Changing your mode of study means changing from full-time to part-time or vice versa. This option is only available on some courses and can depend on the timing of modules and on individual circumstances.
Make sure that you carefully consider any effects that changing mode could have upon your student finance. If you started your course before 2012, changing your mode of study will mean that you are liable to pay the higher fees that were introduced by the government in 2012. If you started your course in 2012, however, changing mode will mean that your tuition fees will vary depending on how many modules you take in a given year.
If you do eventually make the decision to change mode, you need to work with your course leader, who will help you to inform the Academic Services Student Administration team and your school office.
If you plan to study on the same course but change your mode of study to part-time, you are eligible to apply for full funding from Student Finance England, as long as the change is agreed by your academic school. However, unless you have compelling personal reasons for doing so, you will only be entitled to the standard number of years of tuition fee loan and maintenance grant or special support grant for your course. This equates to the standard length of your course plus one year.
If you change course, you will be classed as a new student and your fees and funding will be set at the current level.
If you decide to change your mode of study you will not be eligible to receive a University of Brighton bursary unless you are liable to pay the full tuition fee.
International students with a Tier 4 student visa must study full-time courses and are not permitted to change their mode of study to part-time. There are two exceptions:
- International students can study on a part-time basis to re-take modules or re-sit exams.
- Postgraduate research students (MPhil/PhD) who are writing up a thesis may also be permitted to study part-time.
We recommend speaking to an international student adviser for further information on this issue.