Re-taking a period of study in attendance
Why might I need to re-take a period of study?
If you have interrupted, or if you are unable to sit exams and you submit an extenuating circumstances claim to sit them at a later date, you might need to re-take a period of study if you were not engaging with your course before you formally stopped studying. If you want to re-take a period in attendance, you need to request this from your academic school. If your school don’t agree to your request, contact Annie Mitchell in the Student’s Union for advice about whether you can appeal this decision.
If you are granted a re-take in attendance, you must make sure that you have enough funding for this (see below), as you will usually have to pay tuition fees and living costs for the extra period of time.
Medical and Dental students are usually required to re-take the whole academic year in attendance if they have interrupted their studies or need to re-sit exams.
How will re-taking in attendance affect my funding?
If you are resuming from an interruption of study part way through an academic year, contact a Welfare Adviser for advice about when to apply for Student Finance.
Certain elements of your Student Finance are affected by re-taking a period of study in attendance, and others are not. Under the standard entitlement shown below, you are eligible for a Student Finance Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant (pre-2016 starters only) for each year of your course, plus one extra year should you need it. SFE often refer to this extra year as a Gift Year:
Standard Entitlement to Student Finance
OD + 1
OD (ordinary duration of the course)+1 year ('plus one' year)
If you are a medical or dental student, the Ordinary Duration of your course only means the SFE funded years, not the NHS funded years. There is more information in our advice guide Funding for Medical and Dental Students, in the section Funding for re-taking periods of study.
If you are not funded by SFE because you normally live in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, contact a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service for advice about your entitlement.
If you need to repeat a year of study in attendance, or you are resuming from an interruption, in most cases you can use your ‘plus one’ year. However, if you need to repeat more than one year of study, you will already have used up your ‘plus one' year so you will only be eligible for a Student Finance Maintenance Loan plus any supplementary grants e.g. for childcare or dependents, for any retake periods. As you will not be eligible for a Tuition fee Loan for your repeat period you will have to pay your own tuition fees. However, there are exceptions to this rule – see the next section of this advice guide, Re-taking a period of study because of compelling personal reasons.
If you are normally eligible for a Student Finance Maintenance Loan and/or supplementary grants, you can apply for these for as many re-take periods of study as you need.
Previous study on an earlier degree course
If you have previously studied on a higher education course elsewhere, your entitlement to a ‘plus one’ year will be affected by the previous study rules:
Entitlement to Student Finance where there is previous study
OD + 1- PC
OD(ordinary duration of the current course)+ 1(extra ‘plus one’ year) – PC (years of previous Higher Education study before current course)
Previous course: 2015/16 – enrolled Year 1 (3 year Business Studies degree) at Bath University but withdrew during the first year in December 2015*[*]
Current course: 2019/20 – enrolled Year 1 at QMUL (3 year History degree)
Entitlement to Student Finance for current course = 3 + 1 – 1 = 3
(The standard length of the current course is 3 years, plus the ‘plus one’ year = 4 years, minus the one year of previous study at Bath leaves 3 years of full Student Finance for Queen Mary, which is enough for the standard number of years of the course).
Previous course: 2014-2016 – completed year 1 (3 year Physics degree) at Exeter University but then withdrew in the second year in April 2016
Current course: 2019/20 – enrolled Year 1 QMUL (3 year Biology degree)
Entitlement to Student Finance for current course = 3 + 1 – 2 = 2
(The standard length of the current course is 3 years, plus the ‘plus one’ year = 4 years, minus the two years of previous study at Exeter leaves 2 years of full Student Finance at Queen Mary. This means that in the first year this student would only be eligible for a Maintenance Loan plus any Supplementary Grants and would not be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan (although see the next section of this advice guide for exceptions to this rule). If this student does not fall into the exceptions they will have to pay the tuition fee for the first year themselves. However in years 2 and 3 they would also be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan. The years of full Student Finance are always payable in the later years of the course).
If you normally live in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, contact a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service as your entitlement may be different.
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