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Part-time students

Nursing StudentPart-time students may be eligible to apply for a student loan to help with the cost of their tuition fees. Tuition fees for part-time study are up to £6750 per year of study but it is important that part-time applicants check the course specification for full fee details. 

Use the links below to skip to the finance information relevant to your course:

Undergraduate courses

Part-time students will be required to pay a maximum of £6750 each year over the course of their studies. Fees for part-time students with a fixed term of study are calculated pro-rata. This means that the annual fee is calculated by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it takes the student to complete the course. For example,  if a student is studying an FdA over 4 years, the total cost of the course would be £14,000 and the fee per year would be £3,500 If you’re planning on studying part-time, please check the course specification for full fee details.

Click on the links below to view tuition fees based on start date.

Courses starting between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015

Tuition fees for the 2014/15 academic year
Course Full-time annual fee (Home/EU/Channel Islands) Total fee (Home/EU/Channel Islands) 
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) and LLB £9,000 £27,0001
DipHE £9,000 £18,0002
FdA and FdSc £7,000 £14,0002
Premium foundation £9,000 £18,0002
Year 0 £6,000 (first year) and £9,000 (second to fourth year) £33,000
CertHE £9,000 £9,000
University Award (UA) £1,400 £1,400
University Diploma (UD) £2,100 £2,100
University Advanced Diploma (UAD)  £2,100 £2,100
University Certificate (UC) £2,100 £2,100

1 Where the equivalent full-time course duration is three years.
2 Where the equivalent full-time course duration is two years.

Courses starting after 1 August 2015

Tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year
Course Full-time annual fee (Home/EU/Channel Islands) Total fee (Home/EU/Channel Islands) 
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) and LLB £9,000 £27,0001
DipHE £9,000 £18,0002
FdA and FdSc £7,000 £14,0002
Premium foundation £9,000 £18,0002
Year 0 £6,000 (first year) and £9,000 (second to fourth year) £33,000
CertHE £9,000 £9,000
University Award (UA) £1,400 £1,400
University Diploma (UD) £2,100 £2,100
University Advanced Diploma (UAD)  £2,100 £2,100
University Certificate (UC) £2,100 £2,100

1 Where the equivalent full-time course duration is three years.
2 Where the equivalent full-time course duration is two years.

Student loans

If you are a part-time student and you are studying for your first degree or other higher education qualification which is at least 25% of the intensity of an equivalent full-time course, you may be entitled to apply for a loan to help meet the cost of your tuition fees. 

Tuition fee loans are not tested against household income and you can apply for the maximum amount of up to £6750 to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Tuition fee loans are paid directly to the University on your behalf so you do not have to arrange for payments to be paid. Part-time students are not eligible to apply for maintenance funding however part-time attendance gives you the opportunity to work alongside your studies.

Additional support

Part-time students with specific circumstances may be eligible to apply for additional support. For more information about this, go to https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/extra-help

For more information about funding for part-time study, check out this handy guide.

How to apply

Apply to the funding body for the area in which you live at the time of your course application. Apply as soon as the application process opens in January/February 2015.

You do not need to have an offer of a place before you apply. Think which
university and course would be your first choice and put this on your application. You can change this information very easily online later.

England
Apply online to Student Finance England
Helpline number: 0845 3005090.

Northern Ireland
Apply online to Student Finance Northern Ireland
Helpline number: 0300 100 0077 
Or through your Education Library Board.

Wales
Apply online to Student Finance Wales
Or through your Local Authority.

Scotland
Apply online to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Loan repayments

  • Repayment is based on what you earn and not what you owe.
  • Your repayments start once you are earning a salary of £21,000 or above.
  • Repayments will be 9% of your income above £21,000, so the amount repaid each month will depend on your earnings.
  • Payments are automatically deducted from your salary.
  • All outstanding repayments will be written off after 30 years.

Rates of interest

Interest will be applied at the inflation Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 3% while you are studying, and up until the April after you leave university. From the April after you leave university if you are earning:

  • below £21,000, interest will be applied at the rate of inflation
  • between £21,000 and £41,000, interest will be applied between RPI and up to RPI +3% on a gradual scale depending on income
  • above £41,000, interest will be applied at RPI +3%.

These tables illustrate your approximate monthly repayments.

Repayment of fee loans
SalaryApproximate monthly repayment
£21,500 £4
£25,000 £30
£30,000 £67.50
£40,000 £142.50
£50,000 £217.50
£60,000 £292.50
Calculate your repayments
 CareerTypical starting salaryYour weekly take home payYour weekly student loan repayments
Teacher £21,500 £326.58 £0.87
Nurse £21,000 £320.04 £0
Business Consultant £25,000 £372.35 £6.92
ICT Manager £24,000 £359.27 £5.19
Police Officer £24,000 £359.27 £5.19
Social Worker £24,000 £359.27 £5.19
Civil Servant £22,000 £333.12 £1.73

For more information and to estimate what your loan repayments will look like, visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

How to apply

To apply for your funding, see information on the Direct Gov website when it becomes available.

Continuing Professional Development

Teacher Leaning on BooksThe tuition fees for continuing professional development (CPD) courses vary depending on the number of credits and the intensity of the course. The fee for each course can be found on its course page, however the table below shows the standard rate for CPD courses.

The tuition fees for CPD courses may be paid by the student or a sponsor. Find out more about paying tuition fees.

Students starting between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015

Standard tuition fees for the 2014/15 academic year
 Course level or type Credits Home, EU and Channel Islands
Health short course 10 £250
20 £500
BA or DipHE module 10 £750
20 £1,500
60 £4,500
FdA module 10 £583
20 £1,167
60 £3,500
Other undergraduate module
 
 
 
10 £350
20 £700
60 £2,100
120 £4,200
Postgraduate modules
- Band A 
- Band B 
- Band C 

20
20
20
 
£500
£778
£1,111

Students starting after 1 August 2015

Standard tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year
 Course level or type Credits Home/EUInternational
Health short course 10 £250 £250
20 £500 £500  
BA or DipHE module 10 £750 £875
20 £1,500 £1,750  
60 £4,500 £5,250  
FdA module 10 £583 £625
20 £1,167 £1,250  
60 £3,500 £3,750  
Other undergraduate module
 
 
 
10 £350 £350
20 £700 £700  
60 £2,100 £2,100  
120 £4,200 £4,200  
Postgraduate modules
- Band A 
- Band B 
- Band C 
- International distance learning

20
20
20
20
 
£500
£778
£1,111
-
 
£1,167
£1,333
£1,722
£889

ILM Courses

For information on ILM course tuition fees and funding please contact Kim Shuttleworth.