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If, for reasons of illness or other personal circumstances, you are not able to continue with your studies and feel that a period of 'time out' from your course will help, you can make a request for Approved Temporary Withdrawal or deferral if you are a new student in your first semester of study.
You should first discuss the practicalities with your Academic Advisor or Student Support Co-ordinator. You are also advised to contact the Brookes Union Advice Service to seek advice about the financial and other implications of taking time out. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, please contact the International Student Advice Team to seek advice about the visa implications of taking time out from your course.
If you are a new student enrolled in your first semester of study, you will need to request to defer your place until the next available admission point. Please email your request to email@example.com.
For continuing students wishing to take time out, approval for up to a year out will normally be given provided there are sound reasons and you will not be continuing your studies whilst away. Please note that any time out from your studies counts towards the maximum time allowed to complete your course.
Whilst on time out:
If, after receiving support from your tutors, you decide that you wish to apply for Approved Temporary Withdrawal, please see the information below.
If you are a continuing student wishing to request approved temporary withdrawal either for future semesters or for the current semester (and have not engaged after Week 7 of the current semester), then you should complete the appropriate form.
Students who have engaged beyond Week 7 are not entitled to apply for approved temporary withdrawal for the current semester but may submit a request for future semesters by completing the appropriate form.
Please provide details of the amount of time out required, for example Semester 1, Semester 2 or the full academic year. Student Central will respond in writing to inform you whether your request has been approved.
If you are unable to complete your current semester of study due to exceptional circumstances, please see the information on how to apply for exceptional circumstances.
In extraordinary circumstances, late temporary withdrawal requests can be considered where you can provide evidence from your Module Leaders that you have not engaged beyond Week 7 of the semester. Please complete the appropriate form.