Interruption of studies
There may be times where the support we can give you through extensions, mitigating circumstances and resubmissions is not enough and you need to consider stopping your studies on one or more of your modules. This is called “Interruption of Studies”.
If you want to interrupt your studies on a module(s) you need to raise an enquiry on Student Central. The student engagement team will provide you with information about all your options and a link to the online form to request to interrupt your studies.
- You can interrupt your studies up until the Sunday at the end of week 11 of the semester (or for 40 credit project modules you can interrupt until the original published submission deadline for the first assessment for that module)
Some things to consider before interrupting:
- No refund is due if you interrupt your studies on a module. The full module fees for the semester remain payable. In addition, when you return to study the interrupted module at the next available opportunity, a 50% module fee will be due. (If you do not return at the first available opportunity, the full module fee will be due when you return).
- Any marks achieved prior to interrupting your studies on a module are not carried forward to any future attempts (except for on 40 credit project modules where your first assessment mark can be carried forward if it is of a pass standard)
- You are not allowed to participate in the resubmission period for the interrupted module(s)
- Any interruption of studies will still count towards your maximum registration period
What if you miss the deadline at the end of week 11 to interrupt?
You should raise an enquiry on Student Central and the student engagement team will provide you with information about all your options.
- You cannot interrupt your studies on a module(s) after the end of week 11 of the semester (or for a 40 credit project module after the first assessment original due date), unless in extreme, unavoidable, personal circumstances which were not known to you, or for good reason could not be disclosed by you, prior to the deadline
- You cannot interrupt your studies on a module in any circumstances after week 18 of the semester
What do we mean when we say extreme, unavoidable, personal circumstances?
We will always consider the individual circumstances you are experiencing and how they are impacting you because we recognise that the same circumstances can impact individuals differently.
Some examples of circumstances that may be accepted as extreme, unavoidable, personal circumstances include the following. This is not a complete list and are intended as examples only.
- Pregnancy and maternity (up to 26 weeks following birth)
- You are experiencing a health condition that means you are no longer fit to study
- Bereavement, or serious illness of, a close friend or family member
- Tour of duty for armed forces that could not have been predicted prior to the deadline
- Natural disaster; epidemic; terrorist attack, war or armed conflict; political security crisis
- Failure of electricity or internet service outside of your control which would leave you without electricity or internet service for an extended period
Some examples of circumstances that would not be accepted as extreme, unavoidable, personal circumstances include. This is not a complete list and are intended as examples only.
- Competing in national or international sporting events or other high-profile activities
- Special educational needs for which appropriate adjustment could not be made, or, where adjustment was made it was not sufficient
- Significant personal financial hardship
- Court attendance
- Exceptional workload in the workplace
What do we mean when we say that the circumstances need to not have been known to you, or for good reason could not be disclosed by you, prior to the deadline?
If the circumstances you experience occur prior to the end of week 11 deadline, we would normally expect that you should have contacted us by this published deadline. However, we will consider that while the circumstances themselves may have occurred in advance of the deadline, you may not have known the impacts of the circumstances prior to the deadline. We also understand that mental health issues can contribute to not being able or willing to disclose information by the deadline.
The academic and programme regulations contains all the detailed rules that apply to your studies and you should read the regulations for more detailed information on any of the above topics.