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The Regulations

An extract from the Regulatory Framework for Assessment policy document.


Progress Through the Degree Programme

1   A student may only proceed to the next level of a programme of study provided that he or she has satisfactorily completed the preceding level.

2   Satisfactory completion of a level of a programme of study is defined as successfully accumulating 120 credits.

3   A student may be permitted to proceed to the next level of the programme with failed modules to a maximum of 20 credits provided that:

a   a minimum of 100 credits has been achieved and that all modules designated as compulsory for progression have been passed;

and

b   a second, re-sit attempt has been made for any failed module(s) with a mark lower than 20 on the first attempt (a resit opportunity is only available to a student who has presented for assessment at the first attempt);

and

c   a minimum mark of 20 has been obtained for a failed module on either the first attempt or re-sit attempt.

4   If a student with a mark of less than 20 in a profile does not submit for re-examination, he or she will not be allowed to progress. An X annotator may be imposed on the failed mark, forbidding further re-examination unless properly documented mitigating circumstances are associated with the non-submission. The imposition of a mark with an X annotator will result in termination of a programme.

5   A module which has been designated as compulsory for award must be passed for graduation. A failure in a module which is compulsory for award at level 1 or 2 may be carried but must be retrieved in order to be eligible to graduate.

6   In the case of a late result module, where the result of a first attempt is not known until September, a student may be permitted to progress to the next level provided that

a   he or she has attained 100 credits from the other modules taken

or

b   has obtained 80 credits, satisfied all requirements in respect of modules which are compulsory for progression, and obtained a mark of 20 in the 20 credits failed, having taken up the re-examination opportunities for that module.

If a student is permitted to proceed with 80 credits he or she will be required to retrieve the failure in at least 20 of the 40 failed credits alongside the next level of study so to meet the minimum requirements for eligibility for the award.

The Board of Examiners may t its discretion extend the provision for progression with 80 credits to students with failure in modules other than the 'late result' modules.

7   A student who has been permitted to defer assessment for a module because of properly documented mitigating circumstances must attempt the module, irrespective of whether 100 credits have already been achieved. If a student failed a deferred module with a mark of 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.

8   An opportunity for re-examination in a failed module required for progression will normally be offered. The re-examination will normally be at Easter for modules failed in Semester 1 or in late August for modules failed in Semester 2. Students who fail modules are expected to attend resit opportunities as organised. Failure to do so without proper permission may mean that a student is not eligible for a final resit opportunity (see below). The Board of Examiners for Progress and Award may exceptionally permit a second resit, normally as an external student, if a further re-examination is not explicitly excluded by the programme of study. The normal threshold for consideration for an exceptional third attempt to satisfy the examiners will be that a student has achieved 80 credits overall in a level and has taken up previous resit opportunities. Where the extent of the failure is considerable or where it is agreed to be in the interests of the student because of special circumstances and there is capacity in the programme area, a re-examination may take place after a period of repeat study.

9   Where a failure is in a compulsory school experience or professional placement module, a repeated experience or placement may not be possible before the commencement of the next year or level and re-examination may have to be taken as an external student.

10   Specific requirements relating to re-examination and progress relate to the following programmes:

a   BA Primary Teaching (QTS)
Specified modules must be passed before QTS can be recommended and profile must be provided demonstrating that all teaching standards have been met. There are restrictions on the possibilities for re-taking placement modules. In addition, students will be required to pass DfES skills tests before they can be recommended for QTS

b   BHSc Occupational Therapy
All modules prescribed for the programme at each level must be passed. Limited re-sit opportunities apply in this programme. Students are normally allowed a maximum of one re-sit per failed module and a maximum of two failed modules/re-examination opportunities per level. Failure in two professional practice modules across the programme will lead to termination.

c   BHSc Physiotherapy
All modules prescribed for the programme at each level must be passed. Limited re-sit opportunities apply in this programme. Students are normally allowed a maximum of one re-sit per failed module and a maximum of two failed modules/re-examination opportunities per level. Failure in two professional practice modules across the programme will lead to termination for the BHSc Physiotherapy programme.