Principles on Intercalated degree programmes


  1. At its 5 November 2008 meeting, the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee (TLAC) agreed principles to be applied to intercalated undergraduate degrees.
  2. The Undergraduate Studies Sub-Committee use these principles when considering proposals for intercalated/placement undergraduate degree arrangements, or arrangements for individual students.


  1. An intercalated or placement programme is defined as:

    "A single student or group of students undertakes any work-based or placement learning outside of the School. For example, where a student makes his/her own arrangements and interrupts his/her studies in order to undertake work-based or training-related activity associated with their degree; or where a department might offer an intercalated/placement degree to a group of students such instances shall be defined as placement/intercalated degree activity. This should not include the provision of internships (which are generally for shorter defined periods and occur outside of term time) for specific courses and/or students.

Approval process

  1. The USSC should approve any such placement/intercalated programme by considering a programme proposal. The Chair may consider proposals on behalf of the Sub-Committee in the case of individual students.


  1. Such activity should not compromise the students' learning experience at the School, and given the large number of international students studying at the School who need a student visa, it is important that these principles are applied in respect of any placement activity:
  1. the placement or intercalated period will not extend beyond one academic year;
  2. the placement or intercalated year will not count towards the overall classification or award but should be related to the student'(s)' study;
  3. the department should maintain contact with the student during the intercalated/placement year and arrange meetings with Academic Advisers.
  4. where a department wants to offer a placement/intercalated scheme to a group of students on a particular undergraduate programme, a separate programme stream should be established (and approved by the USSC) and students transferred onto it 1 ;
  5. the department should draw up a document with the training institution/provider to include a renewal period and conditions of use of the School's name for marketing/advertising purposes; and
  6. the department in consultation with the Academic Planning and Resources Committee, should agree an administration fee (usually payable by the student's training provider/employer) for the intercalated year so that student(s) might continue to have access to the School's facilities and remain in contact with their Academic Adviser during the intercalated/placement year.

    In respect of individual student cases where a student may wish to interrupt his/her studies for one year the following should also apply:
  7. the student should seek advice from the International Student Immigration Service (ISIS - in the Student Services Centre) in respect of visa requirements and implications for student loans from the Financial Support Office, before the USSC agrees to an interruption of studies for this purpose; and
  8. the student's home department would also need to provide permission for intercalation.

1 Student visa requirements prevent students from interrupting their studies to undertake paid employment. Students interrupting their studies for this purpose, even as part of a placement scheme, would therefore be in breach of visa regulations.

August 2013