What is VRP and How it Works

Registration and Enrolment

As a successful applicant to a VRP course, you will be required to register with the University and in each subsequent successful year you will need to re-enrol. Registration and enrolment are normal for all courses at the University, VRP or otherwise. Whenever you register, and each time you re-enrol, you will be required to identify the modules you wish to undertake in the upcoming academic year.

Flexible Modules

On a VRP course the student has huge flexibility in choosing the number of modules to undertake. Consequently, students on a VRP course will need help to understand what modules are available for selection in any academic year. So, a student on a VRP course may avail of the VRP Assistant, a web App designed to support selection of appropriate modules for each year of a VRP course. You may choose modules to undertake by logging into the VRP Assistant and using the Module Selector. Once you have made your selection, the VRP Assistant will both display and email you the precise details of the modules. It will be necessary for you to use these precise details to subsequently register or re-enrol using the Unversity's own registration & enrolment system. Note, the VRP Assistant does not perform enrolment, it only assists you by providing information necessary for you to enrol. 

Typically, the VRP Assistant will present up to six modules for you each year. From the set of modules presented, you will be able to select or defer modules. You must normally undertake at least three modules each year. You can normally defer each individual module only once during your degree programme. You will not have to undertake a deferred module in the upcoming academic year, however, it must then be undertaken in the subsequent academic year.

The modules of the course are categorised at levels 4, 5 and 6. Lower level modules must be selected ahead of higher level modules. You cannot defer a module whilst undertaking a higher level module. Consequently this rule might prevent a module from being deferred, even once.

If you have been 'exempted' from a module it may appear in the list of modules presented but you will not be able to select it.

Occasionally, modules may appear in the list presented that you must undertake. These are preselected for you and you will not be able to defer them. These will include any previously deferred modules and 'anchored' modules. An 'anchored' module is one which, for operational reasons, must be undertaken whenever it is first encountered.

A 'pinned' module is one that may appear in the later years of the course and is deemed to be a module that can only be undertaken in a student's final year.

'Linked' modules are typically two modules that can only be selected together or deferred together.

With the help of the VRP Assistant you will be able to progress through your course flexibly and normally within 3, 4, 5 or 6 years.

The minimum number of modules that can be undertaken in an academic year is normally three and the maximum is six, however, to reflect particular circumstances or for operational reasons, the maximum or minimum number of modules that can be undertaken may occasionally be set differently. The VRP Assistant will display the limits that apply to you.

The more modules you defer the longer the course will take to complete. Not deferring any modules and progressing at maximum pace will typically allow you to complete the course in just 3 years.

The VRP Assistant has a Simulation mode that will allow you to practice the selection process. This can be accessed without logging into the VRP Assistant. You are advised to use the Simulator to better understand the pathways available for you as you progress through the course, before logging in and using the VRP Assistant to make actual module selections.

For more information on how to use this tool to make actual module selections please view the following YouTube video..

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