How to choose your modules

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.

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 are able to 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.

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

When to select your modules

Students will be able to select their modules when the system opens.

If you do not select your modules by the deadline, the University will select them on your behalf.

Your module selections are used in scheduling teaching resources and creating your timetable. There will be an opportunity, depending on space and timetabling constraints, for you to change your optional modules at the beginning of the relevant study period.

Information about how to choose your modules for 2021/22 will be available in Teaching Block 2.

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 a Student 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 the Academic Survival Guide.

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 the Accreditation 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 a Student Support Adviser to 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 released.

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 see further information about resits results and next steps.

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 selected will 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 our confirming your placement guidance.