Suspending your studies

If you wish to suspend your studies, you will be eligible to return as long as your course is still running and you return within two calendar years. It is possible that your course may undergo substantial changes or stop running, which may affect your ability to return to it. You should also check any professional body restrictions regarding the time you are allowed to take to gain your qualifications. If there are changes to your course, you may have to take additional modules to ensure that you have met the learning outcomes of the course.

You must request a suspension of studies by the following dates:

Programme start date

Suspension of studies

September 2019

19 April 2020

January 2020

23 August 2020

February 2020

6 September 2020

March 2020

25 September 2020

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    If you've decided to suspend your studies, you should book an appointment with a Student Support Adviser to talk through your options.

  2. Step 2

    To suspend your studies, contact any Information Point to request a form.

    We will action the suspension of your studies after we have received your form. The date we record will be the day that we received the form.

  3. Step 3

    It is likely that you will incur some fee liability if you suspend your studies. Our fees and funding sections provide further information. You can also find details of the University‚Äôs Money Advice Service.

    Read the advice on suspending to find out how it will affect you financially.


Students at UK partner colleges

If you are based at one of our UK partner colleges you should follow the same process. You can also seek guidance from staff based at your college.

Health and social care students based at Glenside Campus and Gloucester Campus

When you wish to return to your studies on a health and social care course, you will need to contact the Programme Leader for your course. They will need to liaise with the Professional Practice Office to check the Placement availability before your return. 

Education ITE and PGCE courses

Suspensions from these courses are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to suspend your studies on an ITE or PGCE course you will need to contact the Programme Leader for your course. When you wish to return to your studies on an ITE or PGCE Education course you will need to contact the Professional Practice Office to check the Placement availability before your return.

International students

If you are an international student, you should be aware that making a change to your course will have implications on your immigration status and the completion of your studies.

Please contact the Immigration and Student Visa Support Service if you would like to discuss any issues.