Managing your studies

Managing your studies

On these pages you will find archive copies of the Terms and Conditions of Admission that you agreed when enrolling on your programme of study, information on enrolment and re-enrolment, advice on Credit Accumulation (including how to transfer credit in to and from your BNU programme) and other information included below, such as your timetable, requirements for attendance and information on Placement Learning.

Everything you need to know about Semester dates, vacation breaks and bank holidays.

Other information


You can access your personal timetable online via Blackboard. Your timetable is subject to change up to seven days before any lecture, seminar or workshop. For this reason you should check your timetable at the beginning of each week to ensure there are no changes.

The University strongly believes that consistently good attendance is linked to good academic performance. It is in your best interests to attend each class if you want to be successful in your studies. By contrast, poor attendance can be an indicator that students are experiencing personal problems that are affecting their studies.

We expect you to attend all your timetabled teaching sessions. We will take appropriate steps to monitor your attendance and will contact you if your level of attendance starts to cause concern.

By monitoring attendance we hope to be able to identify those students who might need support. We can then discuss with them the range of support services available within the University and make an appropriate referral.

For further information please read the Attendance and Engagement Policy.

International Students

The University also has a duty to report international student attendance to external bodies such as UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

If you are a student on a Student Visa, i.e. an international student, you will be subject to stricter rules on attendance in order to comply with the terms and conditions of your visa.

Please see the Attendance Monitoring and Reporting Procedure for more information on your responsibilities. Failure to do so may result in your withdrawal from the course.

A placement is a period of negotiated and supervised work experience which takes place outside the University Campus and is often hosted by an employer or partner. The following types of learning are all considered to include placement learning:

  • Year-abroad schemes (not part of an Erasmus exchange)
  • Industry placements
  • Clinical / professional placements (e.g. on nursing, social work and similar courses)
  • Fieldwork assignments, where projects are managed by individuals or organisations external to the University

Depending on the nature of your programme placement learning may be an optional or compulsory part of your programme. The length of the placement opportunity may vary considerably from a year to a few days undertaken alongside the programme.

You remain subject to University policies and procedure throughout the period of your placement