Widening Horizons Modules

A Widening Horizon Module (WHM) is a module that can be taken alongside your main degree programme, allowing you to explore a different discipline during your undergraduate studies. For information on the modules available for 2019/2020 please refer to the WHM booklet 2019/20.

Who can take a Widening Horizon Module?

Undergraduate students are required to complete 120 credits in each year of their degree programme, but in some cases your home department will only provide you with 100 credits each year. Students who are required to make the remaining credit up must register for a WHM.

Not all students need to take a WHM. Please ensure that you have checked to see if your degree programme requires you to register for one. You can check with your home department or your programme and module handbook.

I am a returning student, can I take a WHM?

Widening Horizons Modules are primarily for 1st year undergraduate students and are not available for returning students (those in their second year or above). 

I am an incoming exchange student, can I take a WHM?

Study abroad/exchange students who are only studying one semester are not eligible to register for a WHM. Students who are attending UoB for both semester 1 and 2 must enrol for a full credit load (60 credits per term taken in terms one and two). Erasmus students must take at least 50% of their modules within their host department. 

You may contact the exchange tutor in each department for information about modules offered in that department, but you are also encouraged to attend the WHM Event to seek advice and find out about the available modules. You will need to submit your choices via the online form.

For further guidance on making appropriate module choices please speak to the exchange tutor in your host department.

I am Joint Honours student, can I choose a WHM?

No, Joint Honours students are not eligible for WHMs due to the requirements of Joint Honours programmes. However, if you have transferred from Joint Honours to Single Honours and your programme now requires you to sign up for a Widening Horizons Module, please contact whmenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Choosing your module

The LC (Year 1) WHM booklet 2019/20 booklet provides a summary of each module that is offered for 2019/20. This is available here. To help you choose wisely, please consider the following:

  • Module enrolment is not done on a first-come first-served basis. Where there are more applications than there are places, we will use a random allocation process to be fair to all students. 
  • Please do not list the same module more than once. This will not give you a greater chance of being enrolled on it. 
  • Please do not choose a module offered by the department your degree programme belongs to. You will not be allocated to a place on a WHM from your home department.
  • If you are submitting a Languages for All module as one of your choices, you are required to attend a language assessment session which will take place on Thursday 26 September 2019 at the WHM Event.
  • You must submit a second, third and fourth choice. These must be different modules and can not be from your home department.

Widening Horizons Module Event

All first year students taking WHMs are invited to attend the WHM Event on Thursday 26 September 2019, from 10:30 - 14:30 in the Great Hall, Aston Webb. Representatives of the Departments running modules will be on hand to talk about the modules on offer and answer any questions you may have. 

Registering for your WHM

Students are required to register for 4 different WHMs via the below online form. The registration form will go live at 9am on Monday 23rd September and will close at 9am on Friday 27th September. Remember, WHM allocation is not first come first served but randomly allocated once registration has closed. 

If you are a first year student who submitted your WHM choices during Welcome Week using the online form, you should have received email confirmation of your choices shortly after submission. You will be able to check your module registrations on my.bham after 16:30 on Saturday 28 September 2019 to confirm which modules you are registered for.

If you did not submit your choices via the online form by the 9am deadline on Friday 27 September, you will have an opportunity to pick up a WHM from the remaining places available after the random allocation has been completed. You will need to attend the WHM 2 event between 14:00 and 15:30 on Wednesday 2 October in the Green Heart Marquee, opposite the Bramall Music Building (R12, Edgbaston Campus).

To access the WHM Registration Form from 9am on Monday 23rd September, please click here.

Please note that the WHM Registration Form will no longer be available from 9am on Friday 27th September.


What happens if a WHM is oversubscribed?

In most cases, you will be able to register for your preferred WHM. However, some modules have a limited number of spaces due to the teaching space available.

Where a module has received more applications than it has places, students will be randomly assigned after WHM Registration has taken place, based on their second, third and fourth choices. Students will be allocated at random to fill the number of places available. Modules are not allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. You should select four different modules to increase your chances of obtaining a module you are interested in. Listing the same module multiple times will be considered one submission.

If you are not given a place on your first choice of WHM, you will be allocated your second, third or possibly fourth choice WHM, provided there are places available. 

What do I do if I want to change my WHM?

It is possible to change your module within the first two weeks of Autumn term, until Friday 11 October 2019. After this date, you will not be able to change your WHM, except in exceptional circumstances.

Please contacts us for more information on how to change your module.

Help and support

If you need help and support please see our FAQs on Student Help, where you can also submit an online enquiry, or contact us by email via whmenquiries@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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