New Student Handbook
As of 1st september, OCA have released a new version of the Student Handbook, which is essential reading for all students. Seriously, if you are in any doubt about how anything works, this is the first place to look. If confused, the mantra is… talk to your tutor, or phone the OCA office. If still confused, then ask your OCASA rep for help! All of the fine print about your relationship with the OCA is outlined in the – also newly overhauled – Student Regulations. Not bedtime reading, but it may be useful to know where it is.
Another important change for students studying for a degree, or ambling along the degree pathway at least, is the introduction of tighter time limits.
With effect from 1 September we have introduced a 12 year limit on the time available to complete a degree programme and a four year target to complete each of the three levels towards a degree.
Basically, the rules have changed, but if you are part way through your degree, then the new tighter time limits only apply from now, and won’t include the time you’ve taken so far. The time limit for completing individual courses is still 2 years, but if you are studying for a degree, from now on, you may have to complete your courses a bit faster than this. Gareth Dent explains it in more detail in this WeAreOCA article.