In the second part of our Parents’ Guide series, we look at some of the paperwork you’ll need to consider completing for your son or daughter’s course.
Student finance forms
Student finance forms for tuition fee loans and maintenance grants and loans are usually completed from March onwards but application forms for support can be submitted once an application for an undergraduate course has been made. It’s important to ensure that these are completed and submitted in good time. For continuing students the Local Authority will continue to process these and then confirm personal eligibility to financial support. This information is then passed to Student Finance England who will process your application for payment. New student applications must be made directly through Student Finance England. When your son or daughter enrols at university, the university confirms this with Student Finance England who will then release the payment.
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If you’re a home student planning on studying on a full- or part-time undergraduate course at university this September, you’ll need to apply for financial support to determine your eligibility and individual support package. Eligibility for certain elements of support is usually assessed on your household income, so it’s important that you apply for assessment well in advance of the course start date so that you are able to plan ahead.
Standard student support arrangements can include loans for fees and living costs and a maintenance grant*. For more information about funding for the 2009/10 academic year, visit the Direct website.
You can apply online for student support at Student Finance Direct or download a form to complete. Further information is available from your Local Authority or by visiting www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk. Through this application you can be assessed for eligibility for tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and a maintenance grant. Many universities also offer a bursary to their students, with each university determining its own policy with regard to how bursary money is allocated to eligible students. You should contact individual institutions to enquire about their particular University Bursary arrangements.
For more information about fees and finance for Birmingham City University courses, please visit our website.
Students from EU countries can find out more about funding by visiting the section about funding for EU students on the Direct.gov.uk website.
*Please note that those who will be studying on NHS-funded degree or diploma courses have different funding arrangements and are advised to consult www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk for information about this.
With the advent of a New Year, people often take time to reflect and start thinking about future aspirations. Maybe:
- There’s something you’ve always been interested in – like learning a new skill or hobby, for example.
- You’re considering a change of direction in terms of your career or professional development.
- You want to do something to because you’re motivated by improving your knowledge in a particular area.
There are a whole host of ways you could go about making these changes – there may be local workshops, adult education classes or short courses provided by education providers in the area. For more significant changes, you could be looking at retraining through a degree or professional qualification.
If you’d like to explore avenues for developing yourself or doing something different but you’re unsure about what you’d like to do, perhaps talking to a careers advisor could help. Visit http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/ for more information about contacting a qualified careers advisor.
If you do decide to take up study; it doesn’t have to mean studying on a full-time course; there are a multitude of part-time or short course options that might be appropriate, depending on the subject you’re interested in. But, if you do want to consider more substantive study options, it’s important to be fully clued up on what’s available and what you’ll need to do. You’ll need to research courses, study commitment and costs for starters.
Finding a course to suit you:
Tools such as www.hotcourses.com can help you to find everything from short courses to postgraduate study in your area or further afield. Postgraduate study options can be researched at www.prospects.ac.uk. The UCAS website has a great course search function, allowing you to explore available full-time undergraduate courses. And, of course, university and college websites will tell you more about what’s on offer at particular institutions.
How much will the course you’re looking at cost? Is there any financial support available? Here are a few starting points you can use to find out more about possible sources of funding:
- Information about financial help for adult learners can be found here.
- Want information about student financial support for University and Higher Education courses? Look here for more details.
- Postgraduate funding is different to undergraduate funding and there is, generally, no financial support available through the government. However, there are exceptions to this, such as certain NHS-funded courses, Social Work courses and PGCE qualifications. Prospective postgraduate students often need to be resourceful in seeking out funding opportunities. If your proposed study is related to your current job role, is it feasible to talk to your employer about support for the course – either as study leave or in terms of paying for the course? Are there any relevant scholarships or bursaries available? The Prospects website has links to resources which can help you find any such schemes.
Whatever spurs you on, you can start taking steps towards your goals and exploring options open to you. If you’d like to chat to a course adviser about any courses offered at Birmingham City University, please contact Choices on 0121 331 5595 or email us.
Postgraduate study can provide a rewarding and exciting route to developing yourself personally, academically or professionally. There can be a whole host of reasons as to why those who decide to take up further study choose to do so at different stages of their lives.
However you arrive at a decision to study, it’s important that you are comfortable with any decision you reach, considering the full range of options available to you in terms of course selection, institution and funding.
Finding a suitable course
There are a myriad of course options available to prospective students. Think about what you want to get out of postgraduate study. Do you want to enhance your knowledge in a subject related to your bachelor’s degree? Are you seeking a course which will provide a professionally recognised qualification in a particular area? Do you want to change direction completely? You need to ask yourself as many questions as you need to in order to draw out relevant information on which you can base your decision. Continue reading Graduate options: considering postgraduate study
When considering studying at university, many people think about the benefits of embarking on a course which will allow them to not only progress academically, but one which will prepare them for a specific profession. The healthcare field provides challenging, rewarding and fulfilling careers to many people who enter into a variety of different roles, from clinical or medical through to more general support services.
Here, we look at key information for a number of health-related courses which offer both professionally focused and more general routes for prospective students seeking out opportunities in healthcare. For links to further information about careers in these different areas, please visit here.
Nursing is a highly rewarding career. Qualified nurses to work closely with patients to support then in the delivery of their care and administer treatment. Nurses work closely with members of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team and have a crucial role in the planning and delivery of client care. With options to initially train in one of four branch specialisms: Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, qualified nurses may then progress to further specialise within their professional area.
Continue reading Think about: studying for a career in health