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Hi I hope someone can advise, as ive seen mixed answers to this online.

I already hold a BA degree in an art and design subject.
Im looking to retrain and do a part time 2nd degree at the OU in BSc engineering starting april 2021.

Would i be eligable for a 2nd loan for course fees?

Ive seen mixed answers online, some saying yes as its a STEM subject, but others say it needs to be medical related?

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Hi I hope someone can advise, as ive seen mixed answers to this online.

I already hold a BA degree in an art and design subject.
Im looking to retrain and do a part time 2nd degree at the OU in BSc engineering starting april 2021.

Would i be eligable for a 2nd loan for course fees?

Ive seen mixed answers online, some saying yes as its a STEM subject, but others say it needs to be medical related?

Thanks
Hi there,

Below is a list of the Full Time courses exempt from Equivalent Level Qualification (ELQ) and Previous Study rules:
- Graduate Entry Medical 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 Allied Health Professional course)
- Occupational Therapy
- Operating Department Practice (Diplomas and Degrees)
- Orthoptics
- Physiotherapy
- Podiatry
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
- Radiotherapy
- Speech and Language Therapy/ Dental courses

Part Time
If you already hold an Honours degree or a higher level (HE) qualification, you are able to apply for a Part Time Fee Loan for any one of the exception course below. For students who start a new course from 18/19 onwards, this will mean they can apply for the Part Time Maintenance Loan as well as tuition fees.
- Medicine and Dentistry
- Subjects to Allied Medicine
- Biological and Sport Science
- Psychology
- Veterinary Sciences
- Agriculture, Food and Related Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- General and Others in Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Engineering and Technology
- Computing
- Geographical and Environmental Studies


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Thank you, SFE Isaac, this is helpful. Do you know whether this position is under discussion? As many graduates will be looking to retrain in the current climate, do you think it is possible the government will allow those subjects on the P-T list to be studied full time from 2021, with full-time funding?
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Thank you, SFE Isaac, this is helpful. Do you know whether this position is under discussion? As many graduates will be looking to retrain in the current climate, do you think it is possible the government will allow those subjects on the P-T list to be studied full time from 2021, with full-time funding?
I'm not sure unfortunately. Our regulations are updated each year so anything is possible
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Thank you, SFE Isaac. Who can we lobby/pester to get this into the conversation on student funding and shortage professions/STEM subjects? This feels very urgent with the Augur Review ( I think that's what it's called), the spending review due this Autumn.
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Thank you, SFE Isaac. Who can we lobby/pester to get this into the conversation on student funding and shortage professions/STEM subjects? This feels very urgent with the Augur Review ( I think that's what it's called), the spending review due this Autumn.
I think you could contact your MP to discuss this.
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