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?
Studying part time – costs and funding
What support can institutions provide for part-time students?
Will your employer support you?
Who can advise you?

Student Finance England (SFE) have also produced a range of resources for advisers and students. These include videos and factsheets which help make the case for employer support for higher learning.

Great video resources

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

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

Loans for part-time study 2013/14

The SFE loans for part-time study 2013/14 (pdf) 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.