It is possible to take time out from your course - with permission – for remainder of your current academic year. In exceptional circumstances, a period of up to two academic years away from our University may be allowed as long as it does not exceed your maximum period of study.
Depending on the structure of your course, and the point in the year at which you intermit, it may be necessary to repeat a period of study in the year in which you return. For example, if you intermit towards the end of the autumn term, even though you will have studied some modules and completed some coursework, you would normally be required to start the year again, from the beginning of the autumn term. Some courses can be recommenced at the start of the spring term, if the whole of the autumn term has been completed.
It is not permissible, however, for students to elect to repeat a stage of study with the sole purpose of improving grades. Only a Board of Examiners can impose or offer a repeat stage, and it would usually only be offered to students who do not meet the requirements to progress to the next stage of study.
What happens when you intermit
Once approval for intermission has been given, your registration status will be changed from full-time to partial registration, which means that you will no longer be entitled to attend tuition. See the information 'While you are away' for more details.
Please note that if you are partially registered, you cannot do voluntary or paid work for the Students’ Union, stand for election or hold an official position within the Students’ Union.
Deadlines for intermitting
Final-year students will be permitted to intermit from the University only if a request is made before the Monday of the sixth week of the Spring Term (week 21).
The final deadline for first and second years to make an intermission request is 4pm on Friday of week 30 (or the working day two weeks immediately prior to the first day of the examination period).
- Final year students : 4pm on Monday 17 February 2020
- First and second years: 4pm on Friday 24 April 2020
Maximum period of study
Our undergraduate students have a maximum period in which to complete their studies. This is set at the point at which you register, and is normally the length of your programme plus two additional years. This is to allow some flexibility in cases where you find you must intermit, or you fail a stage of study and must repeat it, or you want to transfer to a new course and must retake a stage of study. Transfers of programme are still included in the original maximum period unless they involve moving to or from a four year course. However, you must complete your studies within this maximum period.
Each of the following counts as one additional year. You will not be permitted to do any of these actions more than twice, or exceed two of these actions in any combination:
- repeating a stage (whether by full or part-time attendance)
- undertaking reassessment the following year without attendance
- transferring to a new course and repeating a stage
- intermitting for part or all of a year
If your intermission is due to serious extenuating circumstances, such as a severe medical condition, then the Dean can consider extending your maximum period of study by one year. For some professional courses, however, the regulatory body rules may mean that the maximum period cannot be extended, even in the case of serious extenuating circumstances.
Further details about the length of study for each award can be found in the Framework for University Awards in our Undergraduate Rules of Assessment.
Notes for Law Students
The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board will generally require a degree to be completed within six years in order to be recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree for the purposes of professional qualification.
The lack of a Qualifying Law Degree will affect you only if you are hoping to qualify as a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales.
If you need further information, contact your Student Services Hub or visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority.