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The government no longer provides funding to universities for students who are studying a qualification that is equivalent to or at a lower level (ELQ) than one they have already achieved.  This means that King’s does not receive any public funds if you have a higher education qualification such as: 

  • a certificate of higher education  

  • a diploma of higher education

  • a first degree (BA/BSc) 

  • a postgraduate qualification (PG Diploma, MA, MSc) and you apply for a course at an equal or lower level.  

Notable exceptions to this policy include students: 

  • receiving the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) 

  • on a course for which an NHS bursary is payable 

  • studying medicine or dentistry at an undergraduate level 

  • on a course of initial or in-service teacher training (such as a PGCE). 

Students who have an equivalent or lower-level qualification should contact the admissions office for their programme for advice on how this might affect their tuition fees. Students are responsible for informing the College of their ELQ status.

King’s recognises that some applicants may wish to return to university for a second qualification in order to enhance their skills and improve employment prospects. King’s will continue to welcome applications from students who meet our entry criteria, whether or not they hold an equivalent qualification. 

This situation does not affect new entrants who study for a second qualification but at a higher level, for instance someone who already has a Foundation Degree and wants to study for an honours degree, or someone who has an undergraduate degree and wants to continue into postgraduate study. 

Further advice for students can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills website.


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