Bachelor’s programs Phasing out
The existing Bachelor’s programs will be phased out according the N+1 principle:
- The courses in the first year of the Bachelor’s program will be taught in their regular form for the last time in 2011-2012. In 2012-2013, they will be taught in a ‘modified’ form. This is explained below.
- The courses in the second year of the Bachelor’s program will be taught in their regular form for the last time in 2012-2013 and in a ‘modified’ form in 2013-2014.
- the courses in the third year of the Bachelor’s program will be taught in their regular form for the last time in 2013-2014 and in a ‘modified’ form in 2014-2015.
In the year that the education is provided in modified form, students will have at least two opportunities to take an interim examination. Modified education also means that in that year it may take the form of video lectures, response lectures, walk-in consultation sessions with the lecturer, as well as alternative lectures.
The way in which the modified education will be given varies for each course. If you do not pass a course in the year it is provided in modified form, you can apply for permission from the examinations commission to take an alternative course that is provided in the new-style program.
Students who take longer than N+2 to complete their programs will be transferred to the new curriculum. They will then be subject to the Education and Examination Procedure (OER) of the revised program in the Bachelor College. The examinations commission will ensure that the results these students have already achieved in the old program are incorporated in the revised curriculum.
The phasing out of the current programs is shown in diagram form below:
R = regular education for all courses from this year of the old Bachelor’s program
M = modified education for all courses from this year of the old Bachelor’s program
X = no more education given for courses from this year of the old Bachelor’s program; students have to choose alternative courses from the new programs
N= students are transferred to the new curriculum
Students who started their Bachelor’s programs in 2011 (2011 intake) will be the first to be affected by the phasing out of the old Bachelor’s programs. At the end of their first year, they will be given a binding study recommendation (BSA). The following applies to these students:
Progress at end of 2011/12
> 40 credits
Continue with old Bachelor’s program
- modified education in 2012/13 for courses not yet passed
- transition matrix for courses old style à new style
30 ≤ credits < 40
Transfer to new Bachelor’s program
< 30 credits
not applicable as BSA will be negative
Study progress > 40 credits
Students in the 2011 intake who have achieved 40 credits or more in their first year can continue with the old program. They can make up their shortfall in credits (max. 20 credits) through the modified education given in the second year. If they have not completed all their first-year courses by the end of the second year, they can make use of the department transition matrix per course (see below).
Study progress 30 ≤ credits <40
Students in the 2011 intake who have achieved 30 credits or more but fewer than 40 credits in their first year are strongly advised to transfer to the new Bachelor’s program. They have a considerable shortfall (between 20 and 30 credits) and are very likely to experience problems since their Bachelor’s program is phased out. In addition, they will be given a study contract that will not allow them to take all second-year courses.
A transition matrix will be drawn up for the various courses per Bachelor’s program. The matrix contains all the courses of the old Bachelor’s program and shows how and if the course will reappear in the new revised program.
The matrix is intended for students in the old program who have made sufficient progress not to have to transfer to the BC’s new programs. Some of the old courses may not be given at the time that these students want to take them. With the permission of the examinations commission, these students can replace a number of courses from their old Bachelor’s program with courses from the new curriculum.
We can imagine that the transition procedure looks rather complicated. If you have any questions please contact your academic advisor.