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Chapter 6Taught Award Regulations50 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176. TAUGHT AWARD REGULATIONS6.1 The Modular Framework6.1.1 IntroductionThis Framework provides definitions and lays down the structural rules adopted by theUniversity for modular Programmes of Study. The Framework is consistent with the preceptsoutlined in the QAA’s Code of Practice and the indicators of the Quality Code and is reviewedannually.The University recognises that it may be necessary to modify certain aspects of its taughtdegree regulations to reflect the requirements of its distance learning students and those thatare taught by its Collaborative Partners. In all cases, the policies, procedures and regulationswithin this document will form the minimum or threshold requirements. Where appropriate,the University will make modifications whenever this is considered necessary to addressparticular aspects of the mode of study concerned.The Taught Award Regulations are compliant with Chapters B2, B4 and B6 of Part B:Assuring and enhancing academic quality of the QAA’s Quality Code.6.1.2 Language of PublicationThe University will endeavour to ensure that the Welsh version of the Academic QualityHandbook is entirely consistent with the English version of the same document. In the eventof any inconsistency between the two versions, the English version is the authoritativedocument.6.1.3 DefinitionsThe definitions which follow pertain to the modular system adopted by the University. Theyare not intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive.Programme of Study (course): A Programme of Study or course is the collection ofmodules taken by a student leading to a particularaward. A Programme of Study is a validated entity. Module:An academically coherent unit of learning activity withdefinedaims,learningoutcomes,contentand assessment scheme. Module Credit Rating:Every module has a credit rating. Credit is an awardmade to a learner in recognition of the verified achievement of designated learning outcomes at aspecified level.Module Study Time: The length of time required to complete a module will bea function of the ability of the student and his/herfamiliarity with the subject. It is not, therefore, possible tospecify how much time and effort will be required inindividual cases. However, programme documents willincorporate notional hours of 100 for a 10 credit module,200 hours for a 20 credit module, etc; the ‘currency’being 1 credit per 10 hours of notional study. Thisrepresents the total study effort for a typical student tocomplete the module successfully. It includes all51 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17timetabled and non-timetabled learning activities both inand away from the formal learning environment.Module Teaching Methods: The notional hours for each module will be divided into anumber of categories which could include lectures,seminars, workshops, field visits and directed learning.The proportion of time allocated to each of theseactivities is defined within the module outline.Core Module: Programme Teams may identify ‘core’ modules whichmust be passed before a student can progress to thenext level of study. It is possible for a module to be acore module for one Programme of Study but a non-coremodule for another programme. Such modules must beclearly identified in Programme of Study Handbooks.Compulsory Module: A compulsory module is a module that must be studied(but unlike a core module could potentially becondoned).Optional Module: A module which the student may, or may not, choose toinclude in his/her Programme of Study.Recommended Module: A module that the student is advised to take.Pre-requisite Module: Pre-requisite modules are modules that must besuccessfully completed before another specific modulecan be studied.Co-requisite Modules: These are linked modules, both of which must be takensimultaneously.Mutually Exclusive Modules: Two modules are mutually exclusive if they cannot bothbe studied as part of the same award.Project/Dissertation Module: A module consisting of a project or researchinvestigation conducted by the student.Study Mode: Students may study for a degree in a variety of modes –full-time, part-time, distance learning etc. The mode ormodes of study are specified in the validationdocumentation associated with the programme.Module change: Students indicate their intentions of taking a module and,after the third week of that module, if they have notwithdrawn in favour of an alternative module, will bedeemed to have registered on it. Changes will notnormally be permitted after the fourth week of a teachingperiod.Programme change: With the approval of the Programme Director and theHead of School, students may be permitted to changetheir Programme of Study during an academic year.Changes are not normally permitted after the fourthweek of the first teaching period in the first year of study.Requests to change the Programme of Study duringsubsequent years would require credit transfer and52 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17would be subject to the normal credit transferarrangements. The time limits for allowing a student tochange Programme of Study will be decided on a caseby case basis, and such changes will not be approvedunless it is considered that the student would realisticallybe able to successfully complete the new programme.Semester: A study block lasting approximately 15 weeks, includingassessment.Term: A study block lasting approximately 10 weeks.Level: Modules are assigned to a particular level that relates tothe relative demand, complexity, depth of study andlearner autonomy required of the module. Levels 4, 5and 6 will normally correspond sequentially to the first,second and third years of a full-time undergraduate threeyear degree. Level 7 will normally correspond to workundertaken on a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma orMaster’s degree.Student: Throughout this chapter, all references to students willalso include trainees on Initial Teacher Trainingprogrammes unless specifically stated in relation to theirProgramme of Study.Period of Study: Full-time students normally study 120 credits eachacademic year. For part-time students, the minimumnumber of credits that must be completed eachacademic year may be defined and managed by theDean of Faculty and must be sufficient to secure efficientand effective use of resources in the short, medium andlonger term.Occasional Study: It may also be possible for students to register onindividual modules and achieve an award byaccumulating completed modules over a longer periodof time. However, in such cases, the University makesno commitment to continue running the sameprogrammes or the same modules beyond the timescalethat is required for completion of the award by studentswho have registered for a complete programme.6.1.4 Programme of Study Structures6.1.4.1 Taught Programmes of StudyThe University’s taught provision includes: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)(vii)Honours Degree;Integrated Master’s Degree;Certificate of Higher Education;Diploma of Higher Education;Foundation Degree;Graduate Certificate;Graduate Diploma; (viii) Master’s Degree;53 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 (ix)(x)(xi)(xii)Postgraduate Certificate;Postgraduate Diploma;Higher National Certificate;Higher National Diploma;(xiii) Certificate in Teaching Skills;(xiv) Graduate Certificate in Teaching Skills;(xv)Professional Certificate in Education; (xvi) Post Graduate / Professional Graduate Certificate in Education;(xvii) Foundation Certificate;(xviii) Pre-Master’s Certificate;(xix) Pre-Master’s Diploma.Many programmes can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.6.1.4.2 Joint HonoursStudents on Joint Honours programmes would normally complete equal proportions of thetwo disciplines at levels 5 and 6. The term ‘and’ is used to link the two components in theaward title of a Joint Honours degree. Each component of a Joint Honours should constituteat least 5/12 of the elements contributing to the final degree award. Normally the proportionwill be 50:50 at each level.6.1.4.3 Combined HonoursThe term is used only for programmes which involve three distinct subject components. Eachcomponent will constitute at least 3/12 of the award at each level.6.1.4.4 Major/MinorThe term ‘with’ is used to link the two components in the award title of a Major/Minor degree.A Major requires between 150 and 180 credits out of the 240 credits normally studied atLevels 5 and 6, 80 of which must be at Level 6.A Minor requires at least 25% of a programme. This will normally be at least 30 credits at Level6 supported by at least 30 credits at each of HE Levels 4 and 5. The number of HE lower levelmodules may be substituted by modules in the same subject area at higher HE level.6.1.4.5 ClassificationThe classification of Joint Honours awards will be based on the aggregate marks for thewhole award and not on the performance in each Joint Honours component. Likewise theclassification of a Major/Minor award or a Combined Honours award will be based on theaggregate for the whole award.6.1.4.6 Award TitlesAll awards must use an approved award title. Any new award titles must be approved bySenate.Foundation DegreesFdA – Foundation Degree in ArtFdSc – Foundation Degree in ScienceHonours DegreesBA – Bachelor of ArtsBSc – Bachelor of ScienceBEng – Bachelor of Engineering54 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17Integrated Master’s DegreesMArts – Master in ArtsMBus – Master of Business ManagementMComp – Master of Computer ScienceMDes – Master of DesignMEaCh – Master of Early ChildhoodMEdStud – Master of Education StudiesMEng – Master of EngineeringMEYEC – Master of Early Years Education and CareMMusTech – Master of Music TechnologyMSci – Master in SciencesMSocStud – Master of Social StudiesMTour – Master of Tourism ManagementMaster’s DegreesMA – Master of ArtsMBA – Master of Business AdministrationMFA – Master of Fine ArtMSc – Master of ScienceMTh – Master of TheologyThe decision regarding whether a degree programme leads to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelorof Science award is made at validation and is based upon the proportion of the creditscontributing to the award (i.e. Levels 5 and 6) that are arts or science based. As a general rule,degree programmes in the arts and/or humanities lead to a Bachelor of Arts award and degreeprogrammes in science or technology lead to a Bachelor of Science award.In the case of a Joint Honours programme where one half is Science based and the otherhalf is Arts based, the Science subject appears first in the award title and a Bachelor ofScience is awarded.6.1.4.7 Conferring AwardsProgression/Award Examining Boards approve and endorse all awards (see Section 7.15.4of Chapter 7), however, a student is not entitled to describe him/herself as holding an awardfrom the University unless that award has been conferred at a Congregation either in personor in absentia.6.1.4.8 Management of Programmes of StudyA specific member of staff is identified to take responsibility for the management of eachProgramme of Study. The duties include responsibility for ensuring that students areregistered for the correct Programme of Study and for keeping them informed of allProgramme of Study details during their time at the University. Throughout this chapter, thismember of staff is referred to as the Programme Director.Details of the Programme Director for each Programme of Study can be obtained from theAcademic Office or from the Faculty Offices.6.1.5 Academic Levels6.1.5.1 Introduction(1) Extensive use is made of the QAA Subject Benchmarking documents in the overall designand validation of Programmes of Study, and in the individual definition of the level, creditvalue, learning outcomes and assessment methodology of individual modules.55 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(2) Initial Teacher Training programmes are designed and validated to satisfy the requirementsof the relevant Welsh Government Wales Circular, currently Circular 17/2009 and InformationDocument 129/2013 for Secondary and Primary Education.(3) In the University’s Modular Framework, Levels 4, 5 and 6 are cited as normally correspondingsequentially to the first, second and third years of a full-time undergraduate degree, andLevel 7 normally corresponds to work undertaken on a Master’s programme of study.(4) This chapter lays down the University’s guidelines with regard to levels. It does not, andcannot, form a regulatory framework, but is intended to act as a reference for students,module designers, tutors and assessors of module material.6.1.5.2 Module LevelsThe modular structures adopted by the University recognise and utilise categories ofacademic demand and attainment denoted by the Higher Education Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 asdefined by the Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales (CQFW) and Higher EducationQualifications Framework (HEQF).Level 3 – Achievement at Level 3 reflects the ability to identify and use relevantunderstanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while welldefined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating andcompleting tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgement withinlimited parameters. It also reflects awareness of different perspectives or approaches withinan area of study or work.Level 4 – Achievement at Level 4 reflects the ability to identify and use relevantunderstanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well-defined but complexand non-routine. It includes taking responsibility for overall courses of action as well asexercising autonomy and judgement within broad parameters. It also reflects understandingof different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.Level 5 – Achievement at Level 5 reflects the ability to identify and use relevantunderstanding, methods and skills to address broadly-defined, complex problems. It includestaking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action as well as exercisingautonomy and judgement within broad parameters. It also reflects understanding of differentperspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the reasoning behind them.Level 6 – Achievement at Level 6 reflects the ability to refine and use relevant understanding,methods and skills to address complex problems that have limited definition. It includestaking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action that are able to underpinsubstantial change or development, as well as exercising broad autonomy and judgement.It also reflects an understanding of different perspectives, approaches or schools of thoughtand the theories that underpin them.Level 7 – Achievement at Level 7 reflects the ability to reformulate and use relevantunderstanding, methodologies and approaches to address problematic situations thatinvolve many interacting factors. It includes taking responsibility for planning and developingcourses of action that initiate or underpin substantial change or development, as well asexercising broad autonomy and judgement. It also reflects an understanding of the relevanttheoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect their area of study or work.Further guidance on the characteristics of Level 7 qualifications can be found in the QAA’sMaster’s Degree Characteristics publication (2015).56 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.1.5.3 Issues(1) This guidance note recognises that academic level is not an absolute concept and cannot bedefined in absolute terms.(2) At the same time, any attempt to ascribe an absolute value for a particular topic within adiscipline area may be inappropriate, since ‘difficulty’ has a tendency to relax with time or tobe eased by the use of new, alternative approaches.(3) There is also general acceptance that a topic taken from one subject area at a particulardesignated level may not warrant the same designated level when transferred to a modulein some other subject area.6.1.5.4 Level Descriptors(1) The following table gives guidance in regard to the expectations of academic Levels 4, 5, 6and 7 in the categories:• knowledge and understanding• application and action• autonomy and accountability(2) The guidance is not intended to be exhaustive in respect of all disciplines, and not all entriesmay be applicable to all disciplines. However, a significant proportion of each set ofdescriptors is anticipated to be applicable in all cases.(3) The assessment of each module at every level is designed to measure the extent to whichthe learning outcomes have been achieved.57 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales Level Descriptors, February 2009LevelSummaryKnowledge andUnderstandingApplication andActionAutonomy andAccountability3Achievement at Level3 reflects the ability toidentify and userelevantunderstanding,methods and skills tocomplete tasks andaddress problemsthat, while welldefined, have ameasure ofcomplexity. It includestaking responsibilityfor initiating andcompleting tasks andprocedures as well asexercising autonomyand judgement withinlimited parameters. Italso reflectsawareness of differentperspectives orapproaches within anarea of study or withinthe area of study orwork.Use factual, proceduraland theoreticalunderstanding to completetasks and addressproblems that, while welldefined may be complexand non-routine.Interpret and evaluaterelevant information andideas.Be aware of the nature ofthe area of study or work.Have awareness ofdifferent perspectives orapproaches work.Address problemsthat, while welldefined, may becomplex and nonroutine.Identify, select anduse appropriateskills, methods andprocedures.Use appropriateinvestigation toinform actions.Review howeffective methodsand actions havebeen.Takeresponsibility forinitiating andcompleting tasksand procedures,including whererelevant,responsibility forsupervising orguiding others.Exerciseautonomy andjudgement withinlimitedparameters.4Achievement at Level4 reflects the ability toidentify and userelevantunderstanding,methods and skills toaddress problems thatare well-defined butcomplex and nonroutine. It includestaking responsibilityfor overall courses ofaction as well asexercising autonomyand judgement withinbroad parameters. Italso reflectsunderstanding ofdifferent perspectivesor approaches withinan area of study orwork.Use practical, theoreticalor technical understandingto address problems thatare well-defined butcomplex and non-routine.Analyse, interpret andevaluate relevantinformation and ideas.Be aware of the natureand approximate scope ofthe area of study or work.Have an informedawareness of differentperspectives orapproaches within thearea of study or work.Address problemsthat are complexand non-routinewhile normally welldefined.Identify, adapt anduse appropriatemethods and skills.Initiate and useappropriateinvestigation toinform actions.Review theeffectiveness andappropriateness ofmethods, actionsand results.Takeresponsibility forcourses of action,including whererelevant,responsibility forthe work ofothers.Exerciseautonomy andjudgement withinbroad butgenerally welldefinedparameters. 