For the first time, Home/EU students on part-time higher education courses don't have to pay their Tuition Fees upfront at the beginning of each year unless this is preferred. From September 2012, provided it's your first degree, new part-time students can access government-subsidised Tuition Fee loans providing they complete a minimum of 25% of the full-time course-load in one year and meet the set eligibility criteria. An overview of student finance is given on the Gov.uk website.
The loan covers tuition costs and you only start repaying it on 9% of your income above £21,000 a year, from the April that's four years after the start date of your course.
The loan will be paid directly to the University on your behalf by Student Finance England. However, part-time students are not eligible for maintenance loans or grants to help with living costs.
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Students need evidence that they hold a Tuition Fee loan at their face-to-face enrolment at the start of the academic year to avoid paying their Tuition Fees upfront. Those who are ineligible for a loan or choose not to apply for one can pay the fee in full or take advantage of our interest-free payment plans where you'll pay the initial down payment of a third of the yearly Tuition Fee.
We offer a range of professionally-focused courses, developed especially to be studied part-time. Study methods include block release, weekend and evening classes and online learning. In all cases, you'll be studying only with other part-time students for either a reduced or full degree award.
Other part-time pathways are available with our collection of undergraduate extended part-time courses. You'll study alongside full-time students but have an individual study plan specifying which units are to be completed each year. This allows you the freedom to gain the qualification studying over a longer time. See our courses currently offered on an extended part-time pathway.
All our courses are accredited or developed alongside leading industry professional bodies. LSBU is London's number one modern university for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2013) and our courses are taught by staff connected to relevant professions and underpinned by practical research. Many courses feature work placements and our careers service offers workplace preparation and career development advice. Here is a sample of our accrediting bodies:
What's more, we achieved the highest possible rating for the quality of our education from the independent Quality Assurance Agency.
Our main campus is in the heart of London, minutes from the city's commercial, legal entertainment and arts scenes. Sitting on a major public transportation hub, we're easy to reach and unlike many sprawling city centre universities, our major campus buildings, including library and learning resources centres are compactly located – see our map. Some of our Faculty of Health and Social Care students are based at our LSBU at Havering campus next to partner Trust hospitals where they take their placements.
Whatever the course, we have the facilities to fully support it. Whether our students are in our research and skills laboratories, workshops, media centre, theatre, library or Learning Resources Centre we offer them the appropriate technologies and expert support to complete their experience. We're committed to first-class facilities and have already invested £50m in student buildings and learning spaces over the last few years. We're continuing these campus developments by opening our Student Centre in September 2012 and Enterprise Centre in 2013.
If you're an employer interested in a programme of professional development for your staff, LSBU's business sponsored study makes this easier, with attractive payment plans and the opportunity for tailored courses that directly meet your needs. For more information on different payment dates and arrangements read about payment methods.