What is the difference between an interruption of studies and deferral?
A deferral is usually granted if you have received tuition in all your courses, but are unable to sit your exams or submit your dissertation due to extenuating circumstances.
An Interruption of Studies is usually granted if, due to medical or other exceptional circumstances, you have missed a significant amount of teaching and would like to interrupt your studies for one academic year, e.g. if you interrupt your studies in the Lent term, you will resume your studies in the following Lent term. You would therefore continue your programme in the subsequent year and pay the Lent and Summer term fees at that year's rate.
Will I have to pay any fees when I come back to sit my deferred exam/s?
There are no tuition fees to pay as you would have paid for, and received, all tuition in the previous academic year.
If you are sitting a deferred first attempt at your courses, then there are also no re-entry fees due. However, if you have deferred a resit, you will have to pay the re-entry fees of £60 per full unit and £35 per half unit.
Will I be entitled to tuition/supervision?
You will not be entitled to tuition or supervision for deferred exams or assessments (including your dissertation).
Can I have access to the Library even if my student ID card has expired?
Yes, if your card is due to expire you can you can request a new one.
What syllabus will I be examined in when I come back to sit the deferred exam/s?
You will sit assessments based on on the syllabus in which you were taught. If you deferred an exam from 2017/18 to 2018/19, you would sit the paper based on the 2017/18 syllabus.
When will I be assessed if I defer an exam(s)?
The School has two exam sessions each year, one in January and one in the Summer. You can only defer by one academic year at a time and must defer to the equivalent exam session the following year. Therefore, if you defer a summer exam in 2018, you must sit it in summer 2019; if you defer a January exam in 2018, you must sit it in January 2019.
Please note that if you intend to defer your exams for a second year, you will need to complete another deferral form, and attach any supporting documentation - your original application to defer will not be sufficient.
Can I sit my deferred exam/s overseas?
All exams should be sat at the School in London, except in very exceptional circumstances. For more information about the overseas exams application process please visit overseas exams.
How do I register for my deferred assessment(s)?
You will automatically be re-entered for your deferred assessments by the Results and Graduation Team. Visit re-entry for more details.
Can I defer part of a course, for instance, complete assessed course work and just defer the exam?
You should request to defer the specific assessment (or assessments) affected by your exceptional circumstances. The marks for any assessments (exams or other) taken before or after this affected period will be banked and combined with the marks you achieve for deferred assessments the following year.
For example, if you defer January exams from 2018 but still have summer exams to take for the same courses that year, then you would still be expected to sit your summer exams in Summer 2018, The marks achieved for these summer exams would be combined with the marks you achieve for the deferred assessments in 2018.
I have a student visa. If I defer, can I remain in the UK?
Your visa status may change as a result of your deferral. The School is required to report to the UK Border Agency any changes in the registration status of Tier 4 students. This means that your Tier 4 visa may be amended or curtailed.
Please contact the International Student Visa Advice Team or more details and advice. If you require individual advice, please contact the International Student Immigration Service via the ISVAT web query form.