Module Selections

Module Selections

How do I know what level I am studying?

On an undergraduate course of study you will take modules at level 4, 5 and 6. 

A full time student will normally study level 4 modules in the first year and then progress onto level 5, normally in the second year.  The final year (year 3) will normally consist of all level 6 modules.

A part time student studies at a different pace and therefore each level will span over a longer period.

Please note that there may be some flexibility to study a level 4 and/or a level 6 module at level 5.  For further advice and guidance regarding this please speak to a Programme Adviser. You can book an appointment to speak to a Programme Adviser via your SOLE page or visit

What do the module codes mean?

It is important that you select the correct module for your subject and the year you are studying. 

  • The numbers in the module code indicate what level the module is. For example:

           Level 4 codes begin with a ‘1’ e.g. BMGT1220

           Level 5 codes begin with a ‘2’ e.g. BMGT2000

           Level 6 codes begin with a ‘3’ e.g. BMGT3200

  • The letters at the beginning of the code indicate the subject area the module is from, therefore BMGT is Business, SPRT is Sport etc.

My module runs across two semesters, how will I choose that via my SOLE page?

A module that runs across two semesters is described as AS, rather than S1 which runs in semester 1 only and S2 for semester 2 only.  Across Semester modules will normally be worth 30 credits.

When making your selections for the following year, you may be selecting a combination of S1, S2 and AS modules and so you need to take into account the different combinations when completing the module selection task. 

A full time student should register for 120 credits in total and ensure there is a balanced programme, 60 credits in each semester.

How many modules should I select?

If you are a full time student you should select 120 credits for the academic year, 60 in each semester. If you are a part time student you should select a maximum of 90 credits over the academic year, between 15 and 45 in each semester.

Level 4 & 5:

Single Honours students must take at least 90 credits in your single honours subject, and you can also choose 30 credits of optional / elective modules.

Major/Minor students (level 5), must take a minimum of 60 and no more than 90 credits in your Major subject and at least 30 and no more than 60 in your Minor subject.

Joint Honours students (levels 4) will take 60 credits in each subject.

Joint Honours students (levels 5) must take at a minimum of 45 credits and no more than 75 credits in each of your two subjects, a total of 120 credits, for example 60 credits in each subject or 45 credits in one subject and 75 in the other.

Level 6: Single Honours students must take the double independent study or project, plus 90 credits in your subject.

Major/Minor students must take a minimum of 75 and no more than 90 credits in your Major subject, to include your Independent Study / Project and either 30 or 45 credits from your Minor subject.

Joint Honours students must take 60 credits in each of their subjects, including the Independent Study / Project.

If you are studying a Major/Minor or Joint pathway you can adjust your studies at level 6 to take more modules in one subject or can maintain an equally balanced programme of modules in each subject. The precise award title of Joint or Major/Minor depends on the total number of credits achieved in each subject at Levels 5 and 6 AND completion of mandatory modules for the given pathway and award.

Please speak to a Programme Adviser if you require further guidance.

How do I select my Independent Study?

You have a choice of how to select the Independent Study module depending on whether you wish to take it all in one semester or spread it over two.

If you wish to take the Independent study over two semesters you should choose the appropriate subject code ending in 3002 (eg HIST3002).

If you wish to take it over one semester, you should choose the appropriate subject code ending in 3001 (eg HIST3001).

Whichever option you choose you must ensure that you submit your Independent Study Proposal form in accordance with the instructions provided by your subject area.

What is the deadline for selecting my modules for 2019/20?

Module Selections for 2019/20 will open at the start of Semester 2 (w/c 21st January 2019).  You will receive an email advising you when it is time to make your module selections. 

The deadline for making your Module Selections is Friday 8th February 2019.  Module allocation is NOT on a first come first served basis however modules may be withdrawn if insufficient numbers of students select them by the deadline.

If you need help making your selections please come along to a module selection drop-in.  No appointment required and all drop-ins take place in at St John's Campus, Peirson PN1001 as follows:

Friday 25th January 10:00 – 14:00

Tuesday 29th January 10:00 – 15:00

Wednesday 6th February 13:00 – 16:00

Friday 8th February 09:00 – 13:00

Can I change my module selections?

If you need to make a change to your Module Selections please go back to ‘Select Modules for 2019/20’ on SOLE and submit your amended selections. If this option is no longer available you should submit a Module Change Request.

Please note, you must take any mandatory modules specified to meet the requirements of your chosen Pathway.  However, if you would like to change any of your optional modules then this can normally be done, although you can only move onto a module if there is a place available, it does not clash with your timetable and it is validated for your course.

How to submit a Module Change Request

  1. click on 'Course Information' on your SOLE page
  2. select the 'Module Change Request' link (in the 'Module Information' section)
  3. 'Create a new Request'
  4. select a module you wish to drop or 'I don't need to drop a module'
  5. select a module you wish to add or 'I don't need to add a module'
  6. complete the final page, review and 'Submit request'

Requests are assessed by the Programme Advisory Service in the order in which they are received. You will receive an email when your request has been assessed.  This will include a link to your SOLE page which will confirm whether or not the change could be made.

Module Change Request deadlines

You will normally only be able to add, change or remove modules within the first two weeks of the first scheduled timetabled occurrence of the module.  Requests should be submitted by the following deadlines:

Academic Year 2019/20

  • Across Semester and Semester 1 modules - 3pm, Friday 4th October 2019
  • Semester 2 modules - 3pm, Friday 31st January 2020

Academic Year 2018/19

  • Across Semester and Semester 1 modules - 3pm, Friday 5th October 2018
  • Semester 2 modules - 3pm, Friday 1st February 2019       

Academic Year 2017/18

  • Across Semester and Semester 1 modules - 3pm, Friday 6th October 2017
  • Semester 2 modules - 3pm, Friday 9th February 2018



I have changed my mind about my course and want to change it. What do I do?

If you are already studying on your course, please see a Programme Adviser or submit a Course Change Request using the online form on the Course Information section of SOLE.

Appointments to see a Programme Adviser can be made via your SOLE page or by visiting 

For students wishing to start their new course in 2019/20 please note students may normally change their course in any year up to two weeks after the first timetabled occurrence of a module for the new course.  For most courses this means you should ensure you submit a course change request to allow sufficient time for your request to be assessed and processed including module and timetable changes.  Our recommended deadline date for submitting a request to start a new course in September 2019 is Friday 6th September 2019.

If a mandatory module runs in both semesters, do I have to take it twice?

No. You can choose it from either semester, but you only need to choose it once.

Do I have to take all the mandatory modules in my subject?

YES, if it is required for the course you are on, i.e. if you are a joint honours student, the mandatory modules may be different from those required for single honours students.  If you are unsure what your mandatory modules are, please check your Course Handbook on your SOLE page.