58 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 5Achievement at Level5 reflects the ability toidentify and userelevantunderstanding,methods and skills toaddress broadlydefined, complexproblems. It includestaking responsibilityfor planning anddeveloping courses ofaction as well asexercising autonomyand judgement withinbroad parameters. Italso reflectsunderstanding ofdifferent perspectives,approaches orschools of thoughtand the reasoningbehind them.Use practical, theoreticalor technologicalunderstanding to find waysforward in broadly-defined,complex contexts.Analyse, interpret andevaluate relevantinformation, concepts andideas.Be aware of the natureand scope of the area ofstudy or work.Understand differentperspectives, approachesor schools of thought andthe reasoning behindthem.Address broadlydefined, complexproblems.Determine, adaptand use appropriatemethods and skills.Use relevantresearch ordevelopment toinform actions.Evaluate actions,methods and results.Takeresponsibility forplanning anddevelopingcourses of action,including whererelevant,responsibility forthe work ofothers.Exerciseautonomy andjudgement withinbroad butgenerally welldefinedparameters.6Achievement at Level6 reflects the ability torefine and userelevantunderstanding,methods and skills toaddress complexproblems that havelimited definition. Itincludes takingresponsibility forplanning anddeveloping courses ofaction that are able tounderpin substantialchange ordevelopment, as wellas exercising broadautonomy andjudgement. It alsoreflects anunderstanding ofdifferent perspectives,approaches orschools of thoughtand the theories thatunderpin them.Refine and use practical,conceptual ortechnological,understanding to createways forward in contextswhere there are manyinteracting factors.Critically analyse, interpretand evaluate complexinformation, concepts andideas.Understand the context inwhich the area of study orwork is located.Be aware of currentdevelopments in the areaof study or work.Understand differentperspectives, approachesor schools of thought andthe theories that underpinthem.Address problemsthat have limiteddefinition andinvolve manyinteracting factors.Determine, refine,adapt and useappropriate methodsand skills.Use and whereappropriate designrelevant researchand development toinform actions.Evaluate actions,methods and resultsand theirimplications.Takeresponsibility forplanning anddevelopingcourses of actionthat are capableof underpinningsubstantialchanges ordevelopmentsInitiate and leadtasks andprocesses, takingresponsibility,where relevant,for the work androles of others.Exercise broadautonomy andjudgement. 59 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 7Achievement at Level7 reflects the ability toreformulate and userelevantunderstanding,methodologies andapproaches toaddress problematicsituations that involvemany interactingfactors. It includestaking responsibilityfor planning anddeveloping courses ofaction that initiate orunderpin substantialchange ordevelopment, as wellas exercising broadautonomy andjudgement. It alsoreflects anunderstanding of therelevant theoreticaland methodologicalperspectives and howthey affect their areaof study or work.Reformulate and usepractical, conceptual ortechnologicalunderstanding to createways forward in contextsin which there are manyinteracting factors.Critically analyse, interpretand evaluate complexinformation, concepts andtheories to producemodified conceptions.Understand the widercontexts in which the areaof study or work is located.Understand currentdevelopments in the areaof study or work.Understand differenttheoretical and methodological perspectives andhow they affect the area ofstudy or work.Conceptualise andaddress problematicsituations thatinvolve manyinteracting factors.Determine and useappropriatemethodologies andapproaches.Design andundertake research,development orstrategic activities toinform the area ofwork or study orproduceorganisational orprofessional change.Critically evaluateactions, methodsand results and theirshort- and long-termimplications.Takeresponsibility forplanning anddevelopingcourses of actionthat initiate orunderpinsubstantialchanges ordevelopmentsExercise broadautonomy andjudgement acrossa significant areaof work or study.Initiate and leadcomplex tasksand processes,takingresponsibility,where relevant,for the work androles of others. 6.2 General Entry Requirements(1) This section provides details of the general entry requirements for each qualification offeredby the University. For a number of programmes on which students are likely to encountersituations involving children and/or vulnerable adults, applicants will be required to obtain aDisclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced) check. Full details of the entry criteria for eachaward can be found in the Admissions Policy, and are specified for individual Programmesof Study in the validation documents. For each qualification, details of the number of creditsrequired at each level of study are provided, together with the maximum number of creditsthat students can transfer onto the programme by means of the Recognition of PriorCertificated Learning or Recognition/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (RPCL orR/APEL) processes (see 6.2.1).(2) If a student, having accepted an award wishes to upgrade by transferring the credits ontoanother programme, then he/she will be required to relinquish the existing award before thenew award can be confirmed.(3) Full-time students are normally expected to complete 120 credits each academic year.Details of the valid combinations of modules for a particular programme are found inProgramme of Study validation documents and in student Programme of Study Handbooks.These documents identify core modules, optional modules and so on.(4) The University does not normally allow a student to join a programme more than 4 weeksafter the start date.(5) The University does not normally allow a student to register on more than one full-timeprogramme at the same time. In the same way, the University will take into account any full60 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17time or part-time programmes on which a student is already registered at a different institutionin considering their application for study at the University.(6) All applicants whose native language is not English or Welsh must provide evidence ofcompetence in English Language sufficient for studying on their programme (normally IELTS6 for undergraduate degrees and postgraduate taught degrees and 6.5 for postgraduateresearch degrees), and after admission to the University may be required to take additionalinstruction in English Language.(7) Details of the usual time limits for completion of each qualification by full-time students areincluded in the table below. In practice, the usual time limit may be shortened for a variety ofreasons, for example, when programmes are studied on an extended year or to meet theimmigration requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration.(8) In exceptional circumstances the usual period of study may be adjusted (see Section 13.4 ofChapter 13), or a candidature may be interrupted (see Section 13.3 of Chapter 13). Astudent’s candidature may be terminated by an Examining Board before the time limit hasbeen reached. Details of the maximum time limits for the completion of different qualificationsare included in the table below. RegisteredProgrammeUsual Period ofStudyMaximumPeriod ofStudyMinimumcreditrequirementsMaximumCreditTransferHonours DegreeFull-time Study3 years5 years120 at Level 4 Total of 360120 at Level 5120 at Level 6240Honours DegreePart-time Study6 years10 yearsIntegrated Master’sDegreeFull-time Study4 years6 yearsTotal of 480Model A120 at Level 4120 at Level 5120 at Level 6120 at Level 7Model B120 at Level 4120 at Level 560 at Level 6180 at Level 7240Integrated Master’sDegreePart-time Study8 years12 yearsCertificate ofHigher EducationFull-time Study1 year3 years120 at Level 480Certificate ofHigher EducationPart-time Study2 years6 yearsDiploma of HigherEducationFull-time Study2 years4 yearsTotal of 240120 at Level 4120 at Level 5160 61 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 RegisteredProgrammeUsual Period ofStudyMaximumPeriod ofStudyMinimumcreditrequirementsMaximumCreditTransferDiploma of HigherEducationPart-time Study4 years8 yearsFoundation DegreeFull-time Study2 years4 yearsTotal of 240120 at Level 4120 at Level 5160Foundation DegreePart-time Study4 years8 yearsGraduateCertificateFull-time Study6 months2 years60 at Level 640GraduateCertificatePart-time Study2 years4 yearsGraduate DiplomaFull-time Study1 year2 years120 at Level 680Graduate DiplomaPart-time Study3 years5 yearsMaster’s DegreeFull-time Study2 years3 years180 at Level 7120Master’s DegreePart-time Study4 years5 yearsPostgraduateCertificateFull-time Study6 months2 years60 at Level 740PostgraduateCertificatePart-time Study2 years4 yearsPostgraduateDiplomaFull-time Study1 year2 years120 at Level 780PostgraduateDiplomaPart-time Study3 years5 yearsHNC*Full-time Study1 year3 yearsMinimum of 120at Level 480HNC*Part-time Study2 years6 yearsHNDFull-time Study2 years4 years120 at Level 4 Total of 240160 62 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 RegisteredProgrammeUsual Period ofStudyMaximumPeriod ofStudyMinimumcreditrequirementsMaximumCreditTransferHNDPart-time Study4 years8 years120 at Level 5Post GraduateCertificate inEducation (PGCE)Primary /Secondary withQTSFull-time Study1 year2 yearsTotal of 12080 at Level 640 at Level 70ProfessionalGraduateCertificate inEducation (PGCE)Primary Secondarywith QTSFull-time Study1 year2 years120 at level 60ProfessionalCertificate inEducation (PCE)Post CompulsoryEducation andTrainingFull-time Study1 year3 yearsTotal of 12060 at Level 560 at Level 680ProfessionalCertificate inEducation (PCE)Post CompulsoryEducation andTrainingPart-time Study2 years6 yearsProfessionalGraduateCertificate inEducation (PGCE)Post CompulsoryEducation andTrainingFull-time Study1 year3 years120 at level 680ProfessionalGraduateCertificate inEducation (PGCE)Post CompulsoryEducation andTrainingPart-time Study2 years6 years 63 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 RegisteredProgrammeUsual Period ofStudyMaximumPeriod ofStudyMinimumcreditrequirementsMaximumCreditTransferPost GraduateCertificate inEducation (PGCE)Post CompulsoryEducation andTrainingFull-time Study1 years3 yearsTotal of 12060 at Level 660 at Level 780Post GraduateCertificate inEducation (PGCE)Post CompulsoryEducation andTrainingPart-time Study2 years6 yearsFoundationCertificateFull-time Study1 year3 years120 at Level 30FoundationCertificatePart-time Study2 years6 yearsPre-Master’sCertificateFull-time Study6 months2 years60 at Level 60Pre-Master’sDiplomaFull-time Study1 year2 years120 at Level 60 * For HNC, the values for usual and maximum periods of study given in the table are basedon the HNC programme of 120 credits. Pro-rata increases should be made where the numberof credits exceeds 120.(9) The usual time limit for particular part-time programmes may be increased by the Dean ofFaculty, but must not exceed the maximum time limit for that programme. Where the usualtime limit for a part-time programme is increased, this will be clearly identified in theProgramme of Study Handbook.(10) Higher level credits can in principle be used instead of lower level credits.(11) For all University awards, it is possible to allow a small number of credits from the next levelbelow the lowest level that forms part of the award to count towards the award either as partof the validated programme of study or as a credit transfer onto a programme of study. Anysuch allowance must comply with the criteria within the Credit and Qualifications Frameworkfor Wales (CQFW) and any transfer of credit would require the approval of the Recognitionof Prior and Experiential Learning Board.(12) Where credit transfer has been approved (see Section 6.2.1), there will be a pro-ratareduction to the usual and maximum time limits.64 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(13) The Special Cases Committee is responsible for making decisions with respect to requestsfor adjustments to the usual time limits for an award. Full details of this committee can befound in Section 13.5 of Chapter 13 and in Appendix GA21.(14) For all qualifications, an exit award can only be awarded to students who fail to complete theaward if they have achieved, as a minimum, the normal requirements for that exit award forstudy at the University.(15) Throughout this chapter, reference to the year of study is for full-time students. In the caseof part-time students, such references would need to be adjusted on a pro-rata basis.(16) The remainder of this chapter gives details of the assessment regulations for eachqualification and the rules for progression and award.6.2.1 Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning and Recognition/Accreditation of PriorExperiential Learning (RPCL and R/APEL)(1) Students can sometimes transfer credit achieved from previous higher education studytowards their current programme of study through the Recognition of Prior CertificatedLearning (RPCL) process. Entry into some Programmes of Study at levels beyond the normalpoint of entry may be possible for holders of suitable qualifications appropriate in level andrelevance to the Programme of Study subject area. The amount of credit awarded willdepend upon the value of the credit already acquired relative to the programme on which thestudent is currently enrolling. In the event that a student who has used a previously gainedaward as credit transfer subsequently withdraws from the programme into which the awardwas subsumed, then the original award will still stand.(2) Students can also sometimes claim credit for experiential learning to gain advanced standingon their current programme of study through the Recognition/Accreditation of PriorExperiential Learning (R/APEL) process.Details of the procedures for RPCL and R/APEL are found in Chapter 10 of this handbook.6.2.2 Honours Degree(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on an Honours Degree programmeprovided he/she satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 360 credits in order to be considered for an HonoursDegree. Initial degree programmes normally consist of modules with a total credit value of120 at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6.(3) Full-time students are normally required to acquire 120 credits at the appropriate level ineach of three years of study.(4) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted, the additional creditsstudied must be at Level 6.(5) A student who has registered on an Honours Degree programme, but is subsequently unableor not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education,subject to attaining at least 120 credits at Level 4 or above.(6) A student who has registered on an Honours Degree programme, but is subsequently unableor not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education,subject to attaining at least 240 credits of which at least 120 must be at Level 5 or above withthe remaining 120 credits at Level 4.65 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.2.3 Integrated Master’s Degree(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on an Integrated Master’s Degreeprogramme provided he/she satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 480 credits in order to be considered for an IntegratedMaster’s Degree. The University recognises two models for Integrated Master’s Degreeprogrammes, either: i)Model A: modules with a total credit value of 120 at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6 with anadditional 120 credits at Level 7, orModel B: modules with a total credit value of 120 at each of Levels 4 and 5, withii) 60 credits at Level 6 and 60 credits at Level 7, with an additional 120 credits at Level 7.The model used for any particular Integrated Master’s Degree must be specified within thevalidation documents. Where the model is not specified, Model A will be applied.(3) As part of the Integrated Master’s Degree, students are normally expected to complete aLevel 7 dissertation or project with a credit value of at least 60 credits.(4) Full-time students are normally required to acquire 120 credits at the appropriate level ineach of four years of study (with 120 credits consisting of 60 credits at Level 6 and 60 creditsat Level 7 in the third full-time year for Model B programmes).(5) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted for the IntegratedMaster’s Degree Model A, 120 of the additional credits studied must be at Level 7 and afurther 120 credits must be at Level 6. Where the maximum transferable credit allowed hasbeen accepted for the Integrated Master’s Degree Model B, 180 additional credits studiedmust be at Level 7 and a further 60 credits must be at Level 6.(6) A student who has registered on an Integrated Master’s Degree programme, but issubsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Certificateof Higher Education, subject to attaining at least 120 credits at Level 4 or above.(7) A student who has registered on an Integrated Master’s Degree programme, but issubsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Diplomaof Higher Education, subject to attaining at least 240 credits of which at least 120 must be atLevel 5 or above with the remaining 120 credits at Level 4.