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Creating a part-time undergraduate course - Course credits and intensity

Course intensity calculation for a Part-time Maintenance Loan


Students must be studying at a course intensity of at least 25% to qualify for a Maintenance Loan.

They will need to know the number of credits they will gain in the academic year when they apply. We use this to calculate their course intensity which then determines their entitlement.

The information on this page explains how we calculate it. It also explains how both the course duration and credit affect the end result.


How we calculate course intensity

Full-time equivalent (FTE) course credits divided by the number of FTE course years = full-time credit (for the year)

The number of credits the student will gain in this academic year = part-time credit (for the year)

(Part-time credit / full-time credit) X 100 = intensity of study (%)


Calculation scenarios

Scenario 1

Ryan is studying a part-time honours degree with an FTE duration of 3 years. The entire course gives 360 credits. In this academic year he will gain 80 credits. Ryan’s course intensity is calculated at:

360 / 3 = 120

80 / 120 x 100 = 67%

 

Scenario 2

Beth is studying a part-time HND with an FTE duration of 2 years. The entire course gives 240 credits. In this academic year Beth will gain 60 credits. Beth’s course intensity is calculated at:

240 / 2 = 120

60 / 120 x 100 = 50%

 

Scenario 3

Jo is studying a part-time bachelor’s degree with an FTE duration of 3 years. The entire course gives 300 credits. In this academic year Jo will gain 40 credits. Jo’s course intensity is calculated at:

300 / 3 = 100

40 / 100 x 100 = 40%


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