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Part 2 Architecture Student Finance

Hello, I graduated from my part 1 architecture undergrad degree in July 2017 (4 year sandwich), I am thinking to start my part 2 either in 2018 or 2019. I am slightly confused about how funding will work for architecture part 2. I understand that SFE will see both part 1 & 2 as a single 5 year degree as long as no more than 3 years gap is taken place between the two courses. My confusion being: since my part 1 was four years (during which I had had student finance for each year including placement year), does that '3 year gap' still start from back in July 2017 when I graduated? (meaning that I can do my Part 2 latest in Oct 2020) Secondly, because of the fact that my part 1 was four years, would I expected SFE to support my final year of my part two or not, as it would be 6 years in total? Lastly, I didn't need to tell my uni or SFE that I was taking gaps between part 1 & 2 when I finished Part 1, did I?

Sorry if it was not explained clearly, thank you for your time.
Original post by ym94
Hello, I graduated from my part 1 architecture undergrad degree in July 2017 (4 year sandwich), I am thinking to start my part 2 either in 2018 or 2019. I am slightly confused about how funding will work for architecture part 2. I understand that SFE will see both part 1 & 2 as a single 5 year degree as long as no more than 3 years gap is taken place between the two courses. My confusion being: since my part 1 was four years (during which I had had student finance for each year including placement year), does that '3 year gap' still start from back in July 2017 when I graduated? (meaning that I can do my Part 2 latest in Oct 2020) Secondly, because of the fact that my part 1 was four years, would I expected SFE to support my final year of my part two or not, as it would be 6 years in total? Lastly, I didn't need to tell my uni or SFE that I was taking gaps between part 1 & 2 when I finished Part 1, did I?

Sorry if it was not explained clearly, thank you for your time.


Hi Ym94,

While the majority of RIBA part 1 courses are 3 years, the 4 year sandwich route is another common route and SFE take that into account. This means that if you start RIBA part 2 within 3 years of completing RIBA part 1, including the sandwich year, you'll be classed as a returning student and be eligible for full funding for your full RIBA part 2.

This fact that you've not told SFE about the gap between 1 and 2 should't cause any issues with your Student Finance. I'd recommending double checking with the University as their policies may differ.

Kind regards,

John.
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I’m in a similar situation however I did a 3 year architecture undergraduate degree, worked for a year and now want to take a further 2 years to work/travel before going back to university for my part 2/masters. Does anyone have any experience of a similar situation or can offer any advice as to if a 3 year break with effect my student finance for my final 2 years? I’m in NI if this makes any difference. Any advice or answers greatly appreciated
Original post by sk75
I’m in a similar situation however I did a 3 year architecture undergraduate degree, worked for a year and now want to take a further 2 years to work/travel before going back to university for my part 2/masters. Does anyone have any experience of a similar situation or can offer any advice as to if a 3 year break with effect my student finance for my final 2 years? I’m in NI if this makes any difference. Any advice or answers greatly appreciated


You would need to contact Student Finance Northern Ireland if this is who you have previously applied to. Thanks, Karen

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