(8) A student who has registered on an Integrated Master’s Degree programme, but issubsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded an HonoursDegree, subject to attaining at least 360 credits of which at least 120 must be at Level 6 orabove, 120 must be at Level 5 or above with the remaining 120 credits at Level 4.(9) A student who has registered on an Integrated Master’s Degree programme, but issubsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded aPostgraduate Certificate and an Honours Degree, subject to attaining at least 60 credits atLevel 7 and a further 360 credits of which at least 120 must be at Level 6 or above, 120 mustbe at Level 5 or above with the remaining 120 credits at Level 4.6.2.4 Certificate of Higher Education(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Certificate of Higher Educationprogramme provided he/she satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4 for a Certificate of Higher Education.(3) The Certificate of Higher Education has no exit award.66 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.2.5 Diploma of Higher Education(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Diploma of Higher Educationprogramme provided he/she satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 240 credits in order to qualify for a Diploma of HigherEducation. Of these credits, 120 will normally be at Level 4 and at least 120 must be atLevel 5.(3) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted, the remaining creditsmust be at Level 5.(4) A student who has registered on a Diploma of Higher Education programme, but issubsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Certificateof Higher Education subject to attaining at least 120 credits at Level 4 or above.6.2.6 Foundation Degree(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Foundation Degree programmeprovided he/she satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 240 credits in order to be considered for a FoundationDegree. Of these credits, 120 will normally be at Level 4 and at least 120 must be at Level 5.A proportion of the credits will be awarded for learning based in the workplace. Theproportion, which will be approved at validation, must be sufficient to enable students todemonstrate successful application in the workplace of the range of knowledge, skills andprinciples learnt throughout the programme.(3) Full-time students are normally required to acquire 120 credits at the appropriate level ineach of two years of study.(4) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted, the remaining creditsmust be at Level 5.(5) A student who has registered on a Foundation Degree programme, but is subsequentlyunable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Certificate of HigherEducation, subject to attaining at least 120 credits at Level 4 or above.6.2.7 Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Graduate Certificate or GraduateDiploma programme provided he/she holds one of the following qualifications prior tocommencement:(a) an initial degree from an approved degree awarding body;(b) a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standardfor the purpose of Level 6 admission;(c) the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must attain a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6 in order to qualify for a GraduateCertificate, and 120 credits at Level 6 for a Graduate Diploma.(3) The Graduate Certificate has no exit award. A student who has registered on a GraduateDiploma programme, but is subsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completionmay be awarded a Graduate Certificate subject to attaining at least 60 credits at Level 6.67 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.2.8 Master’s Degree(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Master’s Degree programmeprovided he/she holds one of the following qualifications prior to commencement:(a) an initial degree from an approved degree awarding body;(b) a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standardfor the purpose of postgraduate admission;(c) the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) An applicant may also be considered eligible to register on a Master’s Degree programmeprovided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, an appropriate position which isrelevant to the programme to be pursued. Such applicants will be considered on a case bycase basis.(3) Applicants cannot be allowed to register on a Master’s Degree programme without satisfyingthe Programme Director that he/she is of the required academic standard to complete theproposed Programme of Study.(4) In order to be considered for a Master’s Degree, students must successfully complete180 Level 7 credits, normally 120 Level 7 taught credits (Part I) and a Level 7 dissertation orproject with a credit value of 60 (Part II).(5) A student who has registered on a Master’s Degree programme, but is subsequently unableor not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma subjectto attaining at least 120 credits at Level 7, or a Postgraduate Certificate subject to attainingat least 60 credits at Level 7.(6) Where a Master’s Degree programme consists of Part I and Part II, students mayprovisionally start working on Part II, the dissertation or project, before the assessment ofPart I has been completed. However, the Part II dissertation or project cannot be assesseduntil Part I has been successfully completed. The dissertation or project should not exceed15,000 words or its equivalent.6.2.9 Postgraduate Certificate(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Postgraduate Certificate programmeprovided he/she holds one of the following qualifications prior to commencement:(a) an initial degree from an approved degree awarding body;(b) a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standardfor the purpose of postgraduate admission;(c) the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) An applicant may also be considered eligible to register on a Postgraduate Certificateprogramme provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, an appropriateposition which is relevant to the programme to be pursued. Such applicants will beconsidered on a case by case basis.(3) Applicants cannot be allowed to register on a Postgraduate Certificate programme withoutsatisfying the Programme Director that he/she is of the required academic standard tocomplete the proposed Programme of Study.(4) In order to be considered for a Postgraduate Certificate, students must attain at least60 taught credits at Level 7.(5) The Postgraduate Certificate has no exit award.68 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.2.10 Postgraduate Diploma(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Postgraduate Diploma programmeprovided he/she holds one of the following qualifications prior to commencement:(a) an initial degree from an approved degree awarding body;(b) a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standardfor the purpose of postgraduate admission;(c) the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) An applicant may also be considered eligible to register on a Postgraduate Diplomaprogramme provided that he/she has held, for a minimum of two years, an appropriateposition which is relevant to the programme to be pursued. Such applicants will beconsidered on a case by case basis.(3) Applicants cannot be allowed to register on Postgraduate Diploma programme withoutsatisfying the Programme Director that he/she is of the required academic standard tocomplete the proposed Programme of Study.(4) In order to qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, students must attain a minimum of 120 taughtcredits at Level 7.(5) A student who has registered on a Postgraduate Diploma programme, but is subsequentlyunable or not permitted to progress to completion may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificatesubject to attaining at least 60 taught credits at Level 7.6.2.11 Higher National Certificate (HNC)(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on an HNC programme provided he/shesatisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) The credit requirements for an HNC can vary between programmes, but will be a minimumof 120 credits at Levels 4 and/or 5.(3) Students who complete more than 120 credits will be issued with a certificate recording theadditional credits.(4) Full-time students are normally required to complete an HNC of 120 credits within one year.(5) All HNC students are awarded a Pearson Certificate of Achievement for successfullycompleted credits. A student who has registered on an HNC programme that consists ofmore than 120 credits, but is subsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion,may be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education subject to attaining at least 120 credits atLevel 4 or above.6.2.12 Higher National Diploma (HND)(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on an HND programme provided he/shesatisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 240 credits in order to qualify for an HND. Of thesecredits, 120 will normally be at Level 4 and at least 120 must be at Level 5.(3) Full-time students are normally required to attain 120 credits at the appropriate level in eachof two years of study.69 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(4) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted, the remaining creditsmust be at Level 5.(5) All HND students are awarded a Pearson Certificate of Achievement for successfullycompleted credits. A student who was registered on an HND, but is subsequently unable ornot permitted to progress to completion, may be awarded an HNC or a Certificate of HigherEducation subject to meeting the requirements for that award.6.2.13 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Post Graduate Certificate inEducation (PGCE) Primary / Secondary with QTS(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a PGCE Primary / Secondary with QTSprogramme provided he/she holds an initial degree from an approved degree awarding bodyand satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 120 credits in order to be considered for a PGCE Primary/ Secondary with QTS.(3) In order to qualify for the award of Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Primary /Secondary with QTS, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits atLevel 6 or above.(4) In order to qualify for the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education Primary /Secondary with QTS, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits at Level7 and the remainder at Level 6 or above.(5) Full-time students are normally required to complete the PGCE Primary / Secondary withQTS programme in one year of study.(6) The PGCE Primary / Secondary with QTS has no exit award.6.2.14 Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET): Professional Certificate inEducation (PCE), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Professional Certificate in EducationPCET programme provided he/she holds an appropriate Level 3 qualification and satisfiesthe specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Professional Graduate Certificate inEducation PCET or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCET programme providedhe/she holds an initial degree from an approved degree awarding body and satisfies thespecific entry requirements of the programme.(3) Students must study a minimum of 120 credits in order to be considered for a ProfessionalCertificate in Education PCET or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET ora Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCET.(4) In order to qualify for the award of Professional Certificate in Education PCET, a studentmust successfully complete a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6 or above and the remainderat Level 5 or above.(5) In order to qualify for the award of Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET, astudent must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits at Level 6 or above.70 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(6) In order to qualify for the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCET, a studentmust successfully complete a minimum of 60 credits at Level 7 and remainder at Level 6 orabove.(7) Full-time students are normally required to complete the Professional Certificate in EducationPCET or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post GraduateCertificate in Education PCET in one year of study.(8) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted, the remaining creditsmust be at Level 6 for the Professional Certificate in Education PCET and the ProfessionalGraduate Certificate in Education PCET, and at Level 7 for the Post Graduate Certificate inEducation PCET.(9) A student who has registered on a Professional Certificate in Education PCET programme,but is subsequently unable or not permitted to progress to completion may be eligible for anappropriate exit award.(10) A student who has registered on a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET ora Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCET programme, but is subsequently unable ornot permitted to progress to completion may be eligible for an appropriate exit award.6.2.15 Foundation Certificate(1) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Foundation Certificate programmeprovided he/she satisfies the specific entry requirements of the programme.(2) Students must study a minimum of 120 credits at Level 3 for a Foundation Certificate.(3) The Foundation Certificate has no exit award.6.2.16 Pre-Master’s Certificate and Pre-Master’s Diploma(1) Pre-Master’s Programmes are designed primarily as pre-entry courses for internationalstudents. In addition to increasing the student’s standard of written and spoken English,these programmes will provide students with an appropriate introduction to the Britishrequirements for higher education study at Master’s level.(2) An applicant can be considered eligible to register on a Pre-Master’s Certificate or PreMaster’s Diploma programme provided he/she holds one of the following qualifications priorto commencement:(a) an initial degree from an approved degree awarding body;(b) a non-graduate qualification which has been deemed to be of an appropriate standardfor the purpose of Level 6 admission;(c) the specific entry requirements of the programme.(3) Students must attain a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6 in order to qualify for a Pre-Master’sCertificate, and 120 credits at Level 6 for a Pre-Master’s Diploma.(4) The Pre-Master’s Certificate has no exit award. A student who has registered on a PreMaster’s Diploma programme, but is subsequently unable or not permitted to progress tocompletion may be awarded a Pre-Master’s Certificate subject to attaining at least 60 creditsat Level 6.71 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.3 Honours Degree6.3.1 Introduction(1) This section details the assessment procedures for Honours Degrees, and should notcontradict the general principles found in the Assessment policy (see Chapter 7). TheUniversity has a responsibility, which it discharges through its Programme Directors, toensure that students are fully informed of the conditions which must be satisfied before anaward can be made. This chapter should be read in conjunction with Chapter 7, Assessment:Taught Programmes.6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award(1) Sections 6.3.2 to 6.3.8 of this chapter apply to students on Honours Degree programmes.6.3.2.1 Introduction(1) Student performance is monitored throughout the academic year and is reviewed by aProgression/Award Examining Board at least once in each academic year. Whereappropriate, this includes a decision regarding whether sufficient progress is being made orhas been made to move to the next level of study. Progression is the term used to describethe movement from one level of study to the next. At the end of the final level of study,progress is reviewed to see whether the student can be awarded the appropriate award.6.3.2.2 Processing of Marks(1) All numerical calculations relating to assessment marks should be carried out by the centralStudent Record System. For modules with more than one assessment component, theindividual marks should be submitted as percentages.(2) In the same way, in the case of assessment that is graded rather than marked, any combiningof grades to produce a final grade should be carried out by the central system unless theregulations for the award prescribe otherwise.(3) It is sometimes the case that a single mark is derived from more than one assessment activity(for example, a portfolio of work or an examination). In such cases, the single mark shouldbe the outcome of adding the marks for each activity rather than the calculation of anaverage.(4) The final mark for a module is rounded to the nearest whole number for the purpose ofdeciding whether or not a student has passed the module, for all other progression relateddecisions including condonement, and in all calculations for award classification and allclassification related decisions.6.3.2.3 General Progression and Award Rules(1) The pass mark for a module is 40%. A student cannot pass a module without attemptingevery component of the assessment associated with the module.(2) Some programmes may include a proportion of credits where the module outcome isrecorded as a grade rather than a mark. For all such modules, an outcome of Pass or betterwill count as at least 40% for the purpose of progression decisions.(3) A student who accumulates 120 credits at a particular level of study will normally progressto the next level of study.72 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(4) Failed modules with a total credit value of up to and including 20 will be condoned at eachlevel of study subject to satisfying the following conditions. Condonement is only permissiblefor the purposes of progression or award. Failed credits cannot be condoned unless thestudent has attained a minimum of 100 credits at that level of study. Failed modules can onlybe condoned provided:• they are not core modules for the student’s programme of study;• the student has achieved a module mark of at least 30%;• the student has attempted each of the module’s assessment components.A student is awarded the credits for condoned modules.