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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.

Living Costs: Student Finance

You can apply for a non-income assessed reduced rate Maintenance Loan.  In 2019/20 providing your work placement is based in London the amount is £3,804.  If your work placement is elsewhere in the UK its £2,709. If you live at home it's £2,031. 

You are not normally eligible for the Maintenance Grant. However, there are two exceptions to this:

  • During the work placement year you study full time at Queen Mary University of London for ten weeks or more, or
  • Your work experience constitutes ‘unpaid service’. This has a very specific definition, and includes research in an institution. A Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service can help if you need further information about this.

If you qualify for a Maintenance Grant in the placement year, you can apply for the full rate of income-assessed Maintenance Loan. In 2019/20 this is up to £8,946 if you started your course in 2012 or later and your work placement is based in London.  If your work placement is elsewhere in the UK its £6,411. If you live at home it's £5,099. 

Tuition Fee

2012 or later course start date

The tuition fee for 2012 or later entrants who will be doing a work placement as part of a sandwich course from 2019/20 will be 20% of the full-time rate of tuition fee (£1850). 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 (£9000) if at least 10 weeks are spent at Queen Mary.

Queen Mary Bursary

You will not normally be eligible for the Queen Mary Bursary during the placement year of a sandwich course, unless you are eligible for income assessed Student Finance (see the two exceptions described above in bullet points).

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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