BA Stage 1

Stage 1 Information

You will find information about the Stage 1 programme on this page. Whether you need to know about Stage 1 itself or if you are getting ready for Stage 2 much of the information you require is contained in the options below: click on the relevant box to see its contents.

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Registration, Information, and Support for Stage 1 2017-18 Students

BA FULL-TIME PROGRAMME - CURRENT STUDENTS 
BA STAGE 1 STRUCTURE

In your first year (called Stage 1) you need to ensure that you complete 60 credits, usually 6 modules per semester. There are many ways in which you can combine subjects and elective modules to make up that total. The maximum number of credits that you can complete in any subject is usually 20 (generally 4 modules) so you may take three subjects at Stage 1. Where possible, you should take 20 credits in at least ONE subject*.  Stage 1 BA students are advised to take a maximum of four subjects.

The minimum number of credits that you can take in a subject that you intend taking at Stage 2 is usually 10 (generally 2 modules). Most schools recommend that you take more than 10 credits in a subject that you intend to pursue to degree level. However, individual subjects have their own regulations about progression to Stage 2 and some require that you take more than 10 credits at Stage 1 to allow you to continue that with that subject at Stage 2. Others require that you take a particular combination of modules to make up 10 credits if you want to continue with the subject.

Subject Progression Regulations for students entering Stage 2 of a BA Programme


You must have taken at least 10 credits in Stage 1 in the subjects you intend to take to degree level.

More specific queries in relation to subjects should be directed to the relevant Schools.

Examples of how you might structure Stage 1 of the BA Full-Time Programme

Either Or Or
Subject One - 20 credits Subject One - 20 credits Subject One - 20 credits
Subject Two - 20 credits Subject Two - 20 credits Subject Two - 15 credits
Subject Three - 10 credits Subject Three - 20 credits Subject Three - 10 credits
Electives - 10 credits   Subject Four - 10 credits
    Electives - 5 credits
Total = 60 credits Total = 60 credits Total = 60 credits
Two 20 credit subject blocks and one 10 credit subject block all chosen from the subjects offered in the BA degree programme plus 10 credits in electives. Three 20 credit subject blocks, all chosen from subjects offered in the BA degree programme. One 20 credit subject block, one 15 credit subject block and two 10 credit subject blocks, all chosen from subjects offered in the BA Degree Programme PLUS 5 credits in electives.

*Economics, Maths and Statistics each require you take 20 credit in Stage 1.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below we have set out a range of FAQs covering the most important informatation students look for. If you still have a question after reading these, contact the Programme Office.