Tuition Fees for Social Work Watch

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Hi, I wondered if anyone could advise if I'd be eligible for tuition fees for an undergraduate Social work degree.

I have a foundation degree through work (I did not apply for funding, but entirely sure where work secured the funding from). I did do some OU study years ago, which I got a hundred pounds help with.

When I rang student finance I am pretty sure I was told that Social Work is one of the degrees exempt from previous study being taken into consideration in terms of funding. Is this correct? An internet search has not brought much up. Thank you.
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Hi, I wondered if anyone could advise if I'd be eligible for tuition fees for an undergraduate Social work degree.

I have a foundation degree through work (I did not apply for funding, but entirely sure where work secured the funding from). I did do some OU study years ago, which I got a hundred pounds help with.

When I rang student finance I am pretty sure I was told that Social Work is one of the degrees exempt from previous study being taken into consideration in terms of funding. Is this correct? An internet search has not brought much up. Thank you.
Hi there,

In order to determine your eligibility, please confirm:

-Your course details – university, course name, level of qualification, length of course and start date.
-Your age.
-Your nationality, current status in the UK (if applicable) and where you have been living for the past 5 years.
-How many years of previous study you have in higher education.
-Your highest level of qualification.

Thanks, Ashley.
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Hi, I have submitted my application to student finance.

I am just waiting for my letter to confirm my child benefit entitlement to apply for child care grant.

The course I wish to study is Social Work at the University of Hull, to start September 2019. I am white British and have always lived in the UK. I'm 42 years old.

My highest level of qualification is a foundation degree which was funded by my employer.

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Thanks Tashie,

Was your foundation degree studied full time or part time? How many years did you do this for?

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It was studied part time as I was also working. It was funded by the NHS trust I work for x
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I did it in 2 years
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Hi Tashie,

Did you receive a qualification from your Open University study?
If not then you would have 2 years of Tuition Fee Loan funding left. This would go to Year 2 and Year 3 of your course. You would need to self fund the tuition fees for Year 1 however you could still apply for Maintenance Loan.
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No, my foundation degree was studied at York College and validated by Leeds Metropolitan University.
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I gained a diploma in Health & social care from the Open University.
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Hi,

Do you know what level this diploma was? For example level 4 or 5?
How many years did you spend at the Open University?
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I gained a diploma in Health & social care from the Open University.
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I did 3 years in total, the first year was an introductory course for those who had been away from study for some time. I then did a further 2 years. All 3:years were self funded. I'm am trying to find out what level the diploma sits at.
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Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to find the level. The current diploma the OU offer adds up to 240 credits, but my diploma is I think came from 180 credits. This was in 2010 I was awarded it.b
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I've struggled to find the level comparison. The current OU diploma is different to the one I was awarded in 2010. I think mine was based on 120 credits of study
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Not the 180 credits in my first reply x
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Okay,

So the first year was an access course? Not higher education?

This would mean that you have 4 years of previous study for the Foundation Degree and the Open University. This would mean that you would be eligible for Maintenance Loan and supplementary grants only for your social work course.

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This seems very unfair as my previous study has either been funded by myself or by my employer.
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Hi Tashie,

We take into account your previous study whether this was funded by ourselves or otherwise.

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I understand this, and would agree if I'd already had student finance for tuition fees once already. Looks like I am unable to pursue a career I have desired for years.
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