22.  Admission and Study

22.1   To be eligible for admission to a programme of study candidates shall have such qualifications as Senate shall determine.

Most candidates for admission to the University will be at least 18 years old on entry. If a candidate is selected who will be under 18 years of age on admission, such admission shall be conditional on a declaration by the Academic Registrar or nominee that satisfactory arrangements have been made for the student’s accommodation and pastoral care, in accordance with the University’s Policy on Safeguarding (see www.bristol.ac.uk/secretary/legal/safeguarding/).

22.2   No student shall be permitted to register and be admitted to any programme of study at the start of any academic year if that student:

a)    has failed to satisfy the academic requirements of the programme for the previous year of study, as outlined in the regulations for the progression of students on taught programmes; or

b)    is in debt to the University in respect of tuition or other ancillary fees, accommodation fees or fines properly imposed for breach of any University regulation, unless specific arrangements have been agreed with the University for the settlement of the debt; or

c)    is suspended.

22.3   The consent of the Faculty Board shall be necessary for the admission of a student to any assessment and to each part of a programme. Each programme is governed by the University Examination Regulations (see annex 3).

22.4   Each student shall attend such lectures, discussion periods, tutorials, practical classes, design classes, fieldwork, vacation courses and any other educational activities, as described in the unit and programme specification, and shall undertake such written and other work as may be required. Each student shall also attend, as an integral part of the programme, such work placements, vacation courses and fieldwork as are defined in the programme and are required of her/him. Each student shall also undertake any professional requirements, as described in the programme specification. Each student shall undertake such assessments as are arranged.

22.5   The failure of any student to show satisfactory progress on the programme, including failure in summative assessment, failure to obtain credit points or to attend regularly any prescribed part of a programme (including such lectures, discussion periods, tutorial and practical classes, fieldwork, design classes and vacation courses as may be required) or to undertake prescribed written or other work or to present himself or herself for any examination or to reach a satisfactory standard in any assessment or any part or parts of an assessment, shall be reported to the Faculty Board which may at any time, if it thinks fit, require the student concerned to repeat part of a programme or to retake an assessment or to withdraw from a unit or units or the whole programme in accordance with the University regulations on student progression.

Any student who has been required to withdraw shall be informed in writing of the decision and of the University procedures for making representations against the decision.

22.6      The Faculty Board of Examiners shall determine whether a candidate, on completion of the programme including the final assessment, has obtained the required number of credit points for the award of a degree, diploma or certificate. The class of the degree will be determined in accordance with the University regulations on degree classification.

22.7      A student who has obtained 120 credit points at level 4 or above but who either does not proceed to undertake further units or does not satisfactorily complete further units may, if their faculty has made provision, be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education. Similarly, a candidate registered for a higher award who has obtained 240 credit points at appropriate levels may, if their faculty has made provision, be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education (see the University’s Credit Framework in section 3 for more details).

For the purposes of the Intercalated Degree of BSc in the Faculty of Health Sciences, or the BA in Medical Humanities in the Faculty of Arts, the first two years of the MB,ChB, BDS or BVSc programme shall each deemed to be each worth 120 credit points.

22.8      Study and assessment carried out under the supervision of the University, or in another institution approved by Senate, and the credit points obtained from there may be accepted towards the fulfilment of the requirements of a particular programme.

In every case, except where there is a specific agreement with another institution that has been approved by Senate or in the case of the BSc (Hons) in Social Work with Children and Young People or the BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice with Children and Young People, a candidate for a degree programme must take and satisfactorily complete University of Bristol units which comprise the final 120 credit points of the programme.

22.9      Save as specified below credit points may be used once only and may not be used towards two or more undergraduate awards of this University or of another institution and this University. The exceptions are:

a)     where an award at one level may be subsumed into an award at a higher level;

b)     where a University award or award of another institution has independent standing as a professional qualification and is accredited by a professional body;

c)      where a medical, dental or veterinary student of this University intercalates a year of study for the degree of BSc or BA in this University or elsewhere, or where a medical, dental or veterinary student from another institution intercalates a year of study for the degree of BSc or BA in this University.

The use of credit or a lower award from this University towards an award of another institution is at the discretion of that awarding institution.

22.10   No student who is registered for a programme of full-time study leading to a qualification of the University of Bristol may concurrently be registered on a programme of full-time study leading to the award of a qualification of another institution.

22.11   The University does not encourage students to take more than the required units for any programme. However, if a student chooses to do so they will be required to pay a fee for the additional units and neither the credit nor the marks accumulated will count towards their final award.

22.12  Students may be permitted to transfer between programmes subject to approval, but there is no automatic right of transfer between programmes. The academic record of the student (i.e. the credit and marks for any relevant units and the time they have already spent studying in relation to the maximum period of study), will normally follow when transferring programme. Where students wish to transfer to the first year of a non-cognate programme, and their academic record does not follow, the transfer will be treated as a new registration and the period of study re-set. Transfer is subject to sufficient space being available and the applicant meeting the academic criteria and requirements for the new programme and any visa requirements, should they apply. See annex 4 for the University’s policy on student transfer between undergraduate programmes and units of the University.

22.13   Subject to Ordinance 15, the following table shows the normal and maximum periods of study for full-time undergraduate awards covered by these regulations. These periods of study include extensions but exclude suspensions of study. Periods of study for part-time students shall be calculated pro-rata to the periods of full-time study. A student will normally only be able to take a supplementary year due to extenuating circumstances once during their programme of study. 

Title of Award

Period of study

Normal

Maximum

 Professional degrees (BDS, BVSc,
 MB,ChB)

 5 academic years

 7 academic years

 Integrated (5-year) Masters degree (e.g.
 with a Year Abroad/in Industry)

 5 academic years

 6 academic years

 Integrated 4-year Masters Degree

 4 academic years

 5 academic years

 Honours Bachelors (4-year) Degree

 4 academic years

 5 academic years

 Honours Bachelors (3-year) Degree

 3 academic years

 4 academic years

 Honours Bachelors Degree that requires
 study abroad or in industry (i.e. away from
 the University) for one academic year

 4 academic years

 5 academic years

 Honours Bachelors Degree by
 Intercalation

 1 academic year

 1 academic year

 Foundation Degree

 2 academic years

 4 academic years

 Undergraduate Diploma of Higher
 Education

 2 academic years

 3 academic years

 Undergraduate Certificate of Higher
 Education

 1 academic year 

 1 academic year