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Part-time students

FNursing Studentrom August 2016, part-time students will be invoiced on a per module basis each semester.

Modular billing enables students on flexible programmes (e.g. continuing professional development programmes) to enrol on substantive awards without being tied into course payments over a fixed term.

If you are considering study on a series of stand-alone modules, or have studied this way in the past, please contact us to discuss how modular billing can help you to enrol on your intended award without financial penalty.

Invoices per module will be raised within the semester in which the module starts e.g. Semester One (August – January), Semester Two (January – April) and Extended Semester Two (April – July).

Please use the links below for fee rates and funding details relating to your course:

+ Undergraduate courses

Your part-time offer letter will indicate the total number of credits associated with your course, and the fee rate for a standard 20 credit module for your course.

Tuition fees for modules of a greater or lesser number of credits will be calculated pro-rata from the 20 credit base rate. The table below illustrates the pro-rata fee calculation where a 20 credit module costs £1,167 (figures are illustrative only).

Pro-rata fee calculation from 20 credit base rate (example)
No. of creditsFee rate
10 credit module £583
20 credit module £1,167
30 credit module £1,750
40 credit module £2,333

Fees for part-time students with a fixed term of study are calculated pro-rata from the full-time fee rate. This means that the annual fee is calculated by taking total fee rate of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it takes to complete the course on a part-time basis. For example, where a Foundation degree (FdA/FdSc) is studied full-time, over 2 years, at a total cost of £14,000, for the same course studied part-time, over 4 years, the annual fee would be £3,500.

Please note that many part-time, post-registration health courses at the University of Cumbria are designated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and subject to different fee rates e.g. BSc (Hons) Practice Development; please check the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) section for further details.

Period of study

Courses studied on a part-time basis usually have a standard period of study or period of enrolment. Typically your part-time study period will be twice the length of a comparable full-time course, so a CertHE would be studied over two years on a part-time basis or a Foundation Degree over four years.

If your programme allows the extension of study beyond the standard period of enrolment, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you.

Please be advised that you may find the total cost of your course increases, as you extend your period of study; if the cost of your course falls below the annual tuition fee ceiling, then fees for continuing students may be subject to inflation.

These tables below illustrate the way your period of study may affect the total tuition fee you pay for your course (figures are illustrative only) ►

University Certificate (60 credits at level 4)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 3 x 20 credit modules £800 £2,400
Total tuition fee payment £2,400

 

University Certificate (60 credits at level 4)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 2 x 20 credit modules £800 £1,600
YEAR 2 1 x 20 credit module £810 £810
Total tuition fee payment £2,410

 

University Certificate (60 credits at level 4)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 1 x 20 credit module £800 £800
YEAR 2 1 x 20 credit module £810 £810
YEAR 3 1 x 20 credit module £820 £820
 Total tuition fee payment £2,430

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 £6,750 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 2016.

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.

Module registrations

Please ensure your module registrations are submitted to the Course Information Point (CIP) prior to the start of each semester.

It is important that funding is in place for each module you study so if you are sponsored for part of your course, please ensure that your sponsor has approved funding for the appropriate amount or percentage of your course, and that the Accounts Receivable Team have received formal confirmation of this.

The modular billing process means that should you be unable to start a module as planned, you must contact the Course Information Point (CIP) immediately, otherwise an invoice will be raised to you or your sponsor.

 

+ Postgraduate courses

Your part-time offer letter will indicate the total number of credits associated with your course, and the fee rate for a standard 20 credit module for your course. Tuition fees for modules of a greater or lesser number of credits will be calculated pro-rata from the 20 credit base rate; the table below illustrates the pro-rata fee calculation where a 20 credit module costs £517 (figures are illustrative only).

Pro-rata fee calculation from 20 credit base rate (example)
No of creditsFee rate
10 credit module £258
20 credit module £517
30 credit module £775
40 credit module £1,033

Fees for part-time students with a fixed term of study are calculated pro-rata from the full-time fee rate. This means that the annual fee is calculated by taking total fee rate of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it takes to complete the course on a part-time basis. For example, where a Masters’ degree (MA/MSc) is studied full-time, over 1 year, at a total cost of £4,653, for the same course studied part-time, over 2 years, the annual fee would be £2,326.

Alumni discount

If you are eligible for the 20% Alumni discount, this will be indicated within your offer letter. Please be aware that the calculation will occur on issue of invoice and will not be reflected in the cost per module noted in your offer letter. The table below illustrates the application of the Alumni discount within the modular billing process (figures are illustrative only).

