Timetables and term dates

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.

Please be aware that the Academic Calendars published may need to be updated from time to time and so students are advised to check back for the most up to date information.

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Once you’ve received your invitation to enrol you will receive an email with your log in details. You will then be able to access your timetable on the homepage of iCity from September. 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.

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.

Term dates 2023/24

Semester 1

International arrivals w/c 4 September 2023
Welcome Week w/c 11 September 2023
Semester 1 teaching 18 September - 8 December 2023
Assessment Week 1 w/c 11 December 2023
Winter vacation 18 December 2023 - 1 January 2024
Private Study Week w/c 2 January 2024
Assessment Weeks 2 and 3 8 - 21 January 2024
Semester 2
Semester 2 teaching 22 January - 26 April 2024
Easter vacation 25 March - 7 April 2024
Private study week w/c 29 April 2024
Assessment Weeks 1 - 3 6 - 26 May 2024
Semester 3
Semester 3 teaching 27 May - 18 August 2024
Private study week w/c 19 August 2024
Assessment Weeks 1 - 2 26 August - 8 September 2024

Academic Calendar 2023/24

Term dates 2024/25

Last updated February 2024

Semester 1

International arrivals w/c 9 September 2024
Welcome Week w/c 16 September 2024
Semester 1 teaching 23 September - 13 December 2024
Assessment Week 1 w/c 16 December 2024
Winter vacation 23 December 2024 - 5 January 2025
Private Study Week w/c 6 January 2025
Assessment Weeks 2 and 3 13 - 24 January 2025
Semester 2
Semester 2 teaching 27 January - 2 May 2025
Easter vacation 14 April - 27 April 2025
Assessment Weeks 1 - 3 5 - 23 May 2025
Semester 3
Semester 3 teaching 26 May - 15 August 2025
Assessment Weeks 1 - 2 18 August - 29 August 2025

Academic Calendar 2024/25


Where can I find my timetable?

To view your timetable for the day: Click on the Today's Timetable tile on the iCity homepage

To get a longer-term view of your timetable:

  • Log in to iCity
  • Click the BCU Links button in the top left-hand side
  • Click Your Calendar

You can also View your timetable on the iBCU app which you can download on any IOS or Android mobile phone. You will need your ID and password to log in.

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 assessments?

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.

Can international students work during their studies?