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Funding for sandwich courses

Funding for sandwich courses

Students on a sandwich course will usually spend a year of the course on a work placement in the UK. During this year your entitlement to Student Finance will be different to the other three years of the course.

You won’t be on work placement in your first year, but this information is included here to help you plan ahead if you will be undertaking a sandwich year later in your course.

Living Costs: Student Finance

You can apply for a non-income assessed reduced rate Maintenance Loan.  In 2020/21, if you live away from home and providing your work placement is based in London the amount is £3,914.  If you live away from home and your work placement is elsewhere in the UK it's £2,788. If you live at home it's £2,090. 

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for students who will be doing a work placement as part of a sandwich course in 2020/21 will be 20% of the full-time rate of tuition fee (£1,850). You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to pay for this, if you are normally eligible for one.

Students undertaking only one semester on work placement are charged the regular full-time rate for the year of the programme (£9,000/£9,250) if at least 10 weeks are spent at Queen Mary University of London.

Queen Mary Bursary

You will not normally be eligible for the Queen Mary Bursary during the placement year of a sandwich course.  

EEA Migrant Workers

If you receive UK government Student Finance on the basis of being an EEA worker, your eligibility for maintenance support will cease while you are on your work placement year. This is because your work placement is considered ancillary. Ancillary means the work is part of the course or work you were offered only because you have been accepted on a particular course.

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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