Rules for Progression at Levels 1 and 2
This section explains what is required to progress from
one level of your programme to the next, and explains the
significance of non-serious attempts and qualified
Full-time undergraduate students must attempt
120 credits, i.e. six full modules or the equivalent, at any level.
This includes deferred modules.
It is compulsory to pass certain modules. This is particularly
important for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and QTS students.
Students should check with their Head of Programme or Faculty
Office if they are unsure whether modules are compulsory to
Progression to the next level with 100 credits is permitted
provided the failed module is a non-compulsory module, the mean
average mark including the failed module is 40 or more and
only if the fail mark is 20 or more.
A student is not entitled to a re-assessment opportunity unless
a first assessment attempt has been made. You should not assume
that you will be entitled to a re-assessment attempt if you fail to
submit work without explanation. In this case a re-assessment
opportunity is at the discretion of the University Board of
Examiners for Progress and Award. Normally, a student will be
required to repeat a module in full, paying the full module fee.
This may or may not affect your ability to progress within your
programme of study.
If you cannot complete a piece of work on time or attend an
assessment, you must ensure that you contact the relevant member of
staff or your Faculty Office to negotiate an extension. Provided
that an extension has been formally agreed, the assessment will be
recorded on your transcript of results as '0 DF' (deferred,
eligible for full marks).
Non-serious Attempts and Qualified Fails
Failures with a mark lower than 20 constitute a non-serious
attempt. This must be re-taken to achieve a mark
of 20 or more. The penalty for not attempting a re-sit in such a
module, or of not raising the mark to 20 or more following re-sit,
may be termination of programme or a bar on progressing to the next
level of your programme of study.
The maximum mark available on re-examination is 40 for
undergraduate level modules and 50 for postgraduate level modules,
with the exception of qualified fails where the original mark is
awarded on successful completion of the deficient work. A
qualified fail is where a student has failed one
required element of a module but gained a pass overall. This is
recorded as a QF on your record. The student may attempt to clear
the outstanding element at re-sit. If the student fails, or if the
attempt is not made, the mark will then be recorded as a straight
fail of 39. Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students must
attempt to re-sit the QF module.
Any student with deferred assessments must similarly
attempt the assessment to gain a mark of at least 20. If a
student fails a deferred module with a mark less than 20, the Board
of Examiners for Progress and Award will give careful consideration
to the position of the student in respect of progress. It will not
be satisfactory for a student with a deferred assessment to decline
to attempt the module because 100 credits have already been
Faculties have been asked to notify students with failures of
the requirements for re-assessment immediately following their
Subject-area Assessment Panels. If you have any queries about your
re-assessment requirements please contact your Faculty directly. Please
remember it is your responsibility to ensure that
you meet the requirements for progressing in your programme of
study. We have asked Faculties to make arrangements to let their
students know where and when support for re-assessments can be
accessed. Faculties are also providing an e-mail address for
re-assessment queries. This will be regularly monitored.