Entitlement to Student Finance when Repeating with Attendance
What does repeat with attendance mean and how long will it take?
If you are made repeat with attendance, this means that you have not achieved enough credits to progress onto the next level of your course or to achieve your qualification. You will have to repeat any modules that you have failed. This includes attending lectures and submitting assignments or undertaking exams. If you do not wish to undertake your repeats you can contact the Exams department to see if you will be eligible for a fall-back award.
Tuition fees will be charged for any repeat study you undertake, and you will be not entitled to any of our fee waivers.
You may have to undertake your repeat study across a full academic year or you may be able to complete it in one semester, depending firstly on how many modules you are required to repeat, and secondly on their availability during that semester. Your Year Manager will be able to confirm how long your repeat study will take.
How much is my repeat study?
The fee for Undergraduate repeat study in 2015/16 is £340 for every 10 credits you need to repeat. The fee for 2016/17 is still to be confirmed.
If you started your course in 2011/12 or before please call Emma on 0121 232 4092 to find out how much your repeat study is.
Will Student Finance pay for my repeat study?
Student Finance will use the following calculation to determine whether they will pay for your repeat study:
Duration of course + 1 – number of attempts at previous Higher Education study = remaining entitlement
Assuming you have not previously extended the length of your course or started any other Higher Education course previously, Student Finance will fund you for one period of study where you are repeating with attendance.
A student studied Year 1 and Year 2 of BA(Hons) Sports Management. He has now failed Year 2 and needs to repeat Year 2 with attendance.
He had not previously started another Higher Education course. Thus the calculation would be:
3 (duration of course) + 1 - 2 (number of attempts at previous Higher Education study) = 2 years remaining entitlement
The two years’ of funding which remain will be allocated to the final year of the course first and worked backwards. The student therefore has enough funding remaining for Year 3 of the course and for the Year 2 repeat study.
However, if you have already extended the length of their course (e.g. through previously repeating study, transferring programme or deferring/suspending part way through a year) you will NOT get full funding for the repeat study; you will only be entitled to a maintenance loan.
A student completes year 1 of Foundation degree Events Management but fails 40 credits and has to repeat two modules. She has no previous study so Student Finance provides funding for her repeat study. She completes her repeats and progresses on to year 2. She fails 20 credits in year 2 and is again made repeat with attendance. However, as Student Finance has already funded one extra attempt, she will not receive full funding for this period of repeat study and will need to pay for her repeat study herself.
A student enrols on year 1 of BA(Hons) Aviation and Airport Management. At the end of the year, having decided the course is not for him, he decides to transfer onto year 1 BA(Hons) Marketing Management. He has had no other previous Higher Education study so Student Finance provides funding for year 1 of BA(Hons) Marketing Management. He completes the year but fails 40 credits and is made repeat with attendance. However, as Student Finance has already funded one extra attempt, he will not receive full funding for this period of repeat study. He will need to pay the tuition fees for the repeat study himself.
The calculation that has been used here is:
3 (duration of course) + 1 – 2 (number of attempts at previous Higher Education study (i.e. Year 1 BA(Hons) Aviation and Airport Management and Year 1 BA(Hons) Marketing Management)) = 2 years remaining entitlement
The 2 years remaining entitlement is allocated to Year 3 and Year 2, so the student needs to pay for his repeats on Year 1.
Compelling Personal Reasons
If you have ‘compelling personal reasons’ that negatively impacted your studies and feel it was as a result of these circumstance that you have been made repeat with attendance you may be able to apply for Compelling Personal Reasons. If accepted Student Finance would disregard this period of previous study. This may enable you to receive funding for your repeat study (if you have run-out of funding) or it may protect you in future years, for any further extension to your course.
A student completes year 1 of Foundation degree Events Management but fails 40 credits and has to repeat two modules. She has no previous study so Student Finance provides funding for her repeat study. She completes her repeats and progresses on to year 2. However, during Year 2 she suffers from severe depression, for which she is undertaking medication and seeing a counsellor on a regular basis, she is also keeping her Year Manager abreast of the difficulties she is facing and the impact this is having on her studies. She fails 60 credits in year 2 and is again made repeat with attendance. Student Finance have already funded one extra attempt, and so would not automatically funding this period of repeat study. However, the student applies for Compelling Personal Reasons, which is supported by evidence from her counsellor and Year Manager. Student Finance accept the compelling personal reasons and therefore fund the student’s second repeat period.
Please note if Student Finance have not made a decision with regards to your application for Compelling Personal Reasons before you need to re-enrol, you will need to make a decision as to whether you wish to enrol (and be prepared to pay the tuition fees yourself, if your Compelling Personal Reasons aren’t accepted) or whether you want to defer starting your repeat study until the next semester, when you should know whether your Compelling Personal Reasons have been accepted and therefore whether you will be required to pay the tuition fees yourself.
I have already applied for my Student Finance before I knew I would be repeating with attendance – is that a problem?
It is not a problem at all. Once your application has been processed we will notify Student Finance that you are repeating and of your revised tuition fee. Please ensure you do everything necessary to get your application processed as we cannot notify them of your repeating study until this is done.
Paying your tuition fees yourself
For details on how to pay and instalments dates please click here. Please note if your repeat study will only take 1 semester you can only pay in up to 2 instalments, as you are due to finish your course year in January (for September starters) or June (for February starters).