Application of Alumni discount (20%)
No of creditsOffer rate20% discountInvoice rate
10 credit module £300 £60 £240
20 credit module £600 £120 £480
30 credit module £900 £180 £720
40 credit module £1,200 £240 £960

Period of study

For part-time students on flexible study programmes, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you. Please bear in mind that you may find the total cost of your course increases, as you extend your period of study. Assuming that tuition fees for continuing students increase by an increment for inflation each year, the tables below illustrate the way your period of study affects the total tuition fee you pay for your course (figures are illustrative only).

MSc (180 credits at level 7)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 3 x 20 credit modules £517 £1,551
YEAR 2 3 x 20 credit modules £520 £1,560
YEAR 3 60 credit dissertation £1,575 £1,575
Total tuition fee payment £4,686

 

MSc (180 credits at level 7)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 3 x 20 credit modules £517 £1,551
YEAR 2 3 x 20 credit modules £520 £1,560
YEAR 3 Intercalation (i.e. student elects to take a break in study) – no fees raised
YEAR 4 60 credit dissertation £1590 £1,590
Total tuition fee payment £4,701

Postgraduate funding

The UK government has introduced a new Masters Loan scheme for students entering in 2016/17. The loan has the following key factors:

  • Up to £10,000 available (£5,000 if Masters studied part time) - applicants can use this on tuition or living costs
  • Any taught Masters (MA, MSc, MBA, LLM etc) course is eligible
  • Applicant must be under 60 and resident in England or EU    
  • Loan repaid on the same conditions as the current Undergraduate loans system (no repayments until earning over £21,000 p.a. etc.)

Full details of the Master loan and eligibility conditions can be found on the government's student finance website where applications will be open from Summer 2016.

Some courses, for example Social Work and some Health Professions Masters degrees do attract some funding. 

Contact us for more information.

For other courses not covered by either the Masters Loan or specialist funding, we advise you to do some research as early as possible into what funding is available to you.

Click on the links below for information on potentially available funding.

• Research councils

• Professional and career development loans

• Educational trust funds or charitable trust funds

• Scholarships and bursaries

Check out the websites below for more information about applying for postgraduate funding.

Module registrations

Please ensure your module registrations are submitted to the Course Information Point (CIP) prior to the start of each semester.

It is important that funding is in place for each module you study so if you are sponsored for part of your course, please ensure that your sponsor has approved funding for the appropriate amount or percentage of your course, and that the Accounts Receivable Team have received formal confirmation of this.

The modular billing process means that should you be unable to start a module as planned, you must contact the Course Information Point (CIP) immediately, otherwise an invoice will be raised to you or your sponsor.

 

+ Continuing professional development (CPD)

Your part-time offer letter will indicate the total number of credits associated with your course, and the fee rate for a standard 20 credit module for your course. Tuition fees for modules of a greater or lesser number of credits will be calculated pro-rata from the 20 credit base rate; the table below illustrates the pro-rata fee calculation where a 20 credit module costs £600 (figures are illustrative only).

Pro-rata fee calculation from 20 credit base rate (example)
No of creditsFee rate
10 credit module £300
20 credit module £600
30 credit module £900
40 credit module £1,200

Please note that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes at postgraduate level (level 7) are subject to different fee bandings e.g. MSc Practice Development; please check the Postgraduate section for further details.

Period of study

For part-time students on flexible study programmes, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you. Please bear in mind that you may find the total cost of your course increases, as you extend your period of study.

Assuming that tuition fees for continuing students increase by an increment for inflation each year, these tables illustrate the way your period of study affects the total tuition fee you pay for your course (figures are illustrative only) ►

Top-up degree (120 credits at level 6)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 3 x 20 credit modules £600 £1,800
YEAR 2 3 x 20 credit modules £605 £1,815
Total tuition fee payment £3,615

 

Top-up degree (120 credits at level 6)
 Modules studiedFee per moduleFee per annum
YEAR 1 2 x 20 credit modules £600 £1,200
YEAR 2 2 x 20 credit modules £605 £1,210
YEAR 3 2 x 20 credit modules £610 £1,220
Total tuition fee payment £3,630

Module registrations

Please ensure your module registrations are submitted to the Course Information Point (CIP) prior to the start of each semester.

It is important that funding is in place for each module you study so if you are sponsored for part of your course, please ensure that your sponsor has approved funding for the appropriate amount or percentage of your course, and that the Accounts Receivable Team have received formal confirmation of this.

The modular billing process means that should you be unable to start a module as planned, you must contact the Course Information Point (CIP) immediately, otherwise an invoice will be raised to you or your sponsor.

 

+ International students