(5) A student who successfully completes at least 120 credits in Level 6 modules in the finallevel of study of an Honours Degree programme and has no outstanding uncompleted creditsat Level 4 or Level 5 shall automatically qualify to be considered for an Honours Degree.(6) For each Programme of Study, modules may be identified as core modules which must bepassed before a student can progress to the next level of study. It is possible that a modulemay be a core module for one Programme of Study, yet be a non-core module for anotherprogramme. Core modules must be clearly identified as such in the relevant Programme ofStudy Handbook.(7) A student may not be re-assessed in any module or unit of assessment for which a passmark has already been attained. A student who requests an opportunity be re-assessed in amodule which has been condoned may be allowed to do so at the discretion of theProgression/Award Examining Board. Requests to be re-assessed in condoned modulesmust be made prior to the completion of the programme of study.(8) A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student who has attained 120 creditsat Level 4 or above but is unable or is not permitted to progress to the next level of study.(9) A Diploma of Higher Education may be awarded to a student who has attained 240 creditsof which at least 120 credits are at Level 5 or above and the remainder are at Level 4 orabove but is unable or is not permitted to progress to Level 6.6.3.2.4 Failure and Retrieval(1) The maximum number of re-assessment attempts that can be allowed for any module will betwo. Where a student fails to complete a module which has been re-assessed for a secondtime and the module is not eligible for condonement (see paragraph 6.3.2.3 (4)), the studentwill be required to withdraw from the programme.(2) A student will not be allowed more than one opportunity to repeat a level of study, unless therepeat level is not counted as an attempt due to extenuating circumstances or CompensatoryMeasures as outlined in paragraph 6.3.2.4 (12). A student who fails to complete a level ofstudy at the second attempt may, at the discretion of the Progression/Award ExaminingBoard or Re-assessment Examining Board, be permitted to retrieve failed modules throughrepeating specific modules or be re-assessed in failed assessment components.(3) A Mid-sessional Examining Board may decide the retrieval position of a student who has notreached the end of a level, but has failed completed module(s) and/or has failed to attemptan assessment component of incomplete module(s), in accordance with the followingguidelines:(a) A student who successfully completes some of the assessment components in themodules studied will normally be re-assessed in the failed assessment components of73 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17the failed modules and/or the assessment components which have not been attemptedduring the next appropriate assessment period as determined by the Mid-sessionalExamining Board. Where the student would be required to be re-assessed in more thanfive components (or in components with a credit value of 45 or more in terms of notionalstudy hours), the Mid-sessional Examining Board may decide that the student should berequired to suspend studies and to repeat specific modules in the next academicsession.(b) A student who has failed all the assessment components attempted in the level to datewill normally be required to withdraw from the programme, but may be eligible for an exitaward. At the discretion of the Mid-sessional Examining Board, the student may berequired to suspend studies and to repeat specific modules in the next academicsession.(4) The retrieval position of a student who, at the end of a level of study, does not satisfy thecriteria for progression or award detailed in Section 6.3.2.3 will be decided by the relevantProgression/Award Examining Board or Re-assessment Examining Board in accordancewith the following guidelines:(a) A student who has failed assessment components with a credit value of 20 or equivalentin terms of notional study hours may, at the discretion of the Progression/AwardExamining Board or the Re-assessment Examining Board, be allowed to proceed to thenext level conditionally. In such cases the student must either redeem the failure, orattain equivalent credit in a different module at a future date, subject to the agreementof the relevant Programme Director. A student will not be eligible for the considerationof an award until the credit has been attained. In quantifying equivalence, the failedproportion of credit would equate to a maximum notional total of 200 hours of work tosuccessfully complete. This regulation can only be applied by an Examining Board if: i.the student has passed all other modules in the level of study underconsideration;any failed module was not a core module for that particular programme.ii. A student will not be allowed to progress to Level 6 without having successfullycompleted Level 4.(b) A student who successfully completes at least 40 credits of full modules, but does notsatisfy the criteria for progression or award detailed in Section 6.3.2.3 will normally bere-assessed in the failed assessment components of the failed modules during the nextappropriate assessment period as determined by the relevant Examining Board. Wherethe student would be required to be re-assessed in more than five components (or incomponents with a credit value of 45 or more in terms of notional study hours), therelevant Examining Board will normally require the student to repeat specific failedmodules or repeat the entire level of study.(c) A student who successfully completes fewer than 40 credits of full modules, but has notfailed all modules in a level will normally be required to repeat specific failed modules orbe required to repeat the entire level of study.(d) A student who has failed all modules in a level will normally be required to withdraw fromthe programme, but may be eligible for an exit award. At the discretion of theProgression/Award Examining Board or Re-assessment Examining Board, the studentmay be required to repeat the entire level of study.(5) In all cases, where a student has failed module(s) which are not eligible for condonement(see paragraph 6.3.2.3 (4)), and the student has not made a genuine effort to engage withthe programme of study and/or has failed to attempt a majority of components in modules74 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17within the current Semester, the Mid-sessional Examining Board or the Progression/AwardExamining Board or Re-assessment Examining Board may decide that the student shouldnot be permitted to be re-assessed and should be required to withdraw from the programme.(6) If a student is re-assessed in a failed module in which there is only one assessmentcomponent, the mark awarded for the module is capped at 40%. The work is assessed in thenormal way using the entire mark range. However, if the mark achieved is more than 40%, amark of 40% is actually displayed on the student’s transcript and used for classificationpurposes.(7) If a student is re-assessed in a failed module in which there is more than one assessmentcomponent, the mark awarded for the failed component of the assessment is capped at 40%.The work is assessed in the normal way using the entire mark range. However, if the markachieved is more than 40%, a mark of 40% is actually used for the purpose of calculating theoverall mark for the module, displayed on the student’s transcript and used for classificationpurposes. In such cases, provided the student has not failed every component it is thereforepossible to achieve an overall mark of over 40%.(8) A student who has had requests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by the ExtenuatingCircumstances Panel (see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) will be allowed to be re-assessed atthe next appropriate assessment period without additional penalty in terms of capped marksor number of permitted assessment attempts.(9) The following criteria must all be satisfied before a student is allowed the opportunity torepeat a module or repeat a level:• the student would be able to complete the award within the prescribed time limits;• the student has made a genuine effort to complete the assessment requirements of theProgramme of Study;• the student’s attendance record was generally been satisfactory;• the student has engaged with the University’s procedures for extenuating circumstancesor Compensatory Measures where appropriate;• the student agrees to undertake any action considered necessary by the ProgrammeTeam to demonstrate his/her readiness to engage with the Programme of Study;• there is a reasonable likelihood that the student would be successful;• the student is not unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged.(10) A student who is required to repeat failed modules must agree to forfeit any marks and creditalready achieved in the modules to be repeated. A student who is required to repeat theentire level of study must agree to forfeit all marks and credit already achieved for that levelof study. Forfeited marks cannot subsequently be used to determine the student’s degreeclassification or in awarding credit. Where a student is permitted to repeat a module or repeatan entire level of study, the relevant Mid-sessional Examining Board, Progression/AwardExamining Board or Re-assessment Examining Board must provide clear direction regardingwhether or not the marks for the repeated modules should be capped. Normally marks wouldonly be capped in cases where the marks had previously been reduced due to accepted orsubstantiated unfair practice.(11) In the case of trainees on the BA Primary Education, a student who repeats an entire levelof study will not normally be required to forfeit the credit gained for Professional TeachingExperiences modules.(12) An attempt at assessment during a repeated module or the repeat level of study shall beregarded as being one of the two opportunities for a student to redeem a failure except incases where the student had requests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by theExtenuating Circumstances Panel (see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) or had not completed75 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17the relevant components due to having Compensatory Measures in place (see Section 13.1of Chapter 13) for specific modules.(13) Subject to the approval of the Programme Director, a student may register on and completea substitute module at the same level and with the same credit values in place of a failedmodule. In such cases, assessment of the substitute module(s) will be subject to the sameconditions as the original module, including possible capping of marks.(14) A student on a programme leading to a professional qualification who fails to meet itsprofessional requirements may not be allowed to progress or may be required to withdrawfrom the programme. The relevant Mid-sessional Examining Board, Progression/AwardExamining Board or Re-assessment Examining Board may offer such a student an exitqualification.(15) Progression regulations for programmes that lead to professional qualifications sometimesdiffer from the University’s general progression rules. In such cases, the Professional BodyRegulations may take precedence over the general progression rules provided they meet thestandards required by the University for its awards. Such precedence will be specified duringthe validation process.(16) The rules outlined in this section will serve as guidance for Mid-sessional Examining Boards,Progression/Award Examining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards in arriving ata progression and award decision for students. A student who has successfully completedat least 40 credits of full modules in a Level will normally be re-assessed in failed modules.However, in some cases the relevant Examining Board may decide that a student should notbe re-assessed in failed modules (see paragraph 6.3.2.4 (5)) or be allowed to either repeatfailed modules or repeat the level of study (see paragraph 6.3.2.4 (10)).6.3.3 Presentation of marks6.3.3.1 Performance Indicators(1) When determining progression issues, Mid-sessional Examining Boards, Progression/AwardExamining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards shall be provided by the Registrywith all marks of assessment undertaken during the academic year using indicators agreedwith the Registry (see Appendix TA1).6.3.3.2 Disclosure of marks(1) A distinction is drawn between provisional marks and approved marks. Approved marks arethose that have been agreed at the appropriate Progression/Award Examining Board.(2) All marks will be disclosed to students when available either during or at the end of theacademic session as appropriate. Any marks released prior to formal approval by aProgression/Award Examining Board are provisional.6.3.4 Degree Classification RegulationsThese regulations apply to all Honours Degree programmes.(1) The University determines the final degree classification based on the exit velocity of astudent as well as the student’s performance over time.(2) Level 5 and Level 6 modules may contribute to the classification of degrees. The actualclassification that is awarded to a student shall be determined by calculating the final overallaverage mark by applying whichever of the two classification methods set out in Section6.3.4.1 and 6.3.4.2 is more beneficial to the student.76 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(3) Award regulations for programmes that lead to professional qualifications sometimes differfrom the University’s general award regulations. In such cases, the Professional BodyRegulations may take precedence over the general award regulations provided they meetthe standards required by the University for its awards. Such precedence will be specifiedduring the validation process.(4) A student’s final degree classification shall normally be determined by his or her final overallaverage mark as determined under Method One (Section 6.3.4.1) or Method Two (Section6.3.4.2), using the classification boundaries: Class IClass II (i)Class II (ii)Class IIIPass Degree Level70% and above60% up to but not including 70%50% up to but not including 60%40% up to but not including 50%at least 35% (5) The final mark for a module is rounded to the nearest whole number for the purpose ofcalculating the final overall average mark for award classification and all classification relateddecisions.(6) The final overall average mark is rounded to the nearest whole number for awardclassification and all classification related decisions.6.3.4.1 Method One: The Overall Weighted Average(1) The final overall average mark will be calculated by using the following formula:• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 6 modules will be given a weighting of 2.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 5 modules will be given a weighting of 1.(2) Where the lowest mark in a Level occurs in a module with a credit value of more than 20,then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportion of thecredit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(3) Unless otherwise specified within validation documents, the final overall average mark ofdegree programmes that include a proportion of credits where the module outcome isrecorded as a grade rather than a mark will be based only on those modules for which markshave been awarded. The final overall average mark will be calculated by using the followingformula:• Level 6 module marks will be given a weighting of 2.• Level 5 module marks will be given a weighting of 1.6.3.4.2 Method Two: The Level 6 Average(1) The final overall average mark will be calculated based on the best marks in 100 credits ofLevel 6 modules.(2) Where the lowest mark in a Level occurs in a module with a credit value of more than 20,then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportion of thecredit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(3) Unless otherwise specified within validation documents, the final overall average of degreeprogrammes that include a proportion of credits where the module outcome is recorded as agrade rather than a mark will be based only on those modules for which marks have beenawarded.77 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.3.4.3 Borderline cases(1) A student can be considered as borderline if his/her final overall average mark is no morethan 2 percentage points below a classification boundary (i.e. no lower than 68% for a ClassI, no lower than 58% for a Class II (i) etc.). The exit velocity principle will be applied to theprofile of each borderline student in order to decide upon the classification.(2) Exit velocity principleFor a borderline student, the result is deemed to be in the upper of the two classificationssurrounding the border if at least half the Level 6 credits used to calculate the final overallaverage mark were awarded rounded marks that are above the border.6.3.4.4 Recognition/Accreditation of Prior Certificated and Experiential Learning (RPCL andR/APEL)(1) Marks for credits that a student has transferred following study at a different institution orhave been awarded for experiential learning will not be used to calculate the final overallaverage mark. For such a student, the final overall average mark may be calculated usingless than 100 credits at Level 5 for Method One (Section 6.3.4.1).(2) For a student granted direct entry into Level 6 following study elsewhere, classification willbe based on Method Two (Section 6.3.4.2) only using the best marks in 100 credits at Level 6modules studied at the University.