Part-time courses – an affordable alternative to full-time study

Newman offers a range of part-time degree courses which offer a cost effective alternative to full-time study. Designed to be studied over 2.5 days per week they enable students to combine work with study and have significantly lower fees than full-time courses. Part-time students study alongside full-time students and have access to the same facilities, services and staff expertise.

Newman also offers a range of part-time work-based foundation degrees, studied alongside work typically on one day per week.

Part-time fees for 2021/22

A 4.5 year part-time BA/BSc undergraduate degree costs £5,300 per year*.

This equates to an estimated £6,550 saving over the duration of the course compared with the full-time equivalent.

A part-time foundation degree costs £4,850 per year*.

*Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Financial support for part-time students

It is important to note that no UK first degree student will have to pay fees up front. Part-time students can access tuition fee loans to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Part-time students in receipt of benefits may be able to continue to receive some benefits whilst studying part-time.

Maintenance Loans.

The Government has confirmed that maintenance loans for some part-time undergraduate courses will be introduced from 2018, please check with the GOV.UK website for up-to-date information and to confirm if a course is eligible for such a loan.  Maintenance loans are loans which help pay for students’ living costs, eg, food, books, accommodation and travel. Students can apply for student finance via the GOV.UK website.

Please note that maintenance support is not available for students studying part-time Foundation courses.

Additional information can be found at

Repayment of financial support for part-time students

Loans do not have to be repaid until you have left university and are earning over £25,000. The loans will then be repaid at 9% of income over £25,000. Any outstanding loans will be written off after 30 years. For up to date information visit website.

Repayment examples

A graduate who earns a starting salary of £25,000 will take home £1,613 per month or £372 per week after tax and national insurance. From this they will have to repay only £6.92 per week.

A graduate earning £30,000 will take home £1,896 per month or £437 per week after tax and national insurance will repay only £15.58 per week.

Interest rates for student loans

The rate of interest you pay on the loan (which is payable from when you take out the loan, not when you finish the course) depends on your household income:

  • If you earn less than £25,000 – interest is at the rate of inflation
  • If you earn between £25,000 – £41,000 – interest is at the rate of inflation plus up to 3%
  • If you earn over £41,000 – interest at the rate of inflation plus 3%

Whilst studying interest will be at the rate of inflation (RPI) plus 3% until the April after you have graduated.

Applying for financial support as a part-time student

Keep checking back here or see the GOV.UK website or student finance England website for any further information as it becomes available.

Further information

The Government’s student finance website has information on the funding available to students and a useful student finance calculator.