Prerequisites and Permissions

What is a prerequisite?

If a subject is listed as having a prerequisite, this refers to successful prior study that is required before enrolling.

Can I enrol if I do not have the pre-requisites for the subject?

You may apply to the Department that offers the unit and ask to have the prerequisites waived. The Department will consider your application. If you do not have the prerequisites and you do not have permission from the Department then you are not able to enrol.

Why do I need to get permission to undertake summer school subjects?

If you have not met the prerequisites for your chosen subject, or if your subject is not associated with your degree and you do not intend to study as a non-award student, then you must seek written permission to enrol prior to submitting an application for Summer or Winter School.

Alternatively, you can request permission online through My Summer Study.

How do I get permission?

Prerequisites not met:
If you have not met the prerequisites for your chosen subject you must submit the Permission to Undertake Study form to the Head of Department / School prior to enrolling in Summer/Winter School. Alternatively, you can request permission through My Summer Study at the time of application. Note: If the subject is offered by the Faculty of Economics and Business this form is to be submitted to the Student Information Office only. Please ensure this form is submitted in time to be included with your application for the Summer programme. The approved form must be submitted to the Summer School office within 3 days of application.

Subject not associated with your degree:
If your chosen subject is not associated with your degree, you must submit the Permission to Undertake Study form to your Faculty Office prior to enrolling in Summer/Winter School. The approved form must be submitted to the Summer School office within 3 days of application. Alternatively, you can request this permission online through the Registration Centre.

What happens if I cannot get permission?

Prerequisites not met:
If permission is not granted to waive prerequisites, or if permission documents are not provided to the Summer School office within 3 days of submitting an online application, then you will not be permitted to enrol and your Summer/Winter school enrolment will be withdrawn.

Subject not associated with your degree:
If permission is not granted to count your subject towards your degree, or if permission documents are not provided to the Summer School office within 3 days of submitting an online application, then you will be enrolled as a non-award student. If you do not wish to pursue your application if permission is not granted then you must withdraw from the unit through the Registration Centre.

Are there any avenues for appeal if I don’t get permission?

When permission is granted it is done so according to Faculty rules (in the case of unit association), or at a senior academic level (in the case of permission to waive prerequisites). If all avenues at these levels are exhausted and permission is declined then you may not enrol in your chosen subject. If this is the case you are welcome to transfer into another subject for which you meet requirements.

Should I post my permission documents or bring them to Summer school?

Signed permission documents must be received at the Summer School office within 3 days of application without exception in order to avoid your application being withdrawn. You are welcome to express mail, fax or bring your permission documents into the office in person, but if you are sending your documents by post you must ensure they will be received in the office within 3 days of application.

If you have lodged your request online, then your place will be held until the Department or Faculty replies to your request.