(3) Marks for credits that a student has transferred following study on a previous programme atthe University, or any of the founding institutions, will contribute towards the final overallaverage mark. For such a student the final overall average mark will be calculated inaccordance with Sections 6.3.4.1 and 6.3.4.2.6.3.5 Criteria for a Pass Degree(1) A student who is registered on an Honours Degree programme, but does not achieve anHonours Degree and who is not permitted to retrieve his/her failure may be awarded a Passdegree provided that he/she has:• been enrolled on and, where appropriate to the student’s circumstances, made agenuine effort to complete the assessment requirements for 360 credits;• achieved a final overall average mark of at least 35%;• successfully completed a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits.6.3.6 Converting an Ordinary Degree to an Honours Degree(1) A graduate of the University in possession of an Ordinary Degree may be considered eligiblefor an Honours Degree provided that he/she: (a)has been awarded an Ordinary Degree for previous study at the University in acognate area;has successfully completed a minimum of 60 additional credits at Level 6 at the(b) University on an approved programme of study within the time limits for HonoursDegrees (the length of time allowed to complete the programme should be calculatedon the basis of the award as a whole and give appropriate allowance for the time spentin the various modes of study and the length of the intervening period between awardof the Ordinary degree and enrolment for the Honours conversion); (c)has been deemed by the examiners, upon completion of the additional credits, to havesatisfied in full the requirements for the award of an Honours Degree, together withany specific requirements particular to the programme in question;has fulfilled any further condition(s) identified by the University.(d) 78 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(2) The University reserves the right to increase the additional number of credits that must besuccessfully completed in order to convert an Ordinary Degree to an Honours Degree basedon consideration of: (a)(b)the length of time that has elapsed since the Ordinary Degree was awarded;the extent of the compatibility of the Honours Degree programme being sought withthe Ordinary Degree already awarded. (3) A student wishing to convert an Ordinary Degree to an Honours degree will not be allowedto transfer credits from study at a different institution via the credit transfer process as partof the additional credit requirements.(4) A student wishing to convert an Ordinary Degree to an Honours degree will be required tosurrender the Ordinary Degree previously awarded, and to return the existing certificate tothe University prior to the issuing of an Honours Degree certificate.(5) Classification of an Honours award for a student wishing to convert an Ordinary Degree toan Honours Degree shall normally be based on Method Two (Section 6.3.4.2) only using thebest marks in at least 100 credits at Level 6.(6) However, it could be decided that marks from other credits previously attained would alsocontribute to the final overall average. Details of the credits contributing towards the finaloverall average mark would need to be formally agreed and documented by the RPEL Boardat initial registration. Such agreement should be based upon the Programme Director’srecommendations for appropriately reflecting the programme’s learning outcomes inclassifying the award.(7) For a student with an Ordinary Degree required to study more than 100 credits at Level 6under paragraph 6.3.6 (2), final classification will be based on Method Two (Section 6.3.4.2)only using the best marks in 100 credits at Level 6 modules studied at the University.(8) In other respects, the assessed study shall be governed under the University’s regulationsfor Honours Degrees.6.3.7 Procedure for awarding an Aegrotat Award(1) It is sometimes possible to award an Aegrotat Award to a student who is prevented fromcompleting all the assessment associated with an award. This section defines the procedurefor awarding Aegrotat Awards.(2) A student will not normally be considered for an Aegrotat Award unless he/she hassuccessfully completed at least 75% of the credits contributing towards the award andevidence has been produced to demonstrate that he/she has met the programme’s learningoutcomes.(3) A student wishing to be considered for an Aegrotat Award should make a formal applicationto the Special Cases Committee at the earliest possible opportunity.(4) The Programme Director should provide as much information as possible regarding thecauses which prevented the student from attempting the whole or part of an assessment,together with evidence of the prospects of the student taking the assessment in a subsequentyear within his/her time limits for completing the degree.(5) If it is considered necessary, the student may be asked to provide more detailed externalevidence to support his/her application to be considered for an Aegrotat Award.79 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(6) The Special Cases Committee should make a recommendation regarding the AegrotatAward to the relevant Initial Examining Board based on the information provided.(7) In the event that the Initial Examining Board supports the proposal that a student be awardedan Aegrotat Award, then a recommendation should be presented to the relevantProgression/Award Examining Board.(8) The Progression/Award Examining Board will decide whether or not to award an AegrotatAward based on the recommendation of the Initial Examining Board. The Progression/AwardExamining Board’s decision will be final.(9) In exceptional circumstances, and with the express approval of the student concerned, aProgression/Award Examining Board may consider a candidate for an Aegrotat Awardwithout a referral from the Special Cases Committee.6.3.8 Procedure for awarding a Posthumous Award(1) It is sometimes possible to award a Posthumous Award to a student for whom it was notpossible to complete all the assessment associated with an award. This section defines theprocedure for awarding Posthumous Awards.(2) A student will not normally be considered for a Posthumous Award unless he/she hassuccessfully completed at least 75% of the credits contributing towards the award andevidence has been produced to demonstrate that he/she has met the programme’s learningoutcomes.(3) The Programme Director should make a formal application to the Special Cases Committeeat the earliest possible opportunity for the consideration of a student for a PosthumousAward.(4) The Programme Director should provide the Special Cases Committee with as much relevantbackground information as possible in relation to the student.(5) The Special Cases Committee should make a recommendation regarding the PosthumousAward to the relevant Initial Examining Board based on the information provided.(6) In the event that the Initial Examining Board supports the proposal that a student be awardeda Posthumous Award, then a recommendation should be presented to the relevantProgression/Award Examining Board.(7) The Progression/Award Examining Board will decide whether or not to award a PosthumousAward based on the recommendation of the Initial Examining Board. The Progression/AwardExamining Board’s decision will be final.6.4 Integrated Master’s Degree6.4.1 Introduction(1) An Integrated Master’s Degree is awarded to a student who successfully meets therequirements as laid down in these regulations.(2) The processes for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and therules for progression for modules at Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 follow the same principlesas those outlined in Sections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and 6.3.3 Presentationof Marks, with the following additional requirements for progression between levels:80 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17i) In order to progress from Level 5 to Level 6 a student must achieve an overallaverage of at least 50% for the best marks in at least 100 credits at Level 5.(3) Students who fail to meet the additional requirements for progression from Level 5 to Level 6set out in 6.4.1 (2) i) may be permitted to transfer to an appropriate Honours Degree or maybe eligible for an exit award in accordance with Section 6.4.2.7.(4) Students on the Integrated Master’s Degree Model A, on successfully completing Level 6 willprogress to Level 7 if they have achieved an overall weighted average of at least 55% for thebest marks in at least 100 credits at Level 5 and for the best marks in at least 100 credits atLevel 6 (with Level 5 modules being given a weighting of 1 and Level 6 modules being givena weighting of 2).(5) Students on the Integrated Master’s Degree Model B, on successfully completing 60 creditsat Level 6 and 60 credits at Level 7 (the third full-time year) will normally progress to Level 7(the fourth full-time year) if they have achieved an overall weighted average of at least 55%for the best marks in at least 100 credits at Level 5, and for the best marks in at least 100credits at Level 6 and Level 7 (with Level 5 modules being given a weighting of 1 and Level6 and Level 7 modules being given a weighting of 2).(6) The process for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and the rulesfor progression for modules at Level 7 follow the same principles as those outlined inSections 6.8.3 Part I (Taught Element): Rules for Progression and Award and 6.8.5Presentation of Marks.6.4.2 Integrated Master’s Degree Regulations(1) In order to qualify for an Integrated Master’s Degree, a student must successfully complete480 credits. The University recognises two models for Integrated Master’s Degreeprogramme, either:i) Model A: at least 120 credits must be at Level 7, at least 120 credits must be at Level6 or above, at least 120 credits must be at Level 5 or above, with the remainder atLevel 4 or above, orii) Model B: at least 180 credits must be at Level 7, at least 60 credits must be at Level 6or above, at least 120 credits must be at Level 5 or above, with the remainder at Level4 or above.6.4.2.1 Integrated Master’s Degree Classifications(1) The University determines the final degree classification based on the exit velocity of astudent as well as the student’s performance over time.(2) Level 5, Level 6 and Level 7 modules may contribute to the classification of an IntegratedMaster’s Degree. The actual classification that is awarded to a student shall be determinedby calculating the final overall average mark by applying whichever of the two classificationmethods set out in Section 6.4.2.2 and 6.4.2.3 is more beneficial to the student.(3) Award regulations for programmes that lead to professional qualifications sometimes differfrom the University’s general award regulations. In such cases, the Professional BodyRegulations may take precedence over the general award regulations provided they meetthe standards required by the University for its awards. Such precedence will be specifiedduring the validation process.(4) A student’s classification shall normally be determined by his or her final overall averagemark as determined under Method One (Section 6.4.2.2) or Method Two (Section 6.4.2.3),using the classification boundaries:81 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17 Class IClass II (i)Class II (ii)70% and above60% up to but not including 70%50% up to but not including 60% (5) The final mark for a module is rounded to the nearest whole number for the purpose ofcalculating the final overall average mark for award classification and all classification relateddecisions.(6) The overall weighted average is rounded to the nearest whole number for awardclassification and all classification related decisions.6.4.2.2 Method One: The Integrated Master’s Overall Weighted Average(1) The final overall average mark for an Integrated Master’s Degree Model A will be calculatedby using the following formula:• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 7 modules will be given a weighting of 3.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 6 modules will be given a weighting of 2.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 5 modules will be given a weighting of 1.(2) The final overall average mark for an Integrated Master’s Degree Model B will be calculatedby using the following formula:• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 7 modules studied in the fourth full-time year will begiven a weighting of 3.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 7 and Level 6 modules studied in the third full-timeyear will be given a weighting of 2.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 5 modules will be given a weighting of 1.(3) Where the lowest mark in a Level occurs in a module with a credit value of more than 20,then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportion of thecredit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) Unless otherwise specified within validation documents, the final overall average mark ofdegree programmes that include a proportion of credits where the module outcome isrecorded as a grade rather than a mark will be based only on those modules for which markshave been awarded. The final overall average mark will be calculated by using the followingformula:• Level 7 module marks from the fourth full-time year of study will be given a weightingof 3.• Level 7 and Level 6 module marks from the third full-time year of study will be given aweighting of 2.• Level 5 module marks will be given a weighting of 1.6.4.2.3 Method Two: The Level 7 Average(1) The final overall average mark will be calculated based on the best marks in 100 credits ofLevel 7 modules studied in the fourth full-time year.(2) Where the lowest mark in a Level occurs in a module with a credit value of more than 20,then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportion of thecredit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(3) Unless otherwise specified within validation documents, the final overall average mark ofdegree programmes that include a proportion of credits where the module outcome is82 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17recorded as a grade rather than a mark will be based only on those modules for which markshave been awarded.6.4.2.4 Integrated Master’s Degree Borderline cases(1) A student can be considered as borderline if his/her final overall average mark is no morethan 2 percentage points below a classification boundary (i.e. no lower than 68% for a ClassI, no lower than 58% for a Class II (i) etc.). The exit velocity principle will be applied to theprofile of each borderline student in order to decide upon the classification.(2) Exit velocity principleFor a borderline student, the result is deemed to be in the upper of the two classificationssurrounding the border if at least half the Level 7 credits studied in the fourth full-time yearused to calculate the final overall average mark were awarded rounded marks that are abovethe border.6.4.2.5 Internal Transfer to Integrated Master’s Degree(1) A student registered on an Honours Degree at the University may be permitted direct transferto an Integrated Master’s Degree at any time prior to that Honours Degree being conferredprovided that:• the modules studied for the Honours Degree to date match exactly with the modules thatwould have been studied for the Integrated Master’s Degree;• the student meets the additional requirements for progression between levels forIntegrated Master’s Degrees as set out in paragraphs 6.4.1 (2) to (4).6.4.2.6 RPCL and R/APEL for Integrated Master’s Degrees(1) Marks for credits that a student has transferred following study at a different institution orhave been awarded for experiential learning will not be used to calculate the final overallaverage mark.(2) For such a student on the Integrated Master’s Degree Model A, the final overall averagemark will be calculated according to the formula:• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 7 modules studied at the University will be given aweighting of 3.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 6 modules studied at the University will be given aweighting of 2.• The remaining Level 5 (and possibly Level 6) modules studied at the University will begiven a weighting of 1.(3) For such a student on the Integrated Master’s Degree Model B, the final overall averagemark will be calculated according to the formula:• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 7 modules studied at the University in the fourth fulltime year of study will be given a weighting of 3.• Best marks in 100 credits at Level 7 and Level 6 modules studied at the University in thethird full-time year of study will be given a weighting of 2.• The remaining Level 5 (and possibly Level 6) modules studied at the University will begiven a weighting of 1.(4) Where the maximum transferable credit allowed has been accepted following studyelsewhere, classification will be based on the average of the Level 6 and Level 7 modulesstudied at the University.83 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(5) Marks for credits that a student has transferred following study on a previous programme atthe University, or any of the founding institutions, will contribute towards the final overallaverage. For such a student the overall weighted average mark will be calculated inaccordance with Sections 6.4.2.2 and 6.4.2.3.6.4.2.7 Exit Awards for Integrated Master’s Degrees(1) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for progression at the end of Level 5 or Level 6,he/she may be eligible for an award of a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education inaccordance with Section 6.5.4.(2) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for progression at the end of Level 6, he/she maybe eligible for an award of an Honours Degree in accordance with Section 6.3.4 or may beeligible for an award of a Pass Degree in accordance with Section 6.3.5.(3) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for award at the end of Level 7, he/she may beeligible for an award of a Postgraduate Certificate in accordance with Section 6.9.2 and anHonours Degree in accordance with Section 6.3.4.6.5 Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education6.5.1 Introduction(1) A Certificate of Higher Education or a Diploma of Higher Education is awarded to a studentwho successfully meets the requirements as laid down in these regulations.(2) Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education are offered as stand-alone namedqualifications, but are also staged awards normally corresponding to the completion of120 credits at Level 4 (Certificate) and a further 120 credits at Level 5 or above (Diploma).(3) Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education are awarded as exit awards and not as ‘enroute’ awards. That is, for a given degree course, students may not receive more than oneaward.