Based on the allowance provided by MARA at GBP 650 per month for Manchester, it is only good to cover for single student. In fact, if you are single, then GBP 650 is quite enough.
But, if you have to bring your family, then it will not be enough. The cost to rent a house is around GBP 400 - GBP 600 per month. The cost of groceries, is around GBP 50 per month (which is quite cheap). Petrol and gas are quite expensive. Even electricity and heater bills shoot up during winter around GBP 50. Telephone bills are expensive, with prepaid rates are much higher from post paid rates at GBP 30/ month. We even had to pay for our TV or computer yearly license. We bought a second hand van, to ferry the kids to and fro from the school. Computer and gadgets are really expensive, thus it is better to bring your own printer and laptop from Malaysia.
In fact, for the first few months, I converted everything from GBP to MYR just to check whether it is expensive or not.
If you ask my experience, I had MARA scholarship for myself plus company allowance to cover for my family. Even with that, we were scraping and saving. My husband became a full time house husband since the childcare expenses is very expensive. We even had a plan B, because we have decided, if I was not successful to secure the company's allowance for family, I will be going there alone.
A friend asked me how we can go on short breaks with the allowance provided. Well, first, if you notice my earlier entries (6 to 9 months living in UK), we were travelling inside UK. We just went for a holiday in Ireland, just because we got a very cheap ticket flights for the 6 of us. Even during studying and holiday breaks, my husband or I did the cooking.
In fact, for the kids to go to school, we prepared a packed lunch for them, since they do not bring any money to school. Furthermore, the issue of whether the foods served are halal or not comes to mind. I even prepared my own meal when I went for my classes. It was even quite rare to find me eating out during classes since we need to save every allowance that we had.
We scout for cheap toys at car boot sales.
Thus, for students who need to bring their family, their spouse need to work. Seriously.
About the classes, for the essential subjects, P1: Governance, Risk and Ethics; P2: Corporate Reporting and P3: Business Analysis, there are only 7 tutorial classes and 3 revision classes starting from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
As for the option modules, P4: Advanced Financial Management, P5: Advanced Performance Management, P6: Advanced Taxation and P7: Advanced Audit and Assurance, there are 5 tutorial classes and 5 revision classes. Option modules are much harder to pass.
The classes are not daily, but the syllabus will be jam packed. Imagine
studying like a year's lesson crammed into a 3-month semester. It is much easier to plan for your study, you can check the class schedule here: Kaplan Financial Manchester Spring/Summer 2013 timetable for full time student.
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