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Unusual Options

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2 Course Regulations and Progression
3 Module Selection and Course Transfers
4 Teaching, Learning and Study
5 Examinations and Assessment
6 Pastoral Care and Support
7 Student Voice
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9 University Information

3.4 Unusual Options

An unusual option is a module that is not listed within the option lists of your current year. Unusual options allow you to take modules tailored to your individual interests.

Before considering unusual options, make sure that you have registered for any optional modules that you might need as prerequisites for modules you wish to take in later years. Also, consider your overall workload.

Obtaining permission to take an unusual option is relatively straightforward; just follow the instructions given below.

To take a module as an unusual option you first need to fill in an Unusual Option Form, which can be downloaded from the links below.

After obtaining the agreement (and signatures) of the module leader and your personal tutor, you will need to submit the form at The Support Office will receive the form and will send to the Course Director for approval.


Forms for Term 1 modules must be submitted to the Student Support Office no later than the end of week 3 of term 1.

Students may register for Term 2 and Term 3 modules at the start of Term 2 provided a signed unusual option form is submitted no later than end of week 2 of Term 2.

Failure to submit the forms with the relevant signatures within the time-frame specified above will result in your de-registration from the relevant module.


In most cases there are no problems in obtaining everyone’s agreement however there are some restrictions that you should note:

  • Subject to approval by the Course Director, students may take up to 30 CATS of unusual options provided their total CATS load does not exceed the specified maximum load for their respective year.
  • First and second year modules may not be taken as unusual options by students in their final years (including the third year of an integrated Master’s degree) with the exception of Language Centre modules as permitted under the rule below.
  • Language modules with stage 1 learning outcomes may not be taken by students in their final years (including the third year of an integrated Master’s degree). While stage 1 “Beginners” level modules are not allowed, “Beginners accelerated” modules are permissible.
  • Modules that are listed as core modules in subsequent years may not be taken as unusual options.
More About Unusual Options:

The Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) offers a number of interdisciplinary modules which may be taken as unusual options in year 2 and above subject to approval. Further information on these modules can be found at

The Language Centre (, located on the ground floor of the Humanities Building, offers academic modules for exam credit in a variety of languages at a wide range of levels. Most modules can be taken as year-long 24 or 30 CATS modules, a small number of modules are available as 12 or 15 CATS modules running only for one term. Modules approved by the Course Director as an unusual option are free to undergraduates who register for them formally as part of their degree. Academic modules may also be taken independently from degree study; a separate fee is required for this.

If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, then instead of academic modules you may consider the Lifelong Language Learning programme. Classes are not as intense as academic modules and are taken by students, staff and members of the public. A course fee applies.

The University of Warwick has a central module catalogue available at however please note that this does not always contain the most current information. You should always check individual Department / module pages if you find an unusual option that you are interested in taking.