Your personalised timetable will be sacred to you during your studies, so we’ve made it easy for you to access it whenever you need it.
Once you’ve enrolled, you will be able to access your timetable on the homepage of iCity. To get a longer-term view of your timetable, choose ‘Your Timetable’ from the top left menu.
You can also access your timetable from the iBCU app, available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows. Search your app store for ‘iBCU’ and log in using your BCU log in details.
Term dates 2020/21
Please note that these are standard dates for the University and some dates may differ under the current circumstances. For example, we may extend the standard semester 2 dates by up to a month, if needed, to schedule external visits and placements. Keep up to date with the latest information on teaching and learning for the new academic year.
Some courses may also run on a slightly different calendar. These are usually courses with placement elements, work based learning, specialist professional and regulatory body requirements or courses with performance elements. (NHS associated courses, Teacher Training and Conservatoire courses as well as some Postgraduate courses for example).
It is strongly advised to always consult your course guide to be certain of attendance requirements before you make plans such as holidays or work commitments.
|International arrivals||w/c 7 September 2020|
|Welcome Week||w/c 14 September 2020|
|Semester 1 teaching||21 September - 11 December 2020|
|Assessment Week 1||w/c 14 December 2020|
|Winter vacation||21 December 2020 - 1 January 2021|
|Private Study Week||w/c 4 January 2021|
|Assessment Weeks 2 and 3||11 - 22 January 2021|
|Semester 2 teaching||25 January - 30 April 2021|
|Easter vacation||29 March - 9 April 2021|
|Private study week||w/c 3 May 2021|
|Assessment Weeks 1 - 3||10 - 28 May 2021|
|Semester 3 teaching||31 May - 20 August 2021|
|Private study week||w/c 23 August 2021|
|Assessment Weeks 1 - 2||30 August - 10 September 2021|
Why can I not see my timetable?
Your timetable will be made available closer to the start of term, however the following things need to have occurred in order for your personalised timetable to be visible:
- You need to be fully registered for the 2020/21 academic year
- First year students must make sure that they have fully enrolled in order to view their personalised timetables.
- All students must be registered on a module/assigned a group – students can check this via their Faculty office
- If you are in the process of transferring courses or modules, there may be a delay in your timetable becoming visible.
Why are the teaching weeks shown for all year round? I thought that courses didn't run during the summer months, and started again in September?
The calendar shows three 'semesters', but usual practice is that undergraduate courses run over two semesters, often but not always, starting in September (some start in January for example). The 'third' semester is primarily (but not exclusively) for postgraduate courses that run over an intense 52 week period with the final semester (or trimester) often used for dissertation writing. Your course guide will make explicit any attendance requirements.
Do students have to attend University during assessment and private study weeks?
As a student you are expected to be available during assessment weeks. You will be notified by your course team when physical attendance is required during assessment weeks.
Private study weeks are for study, however, you are free to choose how you utilise that time. You will usually be able to decide whether or not you need to physically come onto campus during these private study weeks. Please also bear in mind the latest advice on visiting campus while the University is implementing social distancing measures.
When do I hand in assessment?
Always check your course guide for assessment deadlines, but a general rule of thumb is that assessment for foundation degrees and first year undergraduates can be handed in (or examinations taken) before the Christmas break. This allows students who are new to Higher Education time to adapt to their learning environment and ensure assessment is out of the way before Christmas, giving more flexibility to prepare for Semester 2 at a reasonable pace.
Second and third year undergraduate students and all postgraduate students can expect to have to hand in assessment or take examinations at any point during the three assessment weeks. It is also important to note that all sorts of assessment (such as group work or presentations for example) can take place at any time during your course (not just during the assessment weeks). Your course guide will tell you when.
Can I book a holiday or commit to part-time work based on the calendar?
Vacation times are shown in yellow on this calendar. During these weeks you are not expected to attend classes or assessment and no coursework is expected to be handed in during vacation times, so you could book a holiday or work during these weeks if you choose. However, always check with your course team before you commit to outside plans to ensure you don’t miss essential learning, especially if you have a placement element to your course.
Does the University ever close?
The University remains open during most of the year, including vacations (with the exception of Christmas week, Good Friday, Easter Monday and other bank holidays). Most online learning material is available at all times, normally 24/7 and some on-campus resources are also open outside of normal office hours. You will be able to check opening times on campus, for example for the library or to use specialist workspaces.
What is Graduate+ week?
Graduate+ week is term used when employability activities take place. This might include workshops on CV writing, how to make a job application, and how to stand out at interview as well as other support to help students gain employment. As a student you are expected to attend University during Graduate+ activity. It is important to note that employability activity can take place during other times in the academic year too, and is often embedded throughout courses. Also, teaching as usual can take place during Graduate+ weeks. Course teams will indicate what teaching/employability activity is to be expected during these weeks.