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Student Contract and Protection Plan

 

If you are successful in your application to the University of Chichester, you will receive an e-mail from us with your formal offer of a place.

The conditions of the offer will be specified (where applicable) via your UCAS Track account. Any additional conditions may be specified in the offer e-mail.

Before you accept your offer, you should read the offer together with the documents below, which together make up your contract with the University.

By accepting your offer, you confirm your acceptance of the terms of your student contract with the University as set out in those documents.

Student Terms and Conditions

This document covers the main terms and conditions of the contractual relationship between you and the University.

It highlights items that are of particular importance, such as your tuition fee liabilities, the processes for changes to your course, and how to make a complaint.

Complaints

If you are an applicant to the University and have concerns about the way your application was handled you may have recourse to the Feedback, Appeals and Complaints Procedures in the University Admissions Policy.

Once you have enrolled as a student you are entitled to raise any concerns with any aspect of the University’s service by means of the Student Complaints Procedure set out in Section 3 of the Academic Regulations.

Advice and guidance on the options open to you is available from our Academic Quality and Standards Service (via acadvice@chi.ac.uk) or from the Students’ Union.

Download our student terms and conditions

University of Chichester Community Commitment Charter

The University of Chichester Community Commitment Charter has been developed with the Students' Union and approved by the University's Academic Board. 

Download the University Commitment Charter

Student Protection Plan

Every University is required to have a Student Protection Plan, approved by the Office for Students, explaining to students what actions would be taken in the event that a risk to the continuation of their studies arose. 

Download the Student Protection Plan

University policies

The University’s policies provide the framework within which staff and students can study, work, and socialise within a safe and supportive environment.

The policies provide guidance, outline rights and responsibilities and, where appropriate, the procedures for dealing with disputes. 

Take a look at the University's Policies page.

You may also have other, separate contractual arrangements, such for accommodation (with the University or a private landlord) or a financial agreement with a government agency.

While these are not a part of your student contract with the University, please ensure that you understand these arrangements as well as they also contain legal obligations.

Additional Costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

  • All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;
  • The general library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are.  However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return reserved items or loaned equipment on time;
  • Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;
  • Sports Kit - where the clothing / kit is essential for health & safety reasons;
  • Disability and additional learning support;
  • 24 hours a day security team

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

  • Accommodation and living costs;
  • Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);
  • General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;
  • Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);
  • The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass a subsidised cost on directly to our customers;
  • Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate);
  • If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service.
  • Graduation: Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.
  • Sport membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages
  • Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;

For certain programmes only:

  • Field Trips – refer to the programme course page;
  • Sports kit – sports students often choose to purchase additional kit over and above what is provided for the programme – refer to the programme course page;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check (circa £52) for relevant programmes / placements;
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements– refer to the programme course page;
  • Travel to and from your placement(s) – refer to your programme course page;

Repeat Modules

Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to pay additional fees to repeat a module, should this be necessary. The University's Academic Regulations and the tuition fee schedule offer further detail.

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Student Transfer Arrangements

In common with the majority of the university sector, the University of Chichester makes use of credit accumulation and transfer to facilitate the transfer of students from other universities to a programme of study with us, or to facilitate the transfer of students from the University of Chichester to another university. More detail about this can be found in the University’s Admissions Policy.

Transferring in:

The process for transferring in to the University is initiated by the applicant. The applicant should apply using the normal application process (e.g. UCAS for a full time undergraduate) and supply the Admissions Office with a transcript from their current / former higher education provider, confirming their credits.

Year 2 / Level 5 entry students will need 120 credits; Year 3 / Level 6 entry students will need 240 credits.

The transcript and application are reviewed by the Admissions Tutor to assess whether the course / modules have similar learning outcomes and subject coverage to the Chichester provision and whether the transfer is possible. The Admissions Tutor will submit a brief written recommendation to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) or nominated Head of Academic Department as to why this applicant is suitable for entry with credit.

In all cases, marks achieved elsewhere will not count towards the classification of the degree at Chichester.

Recognition of prior experiential or certificated learning will not normally be granted for more than half of an undergraduate foundation degree, two thirds of an undergraduate bachelor degree or for more than half of a postgraduate award.

More information about this can be found in the University’s Admissions Policy.

Transferring out:

To another UK higher education provider:

The process for Students Transferring from the University of Chichester to another UK higher education provider (HEP) is initiated by the student, who should contact the HEP they wish to transfer to for advice on transferring. Students will also need to withdraw from their programme of study at the University of Chichester and to do this they need to email StuRecords@chi.ac.uk to request a Withdrawal Form in advance of their proposed date of withdrawal.

Once the withdrawal has been confirmed, the University will confirm any outstanding attainment at the next available Board of Examiners meeting, including any interim award that the student is eligible to receive. Where a student has completed and passed modules, but does not have sufficient credit for an interim award, the student will be issued with a transcript confirming their completed credit. Where confirmation of credit and/or award is required, in advance of the University issuing an official certificate and/or transcript, to facilitate transfer to another institution, a request can be made by emailing Modular@chi.ac.uk for a letter confirming attainment.

To another course within the University:

A student may be able to change to a different course however this will be dependent upon meeting the Admissions requirements of the new course, the availability of the course, including timetable constraints and the amount of credit obtained at the point of transfer.

A Change in Registration form must be completed and this is available on-line via ChiView (student portal). For continuing students this must be submitted by the end of their previous year’s study (including the re-sit period) and for new students the form must be submitted within the first two weeks of the start of the course.

More information about transferring out is available in the on-line Student Handbook, accessible via ChiView.