All about modules…

One of the major attractions of the BA, BSc (Hons) degree at University of Worcester is that it allows you to choose from a wide range of modules both within and outside of your chosen subject/s.

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As with most things, there are pros and cons to this level of flexibility.  You can shape your degree to reflect your interests, enhance your employability or choose modules that will enable you to attend classes around other commitments such as paid employment, your family or social life.  However, you need to be sure that your degree reflects a logical progress and has an appropriate focus.

Mandatory modules
Some modules are mandatory; this means that you must select them.  If you really do not want to do a mandatory module, it may be worth considering changing pathways or courses. You will need to speak with a Programme Adviser who will be able to discuss your options and explain any implications making such changes may have.  Details of which modules are mandatory can be found in your course handbook and on SOLE.

When to select modules?
First year students: you may have been prompted to confirm or select modules as part of registration; this would have been an option shown on your SOLE page.  For further advice or help in selecting first year modules, you can attend a module selection drop-in session.  The sessions will be running in PNG007, ground floor of the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre on the St John’s campus, from 10am – 3.30pm Monday-Friday from 16th September until 4th October 2019 – no appointment necessary!

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Second and third year students: you should have already chosen your modules for the academic year 2019/20.  However, if you have not managed to select modules or you would like to make a change, the deadline is Friday 4th October 2019 at 3pm.  See below for how to request a change of module.

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If you would like to change a module, the “Module Change Request” is available on your SOLE page under the ‘Course Information’ tab or you can attend a module selection drop-in session (see details above).  It can take up to 5 working days for your timetable to update after the change has been approved.

The deadline for making a change to Semester 1 and Across Semester modules is 4th October 2019.  The deadline for Semester 2 modules will be in February 2020.

Module availability
Meeting with tutorTo find out the availability of modules, you can view the module directory via your SOLE Page.  Your Personal Academic Tutor and the Careers Advisers can offer you guidance on which modules might be the most appropriate or useful for particular careers or postgraduate study.

Module clashes on your timetable
First year students
: If two modules are clashing on your timetable, you will need to make a change to your selections. This may mean changing the occurrence of your module or changing the module altogether.  Please attend a module selection drop-in session, where advisers will be on hand to help you.  Times and dates for the drop-ins are given above.

Second or third year students: Check the details of the modules which are clashing using the module directory, which can be found via the ‘Course’ tab on your SOLE page.  If one of your clashing modules runs at another time, or “occurrence”, you can request to move sessions. Please contact the module tutor and request a change from one session to another. If the tutor approves the change, email with confirmation, and they will alter your timetable.

If there is no alternative occurrence, you will need to remove one of your modules and select an alternative one.  This can be done by completing a Module Change Request form via the ‘Course’ tab on your SOLE page. It can take up to 5 working days for your timetable to update after the change has been approved.

The deadline for making any module change, even when resolving a clash, is 3pm on Friday 4th October 2019.

Changing full-time and part-time study
If you would like to change your mode of study (part time or full time) please complete a “Change Mode of Study” form.  This can be found under the ‘Course Information’ tab on the SOLE page.

You will also need to speak with a Programme Adviser before this change can be approved. They will be able to amend your module selections to reflect your new mode of study.

To book an appointment with them, visit your SOLE page, Course Information tab and click on Programme Advisory Service. This takes you to their booking website.  If you are making this change in the first three weeks of Semester 1, please attend a drop-in session instead (details above).

Changing course
If you are thinking of changing your course and know what you would like to change to, please contact the admissions tutor for the course you are interested in. Details of who they are can be found on the webpage for that course:


You can submit a “Course Transfer Request” using the online form, which can be found under the ‘Course’ tab on your SOLE page.  However, we recommend you speak with a Programme Adviser to discuss making the change, how to proceed and when this change could happen.

Ways of choosing your modules

If you have a specific career in mind, it might be worth contacting the Careers Advisers to ask whether they feel certain modules would be more appropriate than others.  Person Specifications and Job Descriptions of the types of jobs that you are interested in can also provide a useful starting point in highlighting essential or desirable skills.  Certain modules may enable you to demonstrate particular skills more effectively than others.

However, you might prefer to concentrate on now rather than careers for the future and pick modules that you know you will enjoy or are of particular interest to you.

Computers 001Some modules naturally follow on from others and if you have enjoyed them or have done well in the first one, choosing the second one is usually a good move.  Do remember though that despite your degree being made up of different modules, all of them, regardless of subject, interconnect enabling you to transfer knowledge, skills and experience from one to another.

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Do not just work on a module, pass it and then forget everything that you have learnt from it.  Keep your assignments, notes etc. as you never know when they will come in useful again, e.g. your Independent Study might refer to a subject that you studied in a first year module or a topic that came up in one module may appear in a different module.

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