Your course 2021/22
Find out about teaching, exams, assessment and support available for your academic studies.
Information about your course for the 2020/21 academic year is still available.
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Teaching and learning
We plan to deliver as much in-person learning as we safely can, including lectures, seminars, and laboratories on campus. We will retain some of the more effective elements of blended learning that have been well received by students.
For most students, this means you should plan to be here in Bristol to engage with your course.
If you are based outside of the UK, we have support available to help you to get to Bristol.
Some courses are available to study online until you arrive. Find out which courses can be studied online.
When you arrive in the UK update your current address with the address of where you are living now.
Some courses are not available to study online. They are only available to study on-campus. If your course is not on the online study list, you need to be in Bristol to complete your course.
When to arrive for on-campus courses
- Join us for Welcome Week which starts on Monday 20 September.
- Teaching starts from Monday 27 September.
- Some courses have a non-standard start date.
If you think you will arrive after your course start date you should contact your faculty office.
Online registration is open from:
- 26 August for new students
- 6 September for returning students.
Late arrival for on-campus courses
We understand some of you travelling from overseas may not be able to arrive in time for your course start date.
You need to arrive and have completed quarantine before the on-campus teaching start date.
If you are not able to start by that date, you will need to defer the start of your course to 2022/23.
Latest date to join on-campus teaching
|Engineering||Monday 18 October
|Social Sciences and Law|
|Science||Monday 11 October|
International Foundation Programme students
If you start your studies online, you will need need to be on campus by one of these dates:
- Week 2, 4 October
- Week 7, 8 November
- Week 13, 24 January (start of teaching block two)
If you are unable to come to Bristol, you can complete the full year online.
Possible changes to teaching in 2021/22
We have plans so we can respond to any changes in circumstances, such as new UK Government rules on coronavirus.
We hope we can get back to as much in-person activity as possible but we will continue to deliver a mix of online and in-person activity wherever needed. This will give you opportunities to connect and meet new people.
To help you get the most out of your teaching, we have a range of academic support available.
Equipment and IT support for online learning
As much of our teaching is online, you need access to a computer and internet connectivity to fully engage in your studies.
Although there are computers available in study spaces across campus, due to occupancy restrictions needed to keep you safe, you are unlikely to be able to access these whenever you need them.
We recommend you bring your own computer such as a laptop.
We also suggest bringing a headset with a built-in microphone which can improve the quality of audio when you are talking to someone or attending online sessions.
You also need internet connectivity from your accommodation or usual place of study. Wifi connectivity is provided automatically in University accommodation.
We provide access to the software you need for online learning and support with how to use it. Find out what IT support and guidance is available.
If you need help with the costs of IT equipment or connectivity find out what financial support is available.
Problems accessing online teaching and resources
We are aware that some students will have issues with connectivity and technology, and that online teaching provides different challenges for different people.
If you cannot take part in teaching activities, let your school office know. You must tell them once in any 7-day period.
If you are struggling to access online resources, contact your school office for support. They will direct you to suitable technical support or put alternative arrangements in place.
If you have questions about using assistive software, contact Disability Services.
What your course will look like
Content of course
The content of most courses will not change significantly. We will only make changes if we cannot deliver content in a blended way. If your course content changes significantly, we will let you know what is changing.
We are working with professional bodies to ensure accreditation is not impacted on our professional courses.
Intended awards (such as BA, MSc, BEng, MEng) will not change, though in a few cases the precise title may be amended if a placement component is no longer available.
Length of course
The length of most courses will not change.
Find out our term dates for 2021/22.
Cost of course
The cost of courses will not change.
Suspending your studies
Your transcript is a record of the unit marks you achieved and your award. It is not intended to provide a narrative of how your award was classified, or a commentary on your particular circumstances.
What a transcript does and doesn't include
- The units which have been taken in each year of study
- The overall marks for each unit, together with a mark signal indicating whether a unit was passed or failed, and whether credit has been awarded
- The total number of credits gained in each unit taken and in each year of study
- The degree awarded, degree classification and date of award (where applicable)
- A glossary to explain any mark signals which appear on the transcript
Transcripts don't include:
- Year marks
- Programme or safety net* marks
- Which units or assessments were included in the safety net*
- whether your degree was classified using your programme or safety net* marks
- an explanation of how every award has been made. There is a risk in trying to do so, that your individual circumstances may be misrepresented or misinterpreted.
- What allowance was made for any extenuating circumstances
Any context can be provided in a reference if appropriate.
*Safety net: only applies to students studying in 2019/20 whose marks counted towards their degree classification.
Transcripts for students studying in 2019/20
Where assessment was withdrawn in 2019/20 due to coronavirus, your transcript will show a mark of zero, together with a signal to show that credit was awarded.
If you have not been able to complete all of the assessment for a unit, but the board of examiners considered that you had demonstrated that you had met the intended learning outcomes, your transcript may show a zero and a signal to indicate that you had passed the unit, notwithstanding your circumstances.
These zeroes indicate the absence of a mark, rather than a true zero.
Find out about mark signals on your assessments, units and transcripts and what they mean.
Libraries and study spaces
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We have made every effort to ensure all details are correct.
However, since this information is subject to change, undergraduate and postgraduate taught students are advised to check the University's Unit and Programmes Catalogue for the latest course updates and these advice pages for all other updates. Postgraduate research students need to contact their research supervisor.
Unit teaching and assessment details, and other information published here, is indicative and may be altered due to changes imposed due to the current coronavirus.
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