If you attend a course for no more than one year and change to another course you will remain eligible for financial help in the form of loans and means-tested grants.
You are encouraged to check carefully before taking any irrevocable decisions.
It is most important that, after consultation with the Registry Office, you let your Education Authority know as soon as possible in writing of any transfer in courses. The transfer to another course may be within this University or to another institution of higher or further education. The requirements are essentially the same:
- the transfer must be approved on educational grounds by the institution or institutions; and
- the transfer must be made within one academic year of the start of the original course.
However, you may transfer after one year and still receive financial help if you can complete the new course within the same timescale as the original course. For example moving from a non-honours to an honours degree of the same duration or from a 4 year to a 3 year degree course.
The Education Authority may refuse to transfer an award if it believes that you did not intend to complete the course for which the original award was made.
Therefore, it is important for your future fee entitlement to maintain satisfactory progress on your present course right up to the point where you withdraw. Poor attendance, or just “drifting away” may lead to your Education Authority asking how serious you are about completing another course satisfactorily.
You are encouraged to consider your options carefully, be sure about the choice you make and be clear about the consequences. You may, for example, be risking your future entitlement to future support with your fees or to continuation of an NHS bursary if you receive one.
Some types of course have the possibility of course change built in, and the University will inform your Education Authority at the appropriate point, when you have made the required choices; but the deadlines still have to be observed.