Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) scheme is for undergraduate, postgraduate and online distance learning students, living in England, to help cover the extra study costs incurred as a result of a disability including long-term or mental health conditions or specific learning disabilities.

If you have a disability, you can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for DSA funding to help pay for:

  • specialist equipment, e.g. a computer if you need one because of your disability;
  • non-medical helpers;
  • extra travel because of your disability;
  • other disability-related costs of studying.

You won’t be required to repay your DSA and the allowance will vary depending on your individual need. Please note that DSAs don’t cover disability-related costs you would have if you weren’t studying a course, or costs that any student might incur.

For part-time students, your course intensity (your part-time study rate compared to an equivalent full-time course) can affect how much you get. Our Student Wellbeing team can advise you about your course intensity and discuss your specific needs, study plans and support. Please call +44 (0)1332 593000 for a chat with them or email studentwellbeing@derby.ac.uk

Find out more about your eligibility for a Disabled Students’ Allowance >

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) for health professionals

If you are employed by the NHS in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Northamptonshire) you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You will need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

Our Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) provision is designed to meet your needs and provide opportunities for the further development of your skills and knowledge in health and social care.

The modules are flexible and designed to fit around your life and work patterns and you'll be fully supported throughout your studies by our team of academics who are qualified and practicing professionals.

Which module is right for you?

You can choose from a wide range of online modules to suit your interests and career aspirations, whatever level you're at in your career or training. Some modules can also be studied on campus at Derby or Chesterfield.

  • Level 6 modules are for qualified nurses holding an Advanced Diploma in Nursing.
  • If you're already qualified to Bachelor’s degree level, you can select from our Level 7 masters modules.

Find out which Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) modules we offer >

Once we’ve had confirmation from your manager that they are in agreement to release you for module study, your allocation of a place on the module is reliant upon sufficient LBR funding remaining for your organisation.

To find out more, please call the University’s LBR team on +44 (0) 1332 591992, email lbr@derby.ac.uk or complete our online enquiry form.

Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC)

The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD's) Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme is available to members of the Armed Forces wishing to undertake higher education with approved ELC learning partners. The University of Derby’s ELC provider number is 1276.

If you would like to apply for one of online courses using the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme, please contact our online admissions team on +44 (0)1332 59 4000 or email onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk for more details

If you are eligible for or have gained ELC funding, please mention this on your application.

Visit the Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service (ELCAS) who can help with your ELC scheme membership >

University Discretionary Support Fund

The University’s Discretionary Support Fund provides discretionary financial assistance for eligible students to help them to access or remain in higher education – particularly those students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support.

It’s usually non repayable. Contact the Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) on +44 (0)1332 592000, e-mail smart@derby.ac.uk for further details.

If you're an international student and you're in financial difficulty, you can find advice and guidance on the UKCISA website.