(4) The processes for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and therules for progression from Level 4 to Level 5 follow the same principles as those outlined inSections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and 6.3.3 Presentation of Marks.6.5.2 Certificate of Higher Education Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must successfully complete120 credits at Level 4 or above, either as a named award or as part of a degree Programmeof Study at the University.(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 creditsat Level 4 or above. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of morethan 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for aproportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) A student who successfully completes a Certificate of Higher Education and attains a finaloverall average mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Educationwith Distinction.84 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(5) A student who successfully completes a Certificate of Higher Education can be consideredborderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentagepoints below a Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark ofat least 70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark,then the student shall be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Certificate of Higher Education and attains a finaloverall average mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Educationwith Merit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Certificate of Higher Education can be consideredborderline for a Merit if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow a Merit. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60%in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark, then thestudent shall be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education with Merit.(8) A maximum of 80 credits may be transferred towards the award.6.5.3 Diploma of Higher Education Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must successfully completeat least 120 credits at Level 4 or above and a further 120 credits at Level 5 or above, eitheras a named award or as part of a degree Programme of Study at the University.(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 creditsat Level 5 or above. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of morethan 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for aproportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) A student who successfully completes a Diploma of Higher Education and attains a finaloverall average mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education withDistinction.(5) A student who successfully completes a Diploma of Higher Education can be consideredborderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentagepoints below a Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark ofat least 70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark,then the student shall be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Diploma of Higher Education and attains a finaloverall average mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education withMerit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Diploma of Higher Education can be consideredborderline for a Merit if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow a Merit. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60%in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark, then thestudent shall be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education with Merit.(8) A maximum of 160 credits may be transferred towards the award. Such credits may be atLevels 4 and 5, with no more than 40 at Level 5. In cases of credit transfer, a minimum of80 credits at Level 5 must be awarded for study on the programme for which the student isregistered.85 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.5.4 Exit qualifications of Degree Programmes of Study(1) Since Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education form stages of Honours Degreeprogrammes and Integrated Master’s Degree programmes, the appropriate regulations asgiven earlier in this document will apply.(2) Students need not register specifically for either a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Educationin order to be awarded one or the other as an exit award. It is sufficient for students toregister for the degree that encompasses the awards.(3) If a student, having accepted either a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education as an exitaward, applies and is accepted to continue studies on the same programme or a newprogramme in the expectation of completing the associated degree, then he/she will berequired to relinquish the Certificate or Diploma before the new award can be confirmed.(4) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for progression at the end of Level 5, but hassatisfied the requirements for the award of a Certificate of Higher Education, he/she may beawarded a Certificate of Higher Education.(5) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for award at the end of Level 6, but has satisfied therequirements for the award of a Diploma of Higher Education, he/she may be awarded aDiploma of Higher Education.(6) A student who exits with a Certificate of Higher Education may qualify for a Certificate ofHigher Education with Merit or Distinction provided he/she satisfies the conditions specifiedin Section 6.5.2.(7) A student who exits with a Diploma of Higher Education may qualify for a Diploma of HigherEducation with Merit or Distinction provided he/she satisfies the conditions specified inSection 6.5.3.6.6 Foundation Degree6.6.1 Introduction(1) A Foundation Degree is awarded to a student who successfully meets the requirements aslaid down in these regulations.(2) The processes for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and therules for progression from Level 4 to Level 5 follow the same principles as those outlined inSections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and 6.3.3 Presentation of Marks.6.6.2 Foundation Degree Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Foundation Degree, a student must successfully complete240 credits, of which at least 120 must be at Level 5 or above with the remainder at Level 4or above.(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Foundation Degree with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 creditsat Level 5 or above. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of morethan 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for aproportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.86 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(4) A student who successfully completes a Foundation Degree and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Foundation Degree with Distinction.(5) A student who successfully completes a Foundation Degree can be considered borderlinefor a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow a Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark, then thestudent shall be eligible for a Foundation Degree with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Foundation Degree and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Foundation Degree with Merit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Foundation Degree can be considered borderlinefor a Merit if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentage points below aMerit. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60% in atleast half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark, then the studentshall be eligible for a Foundation Degree with Merit.(8) A maximum of 160 credits may be transferred towards the award. Such credits may be atLevels 4 and 5, with no more than 40 at Level 5. In cases of credit transfer, a minimum of80 credits at Level 5 must be achieved for study at the University.6.7 Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma6.7.1 Introduction(1) A Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma is awarded to a student who successfullymeets the requirements as laid down in these regulations.(2) The processes for managing the assessment of modules and the awarding of credit followthe same principles as those outlined in Sections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and6.3.3 Presentation of Marks.6.7.2 Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Graduate Certificate, a student must successfully complete 60 creditsat Level 6.(2) In order to qualify for a Graduate Diploma, a student must successfully complete 120 creditsat Level 6.(3) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma with Merit orDistinction.(4) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 50 creditsat Level 6 for the Graduate Certificate. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with acredit value of more than 10 credits, the mark will be included in the calculation of the overallaverage for a proportion of the credit value such that marks for 50 credits are still used). Thestudent’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 credits atLevel 6 for the Graduate Diploma. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a creditvalue of more than 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall averagefor a proportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(5) A student who completes a Graduate Certificate and attains a final overall average mark ofat least 70% shall be eligible for a Graduate Certificate with Distinction.87 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(6) A student who completes a Graduate Diploma and attains a final overall average mark of atleast 70% shall be eligible for a Graduate Diploma with Distinction.(7) A student who successfully completes a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma can beconsidered borderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no more than2 percentage points below a Distinction. In the event that the student has achieved a roundedmark of at least 70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall averagemark, then the student shall be eligible for a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma withDistinction.(8) A student who completes a Graduate Certificate and attains a final overall average mark ofat least 60% shall be eligible for a Graduate Certificate with Merit.(9) A student who completes a Graduate Diploma and attains a final overall average mark of atleast 60% shall be eligible for a Graduate Diploma with Merit.(10) A student who successfully completes a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma can beconsidered borderline for Merit if his/her final overall average mark is no more than2 percentage points below a Merit. In the event that the student has achieved a roundedmark of at least 60% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall averagemark, then the student shall be eligible for a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma withMerit.6.8 Master’s Degree6.8.1 Introduction(1) A Master’s Degree is awarded to a student who successfully meets the requirements as laiddown in these regulations.6.8.2 Master’s Degree Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Master’s Degree, a student must successfully complete 180 creditsat Level 7.(2) Where a Master’s Degree programme consists of Part I (Taught Element) and Part II(Dissertation), both Part I and Part II must be completed successfully before a student mayqualify for the award of a Master’s degree.(3) The pass mark for a module is 50%. The rules for processing module marks for initial degreesalso apply to Master’s degrees and can be found in Section 6.3.2.2. In respect of Parts I andII, Progression/Award Examining Boards may award overall marks according to the followingscales: Part I (the taught element)70% and over : Distinction60% up to but not including 70% : Merit50% up to but not including 60% : Pass0% up to but not including 50% : FailPart II (the Master’s dissertation)70% and over : Distinction60% up to but not including 70% : Merit50% up to but not including 60% : Pass0% up to but not including 50% : Fail 88 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(4) Where a Master’s Degree programme consists of Part I and Part II, the average mark forPart I will be calculated based on the best marks in 100 credits of Level 7 modules. Wherethe lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of more than 20, then the mark willbe included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportion of the credit value suchthat marks for 100 credits are still used.(5) Where a Master’s Degree programme consists of Part I and Part II, the final overall averagemark for the Master’s Degree is calculated by averaging the Part I average mark and thePart II mark.(6) In order to qualify for a Master’s Degree with Distinction, a student must achieve a finaloverall average of not less than 70%, and where the programme consists of Part I and Part IIhave achieved an average mark of not less than 60% in Part I and a mark of not less than70% in Part II.(7) In order to qualify for a Master’s Degree with Merit, a student must achieve a final overallaverage of not less than 60%, and where the programme consists of Part I and Part II haveachieved an average mark of not less than 50% in Part I and a mark of not less than 60% inPart II.(8) Marks for credits that a student has transferred following study at a different institution orhave been awarded for experiential learning will not contribute towards the calculation of theaverage mark for Part I or the final overall average mark.(9) Marks for credits that a student has transferred following study on a previous programme atthe University, or any of the founding institutions, will contribute towards the final overallaverage mark. For such a student the final overall average mark will be calculated inaccordance with paragraphs 6.8.2 (3) and (4).(10) A student who successfully completes a Master’s Degree where more than 60 creditscontribute to the final overall average mark can be considered as borderline for a Distinctionif his/her final overall average is no more than 2 percentage points below a Distinction, andwhere the programme consists of Part I and Part II has an average mark of at least 60% inPart I and a mark of at least 70% in Part II. Such a student can be awarded a Master’s withDistinction in the event that the student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 70% in atleast half of the credits used in calculating the average mark for Part I.(11) A student who successfully completes a Master’s Degree where more than 60 creditscontribute to the final overall average mark can be considered as borderline for a Merit ifhis/her final overall average is no more than 2 percentage points below a Merit and wherethe programme consists of Part I and Part II has an average mark of at least 50% in Part Iand a mark of at least 60% in Part II. Such a student can be awarded a Master’s with Meritin the event that the student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60% in at least half ofthe credits used in calculating the average mark for Part I.6.8.3 Part I (Taught Element): Rules for Progression and Award(1) The pass mark for a module is 50%. A student cannot pass a module without attemptingevery component of the assessment associated with the module.(2) A student who accumulates 120 credits at Level 7 in Part I will normally progress to Part II.(3) Failed modules with a total credit value of up to and including 20 at Part I will be condonedsubject to satisfying the following conditions. Failed credits cannot be condoned unless thestudent has attained a minimum of 100 credits. Failed credits can only be condonedprovided:89 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17• they are not core modules for the student’s Programme of Study;• the student has attempted each of the module’s assessment components;• the overall mark for Part I is at least 50%;• the student has achieved a module mark of at least 45%.A student is awarded the credits for a condoned module.(4) For each Programme of Study, modules may be identified as core modules which must bepassed before a student can progress to the next level of study. It is possible that a modulemay be a core module for one Programme of Study, yet be a non-core module for anotherprogramme. Core modules must be clearly identified as such in the relevant Programme ofStudy Handbook.(5) A student may not be re-assessed in any module or unit of assessment for which a passmark has already been attained. A student who requests an opportunity be re-assessed in amodule which has been condoned may be allowed to do so at the discretion of theProgression/Award Examining Board. Requests to be re-assessed in condoned modulesmust be made prior to the completion of the programme of study.(6) A Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded to a student who has attained 60 credits atLevel 7 but is unable or is not permitted to progress to Part II.(7) A Postgraduate Diploma may be awarded to a student who has attained 120 credits atLevel 7 but is unable or is not permitted to progress to Part II.6.8.3.1 Failure and Retrieval(1) The maximum number of re-assessment attempts that can be allowed for a particular modulewill be one. Where a student fails to complete a module which has been re-assessed andthe module is not eligible for condonement (see paragraph 6.8.3 (3)), the student will berequired to withdraw from the programme.(2) A Mid-sessional Examining Board may decide the retrieval position of a student who has notreached the end of Part I, but has failed completed module(s) and/or has failed to attempt anassessment component of incomplete module(s), in accordance with the followingguidelines:(a) A student who successfully completes some of the assessment components in themodules studied will normally be re-assessed in the failed assessment components ofthe failed modules and/or the assessment components which have not been attemptedduring the next appropriate assessment period as determined by the Mid-sessionalExamining Board.(b) A student who has failed all the assessment components attempted in Part I to date maybe required to withdraw from the programme.