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Guidance on choosing course options

Full guidance on how you can research all of your options before you start

You can choose from a range of optional courses which are to be taken alongside compulsory courses for your degree programme, these can complement what you are studying or be completely different.

Key points to consider

To make informed choices about your chosen courses when using the Course Options Hub the key points to consider when exploring your optional courses include:

  • Remember to explore all the options, courses related to your degree or even something completely different!
  • Look through how the course is structured
  • Check how the course is assessed Check entry requirements (Pre-requisites) for each course
  • Check for timetable clashes
  • If you have timetable clashes, you cannot take these optional course choices as all compulsory classes must be attended
  • Your Personal Tutor (PT) can help you finalise your optional choices - you should be prepared to have at least 3 different course options to discuss with your PT
  • Your school will be able to tell you whether your course choices are available and whether they will fit in with your programme's timetable
Video: How to choose your optional courses
This session will provide an overview of what optional courses are, how they fit into your degree structure, key things to consider when choosing your options and if you can’t get into your first choice of optional course.


The tools that will help you to 

Know your credits on your programme and find other courses 

You will first need to know what degree programme you are on to check the number of credits. (ie. Law and French) and find this programme first to check how many credits are available to fill up on each semester. Once you know how many credits you can take, start researching. Use Path, DRPS and the Course Options Hub

DRPS (Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study)

Access DRPS 2020/2021 

This is a helpful tool and an alternative way of viewing the same information that is shown on Path. DRPS is the University’s complete database of programmes and course information available and updated each year. Not all courses are available to all students.​

To see the full structure of your degrees through viewing our Degree Programme Tables (DPTs), please see the Degree, Regulations and Programmes of Study 2020/2021 (DPRS) website.

For more information about how to use DRPS check out the Student’s Guide to the DRPS

Please note: Courses within programmes for future academic years have not been finalised yet and are subject to change. 


Access PATH (MyEd required)

Path is the University's visual course selection and programme builder tool.

Path uses information from the DRPS, allowing you to review student feedback about courses and supporting students to:

  • Consider their degree pathway,
  • Review outside course choices,
  • Understand co-requisites and pre-requisites and
  • Generate a *DRAFT timetable *(please note that this does not confirm your timetable, it is a simulation tool only)
Video: How to use Path
Find out more about Path and how to access and use Path as a helpful tool to explore your optional choices.

To check what works in your timetable

Course Timetable Browser

Access your Course Timetable Browser (MyEd login)

Course Timetable Browser shows you a number of possible timetables and acts as an aid for the student and relevant members of staff to plan classes and courses to study. It lets you explore and generate a timetable for the period you're interested in to look at how your courses will fit into your timetable and what each day will look like for you.

Video: How to view your timetable
A short informative session which will show you how to access and engage with your timetable.

Useful school resources 

We strongly encourage you to browse your own school resources in advance of you starting University too. Your school will often include information about compulsory and optional courses and lists of popular course choices on their webpages. We encourage you to check them at regular intervals from mid-August onwards.  

Related links

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