Suspend your studies
What is suspension?
You may choose to suspend if you have difficulties that are affecting your studies. During the time you are suspended you are not required to engage with your studies and you are suspended from all aspects of student life. You are effectively not classified as a student.
You can suspend for 12 months throughout your programme of study. A further extension of up to 12 months may be granted in exceptional circumstances but this needs to be agreed by your school.
Talk to your school and get advice
Talk to your senior tutor, personal tutor or another member of your school before you make any decisions. They will be able to advise you.
Other implications of suspending your studies
Think about the wider implications of suspending.
Suspending studies will affect your accommodation. Find out more about:
- how suspending your studies affects your accommodation for undergraduate students.
- how suspending your studies affects your accommodation for postgraduate students.
Talk to one of our Accommodation Office team for more information.
Fees and funding
There may be significant implications to your funding and any fees you owe. Find out more about the financial considerations of suspending or withdrawing from your studies.
Talk to one of our Student Funding team before you suspend to get their advice.
There could be significant implications to your Tier 4 visa if you suspend. Find out more about how suspending your studies may affect your visa.
Talk to one of our Student Visa Advisers before you suspend to get their advice.
You may not have access to some student services while you are suspended.
Your course group
You will no longer be part of the same year group of students on your course.
Submit your request to suspend your studies
- Talk to your senior tutor, personal tutor or another member of your school before you make any decisions.
- Consider the wider implications on suspending your studies eg accommodation, visa, funding etc.
- Check with your school which form you need to complete and which signatures are needed. Allow time to get the necessary signatures for your form.
Returning to your studies after suspension
You will join the next year cohort of students. All your teaching and assessment will be with this year group.
If you are returning to studies after a suspension of more than 60 days we will need to provide you with a new Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).
Read our full guidance on what international students need to do to return to study after suspension.
Suspending your studies as a result of Covid-19
There are additional implications you should be aware of if you are thinking of suspending your studies due to Covid-19.
Our 'safety net' policy only applies to assessment in 2019/2020 and would not apply to studies in subsequent years.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment may still be being offered in alternative formats during 2021/22 due to the impact of Covid-19.
The Regulations and Code of Practice summarise our expectations for the conduct of assessment, progression and the award of a qualification in undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes.