Studying part-time

Did you know?

  • There are over 600,000 part-time undergraduate HE students in the UK
  • Learners study at a higher level in universities, Further Education Colleges and with private providers
  • Many part-time learners study with the Open University
  • Learners study by attending college, online and at work or home
  • Part-time courses may be called “flexible” learning or “part-time pathways” and may involve combining different modules over a longer period of time than a full-time course
  • Fees for part-time study are cheaper than for full-time, but you may be studying for longer
  • Part-time undergraduates can now get a loan to fund their studies

Find out more

What can you study part-time?
Where can you study part-time?
What does part-time mean? How long will it take?
What does it cost to study part time? Is there any funding available?
What support can institutions provide?
Will your employer support you?
Who can advise you?

Great video resources

Student Finance England have produced three videos about part-time study, how to fund it, the myths and the facts.

Student Finance England have also produced a range of resources for advisers and students. Section 3 includes for videos and a “core script” for employers, which contains useful messages to make the case for employer support for higher learning.

The Open University has produced a video, “Ways 2 Pay”. Their “ways to pay for a qualification in England” page contains further information and the video.

Loans for part-time study 2013/14 (PDF)

This guide is for new and continuing part-time students and is updated for 2013/14. This includes part-time students studying with The Open University (OU) or other distance learning courses. It tells you what finance is available for part-time students as well as how and when to apply and repay.

Comments are closed.