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Change Request - Sophister Pattern and Major/Minor Choices

This page is for 2020/21 TSM Junior Sophister students who wish to apply to change their choice of Pattern and/or Major/Minor subjects.

Deadlines for Change Request

Change Request Deadline - * One week following Annual Assessment Results Publication

This deadline applies to all students who are in College for the full academic year (2020/21), or who participated in a MT exchange, and whose end of year result will be published following the Annual Assessment session (Semester 2). These students will be permitted to submit a change request on the relevant form to the TSM Course Office by the week following the publication of Annual Assessment results. Please note changes after this date, up until the Reassessement deadline, will be considered.

*Annual Assessment Results Publication Date still to be confirmed

Reassessment Deadline - * One week following Reassessment Results Publication

The Reassessment deadline applies to students who participated in a full year Erasmus/Study Abroad exchange or a half year Hilary Term exchange in their JS year 2020/21) and students being reassessed or deferred to the Reassessment session. These students will be permitted to submit a change request on the relevant form to the TSM Course Office by the week following the publication of Reassessment results.

*Reassessment Results Publication Date still to be confirmed

Change Request Forms

Please fill in the relevant form below:

IMPORTANT - Please be aware that by submitting this change request form you are not automatically guaranteed your choice.

This is subject to departmental approval depending on module requirements, prerequisites and timetable availability etc. It is your responsibility to check that you are eligible for your choice. Please read the information below before submitting this form.

Following receipt of change request forms the TSM Course Office will consult the relevant department(s) and seek approval for the request. If approved, the student will be informed, and the choice will be updated in the student's portal record. If the relevant department(s) do not approve the change then the original choice will remain, and the student will be informed of the decision and reason why the change is not possible. Please submit change request forms as soon as you wish to change. We strongly advise students who may be thinking about submitting a change request to submit this sooner rather than later.

Check your eligibility, get information etc

Some TSM subjects have pre-requisites or JS module requirements for those intending to major in their subject. Please also see our web pages on TSM Sophister Independent Project / Dissertation Requirement. It is your responsibility to check with your department(s) if any of these issues, or any other issues, affect your eligibility for your choice, prior to submitting your choice. If you need further general information before making a decision you could contact your department(s), check your subject course handbook, the Careers Advisory Service, etc.


TSM Patterns A and B

PATTERN A Both subjects are studied equally for all four years and degree results are based on examinations taken in the Senior Sophister (fourth) year.
PATTERN B Both subjects are studied equally for the first three years, and one subject only (the Major subject) is studied in the SS year. Degree results are based on examinations taken in the Junior Sophister (third) and Senior Sophister (fourth) years.

Pattern A or B?

If you are on one of the following combinations you can choose either Pattern A or B:

Pattern A Combinations
Economics and Geography, German, Mathematics, Philosophy or Sociology
Geography and Economics, German, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, or Sociology
German and Economics, Geography, Jewish & Islamic Civilisations, or World Religions & Theology
History and Geography
Jewish & Islamic Civilisations and German
Mathematics and Economics, Geography, or Philosophy
Philosophy and Economics Geography, Mathematics, or Sociology
Sociology and Economics, Geography, or Philosophy
World Religions & Theology and German

Pattern B Only
If you are not on one of the above combinations then you MUST take Pattern B and must choose your major and minor subjects.

TSM Sophister Assessment and Progression Regulations

Information on all Assessment and Progression regulations for TSM students are available at the TSM Assessment and Progression Regulations web page.

Degree Title and Weightings

Degree Title: TSM Pattern A or B students who successfully complete the SS year achieve the degree 'Bachelor in Arts (Moderatorship (B.A. with honors)) in Subject X and Subject Y'.

Degree Weightings:

Pattern A The Overall Degree result and grade is calculated on the SS year only, both subjects are weighted equally.

Subject 1 SS
Subject 2 SS
Overall Degree Result

Pattern B The Overall Degree result and grade is based on JS and SS results in both the Minor and Major Subjects. The JS year accounts for 50% of the degree, with both subjects weighted equally. The SS year accounts for the remaining 50%. The Minor Subject is 25% and the combined Major Subject is 75% of the Overall Degree result.

Minor Subject JS
Major Subject JS
Major Subject SS
Major Subject JS + SS
Overall Degree Result

Choice Approval and Deadline

Following the deadline for submission of choices the TSM Course Office will seek departmental approval for each students choice. Please check your subject requirements carefully before submitting your choice. If a department does not give approval for your choice, due to module choice or pre-requisite reasons etc, you will be informed. Students submitting their choice forms will not be guaranteed their choice.

JS Erasmus/Study Abroad

JS 2020/21 student on a full year or MT only exchange, have already submitted their choice form. If you haven't submitted a form yet please contact us as a matter of urgency.

JS Off-books

JS students who are Off Books in 2020/21 and will be returning to the JS year in 2021/22 do not need to fill in a choice form this year, but will do so next year. Students who are off books with assessment in 2020/21 and wish to submit a new form, please email as we will have to note the change via AR.

Further Information - College Calendar

"Choice of pattern and pattern B major/minor subject

19 All Junior Sophister students must choose their pattern (where relevant), and if pattern B, their major and minor subjects and submit their choice to the TSM Course Office, not later than the last day of semester one (Michaelmas term) in the Junior Sophister year. Students who are participating in a Junior Sophister exchange must choose their pattern (where relevant) and if pattern B, their major and minor subjects not later than the last day of semester two (Hilary term) in the Senior Freshman year. This choice must meet with the approval of both schools or departments".

University Calendar, Part II Undergraduate Studies, Part II, Two-subject moderatorship courses

Any Queries?

If you have any queries please email or we are available to chat online via Teams ( Monday to Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Alternatively please contact us to schedule a time outside these hours.

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