About your new blended learning study calendar

Important information about your new 2022/23 study calendar

As you are aware, our study calendar underwent a number of changes in May of 2022. These changes were prompted by feedback that we received from Arden students, which encouraged us to work with your Student Association President and Student Representative Network on implementing a new calendar.

Through our Students as Partners initiative, we held over 20 focus groups with students across our blended learning mode. In these groups we discussed new ideas and listened to our students’ needs. We believe the changes which we’ve made to the study calendar will give you a much-improved learning experience here at Arden University, and will ultimately increase your chance of success.

When will these changes start to affect me?

These changes have now come into effect for new students who joined us from May 2022 onwards (except new Top-Up students), as well as for current students moving from foundation year to year 1, and year 1 to year 2 of study on the anniversary of their intake date.

If you don’t fall into one of these groups right now, then you will remain on the current calendar until you do. Don't worry, we’ll send you a separate letter letting you know when the changes are taking place for you!


Watch our BA (Hons) Business student Jeanne talk about how the new study calendar is helping her consolidate her learning

New blended learning study calendar
Video • 3 mins


Here is an example of how the new study calendar looks compared to the old calendar:

new study calendar comparison

What else will change, and how will it benefit me?

Studying your modules in sequence

New students and those progressing from foundation to year 1, and year 1 to year 2, from May 22 onwards will now start their course with two introductory, subject specific modules. These modules will provide a good foundation and build skills and knowledge before you move on to more demanding modules later in the year.

Studying modules side by side

Once you have joined the new calendar, you will study two modules at the same time over periods of 9 weeks (with one additional week set aside for assessment). By doing this, you’ll have the chance to absorb complementary information from both modules, which we believe will give you a more well-rounded learning experience. It will also give you the opportunity to see how different areas of your subject are related and inform one another.

Forming closer bonds with your classmates

You’ll study with other students who’ve joined the programme at the same time as you and are going through the same experiences, rather than being placed in mixed study groups with students who are at different stages of the course.

You’ll have all the support services you need 

We understand that changes to your schedule can sometimes be challenging. That’s why we’ve made sure that the support systems available to you are focused on helping you succeed on the new calendar. 

We have a range of specialists ready and available to support you on every part of your journey through university, whether that’s bringing you up to speed with academic study skills, supporting your mental health and well-being, getting control of your financial planning, or helping you find the career you’ve always wanted. Whatever support you need, we’ve got it covered.

Jeanne Volschenk

I’m now on my first study block of the new study calendar, and I‘ve found that the two modules we are studying together really complement each other. What’s working for me is how the concepts presented by the module tutors overlap in a way that helps to understand both modules in more depth. I’m also excited about the new enrichment block which is coming later this year, where we’ll be able to focus on different areas like career development and have the chance to attend guest speaker events and other exciting activities.

Jeanne Volschenk
BA (Hons) Business Management


What will stay the same?

You’ll still have eight hours per week of scheduled in-person teaching spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice, combined with a minimum of 25.5 hours of online self-study each week.

Here’s an example of how the new study calendar looks for each intake over a typical 12 month period:

Study Calendar


Please remember that unless you are a student who progressed from foundation to year 1 or year 1 to year 2 of study in May this year, you won't experience the changes above until the anniversary of your intake date. (For example, a foundation student who started in September 2021 will move to the new calendar in September 2022).

If you need more information

If you have any queries, please email the student support team at your study centre using the relevant email address from the list below or visit our FAQs on the link below:

Manchester  manchesterstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk
London Tower Hill towerhillstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk
London Holborn holbornstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk
London Ealing ealingstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk
Birmingham birminghamstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk
Leeds leedsstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk
Berlin berlinstudentsupport@arden.ac.uk



If you want to speak to a member of the team in person about these changes and what it means for you, we will also be holding drop-in sessions in Study Centres and online for you to join and get further information. These will be held on dates outlined below and more information on how you can join these will be sent shortly.




Student Rep/ Students' Association attending       

Student Finance attending

Birmingham Lock 14

18th October 2022



10.30 to 12.30

Manchester Linley House

25th October 2022             


10.30 to 12.30

Tower Hill

1st November 2022



10.30 to 12.30


8th November 2022



10.30 to 12.30


15th November 2022


TBC 10.30 to 12.30

Birmingham Lock 14 

22nd November 2022



10.30 to 12.30

Manchester Linley House

29th November 2022



10.30 to 12.30

We have created a set of frequently asked questions on the new study calendar and what it means for you and your studies. You can access these at the link below. Kindly read these questions, before contacting student support with a query.