Can you get a student loan for a foundation year if you have previous BA/MA quals?

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Does anyone know if the following is possible?

I need to complete a foundation year course to give me the pre requisites for an Msci Physiotherapy degree.

I am a mature student and don’t have the finances to stop working whilst completing these and want to know if I would be entitled to a student loan whilst completing the Foundation year, if studied at university?

I already have a BSc, PGCE and MA diploma (from 12* years ago) and accessed student loans then. Does anyone know if I would be eligible for it this time around or if a Physiotherapy degree with a foundation year would be my best option? My preference is on the Msci due to the field I already work in and intend to work in.

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If it's an integrated part of a qualifying exception course I believe you should get funding for the foundation year as well (e.g. it's a 5 year MSci Physiotherapy with Foundation Year course with a unique UCAS code for that course). If it's a separate/unlinked foundation year (e.g. at another uni or for another course at the same uni) then most likely you would not get funding for it, I think.

One of the SFE reps can hopefully confirm though soon
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If it's an integrated part of a qualifying exception course I believe you should get funding for the foundation year as well (e.g. it's a 5 year MSci Physiotherapy with Foundation Year course with a unique UCAS code for that course). If it's a separate/unlinked foundation year (e.g. at another uni or for another course at the same uni) then most likely you would not get funding for it, I think.

One of the SFE reps can hopefully confirm though soon
Thanks, that’s what I needed to clarify. This foundation year would allow me to progress on to the course offer for 2023 at that university but is a stand alone year.
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Thanks, that’s what I needed to clarify. This foundation year would allow me to progress on to the course offer for 2023 at that university but is a stand alone year.
Well wait and see what the official SFE rep says but I imagine you would have to self fund the foundation year in that case
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Well wait and see what the official SFE rep says but I imagine you would have to self fund the foundation year in that case
I’m holding on to all hopes that as I didn’t access a +1 year for my undergraduate degree I could use it for this. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼
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I’m holding on to all hopes that as I didn’t access a +1 year for my undergraduate degree I could use it for this. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼
Unfortunately that's not how it works :/ it'll be based on equivalent or lower qualification rules which will rule you out unless doing an exception course
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Unfortunately it’s not an exception course, it’s acting as the necessary additional credits and subjects that are pre requisites for the physio degree; my previous career was as an Assistant Headteacher so it’s all education-based qualifications that I have:
BA Joint Hons social science (2002-2005)
Primary PGCE (2006-7)
Then MA diplomas in Special Needs were all part time and funded by the local authority at the time.
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