Please note that students in the UK on a Student Route visa are also affected by the University's Policy on Immigration Sponsorship. Where academic policies and immigration policies seem to be contradictory, immigration policies will take precedence. For more information, please consult the following:
Overview and form requirements
Includes: options; request to transfer taught course form; responsibilities
1.1 Students may request to change from the course on which they are currently registered to another course offered by the University. They may either:
- Change to the same stage of the new course as they were at on the old course (for example, completing the Qualifying Year of the old course and then beginning Part I of the new course); or
- They may go back one stage (for example, leaving the old course towards the end of the Qualifying Year and beginning the new course from the very start of the Qualifying Year).
1.2 In all cases, the School that the student is leaving must be aware of the student's request and the school that the student is joining must agree to the change. A change of course form (obtainable from Student Service Centres and below) should be completed indicating the support of both Schools.
In some cases, the agreement of the Quality and Standards Committee (QSC) to the change of course is also required. The ability to change course may also be subject to the student's immigration status. In the case of Joint Honours or major/minor courses, the administering School accepting or giving up a student should inform its partner school of the change.
1.3 There is no requirement on Schools to agree to a request for a course change, and Schools are free to turn down such requests.
It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether there will be any difference in tuition fees as a result of the change of course and to check with their funding body whether the change will have any other financial implications.
Change of undergraduate course without going back a stage
Includes: time limits; transfer criteria
2.1 All changes of course without going back a stage can only occur in the first three weeks of the session, or at the end of the Autumn semester, or at the end of the session (unless module choices for the old course satisfy those for the new course and so no change in module selection is required).
2.2 Where a student wishes to transfer at the end of the Autumn or Spring semester of the Qualifying Year without restarting the new course, the school responsible for the student's new course must be satisfied that the student has the necessary prerequisite knowledge to be able to perform adequately on that course.
2.3 Where a student wishes to transfer after the start of Part I without going back to the beginning of Part I of the new course, one of the following criteria must be met:
- The change is agreed in the first three weeks of Part I; or
- The change is to a related course, and the student has already taken all the Part I/II/III modules which they should have taken by this point in the new course; or
- The student has not taken some or all of the Part I/II/III modules they should have taken by this point in the new course, but they will catch up by taking these modules at a later stage in their new course in place of options (in a manner which the School being joined must indicate in writing to accompany the change of course form); or
- The student has not taken some or all of the Part I/II/III modules they should have taken by this point in the new course, but the supplementary regulations for that course allow the School to waive the need to take those modules.
2.4 If none of the criteria in 2.3 are met, but the School still wishes to recommend a change of course without going back to the start of Part I, a case should be made for consideration on behalf of Quality and Standards Committee (QSC). The case should demonstrate that the student has already substantially achieved the learning outcomes of the modules they have missed, or will be able to do so during the rest of their new course.
2.5 If the change is made at the end of the Autumn semester, the marks from the old course will be used for progression and degree classification purposes along with the Spring semester marks from the new course (the Part I/II/III weightings for degree classification purposes will, however, be those for the new course). If a year-long module was being taken on the old course, the relevant School should be asked to allocate a mark for the Autumn semester element of the module on the basis of performance during that semester (which may mean placing a semester-long version of the module on relevant systems for this purpose).
2.6 If the change is made at the end of the session, it will be necessary for the student to be in a position to progress under University regulations (though not necessarily supplementary regulations) to the next stage of the old course before being allowed to begin the next year of the new course,
Please note that to transfer to another honours course, it is necessary to be able to progress to the next stage of the old honours (not ordinary) degree course.
Change of undergraduate course that includes going back part of a stage or more
Includes: students who are progressing satisfactorily who choose to request a transfer of course; students who cannot progress on their original course and wish to transfer to another course
Students who are progressing satisfactorily who choose to request a transfer of course
3.1 Schools may, if they wish, agree to accept students who submit a request to leave their old course at whatever stage they have reached and begin their new course from scratch, so long as the student meets the normal admission requirements for the new course.
3.2 Schools may also accept students who are in or at the end of Part I, or in Part II or III, of their old course and wish to start their new course from the beginning of Part I. Schools must, though, be satisfied that the student has the necessary prerequisite knowledge to be able to perform adequately on the new course.
3.3 Students in Part II or III of their course wishing to transfer to a new course from the beginning of Parts II or III respectively must be able to satisfy one of the criteria listed in 2.3 (of the previous section) or the school must provide a case as specified in 2.4 (of the previous section).
3.4 In choosing options, students changing course must not select modules which they have previously taken. Where the range of options stipulated by supplementary regulations is so limited as to make this impossible, the arrangements set out in 3.5 will apply.
3.5 In certain cases, supplementary regulations for a student's new course contain compulsory modules which the student has already taken. In these circumstances, the school may decide either:
(a) that the module(s) should be taken again, in which case the mark gained at the first attempt (that is, on the previous course) will be the one used for degree classification purposes and the higher of the two marks gained used for progression purposes, or;
(b) that the student should be registered on agreed modules rather than repeating enrolments on compulsory modules that have been successfully completed. Where (b) applies the compulsory modules will be included in the degree classification and the additional modules will not contribute to the degree award.
(i) A change of course involving going back one or more stages can take place at any time in the session. Students can either choose to complete the session on their old course or suspend their registration for the rest of the session. If the session is completed, there is no need for the student to be in a position to progress in order to change course if going back one or more stages.
(ii) Schools may not, though, accept such a student if the compulsory modules on the student's proposed new course include more than 60 credits that the student has already studied.
Students who cannot progress on their original course and wish to transfer to another course
3.7 A student who cannot progress after having one reassessment opportunity (including where the student's course has been terminated) may be allowed to change course (going back one or more stages), with the agreement of the schools involved, rather than be required to withdraw from the University. Schools may not, though, accept such a student if the compulsory modules on the student's proposed new course include more than 60 credits that the student took on the course from which they could not progress.
3.8 Where supplementary regulations for a student's new course contain any compulsory modules which the student has already taken, the module(s) should be taken again and the higher of the two marks gained used for progression purposes. The mark gained at the first attempt (that is, on the previous course) will, though, be the one used for degree classification purposes.
Change from an undergraduate Foundation year to Honours programme
Includes: requirements; request to transfer form; impact of student immigration status
Students on some Foundation programmes are required to choose the Honours programme they will transfer to if successful at the end of the foundation year. Where this applies, students will be advised when this choice must be made and are required to complete the ‘Request to Transfer Taught Course – Foundation Year to Honours Degree only’ form and return it to the Director of the Foundation Programme by the published deadline.
Failure to do so may mean a student is unable to start an honours programme in the next academic year.
The ability to transfer to a selected course may be subject to the student’s immigration status.
Change of a postgraduate taught course
Includes: requirements; request to transfer taught course form; conditions of transfer
Where a postgraduate student on a taught course (PGT) wishes to transfer course, a change of course form (obtainable from Student Service Centres and below) should be completed by the student, obtaining written approval from the school(s) involved.
Such a course transfer can only take place in the first three weeks of either the Autumn Semester or the Spring Semester. If the transfer is taking place in the Spring Semester, the school responsible for the student's new course must be satisfied that the student has the necessary prerequisite knowledge to be able to perform adequately on that course.
If either of these conditions is not met, the school will be required to make a case to Quality and Standards Committee (QSC).