(3) The retrieval position of a student who, at the end of Part I, does not satisfy the criteria forprogression will be decided by the relevant Progression/Award Examining Board orRe-assessment Examining Board in accordance with the following guidelines:(a) A student who successfully completes some of the assessment components in themodules studied will normally be re-assessed in the failed assessment components ofthe failed modules during the next appropriate assessment period as determined by therelevant Examining Board.90 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(b) A student who has failed all modules in Part I will normally be required to withdraw fromthe programme.(4) In all cases, where a student has failed module(s) which are not eligible for condonement(see paragraph 6.8.3 (3)), and the student has not made a genuine effort to engage with theprogramme of study and/or has failed to attempt a majority of components in modules withinthe current Semester, the Mid-sessional Examining Board or the Progression/AwardExamining Board or Re-assessment Examining Board may decide that the student shouldnot be permitted to be re-assessed and should be required to withdraw from the programme.(5) If a student is re-assessed in a failed module in which there is only one assessmentcomponent, the mark awarded for the module is capped at 50%. The work is assessed inthe normal way using the entire mark range. However, if the mark achieved is more than50%, a mark of 50% is displayed on the student’s transcript and used for classificationpurposes.(6) If a student is re-assessed in a failed module in which there is more than one assessmentcomponent, the mark awarded for the failed component of the assessment is capped at 50%.The work is assessed in the normal way using the entire mark range. However, if the markachieved is more than 50%, a mark of 50% is actually used for the purpose of calculating theoverall mark for the module. In such cases, provided the student has not failed everycomponent it is therefore possible to achieve an overall mark of over 50%(7) A student who has had requests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by the ExtenuatingCircumstances Panel (see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) will be allowed to be re-assessed atthe next appropriate assessment period without penalty in terms of capped marks or numberof permitted assessment attempts.(8) The rules outlined in this section will serve as guidance for Mid-sessional Examining Boards,Progression/Award Examining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards in arriving ata progression and award decision for students. A student who has successfully completedat least some modules in Part I will normally be re-assessed in failed modules. However, insome cases the relevant Examining Board may decide that a student should not bere-assessed in failed modules (see paragraph 6.8.3.1 (4)).6.8.4 Part II (Dissertation): Availability of Dissertation and Retrieval of Failure(1) A student may publish the whole or part of the work produced during the student’s period ofregistration prior to its submission as a whole, or as part of a dissertation, provided that inthe published work it is nowhere stated that it is in consideration for a higher degree. Suchpublished work may later be incorporated in the dissertation submitted for examination.(2) Other than to make typographical or minor corrections, students may not amend, add to ordelete from the dissertation after it has been submitted for examination.(3) A dissertation submitted for a higher degree may be openly available and subject to nosecurity classification or restriction of access. The University would allow a bar onphotocopying of and/or access to a dissertation for a specified period of up to five years. Itshall be the student’s responsibility to make an application for a bar on publication as soonas is reasonably practicable.(4) The title and summary of the dissertation shall normally be freely available.(5) A student who fails the dissertation may be permitted to re-submit on one occasion only, notmore than 12 months from the original deadline. A fee shall be payable for the examinationof such a re-submission and the mark shall be capped at 50%. This will also apply to astudent who fails to meet the submission deadline and therefore fails by non-submission.91 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.8.5 Presentation of marks6.8.5.1 Performance Indicators(1) When determining progression issues, Mid-sessional Examining Boards, Progression/AwardExamining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards shall be provided by the Registrywith all marks of assessment undertaken during the academic year using indicators agreedwith the Registry (see Appendix TA1).6.8.5.2 Disclosure of marks(1) A distinction is drawn between provisional marks and approved marks. Approved marks arethose that have been agreed at the appropriate Progression/Award Examining Board.(2) All marks will be disclosed to students when available either during or at the end of theacademic session as appropriate. Any marks released prior to formal approval by aProgression/Award Examining Board are provisional.6.9 Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma6.9.1 Introduction(1) A Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to a student whosuccessfully meets the requirements as laid down in these regulations.(2) Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are offered as stand-alone named qualifications, butare also staged awards normally corresponding to the completion of 60 credits at Level 7(Certificate) and 120 credits at Level 7 (Diploma).(3) Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas are awarded as exit awards and not as ‘en-route’awards. That is, for a given degree course, students may not receive more than one award.(4) The processes for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and therules for progression and award follow the same principles as those outlined in Sections 6.8.3Part I (Taught Element): Rules for Progression and Award and 6.8.5 Presentation of Marks.6.9.2 Postgraduate Certificate Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, a student must successfully complete60 credits at Level 7, either as a named award or as part of study towards a Master’s Degreeprogramme at the University.(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 50 creditsat Level 7. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of more than10 credits, the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportionof the credit value such that marks for 50 credits are still used.(4) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Certificate and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction.(5) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Certificate can be consideredborderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentagepoints below a Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of92 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17at least 70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark,then the student shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Certificate and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate with Merit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Certificate can be considered borderlinefor a Merit if his/her final overall average is no more than 2 percentage points below a Merit. Inthe event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60% in at least half ofthe credits used in calculating the final overall average mark, then the student shall be eligiblefor a Postgraduate Certificate with Merit.(8) A maximum of 40 credits at Level 7 may be transferred towards the award.6.9.3 Postgraduate Diploma Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, a student must successfully complete at least120 credits at Level 7, either as a named award or as part of study towards a Master’s Degreeprogramme at the University.(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 creditsat Level 7. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of more than 20,then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for a proportion of thecredit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Diploma and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction.(5) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Diploma can be considered borderlinefor a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow a Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average mark, then thestudent shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Diploma and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Postgraduate Diploma can be considered borderlinefor a Merit if his/her final overall average mark is no more than 2 percentage points below aMerit. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60% in atleast half of the credits used in calculating the overall weighted average mark, then thestudent shall be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit.(8) A maximum of 80 credits at Level 7 may be transferred towards the award.6.9.4 Exit qualifications of Taught Master’s Programmes of Study(1) Since Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas form stages of Taught Master’s Degreeprogrammes, the appropriate regulations earlier in this document will apply.(2) Students need not register specifically for either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma inorder to be awarded one or other exit award. It is sufficient for students to register for thedegree that encompasses the awards.93 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(3) If a student, having accepted either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, applies and isaccepted to continue studies on the same programme or a new programme in theexpectation of completing the associated degree, then he/she will be required to relinquishthe Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma before the new award can be confirmed.(4) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for progression at the Part I Progression/AwardBoard but has satisfied the requirements for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate, he/shemay be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.(5) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for award at the end of Part II but has satisfied therequirements for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, he/she may be awarded aPostgraduate Diploma.(6) Students who exit with a Postgraduate Certificate may qualify for a Postgraduate Certificatewith Merit or Distinction provided they satisfy the conditions specified in Section 6.9.2.(7) Students who exit with a Postgraduate Diploma may qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma withMerit or Distinction provided they satisfy the conditions specified in Section 6.9.3.6.10 Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) Awards6.10.1 Introduction(1) The Higher National Certificate and the Higher National Diploma is awarded to a student whoachieves all programme outcomes as expressed for each module within the validationdocument and successfully meets the requirements as laid down in these regulations.(2) The processes for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and therules for progression from Level 4 to Level 5 follow the same principles as those outlined inSections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and 6.3.3 Presentation of Marks.(3) In order to achieve a Higher National award, a student must achieve all programmeoutcomes as expressed for each module within the validation document.(4) For each assessment component and subsequently each module, grades of Pass, Merit andDistinction may be assigned in accordance with the Pearson/BTEC criteria.6.10.2 Higher National Certificate Regulations(1) The Higher National Certificate is awarded to a student who has attained the creditrequirements as defined in the validation document for the specific programme (a minimumof 120 credits at Level 4 or above).(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Higher National Certificate with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 creditsat Level 4 or above. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of morethan 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for aproportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Certificate and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Higher National Certificate withDistinction.94 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(5) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Certificate can be consideredborderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow a Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average, then the studentshall be eligible for a Higher National Certificate with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Certificate and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Higher National Certificate with Merit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Certificate can be consideredborderline for a Merit if his/her final overall average is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow a Merit. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least 60%in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average, then the studentshall be eligible for a Higher National Certificate with Merit.(8) A maximum of 80 credits may be transferred towards the award where the validationdocument for the specific programme defines the programmes requirement as 120 credits.6.10.3 Higher National Diploma Regulations(1) The Higher National Diploma is awarded to a student who has attained at least 120 creditsat Level 4 or above and a further 120 credits at Level 5 or above as a named award.(2) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Higher National Diploma with Merit or Distinction.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 creditsat Level 5 or above. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a credit value of morethan 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall average for aproportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Diploma and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 70% shall be eligible for a Higher National Diploma with Distinction.(5) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Diploma can be consideredborderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average is no more than 2 percentage pointsbelow Distinction. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of at least70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average, then the studentshall be eligible for a Higher National Diploma with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Diploma and attains a final overallaverage mark of at least 60% shall be eligible for a Higher National Diploma with Merit.(7) A student who successfully completes a Higher National Diploma can be consideredborderline for a Merit if his/her final overall weighted average is no more than 2 percentagepoints below a Merit. In the event that such a student has achieved a rounded mark of atleast 60% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall average, then thestudent shall be eligible for a Higher National Diploma with Merit.(8) A maximum of 160 credits may be transferred towards the award. Such credits may be atLevels 4 and 5, with no more than 40 at Level 5. In cases of credit transfer, a minimum of80 credits at Level 5 must be awarded for study on the programme for which the student isregistered.95 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.11 Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Professional Graduate Certificate inEducation (PGCE) Primary / Secondary with QTS(1) A Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Primary / Secondary with QTS or a PostGraduate Certificate of Education Primary / Secondary with QTS is awarded to a studentwho successfully meets the requirements as laid down in these regulations.6.11.1 PGCE Primary / Secondary with QTS Regulations(1) In order to qualify for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Primary / Secondarywith QTS, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits at Level 6.(2) In order to qualify for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education Primary / Secondary withQTS, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least40 credits must be at Level 7 and the remainder at Level 6.(3) The outcome for a module is recorded as a Grade on the scale Grade A to Grade E.(4) In order to pass a module that forms part of any of these programmes, students are requiredto achieve at least a Grade D.(5) All students following initial teacher training programmes are required to demonstrateachievement of standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in University-based andProfessional Teaching Experiences contexts. Further details can be found in the validationdocuments and Programme of Study Handbooks for each programme.(6) Examining Boards will only be allowed to consider students for the award on which they areregistered.6.11.2 Failure and Retrieval(1) The maximum number of re-assessment attempts that can be allowed for any Level 6 modulewill be two and for any Level 7 module will be one. Where a student fails to complete amodule which has been re-assessed for a second time in a Level 6 module or which hasbeen re-assessed in a Level 7 module, the student will be required to withdraw from theprogramme.(2) A student who fails a module or modules will normally be re-assessed in failed assessmentcomponents of some or all of the failed modules during the next appropriate assessmentperiod as determined by the relevant Examining Board, or be required to repeat specificfailed modules or be required to withdraw from the programme.(3) The re-assessment of Professional Teaching Experiences will be conditional upon theavailability of a suitable school.(4) In all cases, where a student has failed module(s) and the student has not made a genuineeffort to engage with the programme of study and/or has failed to attempt a majority ofcomponents in modules within the current Semester, the relevant Examining Board maydecide that the student should not be permitted to be re-assessed and should be required towithdraw from the programme.