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Uni for a 2nd time

Hi,

So to give a synopsis of my situation. I've been to Uni before though I didn't make it past 2nd year due to a series of unfortunate events. These being the sudden death of a close family member during 1st attempt followed by a head/brain injury in my resit year. Suffice it to say, it knocked the wind all the way out of my sails.

Fast forward a decade and I'm at a job with little to no chance of progression...Unless you have a degree.
So I was wondering if there is any chance I could get funding to go back to Uni?
I will preface that question by saying I'm not interested in any of the full-time exemption courses(Allied Healthcare). I would ideally do something business-related or get on the peaking around humanities curve train with computing/engineering

I've read countless threads on here to try and figure out my options but haven't been able to figure out for definite. Is part-time funding only for students who already have a degree? How long until LLE rolls out for degree courses? read it was being phased in starting with HTQs?

Thank-you,
Dan
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by 01cravend
Hi,
So to give a synopsis of my situation. I've been to Uni before though I didn't make it past 2nd year due to a series of unfortunate events. These being the sudden death of a close family member during 1st attempt followed by a head/brain injury in my resit year. Suffice it to say, it knocked the wind all the way out of my sails.
Fast forward a decade and I'm at a job with little to no chance of progression...Unless you have a degree.
So I was wondering if there is any chance I could get funding to go back to Uni?
I will preface that question by saying I'm not interested in any of the full-time exemption courses(Allied Healthcare). I would ideally do something business-related or get on the peaking around humanities curve train with computing/engineering
I've read countless threads on here to try and figure out my options but haven't been able to figure out for definite. Is part-time funding only for students who already have a degree? How long until LLE rolls out for degree courses? read it was being phased in starting with HTQs?
Thank-you,
Dan

Hi there,

Is it a full or part time course you're looking to study and do you know the course name? And just to confirm is it 2 years in total of previous study? Thanks, Jason
Reply 2
Original post by SFE Jason
Hi there,
Is it a full or part time course you're looking to study and do you know the course name? And just to confirm is it 2 years in total of previous study? Thanks, Jason

Hi Jason,

Erm I'm not set in stone on what id study, guess it depends on finance available, if any. But would be Plym Uni and one of the Business/Computing degrees they offer.
No it was 4 years previous study.

Dan
Original post by 01cravend
Hi Jason,
Erm I'm not set in stone on what id study, guess it depends on finance available, if any. But would be Plym Uni and one of the Business/Computing degrees they offer.
No it was 4 years previous study.
Dan

Thank you. Some computing courses are exempt from previous study rules if you are studying this at a part time level.

If that's the subject you are looking to study but at full time then it would be a previous study calculation for your tuition fees to confirm eligibility. Do you hold any qualifications? Thanks, Jason
Reply 4
Original post by SFE Jason
Thank you. Some computing courses are exempt from previous study rules if you are studying this at a part time level.
If that's the subject you are looking to study but at full time then it would be a previous study calculation for your tuition fees to confirm eligibility. Do you hold any qualifications? Thanks, Jason


Thanks for the info.

Well I never received anything from the Uni so I assume not. So level 3 quals are my highest.
Original post by 01cravend
Thanks for the info.
Well I never received anything from the Uni so I assume not. So level 3 quals are my highest.

Hi,

Based on what you have advised it would need to be one of our exception courses, or speak to the university you wish to study with to see if they know of alternative funding options.

Thanks,
Claire
Reply 6
Hi Claire,

Could you post the exception course list, full and part time please

Thankyou,

Dan
Original post by 01cravend
Hi Claire,
Could you post the exception course list, full and part time please
Thankyou,
Dan

We don't have a list for part time - you need to confirm the course and university you wish to study with so we can check if its one of the exception's on the system.

Full time exceptions are listed below:

Chiropody

Dental hygiene (Honours degree, diploma or foundation degree)

Dental therapy (Honours degree, diploma or foundation degree)

Dental hygiene and dental therapy (Joint or dual honours)

Dietetics

Dietetics and nutrition*

Midwifery (Degree Level)

Nursing (Degree Level)

Nursing and social work** (Dual honours)

Occupational therapy

Operating department practice (Degree or diploma level)

Orthoptics

Physiotherapy

Podiatry

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Radiography

Radiotherapy

Speech and language therapy


Student who already hold an ELQ will be eligible for maintenance support only (maintenance loan as well as supplementary grants and/or DSA where applicable) if they undertake an ELQ exception course. Students will be eligible if they start a new course leading to a qualification as a:

Medical Doctor

Dentist

Veterinary Surgeon (Veterinary Science courses can only be classed as an exception if the course leads the student to be a fully qualified Veterinary Surgeon)

Architect (RIBA 1 and 2 studied as one continuous full time course)

Social Worker

Teacher

Thanks,
Claire
Reply 8
Hi,

University of Plymouth

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year

I101


Would the above count as a part-time exception course? also, would I be able to apply for a maintenance loan too?

Thankyou
Original post by 01cravend
Hi,

So to give a synopsis of my situation. I've been to Uni before though I didn't make it past 2nd year due to a series of unfortunate events. These being the sudden death of a close family member during 1st attempt followed by a head/brain injury in my resit year. Suffice it to say, it knocked the wind all the way out of my sails.

Fast forward a decade and I'm at a job with little to no chance of progression...Unless you have a degree.
So I was wondering if there is any chance I could get funding to go back to Uni?
I will preface that question by saying I'm not interested in any of the full-time exemption courses(Allied Healthcare). I would ideally do something business-related or get on the peaking around humanities curve train with computing/engineering

I've read countless threads on here to try and figure out my options but haven't been able to figure out for definite. Is part-time funding only for students who already have a degree? How long until LLE rolls out for degree courses? read it was being phased in starting with HTQs?

Thank-you,
Dan

Note also that part-time funding is calculated separately from full time funding and prior full time funding shouldn't (in principle) impact entitlement for funding for a part-time course unless you have earned a qualification through your prior study (in which case equivalent or lower level qualification - ELQ - rules may apply).

Also as an aside - research has shown that STEM and non-STEM graduates have equivalent career and salary outcomes within 10 years of graduation: https://figshare.le.ac.uk/articles/report/The_employment_trajectories_of_Science_Technology_Engineering_and_Mathematics_graduates/10234421

And the graduate outcomes for CS were so bad for so long the government commissioned two inquiries into it a number of years ago. Don't assume a degree in CS will get you a well paying job with less effort than doing another degree. You'd need to do just as much legwork to get experience, prepare for assessment centres etc - and you aren't going to get preferential treatment by employers for generalist roles/grad schemes not requiring a specific degree (i.e. most of them) for having done a CS degree.

Avoid falling into the trap of thinking about certain degrees as better than others for employment - because that's really not how it works in reality. It's the student that makes the difference, and what that student does to make themselves employable.
Original post by 01cravend
Hi,

University of Plymouth

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year

I101


Would the above count as a part-time exception course? also, would I be able to apply for a maintenance loan too?
Thankyou

Hi Dan,

For a course like this to be an exception it needs to be part-time. According to our database, this course is only offered on a full-time basis, so it's definitely worth asking the university if they'll offer this course as a part-time one.

Thanks, Graeme

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