Semesterisation

What is semesterisation and when will it be introduced at Bath Spa?

In simple terms, a semester-based system (semesterisation) is one where modules can be wholly taught and assessed in a single teaching period.

The University year is currently split into terms with all final assessment and marks awarded at the end of the year. From September 2018, we will introduce a semester-based system and will split the academic year into two semesters (or teaching blocks) with formal assessment boards held at the end of each semester.

Why is the University making this change?

We put the student experience at the heart of everything we do and an important part of this is ensuring we continue to enhance the quality of our students’ learning experiences. We want students to have more choice over their modules and allow them the opportunity to experience a greater variety of subjects across the University. The review of undergraduate courses and modules will allow us to see where there are opportunities to introduce new modules and make more modules available to more students. It will also give you greater flexibility to change your modules during the year.

Benefits to students

At a glance the benefits to you are:

  • Better support - students and staff will gain better knowledge of student progress at the end of each semester which will allow them to make adjustments and give additional support to the student if needed.
  • Balanced distribution of student workload and assessments throughout the academic year.
  • Reducing the pressure on students with a split assessment period, so your results will be based on your performance throughout the year.
  • Greater flexibility in programme design to increase student choice and help achieve learning and teaching goals.
  • More opportunities for international exchange by aligning ourselves to the majority of international universities that have semesters, rather than terms. This will mean more opportunities to work with international students and broaden your perspectives and networks.

Who will it affect?

Applicants due to join Bath Spa in September 2017

Your first year of study will consist of teaching across terms with formal assessment at the end of the year. The remainder of your course from September 2018 will consist of two semesters per year with formal assessment at the end of each semester.

Current students who started a course in September 2016 or earlier

You will continue your studies following the same structure you do currently – terms across the year with final assessment and marks awarded at the end of the year.

From September 2018 the academic year will start slightly earlier than it did this year and we will confirm the timetable for that year as soon as possible.

Part-time undergraduate student due to complete after 2017

For the remainder of this academic year and for the 2017/18 academic year you will continue your studies following the same structure you do currently – terms across the year with final assessment and marks awarded at the end of the year.

The remainder of your course from September 2018 will consist of semesters with formal assessment at the end of each semester.

From September 2018 the academic year will start slightly earlier and we will confirm the timetable for that year as soon as possible.

FAQ for Applicants 

Will I be on semesters or terms?

If you are due to join Bath Spa University in September 2017, you will move to the new semesterised system in your second year of study. This means your academic year dates will change and the year will start slightly earlier.

We are also reviewing all undergraduate courses and modules, so there may also be some changes to course structure and module choice from September 2018 onwards.

If you have any questions about this, please contact mycourse@bathspa.ac.uk.

FAQ for current students

Do I have to do anything about this?

No. Please just be aware of the changes and more specific information about timetables and modules will be made available in due course.

When will we know what the new timetable for 2018 is?

The academic calendar for 2018/19 is currently being developed and will be shared as soon as possible.

I’m a postgraduate/PGCE student. Does this affect me?

No, the changes are to the undergraduate courses and timetable. The postgraduate and PGCE courses will continue to be delivered in their current structure.

My course isn’t part of the module scheme. Will I be able to take modules now?

No.

I’m due to complete my course in 2018. Can I opt to move to semesters for my final year?

No. To ensure consistency for students, whole year groups will follow the same pattern.

When will the assessment periods be?

The academic calendar for 2018/19 is currently being developed and will be shared as soon as possible.

Will there be resits after each assessment period?

Yes and the timetable for these will be shared once the academic calendar for 2018/19 is confirmed.

What if I’m on a course with a placement year?

Your final year of study will follow the new semesterised structure.

I'm due to re-take my first year starting in September 2017 will this affect me?

Yes. For the 2017/18 academic year you will study across three terms with final assessment and marks awarded at the end of the year. However, from September 2018 your course will consist of semesters with formal assessment at the end of each semester.

Does this mean we only have a summer vacation?

No, the academic year will still include a winter and spring vacation.

 

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