Intercalation is a formal way of taking time out from your course, or ‘suspending your studies’. Intercalation will be considered for medical reasons or for other extenuating circumstances which prevent you from engaging with your course or programme for an extended period of time. Intercalation may also be approved to enable students to take advantage of related opportunities appropriate to the programme.
Intercalation is normally for a period of up to one academic year and enables you to return to your course at suitable point in time to continue your studies.
If you have discussed intercalation with your Personal Tutor or Course/ Programme Leader and this is the best option for you given your circumstances, you need to collect an intercalation form from your Programme Administration office.
Intercalation is usually granted to students with unusual and exceptional circumstances. The University understands that such circumstances can prove stressful for students and seeks to support students by dealing with requests to intercalate as quickly as possible. Please help us to help you by completing the intercalation form in full before returning it to your campus Programme Administration office. You will then be contacted, usually by email, to confirm the outcome of this request.
Money and finance
You should also speak to a Money Adviser prior to any request to intercalate so that you are aware of how this will affect your funding and they will advise you of any potential fee implications of intercalating.
Further information on the fee and funding implications if you intercalate from your course are available in the Tuition Fee, Finance and Payments Policy. Please take time to read it carefully.
If you are in University accommodation you will also need to contact the Accommodation Officer at your campus.
Returning to study
Please be aware that should you intercalate, you may return to a slightly different version of the course to the one from which you intercalated, as there may be a new version of the course running due to revalidation. If this is the case, you will receive guidance from your course team to enable you to re-join the newly validated version of the course at an equivalent point to when you suspended your study.
If you intercalate and return, you will then be governed by the set of University regulations which are in force at the time of your return to course.
You will be contacted by your local Programme Administration Office 8 weeks before you are due to return and asked to confirm your intention to return to your course. If you are on a professional course, prior to your return you will also be required to complete a medical, Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly CRB) and any other clearances which are required at the point of your return. Please be aware that you may be required to pay for such clearances.
Student Services are here to support you when you are going onto, or returning from, intercalation. See the Intercalation: Student Support page for more information, FAQs and additional contacts.