Should I study full time or part time?

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With most courses in the UK, students have the choice between studying full time and part time. Studying full time lets you gain your qualification much faster and means that you focus completely on your course rather than trying to balance it with work. For a full time undergraduate course the number of hours spent in seminars and lectures can vary from anything as low as 7-8 hours (for an English Literature course for example), to 40 hours a week (for Science and Maths courses). Studying full time also often makes it easier to make friends with other students on your course, as you will see them most days.  

However, there are also advantages to studying part time, which are perfect for students who want to work during their studies or if they have a busy family life that they have to also fit in. Part time courses usually take at least twice as long as full time ones.