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Previous study and equivalent and lower qualifications

Please note, the information below is for prospective English-domiciled students joining undergraduate programmes at Edge Hill University between August 2020 and July 2022. Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and EU students should get in touch for further information.

In the current English student financial support system, your eligibility for student funding may be affected if you have studied all or part of a higher education course before coming to university.

  • Previous Study: If you have studied a higher education course before (level 4 or level 5), even if you didn’t complete it, you may not get Government tuition fee support for the full length of your course, meaning you may have to pay some or all of the tuition fees yourself.
  • Equivalent and Lower Qualifications (ELQs): If the course you take at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to one you already hold, you may not get Government support for your tuition fees or living costs.

There are exceptions but if you intend to study an undergraduate course that will not be your first higher education programme, it is essential that you check your entitlement to student funding.

If you have withdrawn from a previous course due to compelling personal reasons, such as illness, mental health, bereavement, pregnancy or a caring responsibility, you could be eligible to receive an extra year of tuition fee support.

To find out how studying at higher education level before may impact on your eligibility for financial support, please view the relevant dropdown box below.

“I intend to study on a full-time or part-time undergraduate programme of an equivalent or lower level to a qualification I already hold.”

“I intend to study on a full-time undergraduate programme but have previously withdrawn or transferred from a course of higher education without obtaining a qualification.”

“I intend to study on a part-time undergraduate programme but have previously withdrawn or transferred from a course of higher education without obtaining a qualification.”

“I have studied on a course of higher education before and plan to ‘top up’ to a qualification of a higher level.”

“I intend to study for a pre-registration health and social care degree in Nurse Paramedic (Adult), Nursing, Midwifery, Operating Department Practice or Nursing & Social Work.”

“I intend to study for an initial teacher training degree of two years in length.”

If you think your eligibility to receive financial support may be affected by previous study, or if the programme you intend to study at Edge Hill University is of an equivalent or lower level to a higher education qualification you already hold, it is important to clarify your situation.

You do not have to be a student or applicant to contact us. Our friendly support services can provide advice and in some cases may also be able to help you in dealing with Student Finance England to improve your funding.

If you have any queries about tuition fees, you can email Academic Registry at [email protected].

If you have any questions about previous study and the potential impact it may have on your eligibility for financial support, you can get in touch with the Money Advice Team on (+44) 01695 657250 or email [email protected].

Alternatively, you can contact the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre on 01695 657301 or e-mail [email protected].