How to choose your modules - Module information | UWE Bristol (2023)

Your programme of study may include:

  • Compulsory modules – these modules must be taken (and passed) in order to achieve your award.
  • Core modules – you're required to take a specified minimum number of credits from a core group of modules.
  • Optional modules – you can choose any of these if you have any 'spare' choices to make.

At level 0 and level 1 there are no optional modules and all modules are compulsory so no changes are possible.

Your modules (including compulsory) should add up to 120 credits for each academic year. Your compulsory modules will automatically be selected on your behalf. You can choose your optional modules from the modules that make up your programme.

The modules you're studying this year should be visible in myUWE from the start of term, as long as you passed all the modules needed to take your chosen modules.

You can view your current module choices by logging in to the Online Module Choices system. This is also where you make your optional module choices and may request changes during the defined periods.

If you aren't seeing the modules you expect in myUWE, please contact a campusInformation Point.

When to select your modules

Module and timetable activity change is available at the beginning of each term. View term dates.

For those with optional modules starting in the Spring Term (January) the Online Module Choice system will open for module change from 12:00 (noon) on Monday 9 January 2023 until 00:00 on Sunday 12 February 2023.

If you are a year one or year two student, you will be able to choose your optional modules for next Academic year (2023/24) via the Online Module Choice system will open for two weeks from 12:00 (noon) on Monday 6 March 2023 to 00:00 on Sunday 19 March 2023.

How to request a change to your modules or teaching group for the current academic year

We can only make a module and timetable changes where there is space to accommodate this in each teaching space, and the change maintains a clash free timetable for you.

The Online Module Choice Systemsemester 2 and 3 modules will open on Monday 9 January at 12:00 (noon) and close on Sunday 12 February at 00:00. If you are eligible, you can request a change to your timetable during the same period via our Activity Group Change request page.

  1. Step 1:

    To view your modules choices, log in to the Online Module Choices system. Once you have logged in, you'll be able to view your optional modules, if applicable. To see the module specifications click on the relevant module code.

    Check you are on the correct course and year. If not, please contact a Student Support Adviser.

  2. Step 2:

    Please use the Online Module Choices system if you wish to request a module change.

    Please note at level 0 and level 1 all modules are compulsory so no changes are possible.

  3. Step 3:

    You can view your timetable in myUWE. Under the “Courses” tab. you will find a tab for “Teaching Timetable”.

    If you can't see your timetable or you think there's something missing or wrong with it, follow the self-help guide in InfoHub which explains what you should do next.

    You can find more information on Understanding your teaching timetable. Please note that timetables in myUWE automatically default to view the current week which, if you don’t have any teaching taking place this week, can make it appear that you have no timetable. In order to show your timetable you’ll need to change the week to your first teaching.

    If you’re joining onto one of our courses, you should be able to access your personal timetable within three working days of completing your personal details section of your registration and once timetables have been published to students. View our timetable publication dates.

    If you’re eligible, you may be able to request changes to teaching activities through the Activity Group Change Request at the beginning of each relevant study period.

Key considerations

Credit requirements

You must normally take 120 credits in each academic year. If you fail a module in one year, you may be able to take it as an additional module the following year, but this cannot be guaranteed. There may also be an additional charge to retake a module.

If you wish to study more or fewer than 120 credits, please contact aStudent Support Adviser.

Credits are gained when modules are successfully completed. At UWE Bristol, modules are normally given values between five and 60 credits.

The number of credits assigned to a module is based on learning hours, ie the number of hours which it is expected that students will spend, on average, achieving the learning outcomes. One credit usually equals ten notional hours of study.

You become eligible for an award when you achieve sufficient credit in the required modules. Sometimes ‘module credits’ are described as being like a currency which can be accumulated and then ‘cashed in’ or exchanged when you accept an award (for example an honours or a master's degree).

You can find out more about credits and how they work in our module informationguidance.

Prior learning

If you have undertaken prior learning which is relevant to your modules or award, you may be able to apply for it to be recognised under theAccreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning processes.

Pre/co-requisite modules

If you're selecting a module that has a pre-requisite this means that you must have passed the pre-requisite module before selecting your chosen module.

If you're selecting a module that has a co-requisite this means that you must study the co-requisite module alongside your chosen module.

Criteria for selection and re-allocation

Some modules have restricted availability and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If there is a timetable clash or a module that is no longer running, you'll be contacted by aStudent Support Adviserto select a different module.

Once an option module is full, you will not be able to select it, and therefore you will have to make another choice.

Your module selection is not confirmed until your timetable has been updated.

If you haven't passed modules from the previous academic year

If you haven't passed modules from the previous academic year, different modules for next year may have been chosen for you. Please seefurther information about resits resultsand next steps.

Modules not on your programme

You can study a module that isn't on your programme but should be aware that this may have funding implications. You should also consider the impact that taking on additional work might have on your main programme. In terms of classification, you cannot replace the mark for a module which is on your programme with the mark for one which is not. To find out more, speak to a Student Support Adviser.


Is it possible to transfer between modules?

Where relevant to your programme, and subject to the availability of the module, including where there is a limit on places, you may have the opportunity to change/transfer modules at specific points in the year.

Are there any implications for transferring between programmes?

Yes, you should note the following:

  • Many changes have financial implications, including being liable for fees even if you withdraw.
  • Whilst the academic regulations may allow you to transfer or retake a year or a module, you may find that your funding does not cover the additional cost or the change.
  • You might find that some modules you are enrolled on are valid for your new programme as well as your old one.

You are advised to speak to a Student Support Adviser and/or your Programme Leader to see if you can transfer any completed modules/or the credit for a completed module into your new programme.

More information about transferring

Find out more about transferring between modules or programmes.

Transfer your course

Sandwich year information

Confirmed sandwich year

If you have a sandwich year (placement or study year abroad) which has been approved via the Placement or Study Abroad Teams:

  1. Tick option A on the placement question on the online module allocator. You may need to make a choice between placement types if more than one is offered on your award.
  2. You do not need to make your final year module choices.
  3. Save your choices.

Unconfirmed sandwich year

If you're considering a sandwich year (placement or study year abroad) but have not yet confirmed it via the Placement or Study Abroad Teams:

  1. Tick option B on the sandwich year placement question on the online module allocator.
  2. Select your final year module choices.
  3. If your placement is approved later, your final year module choices will be removed.
  4. Save your choices.

If your sandwich year (placement or study year abroad) is confirmed later this year, any final year module choices that you've previously selectedwill not be saved. Instead, you'll be asked to make your final year module choices during your sandwich year.

Choosing not to take a sandwich year

If you do not wish to take a sandwich year (placement or study year abroad):

  1. Tick option C on the placement question on the online module allocator.
  2. Select your final year module choices.
  3. Save your choices.

Confirming your sandwich placement

If you're doing a study year abroad, you'll already have received an offer from the Study Abroad Team. You should have responded to it to confirm your participation.

If you're doing a sandwich work placement, you'll need to inform the Placement Team once you've secured a potential placement so that your placement proposal can be approved. Please see ourconfirming your placementguidance.

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Do the modules you pick matter? ›

Be sure to read on for tips on making the right decision! Choosing a module is just as important as choosing an undergraduate course. In my experience, it makes or breaks your degree. That one module that you choose, can be the one mark you need for your desired overall grade.

What is excused credit? ›

What does 'excused credit' mean? Credit can be excused by the exam board if significant personal difficulties have impacted on your ability to pass a module or modules.

What is the difference between core and compulsory modules? ›

Compulsory Module: A Compulsory Module is a Module which must be taken by all students on a particular programme. Compulsory Modules may be Passed by Compensation. Core Module: A Core Module is a module which must be taken and Passed. Core Modules may not be Passed by Compensation.

What is the fastest way to answer your modules? ›

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  7. Take plenty of breaks. ...
  8. Reward yourself!

Can you fail a module and still get a degree? ›

In most cases, your university will ask you to repeat the entire module as if you had not studied it. However, in more extreme cases, your university may not permit you to continue your studies if they don't think you will pass in future.

What do you say to your professor when you miss an exam? ›

It's not necessary to provide a detailed description of your illness or any personal information. Instead, you can simply let your professor know that due to an illness, you will miss class. Some professors require a doctor's note for excused absences. If you already have a note, feel free to provide it.

What is a good excuse to miss an exam in college? ›

Illness or injury, family emergencies, certain University-approved curricular and extra-curricular activities, and religious holidays can be legitimate reasons to miss class or to be excused from a scheduled examination.

What are three 3 reasons for which an absence or absences may be considered excused? ›

Excused absences include: illness (including mental or behavioral health of the student) observance of a religious holiday or event. death in the immediate family, family emergency.

What is a mandatory module? ›

These are modules which must be taken for you to be able to progress with your programme or to be eligible for award. Compulsory modules contain the essential parts of the programme and often you will be automatically registered for them. Although you have to take these modules you do not always have to pass them.

What are optional modules? ›

Optional modules are those listed as part of your programme and from which you will choose most of your modules.

How do I change my uni module reading? ›

Please email with details of your requested changes. You may request changes to your optional modules, however please note that you do not have an automatic right to change your optional modules.

Do I have to pass all modules? ›

Postgraduate students must normally pass all their modules to meet their award requirements. However, the relevant Examination Board may disregard failure in up to 30 credits where you have achieved a module mark of 40-49.9 in each of the failed modules and your overall average is 50.0 or greater.

Do colleges only look at core class grades? ›

Colleges see any and all grades and information reported on your official transcript (again—you should request a copy!), but they care most about and evaluate your final grades in core academic courses.

Which is better core or elective? ›

Core courses are compulsory courses a student must study in order to meet the requirements of their program. Electives, on the other hand, are courses a student can choose, allowing them to study topics that pique their interest.

How can I study fast without forgetting? ›

Now let's look at some of the ways research shows you can remember more and forget less:
  1. Drink coffee to improve memory consolidation. ...
  2. Meditate to improve working memory.
  3. Eat berries for better long-term memory.
  4. Exercise to improve memory recall.
  5. Chew gum to make stronger memories.
  6. Sleep more to consolidate memories.

How can I study answers quickly? ›

10 tips on how to study effectively
  1. Get organised.
  2. Don't skip class!
  3. Take notes.
  4. Talk to your teacher & ask questions.
  5. Space out your studying.
  6. Create a study plan – & stick to it.
  7. Don't just re-read but study.
  8. Set up a quiet study space.

How do you get first in modules? ›

To achieve a first class degree, you will usually need to get 70% or more across your modules. As with any goal you set yourself, it is important that you monitor your progress. If you want to graduate with a first class degree, it is important that you track your grades throughout the year.

How many modules do I need to pass first year? ›

Minimum number of modules: You need to pass a minimum of 36 credits in your first year of study and then 48 credits in your second and further years of study.

How many college students fail a course? ›

That means more than 1 in 10 undergrads fail a class (since not every student repeats a failed class). What should you do if you fail? Consider repeating the course. Over 90% of colleges allow undergraduates to take a failed class again to improve their grade.

Do I have to pass all my modules in first year? ›

Typically, universities allow students to re-sit their failed modules, meaning failing the second year at the university shouldn't mark the end of your academic journey. After all, passing your first year should favor you because it tells the learning institution that you're capable.

Do professors care if you miss class? ›

Most professors expect students to miss a class every now and then. For students who miss one or two classes over the course of a semester, professors rarely care. But the frequent skippers fall into another category. Professors can see frequent skipping as disrespectful of their time and expertise.

How do you apologize for cheating to a professor? ›

You could say: "I am very sorry that I cheated on last week's test. I understand that this was a wrongdoing and that my actions have consequences that I will need to face. At the same time I also want to reassure you that this was a one-time incident and it will not happen again."

