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Redoing second year

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Newtothisunichoosinggame Thu 11-May-17 15:47:00

Advice would be much appreciated. DS1 is currently in yr 2 he has been diagnosed with moderate to severe depression, this has effected his motivation energy and sleep and he has had suicidal ideation he has has poor attendance since Xmas. It is currently being managed by the university GP and a therapist he is much improved. The university have been very supportive. He average mark at the end yr 1 was 58% , this year he'll get an average about 50% he's very upset he want to get a 2:1 at least, he has seen the university support team and asked if he can redo some essays they've said maybe but suggested he retakes yr 2 Ive just spoken to him he's very upset tearful and worried he wont be able to retake yr 2 because he wont get a student loan. He's (hopefully) gong off to talk to the university about it but I thought Id ask on here as well. So the obvious question is will he get a student loan to do another year?

titchy Thu 11-May-17 15:53:02

Yes. Everyone is entitled to one extra year.

Harree Thu 11-May-17 15:53:47

Yes, my understanding also that 4 years of funding is available to all.

Newtothisunichoosinggame Thu 11-May-17 15:55:47

Thank you I'll text him now and tell him hopefully he'll calm down, he was doing so well in the last few weeks, but he is a bit fragile at the moment.

Dunlurking Thu 11-May-17 15:58:32

I think he should be alright as everyone is entitled to one extra year - I've just found this on the NUS website. www.nus.org.uk/en/advice/money-and-funding/i-need-to-repeat-a-year--how-does-this-affect-my-higher-education-funding/

I think The Student Room will probably have information and threads as well.

Glad to hear he's getting proper support. Hope he recovers swiftly.

Newtothisunichoosinggame Thu 11-May-17 15:59:14

Just rang and told him he's very relieved.

titchy Thu 11-May-17 16:33:15

harree strictly speaking its course length plus one, rather than four years. So if you're on a five year course you're actually entitled to six years of loans.

Harree Fri 12-May-17 14:47:26

@titchy Good to know, thank you.

fiftyplustwo Fri 12-May-17 19:42:15

I'd suggest he'd - with your support of course - spend some time working on study techniques and study habits such as studying at the university library from 9 to 5, and take time off in the evenings, leisure time, like one would do on a normal job. Get a couple of books on the subject. I didn't do that myself but have personal experience from being 19 and having to retake a year and also at the time having very poor attendance rate, also from depression. This was way back when I was studying for a degree in engineering physics - it flopped spectacularly, not surprising as I didn't seek or get any support from anybody but tried to manage on my own. I later switched gear as I didn't pull through that year, it came out as a repeat of the failed first yea. I jumped ship and did a degree in another subject, business, much simpler and a fresh start. The worst part was the perceived stigma of having that failure, a big visible blot, doesn't matter now in hindsight but I was very ashamed of it at the time.

DeeDooDee Fri 12-May-17 21:07:32

That's good to hear that the university have been supportive. His marks are actually quite impressive for someone who has been struggling with that degree of depression.
I hope he gets his finances sorted.

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