A deferred placement takes place in the following circumstances:
When a 'Request for Placement Deferral' form has been submitted and the form has been agreed and ratified by the next available University Assessment Board.
When a student completes and submits a standard Extenuating Circumstances form which has been agreed and ratified by the next available University Assessment Board. An extenuating circumstances form can only be completed once a student has attended their first placement day. The student will receive a letter from the University confirming the decision of the Assessment Board with an indication of when the deferred placement will take place.
Deferred placements will normally take place in the following academic year. The placement will generally be timed to coincide with the placement being undertaken by the rest of a student’s year group or cohort. For example a student who defers a placement in their first year will undertake the placement at the same time the rest of their year group are undertaking their second year placement. When a student defers a placement the knock on effect will be that the student may need to complete their degree a year later than they were originally scheduled to.
Deferred placements fall under the terms of the Initial Teacher Education Placement Travel and Accommodation Policy and students are eligible to claim travel expenses. Students will not be charged for a deferred placement.