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Student finance - Change of circumstances form

Hi. I'm currently studying a nursing degree that began in January 2024. The year runs from Jan to Jan and because it began in Jan 2024, the funding for student finance is classed as 2023-2024.

I'm currently ready to drop out because I've applied for a PGCE for September 2024. I'd already started a student finance application for 2nd year of the nursing course but now I'm filling in a Change of Circumstances form to change the application to the PGCE.

My questions are, since the Nursing course runs from Jan to Jan and is classed as 23-24, and the pgce funding is 24-25, when filling the form, should I fill out the section that says im leaving my course or suspending my study?

Also, the parts that say "did the change of course take place after you started your previous course" what do I answer? Because this surely should be classed as a new application since its a new academic year application?

Sorry if it sounds complicated...

Basically Began nursing in Jan 2024... Nursing is 3 year course that runs from Jan 24 to Jan 25....
About to drop out and start PGCE Sept 2024 - Jun 2025.. obviously the nursing course would have clashed with the pgce dates if I didn't drop out.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by ibn__m7md
Hi. I'm currently studying a nursing degree that began in January 2024. The year runs from Jan to Jan and because it began in Jan 2024, the funding for student finance is classed as 2023-2024.
I'm currently ready to drop out because I've applied for a PGCE for September 2024. I'd already started a student finance application for 2nd year of the nursing course but now I'm filling in a Change of Circumstances form to change the application to the PGCE.
My questions are, since the Nursing course runs from Jan to Jan and is classed as 23-24, and the pgce funding is 24-25, when filling the form, should I fill out the section that says im leaving my course or suspending my study?
Also, the parts that say "did the change of course take place after you started your previous course" what do I answer? Because this surely should be classed as a new application since its a new academic year application?
Sorry if it sounds complicated...
Basically Began nursing in Jan 2024... Nursing is 3 year course that runs from Jan 24 to Jan 25....
About to drop out and start PGCE Sept 2024 - Jun 2025.. obviously the nursing course would have clashed with the pgce dates if I didn't drop out.

Hi there. In this case, we cannot use the Change of Circumstance form. If you have started and received payments for the Nursing course, we instead require your University to send us an electronic Change of Circumstance directly from them to us to inform us you have withdrawn from your course. Then, you would need to apply as a new student for the 24/25 Academic Year to start the new PGCE course in September. Thanks, David
Reply 2
Hi,

Thanks for that information. However, the application that I've started online for the 2024-2025 I've accidentally done it for Nursing instead of the PGCE.

That's why I thought I'd need the change of circumstances form.
Original post by ibn__m7md
Hi,
Thanks for that information. However, the application that I've started online for the 2024-2025 I've accidentally done it for Nursing instead of the PGCE.
That's why I thought I'd need the change of circumstances form.

Hi there. Yes, if you are changing the course name on the new 24/25 application then that is fine we can accept that form. If your previous application has now been withdrawn then what I advised previously is still required. Thanks, David
Reply 4
Original post by David SLC
Hi there. Yes, if you are changing the course name on the new 24/25 application then that is fine we can accept that form. If your previous application has now been withdrawn then what I advised previously is still required. Thanks, David

Thank you. I haven't withdrawn yet but I'm going to withdraw some time in the next month. I'm just waiting to have an offer for the PGCE.

So the uni that I withdraw from, they have to send a withdrawal to SFE?
Original post by ibn__m7md
Thank you. I haven't withdrawn yet but I'm going to withdraw some time in the next month. I'm just waiting to have an offer for the PGCE.
So the uni that I withdraw from, they have to send a withdrawal to SFE?

Yes that's correct. They will send this directly to ourselves. If none of this has happened yet it may be the case that for the 24/25 application you currently have a returning student application. If this is the case, we would need you to reapply as a new student. I would advise first speaking to the University and once your application is withdrawn we can then advise you on the correct process going forward. Thanks again, David
Reply 6
Original post by David SLC
Yes that's correct. They will send this directly to ourselves. If none of this has happened yet it may be the case that for the 24/25 application you currently have a returning student application. If this is the case, we would need you to reapply as a new student. I would advise first speaking to the University and once your application is withdrawn we can then advise you on the correct process going forward. Thanks again, David
Great thank you!

Since I've got a lot of study already ( 3 year bachelor degree, took a year in between that to do a foundation year, started a pgce but left after 4 weeks, currently doing nursing)
Will they allow me funding to do the PGCE?

I'm scared to withdraw from Nursing and then not get funding for the PGCE...
Hi there. Yes. The PGCE courses are considered as exception courses so as long as the course is between 1-2 years in length and that you do not already hold Qualified Teaching Status then you are eligible regardless of your previous study. Thanks, David
Reply 8
Original post by David SLC
Hi there. Yes. The PGCE courses are considered as exception courses so as long as the course is between 1-2 years in length and that you do not already hold Qualified Teaching Status then you are eligible regardless of your previous study. Thanks, David

When would you say is the best time for me to withdraw in terms of applying for finance?

This year ends next Jan. And the pgce starts this September.
Original post by ibn__m7md
When would you say is the best time for me to withdraw in terms of applying for finance?
This year ends next Jan. And the pgce starts this September.

We cannot advise when you should be withdrawing from your course sorry I can only advise that the process is to apply as a new student one the University have confirmed this. Thanks again, David

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