Programme structure

  • Stages for Undergraduate Modular Programme

    The Undergraduate Modular Programme is divided into Foundation, Stage I and Stage II.

    The Foundation Stage is for students who do not meet the normal entry requirements for Stage I entry in to certain subjects, for example the Built Environment, Engineering, Science or Technology subjects, and for international students who do not have the normal entry requirements for other subjects in Stage I. If you are a Foundation Stage student, you must complete all its requirements before entering Stage I. This consists of 8 module credits including the Foundation compulsory module credits for the appropriate Foundation Subject. No modules that are passed in the Foundation Stage can be credited to or re-taken in Stage I.

    Stage I is the initial introductory part of the course and consists of Level 4 modules. It should be completed before starting Stage II. A Stage I programme should include 8 Level 4 module credits including those compulsory for your subjects. For full time students, Stage I is normally completed in one year except for double subjects in the School of Hospitality, who have a year in industry before entering Stage II.

    Stage II is the final part of the course and consists mainly of Level 5 and Level 6 honours module   Level 6 Honours modules are normally taken towards the end of your programme and may include a project/dissertation type module. 


    A programme consists of the modules taken over one or more semesters.

    A single module is a unit of study usually lasting one semester. A single Undergraduate module is worth 15 CATS (7.5 ECTS) and normally requires 150 hours of student study time for successful completion. A single PG module is worth 20 CATS (10 ECTS) and requires 200 hours of student study time for completion.

    A double module is a unit of study for which the academic content is twice that of a single module and for which twice the amount of credit is given.

    Each module has a specified level and will normally be taken in a certain stage of your course. For example, Level 3 modules are usually taken at Foundation level. Level 7 modules at Postgraduate Level.

    Within a programme, modules can be designated as:

    Compulsory must be taken and passed to satisfy the requirement of your award.

    Recommended only applies to Undergraduate  level. A Level 4 module which a student is advised to take in Stage I. 

    Acceptable counts towards the credit required for your award.

    Pre-requisite is one which must ordinarily be passed before taking a subsequent specified module. If you wish to register for a module, but have not taken or passed the pre-requisite, the Module Leader concerned may authorise registration if your background and attainments clearly show that you have adequately covered the particular areas of study required. You must contact the Module Leader to discuss this prior to registration. Please ask the Module Leader to confirm once you have added the module to Programme Support if you are an UMP student, or Student Records and Curriculum Management, if you are a Non-UMP student, to check that they have authorised for you to take the module and we can suppress the pre-requisite error message on your Student Information.

    Placement is a period of study, normally 1 year in length, involving professional or cultural experience related to the subject(s) of study. It may carry a specified number of module credits but need not.

    Practice-based is one in which much of a student’s time is spent working with clients or in client care areas in health or related subjects, and building the competence required for Professional practice.

    Project/Dissertation is a detailed and substantial study of a topic of particular interest to the student. Undergraduate Project / Dissertations are usually carried out over two semesters and assessed in their last semester.

    Synoptic is an end of course, broad based study using theoretical methods from a range of acceptable modules within a specific subject.

    Independent Study
    Independent Study is an individual learning and assessment package agreed between the student and the Module Leader according to the practices determined by that Course/Subject.

    Exemption – Students may be granted an exemption from a module when they can demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of the module through prior study/experience. Please contact your Subject Co-ordinator if you wish to seek exemption from a module.

    Resit – If you have a resit, you will be notified via the 'My Record & Results' page in Student Information. A resit will be indicated with a grade of RB, RC or RE.  See University Regulations for details of grade boundaries for your course.   

    Resit exams for Semester 1 assessment will be held around Easter vacation and Semester 2 resits will be held during July and for summer semester modules, resits will be held in November. You should not plan to be away during the resit periods until you are sure you will not need to take any resit exams.

    You may only retake a module (implying attendance, submitting new coursework as well as retaking any examination) if you previously failed it or if you have been given a DR grade (disregard due to exceptional circumstances). If you do retake a module that you have previously passed, then only the original mark will be counted unless the previous take is a DR grade.