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Hello,

I understand the 3+1 rule for student finance, however I have been doing a foundation year entry qualification part-time with Birkbeck over two years (It is usually one year, however I have been doing it part-time at 50% intensity).

I have now been told that I do not qualify for year one funding of a full-time degree. Is there no allowance for the fact my foundation course was part-time? Good universities have offered me places for year 1 (including KCL and UCL) but I have been denied funding. Is this correct? It doesn't seem so according to the SFE website? I have written to SFE twice and telephoned, but they never give me an answer or fudge it.

Any help appreciated.

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Martin
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Hello,

I understand the 3+1 rule for student finance, however I have been doing a foundation year entry qualification part-time with Birkbeck over two years (It is usually one year, however I have been doing it part-time at 50% intensity).

I have now been told that I do not qualify for year one funding of a full-time degree. Is there no allowance for the fact my foundation course was part-time? Good universities have offered me places for year 1 (including KCL and UCL) but I have been denied funding. Is this correct? It doesn't seem so according to the SFE website? I have written to SFE twice and telephoned, but they never give me an answer or fudge it.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks,
Martin
Did you apply for student finance for the foundation? Or did you list your part time study on your application form?

Part time study that didn't result in a qualification (ie like you've done) wouldn't normally be counted in the previous study calculation.
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Did you apply for student finance for the foundation? Or did you list your part time study on your application form?

Part time study that didn't result in a qualification (ie like you've done) wouldn't normally be counted in the previous study calculation.
Thanks for replying. My course is technically called a Certificate of Higher Education, and I do get a certificate qualification for it. I did apply for a part-time loan for it from SFE which they gave me, so I had to list it when applying for future full-time degree funding.
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Thanks for replying. My course is technically called a Certificate of Higher Education, and I do get a certificate qualification for it. I did apply for a part-time loan for it from SFE which they gave me, so I had to list it when applying for future full-time degree funding.
Ahh

A CertHE is equivalent to year 1 of a degree. Normally you'd be expected to go into Yr 2 of a new degree if you hold a CertHE.

SFE staff will normally answer questions on Tuesday afternoons onwards so hopefully one of them will be able to help explain why a 2 year 50% intensity CertHE has been counted as 2 years of study in your previous study calculation. It could be that this is SFE/government policy.
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