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Policies & Procedures


The Student Handbook covers what to do and who to talk to if you are ill, think you’ll be late with an assignment, require special consideration, or have a course related problem. If you have any questions please contact the Student Engagement Managers or your Course Leader.


Regular in-class or online attendance is an essential part of practice-based learning, and central to engaging in respectful collaborative practice.

Attendance is compulsory and will be monitored on an ongoing basis. However, we understand that attendance is not always possible for reasons outside of your control. Because of that, you are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all timetabled sessions for each subject, including lectures, inductions, workshops, seminars, and tutorials. If your course includes online study regular engagement and participation through Moodle is required and will be monitored too.

If you miss three consecutive sessions/days, you may be required to provide documentation as to your absence. Students attending medical/health appointments should advise their subject leader/tutor for the missed session at least one day prior to their appointment. If you have a medical certificate or another form of documentation that certifies the reasons for your absence please send it to the Student Centre:

Where your attendance falls below 80% and we have no indication from you as to why we may contact you to arrange a meeting to enable you to communicate any reasons that are preventing you from attending class.

Sustained unauthorised absence from any course, including persistent lateness or failure to engage in online activities, will be considered grounds for being identified as At Risk. If absences continue this may be considered grounds for exclusion from your course of study. You will be notified by email to your AFTRS email about any issues with your attendance or engagement.

All timetabled teaching sessions commence promptly at the time they are scheduled to begin. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for class, you may be recorded as absent and, in some circumstances, may not be permitted to participate in-class activities. Attempts to falsify attendance records will be treated as misconduct. Ongoing absence from class without notice may affect the ability of other students to achieve their learning outcomes and will be considered misconduct.