How do you tell a professor you're not doing well? ›

  1. Send a short email saying, “Hi Professor, I'm in your Math 200 class this term and I just wanted to let you know that I have been struggling with my mental health lately. This may cause me to miss 1 or 2 classes or be late on some assignments. ...
  2. Try not to sound like you are asking for special treatment.

How do I pass an exam if I didn't study? ›

Read on to learn more about how to pass any exam without studying.
  1. Find the right workplace. ...
  2. 2. Make the most use of your time. ...
  3. Assemble your requirements properly to avoid distractions. ...
  4. Compile all your notes. ...
  5. Avoid cramming for long hours. ...
  6. Prioritize and work accordingly. ...
  7. Talk to someone around you.

Is it normal to fail an exam in college? ›

Almost every college student receives a failing grade at some point during their program. Whether you forgot to study or simply don't understand the material, failing grades happen.

How do you fail to pass in college? ›

Take a look:
  1. Adjust your study habits. It could be possible that you are studying, but it's just not effective. ...
  2. Ask for help. There's no shame in asking for help. ...
  3. Stop procrastinating. ...
  4. Turn in missing work. ...
  5. Talk to your teacher. ...
  6. Request extra credit. ...
  7. Consider choosing a “pass/fail” grading. ...
  8. Don't give up.

How many unscheduled absences are acceptable? ›

Excessive absenteeism is defined as two or more occurrences of unexcused absence in a 30-day period and will result in disciplinary action. Eight occurrences of unexcused absence in a 12-month period are considered grounds for termination.

Is mental health an excuse to miss school? ›

States like Washington and California recognize mental health as a legitimate reason to miss a day of school.

How many school days can you miss? ›

Responsibilities of Schools

Schools are obliged to keep a register of the students attending the school. They must also maintain attendance records for all students and inform the Child and Family Agency's educational welfare services if a child is absent for more than 20 days in a school year.

What if I fail a module? ›

you must repeat the modules that you failed. you may be excluded from further study and you may not continue.

What happens if I fail a module in my final year? ›

You would need to resit the module again and get a 40 or above but the 25 will be used when it comes to your degree classification. You just need the 40 to get into third year for progression purposes only.

What happens if I fail a core module? ›

If you fail a core module you must take the same module again. If you fail an elective module, you may: retake the same module on one occasion only, or. substitute the module with another elective module, where one is available, on one occasion only.

What does it mean to answer modules? ›

Answer Modules® are proprietary algorithms that convert raw power quality event data into precise answers to determine the source and cause of the disturbance. These unique tools enable users to save time and improve accuracy when troubleshooting power quality problems.

How many types of modules are there? ›

The three kind of modules are Form Modules, Standard Modules and Class Modules.

Can you fail a module twice? ›

What Happens If You Fail A Module Twice?: Students typically get one chance to retake failed modules. If they don't pass in that amount of time, they'll probably have to retake the module the following year, which will cost them more money and prevent them from moving on to the next year of their study.

How many modules is full time? ›

Full-time students take four modules per semester, amounting to 120 credits per year.

How do you modify a module? ›

Editing Module Content
  1. Mouse over the Edit button in the module action menu. This displays the editing options that are available to the current user.
  2. Select the. Edit option displayed for the module. The name beside the button will change depending on the module. For Example, Edit Content is displayed for the HTML.

Can I still pass a module if I fail one assignment? ›

Grades will vary from university and courses, but most of the time you don't have to re-sit an assignment to end up passing the module or even the year. Such as, if your averaged course mark is 40 or above, you can pass the module overall regardless of the failed piece of work.

What happens if you fail a semester 1 module? ›

If you have a module with a status of 'Failed; Retake', you'll need to retake the module in the next academic year, including attending all the classes and re-sitting and re-submitting any assessments.

What happens if a student fails all modules? ›

Failure to pass the required number of modules will result in your inability to study further at the undergraduate level.

