The UK university is quite strange. As far as I know, the govt. gives uni’s funding for the number of students they take on courses (obviously, the more students, the more funding), but if students fail or leave or are kicked off the course in subsequent years, the govt. still gives them the funding for the initial number of students they took on, for the full 3/4 years of the course they were accepted on to. Don’t quote me on that, but that’s how ti works as I understand it.
Being a computer animation student at bournemouth myself, I would also point out (to vfx in particular) that the Computer Visualisation & Animation course is not actually part of the Design, Engineering & Computing school, but in fact the Media school.