Can I take time out from my course?

  • If you are feeling unwell or are experiencing personal difficulties and feel that a period of 'time out' or 'temporary withdrawal' from your course will help, you can request a break from your course. 

    Please see  Time out from your course for more information.

    Please be aware if you have made your request for approved temporary withdrawal after the end of week four of the start of your academic year, you may be liable for a percentage of the years' tuition fees.

    Please note any period of temporary withdrawal will count towards the maximum time limit permitted to complete your course.

    If you have a resit opportunity from the previous semester you will still be expected to participate in the resit assessment. If you feel you are unable to engage in your resit/s please refer to the Exceptional Circumstances process.

    If your fees are being paid with a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company, we recommend that you talk to the Fees team about how this might be affected. In addition, if you were in receipt of an Oxford Brookes Bursary you need to contact the Fees team to discuss your bursary account.

    If you have any enquiries about your funding whilst on approved temporary withdrawal please contact the Fees team in the Student Finance Office on 01865 483088 or email