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Creating a full-time undergraduate course - Term dates

Term start dates


Your term dates should be linked to the season your course begins.

There are restrictions to how early a term can begin. This is to make sure students’ payments are spread out throughout the academic year.

 

Academic year start: Autumn (August to December)

Term 1 start no earlier than 1 August

Term 2 start no earlier than 1 January

Term 3 start no earlier than 1 April

 

Academic year start: Winter (January to March)

Term 1 start no earlier than 1 January

Term 2 start no earlier than 1 April

Term 3 start no earlier than 1 July

 

Academic year start: Spring (April to June)

Term 1 start no earlier than 1 April

Term 2 start no earlier than 1 July

Term 3 start no earlier than 1 January

 

Academic year start: Summer (July)

Term 1 start no earlier than 1 July

Term 2 start no earlier than 1 January

Term 3 start no earlier than 1 April

 

The only exception to this rule is the final course year, where you can compress term dates into the remaining period of attendance.

If a bank holiday falls at the beginning of April, the term 3 start date should be no earlier than 3 April. Our system schedules payments before the bank holiday, which means even if a term 3 start date falls on 1 or 2 April, the payments will need to be processed in March.

You should not set the term start and end dates for a Saturday or Sunday when the course does not start or end on either of those days.


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