that anyone studying it - even if its a second degree - is eligible for full time tuition and maintenance loans.

Please help!! I'm so confused. If I can I'd much rather study full time.

Many thanks
Hi PerhapsPhysio,

From 2017/18, students are eligible to apply for second part time degree in one of the STEM subjects, these are commonly known as Part Time Exception Courses . A list of these have been provided below.
For further information.

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Hi PerhapsPhysio,

From 2017/18, students are eligible to apply for second part time degree in one of the STEM subjects, these are commonly known as Part Time Exception Courses . A list of these have been provided below.
For further information.

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Hi Katie, thank you for your reply. It was actually two separate SFE staff members over phone that said I would be able to apply for full time loans - is that information incorrect then? On the phone she said that they both come to the same final cost and that's why she said I can apply full time.

If that isn't the case, would I be able to apply part time student finance loan (aka SFE finance one half of each year) but I study full time and pay the other half myself? Or is that breaking the rules? Many thanks again I really appreciate it.

ps. Can't seem to get the link to work.
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Hi there,
I've been told varying bits of information so I hope you can help me.

I already received funding for a full-time three year Bachelor's course. I claimed both full tuition and maintenance loans.

What would I be eligible for if I take BSc Psychology as my second degree?

Some resources stipulate you can only receive a part time tuition fee loan, whereas others state that because its a STEM subject that anyone studying it - even if its a second degree - is eligible for full time tuition and maintenance loans.

Please help!! I'm so confused. If I can I'd much rather study full time.

Many thanks
Hi PerhapsPhysio,

Student Finance will not fund a second degree, if you already hold an equivalent level qualification, unless it is classed as an exception course for example an NHS or Allied Health Profession or Teaching qualification.

For a student to be classed as Allied Health Professional they will need to be studying a course from the list below:

  • Chiropody
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operating Department Practice (Diplomas and Degrees)
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Radiography
  • Radiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy



Exception subjects for new Part Time Loan students.

This means that students could be eligible to receive support for a second qualification if studying for a part time honours degree in one of the following.

  • Engineering (H)
  • Technology (I)
  • Computer Science (J)

The 2017/18 student finance regulations will include a further 5 categories of exception subjects. These are as follows:
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine (B)
  • Biological Sciences (C)
  • Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural & Related Subjects (D)
  • Physical Sciences (F)
  • Mathematical Sciences (G)

There are several courses which will fall into one of the categories listed.

If the course you wish to study is not an exception course, you will not receive funding.

You may be eligible though if you were to study the course at masters level,
you will find more information on the Post Graduate Loan here

http://bit.ly/28XNE4r


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Hi PerhapsPhysio,

Student Finance will not fund a second degree, if you already hold an equivalent level qualification, unless it is classed as an exception course for example an NHS or Allied Health Profession or Teaching qualification.

For a student to be classed as Allied Health Professional they will need to be studying a course from the list below:

  • Chiropody
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operating Department Practice (Diplomas and Degrees)
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Radiography
  • Radiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy



Exception subjects for new Part Time Loan students.

This means that students could be eligible to receive support for a second qualification if studying for a part time honours degree in one of the following.

  • Engineering (H)
  • Technology (I)
  • Computer Science (J)

The 2017/18 student finance regulations will include a further 5 categories of exception subjects. These are as follows:
  • Subjects Allied to Medicine (B)
  • Biological Sciences (C)
  • Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural & Related Subjects (D)
  • Physical Sciences (F)
  • Mathematical Sciences (G)

There are several courses which will fall into one of the categories listed.

If the course you wish to study is not an exception course, you will not receive funding.

You may be eligible though if you were to study the course at masters level,
you will find more information on the Post Graduate Loan here

http://bit.ly/28XNE4r


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Hi Rona, thanks for your detailed response. I was accepted for part time funding however I was advised by two members of SFE to withdraw that application to apply full time so I'm guessing I've been misadvised?
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Hi Rona, thanks for your detailed response. I was accepted for part time funding however I was advised by two members of SFE to withdraw that application to apply full time so I'm guessing I've been misadvised?
Hi PerhapsPhysio,

Apologies for any incorrect advice given over the phone.

It is only part time courses that are eligible. Please do not withdraw or cancel this if you require the Tuition Fee Loan as a full time application would not be eligible.

Regards,

Stuart
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Hi PerhapsPhysio,

Apologies for any incorrect advice given over the phone.

It is only part time courses that are eligible. Please do not withdraw or cancel this if you require the Tuition Fee Loan as a full time application would not be eligible.

Regards,

Stuart
Right, ok thank you Stuart. Last questions and hopefully I'll be all sorted.

