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Hello

I’ll be applying to study a foundation degree in Counselling Studies through the University of Sunderland next year. The course is part time and two years long, so eligible for a tuition fee loan.

I did a year of previous study at a different university on a totally different course in 2018 but dropped out in my last term of first year as I fell pregnant.

When it comes to finishing my foundation degree, the University of Sunderland offer a 1 year BA top up course. It’s a natural progression that most students do, but after looking online and seeing how SFE work out how many years of funding they offer, will I be able to get it funded?

The website says
Length of new course (2 fda) + one additional year – years of previous study (1) = the number of years the student can get funding, which would be 2 and cover the fda but not the top up. But I’ve also seen that top up years are worked out differently.

Any guidance? Thanks.
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Top-ups are worked out differently. The bit that can cause problems is if students take a gap year (or more) between completing an FdA and taking the top up.

However even outside that you should be able to get your previous year study ignored due to Compelling Personal Reasons if you can send through evidence of your pregnancy leading to you leaving your course.
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