What year do colleges look at the most? ›

Your first year and sophomore year affect your cumulative GPA, which is important to most colleges. However, a solid academic record in your junior year is likely to carry more importance with an admissions committee.

Which GPA is more important? ›

As such, a weighted GPA tends to be more important in the admissions process for the simple reason that they can help communicate how challenging a student's course load is. A Weighted GPA demonstrate how many advanced classes you've taken, and your performance in them.

Which year grades do colleges look at? ›

If you're wondering what year colleges look at your grades, junior year is what really matters. When you apply for college in the fall of your senior year, your junior year transcript will be the recent ones available to colleges.

What is the easiest elective to take in college? ›

That being said, here's a look at some college classes that tend to be easier than some core classes.
  • Creative Writing. ...
  • Physical Education. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Public Speaking. ...
  • Anthropology. ...
  • Art History. ...
  • Acting. ...
  • Photography.

Do electives lower GPA? ›

This can vary based on the school or district, but elective classes may impact your GPA. Your grade point average is a standardized way to view your academic achievement. It includes both core and non-core classes. That's why taking elective courses you can excel in can be a good idea.

What is the most popular elective in middle school? ›

Theatre. Out of all of the unique middle school electives, this one is probably the most common.

How important is the module? ›

It helps students to obtain information more systematically and practically. That modules are one of the teaching materials packed wholly and systematically; there is a set of planned learning experience inside designed to help students to comprehend specific learning goals [3, 4] .

Does it matter what order you take classes in? ›

Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

How do modules affect students? ›

They discover new things, and they experience their knowledge on their own. Students learn to reflect on their own experiences, thus developing new skills, learning through modular direct students to be in charge of their own learning.

Do modules matter in uni? ›

Essentially, every year of a university degree course is split up into different modules, which have different values and count towards your final grade for that year. So, for example: if your whole university year is made up of a total of 120 credits, the value of your modules will have to add up to that amount.

How can I improve my learning module? ›

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Why is it important to answer your modules? ›

If honesty in answering the modules is observed the actual level of their mastery is known. Teachers will know the appropriate interventions to provide. If parents answer the modules, the learners will be denied of these academic interventions and they will not master their lessons at all.

Do colleges look at how hard your classes are? ›

Colleges look beyond your GPA to assess what classes you take in high school. Some classes — like foundational subjects — count more than others. Taking challenging classes can boost your admission chances. Choose classes that benefit you academically and make you well-rounded.

What is the hardest math class in high school? ›

What is the Hardest Math Class in High School? In most cases, you'll find that AP Calculus BC or IB Math HL is the most difficult math course your school offers. Note that AP Calculus BC covers the material in AP Calculus AB but also continues the curriculum, addressing more challenging and advanced concepts.

Should I take 5 classes first semester? ›

Breaking it down further, most college courses at schools with semesters are worth three credit hours. So on average, you would expect to take five classes a semester. That's above the usual minimum, which is 12 hours, and below the maximum, which is normally 18.

Why studying using modules can be difficult? ›

Some modules do not have clear instructions and explanations so students have a hard time answering them. The pictures in the modules are not clear and the provided answer lines are too short. The modules have a lot of exercises, and the students lack motivation and focus.

Why do students struggle with modular learning? ›

Inability to Comprehend the Lessons

The students, having insufficient resources, could not submit a few or many of their modules in some of their subjects for they did not thoroughly grasp the content or discussions of topics. Thus, they usually earn either an incomplete or a low grade.

Do modules help in learning? ›

The definition of a module is simply defined as a form of teaching resource. Modules are compiled by a group or individual learning, which is then arranged in a neat systematic manner. Furthermore, it will be printed, the printed results are then used as a guide for the teaching staff as well as for the students.

Can you pass a module if you fail an assignment? ›

Grades will vary from university and courses, but most of the time you don't have to re-sit an assignment to end up passing the module or even the year. Such as, if your averaged course mark is 40 or above, you can pass the module overall regardless of the failed piece of work.


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