Would I be eligible for maintenance loan is I study part time? / If I self fund full time study would I be eligible for maintenance loan?

Many thanks once again for all your help its very greatly appreciated.
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Right, ok thank you Stuart. Last questions and hopefully I'll be all sorted.

Would I be eligible for maintenance loan is I study part time? / If I self fund full time study would I be eligible for maintenance loan?

Many thanks once again for all your help its very greatly appreciated.

Hi PerhapsPhysio,

Part time courses attract a loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fee only, there is no support available for living costs with a part time application.

Studying full time, a student who does not have entitlement for years of study due to their previous study, can still be eligible to receive a means tested Maintenance Loan and supplementary grants, but it is different if you have gained a qualification.

If you were to study full -time and the course you wish to do is not a full time exception course, then because you already hold an equivalent level qualification, you would not be entitled to any support through Student Finance England.

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Hi sorry to jump on this thread - I am doing a STEM degree as a 2nd Degree (I have a BA Hons in Education already). I am doing 120 credits in each academic year with OU...am I entitled to maintenance loans? Thanks in advance
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Hi sorry to jump on this thread - I am doing a STEM degree as a 2nd Degree (I have a BA Hons in Education already). I am doing 120 credits in each academic year with OU...am I entitled to maintenance loans? Thanks in advance
Hi there,

OU students are only able to apply for the Part Time Maintenance Loan if they undertaking a distance learning course due to a disability.

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Hello Rona,I hope this email finds you well. I have already got help with my tuition fees from SFE for my first degree in psychology. Now, I want to study biomedical sciences as well. I have found a distance learning program (part-time) that is offered from a university in Northern Ireland. Would I be eligible to get help again for this particular course? If so, can i take it at the same time with the postgraduate loan (Master's)?Thank you. I look forward to hearing back from you. Best,Alex
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Hello Rona,I hope this email finds you well. I have already got help with my tuition fees from SFE for my first degree in psychology. Now, I want to study biomedical sciences as well. I have found a distance learning program (part-time) that is offered from a university in Northern Ireland. Would I be eligible to get help again for this particular course? If so, can i take it at the same time with the postgraduate loan (Master's)?Thank you. I look forward to hearing back from you. Best,Alex
Hi Alex, you wouldn't be able to have two products at the same time. If you're currently living in England your University would need to be an England domiciled University.

Regards, Aisha.
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Hi, I left Uni years ago and didn’t complete a degree. I’m now older and have paid off my previous student loan. I would like to study Psychology full time with Open University. Can I apply for funding? Thanks
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Hi, I left Uni years ago and didn’t complete a degree. I’m now older and have paid off my previous student loan. I would like to study Psychology full time with Open University. Can I apply for funding? Thanks
Hi Amos88

If you are studying with the Open University, regardless of intensity of study, you will be classed as a Part Time student. If you previously studied full time and did not gain a qualification, your entitlement will not be effected and you will be eligible to receive a maximum 16 years of tuition fee funding. If you previously studied part time, the years spent studying part time will be deducted from your 16 year entitlement.

No part time maintenance loan is available unless you are undertaking a distance learning course with the Open University due to a disability.

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Hello! I am starting a part time course at uni in a few weeks and this will be my 2nd degree. I have applied for funding for 90 credits (which I believe is the maximum I can get part time funding for?), I am wondering if I would be able to take the full 120 credits but pay the other 30 credits myself?Thankyou!
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Hi, I am currently completing my Open University part-time psychology degree and I wondered what my options were to access further funding to complete a full-time degree afterwards, either in engineering, counseling or other healthcare subject?
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Hi,

If you receive your degree in Psychology you would be able to apply for exception courses only. Currently the full time healthcare exceptions are;

  • Chiropody
  • Dietetics
  • Dietetics and Nutrition (Please note that these courses specifically have both dietetics and nutrition in the title. The individual course nutrition is not a valid AHP course)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operating Department Practice(Diplomas and Degrees)
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Radiography
  • Radiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

You could also be eligible for a full time PGCE.

Hope this helps,
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Hi,I have a BA in English as if this summer but I’m looking to do a degree in zoo biology BSc, would I be able to apply for full tuition and maintenance loans or not? Thanks Sofia
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Hi,I have a BA in English as if this summer but I’m looking to do a degree in zoo biology BSc, would I be able to apply for full tuition and maintenance loans or not? Thanks Sofia
Hi Sofiaserr,

Can you confirm, will you be studying full-time or part-time and which university would you be studying at please?

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I already hold a BSc and I am looking to study Physics at The Open University, would I be eligible for tuition fee loans if I study Full Time? Or only Part Time?
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