Students may for various reasons need to interrupt their studies, transfer their studies to an alternative course or withdraw from their studies altogether. If you feel this is owing to difficulties you are having with your studies or University life in general then there are University resources that may be able to assist you with such problems.
You may still have to pay/owe fees if you interrupt your studies or withdraw. You need to consult your funding body (eg Student Finance England or other sponsor) before interrupting your registration. The University is not able to guarantee the resumption of any external grant or loan. If you interrupt your study and return to repeat a stage/semester you will be charged the appropriate tuition fee for the repeat period of study. A full breakdown of liability of fees whilst interrupting or in the event of a withdrawal can be found in Section 7 of this link.
The Financial Support team can offer advice and guidance and will be able to discuss the options open to you and their consequences.
The Student Loans Company (SLC) will be informed by the University when a withdrawal, transfer or interruption has been processed in cases where students are in receipt of a loan. You can also contact the SLC to inform them of your change of circumstances
If you have successfully completed one or more stages of your course you may qualify for a lower award. Contact the relevant Service Centre if you think you may be eligible.
You can also get a document confirming the marks and modules you have completed prior to your withdrawal. You can apply for a leaver's transcript through the online shop upon your withdrawal. There is a charge of £10 for this document. You will automatically receive an official diploma supplement listing your modules and marks with your certificate if receiving an award
Careers advisers within the Careers & Employability Service offer independent and impartial guidance. They can help if you have changed your career intentions since starting your course and with the career implications of not completing your degree or starting a new one.
They can also help you think about possible employment options if you are looking for work during an interruption in your studies or if you are thinking of leaving higher education altogether, as well as referring you to useful sources of help and advice.
Information about the consequences of interrupting, the timing of interruptions as well as about the conditions of your return to study can be found in the Voluntary Interruption of Study section of the Quality Manual.
Information on transferring courses on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes is included in the Changes of Taught Course section of the Quality Manual.
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