On placement

The information on this page is for full-time UK 'home' undergraduate students, who are funding by Student Finance England. If you are funded by Student Finance Wales, Student Finance NI or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, please contact us for advice. 

On placement?

There are certain differences to your fees and student finance if you are a full-time UK home undergraduate student who will be on a placement as part of a sandwich degree during the 2017/18 academic year. These differences will apply if your total attendance at the University over the whole academic year will be less than ten weeks. This page provides a summary of your placement year fees and funding.  

Tuition fees

If you started your course at NTU in 2016/2017, and will be spending the year on placement as an integral part of an undergraduate sandwich degree, you will be charged £1350 for that year. 

If you started your course at NTU in 2015/2016, and will be spending the year on placement as an integral part of an undergraduate sandwich degree, you will be charged £900 for that year. 

If you started your course at NTU in 2012/13, 2013/14 or 2014/15, and will spending the year on placement as an integral part of an undergraduate sandwich degree programme, you will not have to pay a fee that year.

If you started your course at NTU before 1 September 2012, and will be spending the year on placement as an integral part of an undergraduate sandwich degree programme, your tuition fees for the 2015/16 academic year will normally be £700. 

Tuition fee loans are available as normal to cover these fees. If you do not want to apply for a tuition fee loan, you can arrange to pay your fees direct to the University.

If your placement does not last the full year, you may be charged a higher tuition fee if you spend ten or more weeks studying at University during that year. 

Maintenance loans and maintenance grants for living costs

Government grants are not normally available to students during a full placement year. A reduced rate of loan is also payable as follows.

Are you?Full yearFinal year
Living away from home£2,553£1,990
Living in parents' home£1,915£1,454

You may be eligible to receive a full maintenance loan and maintenance grant if you are doing an unpaid placement in the public or voluntary sector. Contact your national Student Finance Service to check your entitlement. 

You may be eligible for the full range of grants and loans if both of the following apply to you:

  • Your placement does not last the full academic year.
  • You are in attendance at University for ten weeks or more. 

NTU bursaries 

These arrangements apply to students who joined NTU before 1 September 2012 and after 1 September 2015. One of the eligibility requirements for the NTU Bursary Scheme is that students must be paying the full home tuition fee. Students on a placement year as part of a sandwich course cannot be considered for an NTU Bursary, because they do not pay the full home tuition fee. See the NTU Bursary Terms and Conditions for full details.

Receiving your student loan

To apply for a tuition fee loan and / or a maintenance loan, you will need to make it clear to your national Student Finance Service that you are a placement student when you renew your funding. The Student Loans Company will pay the first instalment of your maintenance loan up to 25 working days earlier than usual, in recognition of the fact that a placement year often starts earlier than an academic year. If you have any queries about applying for support, you can contact your national Student Finance Services.

Further advice

Further advice for students on placement is available on our current students' page. In addition, you can contact the University's Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494 or via email.