How many years of student finance am I entitled to?

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EmmaP1980
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I am just about to start my second year of a 2 year foundation degree. My plan was to do the top up to make it a full degree and then to do an MA in social work and apply for a masters loan.
But recently I have been thinking of not doing the top up and applying for a BA hons in social work which is 3 years. But if I did it this way would I end up having to fund some of it myself?

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I am just about to start my second year of a 2 year foundation degree. My plan was to do the top up to make it a full degree and then to do an MA in social work and apply for a masters loan.
But recently I have been thinking of not doing the top up and applying for a BA hons in social work which is 3 years. But if I did it this way would I end up having to fund some of it myself?

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Hello Emma,

As you have a lower level qualification and now wish to ‘top up’ to an Honours degree, we use the following calculation to work out the number of years you’re eligible for funding: Length of new course (or three, whichever is longest) + one year* – years spent on preliminary courses = Remaining entitlement (awarded to the final years of your course) * Or the ordinary duration of the preliminary course(s) minus one, if the preliminary course(s) was three years or more.
A preliminary course is one of the following:
•Certificate of Higher Education
•Diploma of Higher Education
•Higher National Certificate
•Higher National Diploma
•Foundation Degree

This mean you would have 2 years standard entitlement. Your funding would look like this:
Year 1- Maintenance Loan, Supplementary Grants (Childcare, Parent’s Learning Allowance and Adult Dependant Grant) and Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) if applicable.

Year’s 2 & 3- Tuition Fees, Maintenance Loan, Supplementary Grants (Childcare, Parent’s Learning Allowance and Adult Dependant Grant) and Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) if applicable.

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