(5) If a student is re-assessed in a failed module, the Grade recorded is capped as a Grade D.(6) A student who has had requests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by the ExtenuatingCircumstances Panel (see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) will be allowed to be re-assessedwithout penalty at the next appropriate assessment period without penalty in terms of cappedgrades or number of permitted assessment attempts.96 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(7) The following criteria must be satisfied before a student is allowed the opportunity to repeata module:• the student would be able to complete the award within the prescribed time limits;• the student has made a genuine effort to complete the assessment requirements of theProgramme of Study;• the student’s attendance record was generally been satisfactory;• the student has engaged with the University’s procedures for extenuating circumstancesor Compensatory Measures where appropriate;• the student agrees to undertake any action considered necessary by the ProgrammeTeam to demonstrate his/her readiness to engage with the Programme of Study;• there is a reasonable likelihood that the student would be successful;• the student is not unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged.(8) A student who is required to repeat failed modules must agree to forfeit any marks and creditalready achieved in the modules to be repeated. Where a student is permitted to repeat amodule, the relevant Examining Board must provide clear direction regarding whether or notthe grades for the repeated modules should be capped. Normally grades would only becapped in cases where a mark of 0% had been recorded due to accepted or substantiatedunfair practice.(9) An attempt at assessment during a repeated module shall be regarded as being one of thepermitted opportunities for a student to redeem a failure except in cases where the studenthad requests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by the Extenuating CircumstancesPanel (see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) or had not completed the relevant components dueto having Compensatory Measures in place (see Section 13.1 of Chapter 13) for specificmodules. (10)The rules outlined in this section will serve as guidance for Mid-sessional Examining Boards,Progression/Award Examining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards in arriving at a progression and award decision for students. A student who has successfully completedat least some full modules will normally be re-assessed in failed modules. However, in somecases the relevant Examining Board may decide that a student should not be re-assessed infailed modules (see paragraph 6.11.2 (4)) or be allowed to repeat failed modules (seeparagraph 6.11.2 (7)).6.11.3 Teach First Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Professional GraduateCertificate in Education (PGCE) Primary / Secondary with QTS(1) A student who fails, may, on the recommendation of the Examining Board, be re-presentedfor re-assessment on one occasion only. The conditions under which such re-assessmentmay take place are described in the relevant validation documents.6.11.4 Presentation of marks6.11.4.1 Performance Indicators(1) When determining progression issues, Mid-sessional Examining Boards, Progression/AwardExamining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards shall be provided by the Registrywith all marks of assessment undertaken during the academic year using indicators agreedwith the Registry (see Appendix TA1).6.11.4.2 Disclosure of marks(1) A distinction is drawn between provisional marks and approved marks. Approved marks arethose that have been agreed at the appropriate Progression/Award Examining Board.97 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(2) All marks will be disclosed to students when available either during or at the end of theacademic session as appropriate. Any marks released prior to formal approval by aProgression/Award Examining Board are provisional.6.12 Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET): Professional Certificate inEducation (PCE), Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)(1) A Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) or a Professional Graduate Certificate inEducation (PGCE) or a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Post CompulsoryEducation and Training is awarded to a student who successfully meets the requirements aslaid down in these regulations.(2) The processes for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and therules for progression for modules at Level 5 and Level 6 follow the same principles as thoseoutlined in Sections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and 6.3.3 Presentation of Marks,with the following additional progression opportunity for students enrolled on the ProfessionalGraduate Certificate in Education:i) A student who achieves a mark of at least 70% in 40 of the first 60 credits on theProfessional Graduate Certificate in Education will have the opportunity to transfer tothe Postgraduate Certificate in Education.(3) The process for managing the assessment of modules, the awarding of credit and the rulesfor progression for modules at Level 7 follow the same principles as those outlined in Section6.8.3 Part I (Taught Element): Rules for Progression and Award and 6.8.5 Presentation ofMarks.6.12.1 PCE PCET and PGCE PCET Regulations(1) In order to qualify for the Professional Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Educationand Training (PCET), a student must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits, ofwhich at least 60 credits must be at Level 6 and the remainder at Level 5.(2) In order to qualify for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Post CompulsoryEducation and Training (PCET), a student must successfully complete a minimum of120 credits at Level 6.(3) In order to qualify for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Educationand Training (PCET), a student must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits, ofwhich at least 60 credits must be at Level 7 and the remainder at Level 6.(4) Where the student’s programme includes credit transfer, a clear decision must be made atthe start of the student’s period of study regarding whether or not the successful applicantcould potentially be eligible for a Professional Certificate in Education PCET or a ProfessionalGraduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCETwith Merit or Distinction.(5) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in at least100 credits at Level 5 or above. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a creditvalue of more than 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall averagefor a proportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(6) A student who successfully completes a Professional Certificate in Education PCET or aProfessional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post Graduate Certificate inEducation PCET and attains a final overall average mark of at least 70% shall be eligible foran award with Distinction.98 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(7) A student who successfully completes a Professional Certificate in Education PCET or aProfessional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post Graduate Certificate inEducation PCET can be considered borderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall averagemark is no more than 2 percentage points below a Distinction. In the event that such a studenthas achieved a rounded mark of at least 70% in at least half of the credits used in calculatingthe final overall average mark, then the student shall be eligible for an award with Distinction.(8) A student who successfully completes a Professional Certificate in Education PCET or aProfessional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post Graduate Certificate inEducation PCET and attains a final overall average mark of at least 60% shall be eligible foran award with Merit.(9) A student who successfully completes a Professional Certificate in Education PCET or aProfessional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post Graduate Certificate inEducation PCET can be considered borderline for a Merit if his/her final overall average markis no more than 2 percentage points below a Merit. In the event that such a student hasachieved a rounded mark of at least 60% in at least half of the credits used in calculating thefinal overall average mark, then the student shall be eligible for an award with Merit.(10) A maximum of 80 credits may be transferred towards a Professional Certificate in EducationPCET or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET or a Post GraduateCertificate in Education PCET. For the Professional Certificate of Education PCET, suchcredits may be at Levels 5 and 6, with no more than 60 at Level 5. For the ProfessionalGraduate Certificate in Education PCET, such credits must be at Level 6. For thePostgraduate Certificate in Education PCET, such credits may be at Levels 6 and 7, with nomore than 60 at Level 6. In cases of credit transfer for the Professional Certificate inEducation PCET and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PCET, a minimumof 40 credits at Level 6 must be achieved for study at the University. In cases of credit transferfor the Post Graduate Certificate in Education PCET, a minimum of 40 credits at Level 7must be achieved for study at the University.6.12.2 Exit qualifications of PCE PCET and PGCE PCET Programmes of Study(1) The Certificate in Teaching Skills and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Skills both formstages of PCE PCET and PGCE PCET programmes.(2) Students need not register specifically for either a Certificate in Teaching Skills or a GraduateCertificate in Teaching Skills in order to be awarded one or other exit award. It is sufficientfor students to register for the degree that encompasses the awards.(3) If a student, having accepted either a Certificate in Teaching Skills or a Graduate Certificatein Teaching Skills, applies and is accepted to continue studies on the same programme or anew programme in the expectation of completing the associated degree, then he/she will berequired to relinquish the Certificate in Teaching Skills or the Graduate Certificate inTeaching Skills before the new award can be confirmed.(4) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for award of a Professional Certificate in EducationPCET, he/she may be awarded a Certificate in Teaching Skills where he/she hassuccessfully completed at least 60 credits at Level 5 or above and completed at least50 hours of teaching practice.(5) If a student fails to satisfy the conditions for award of a Professional Graduate Certificate ofEducation PCET or of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education PCET, he/she may beawarded a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Skills where he/she has successfully completedat least 60 credits at Level 6 or above and completed at least 50 hours of teaching practice.99 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17(6) The Certificate in Teaching Skills and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Skills are bothunclassified.6.13 Foundation Certificate(1) A Foundation Certificate is awarded to a student who successfully meets the requirementsas laid down in these regulations.6.13.1 Foundation Certificate Regulations(1) In order to qualify for the Foundation Certificate, a student must successfully complete aminimum of 120 credits at Level 3.(2) The rules for processing module marks for initial degrees also apply to the FoundationCertificate and can be found in Section 6.3.2.2.(3) The pass mark for a module is 40%. A student cannot pass a module without attemptingevery component of the assessment associated with the module.(4) A student may not be re-assessed in any module or unit of assessment for which a passmark has already been attained(5) There is no condonement for the Foundation Certificate.(6) The Foundation Certificate is unclassified.6.13.2 Failure and Retrieval(1) The maximum number of re-assessment attempts that can be allowed for any module will betwo. Where a student fails to complete a module which has been re-assessed for a secondtime, the student will be required to withdraw from the programme.(2) A student who fails a module or modules will normally be re-assessed in failed assessmentcomponents of some or all of the failed modules during the next appropriate assessmentperiod as determined by the relevant Examining Board, or be required to repeat specificfailed modules or be required to withdraw from the programme.(3) In all cases, where a student has failed module(s) and the student has not made a genuineeffort to engage with the programme of study and/or has failed to attempt a majority ofcomponents in modules within the current Semester, the relevant Examining Board maydecide that the student should not be permitted to be re-assessed and should be required towithdraw from the programme.(4) If a student is re-assessed in a failed or replacement module in which there is only oneassessment component, the mark awarded for the module is capped at 40%. The work isassessed in the normal way using the entire mark range. However, if the mark achieved ismore than 40%, a mark of 40% is displayed on the student’s transcript.(5) If a student is re-assessed in a failed module in which there is more than one assessmentcomponent, the mark awarded for the failed component of the assessment is capped at 40%.The work is assessed in the normal way using the entire mark range. However, if the markachieved is more than 40%, a mark of 40% is actually used for the purpose of calculating theoverall mark for the module. In such cases, provided the student has not failed everycomponent it is therefore possible to achieve an overall mark of over 40%.(6) A student who has had requests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by the ExtenuatingCircumstances Panel (see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) will be allowed to be re-assessed100 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17without penalty at the next appropriate assessment period without penalty in terms of cappedgrades or number of permitted assessment attempts.(7) The following criteria must be satisfied before a student is allowed the opportunity to repeata module:• the student would be able to complete the award within the prescribed time limits;• the student has made a genuine effort to complete the assessment requirements of theProgramme of Study;• the student’s attendance record was generally been satisfactory;• the student has engaged with the University’s procedures for extenuating circumstancesor Compensatory Measures where appropriate;• the student agrees to undertake any action considered necessary by the ProgrammeTeam to demonstrate his/her readiness to engage with the Programme of Study;• there is a reasonable likelihood that the student would be successful;• the student is not unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged.(8) A student who is required to repeat failed modules must agree to forfeit any marks and creditalready achieved in the modules to be repeated. Where a student is permitted to repeat amodule, the relevant Examining Board must provide clear direction regarding whether or notthe grades for the repeated modules should be capped. Normally grades would only becapped in cases where a mark of 0% had been recorded due to accepted or substantiatedunfair practice.(9) An attempt at assessment during a repeated module shall be regarded as being one of thetwo opportunities for a student to redeem a failure except in cases where the student hadrequests to be re-assessed without penalty upheld by the Extenuating Circumstances Panel(see Section 13.2 of Chapter 13) or had not completed the relevant components due tohaving Compensatory Measures in place (see Section 13.1 of Chapter 13) for specificmodules. (10)The rules outlined in this section will serve as guidance for Mid-sessional Examining Boards,Progression/Award Examining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards in arriving at a progression and award decision for students. A student who has successfully completedat least some full modules will normally be re-assessed in failed modules. However, in somecases the relevant Examining Board may decide that a student should not be re-assessed infailed modules (see paragraph 6.13.2 (3)) or be allowed to repeat failed modules (seeparagraph 6.13.2 (7)).6.13.3 Presentation of marks6.13.3.1 Performance Indicators(1) When determining progression issues, Mid-sessional Examining Boards, Progression/AwardExamining Boards and Re-assessment Examining Boards shall be provided by the Registrywith all marks of assessment undertaken during the academic year using indicators agreedwith the Registry (see Appendix TA1).6.13.3.2 Disclosure of marks(1) A distinction is drawn between provisional marks and approved marks. Approved marks arethose that have been agreed at the appropriate Progression/Award Examining Board.101 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.14 Pre-Master’s Certificate and Pre-Master’s Diploma6.14.1 Introduction(1) A Pre-Master’s Certificate or a Pre-Master’s Diploma is awarded to a student whosuccessfully meets the requirements as laid down in these regulations.(2) The process for managing the assessment of modules and the awarding of credit are thesame as the processes outlined in Sections 6.3.2 Rules for Progression and Award and6.3.3 Presentation of Marks.6.14.2 Pre-Master’s Certificate and Pre-Master’s Diploma Regulations(1) In order to qualify for a Pre-Master’s Certificate, a student must successfully complete60 credits at Level 6.(2) In order to qualify for a Pre-Master’s Diploma, a student must successfully complete120 credits at Level 6.(3) The student’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 50 creditsat Level 6 for the Pre-Master’s Certificate. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with acredit value of more than 10 credits, the mark will be included in the calculation of the overallaverage for a proportion of the credit value such that marks for 50 credits are still used. Thestudent’s final overall average mark will be calculated using the best marks in 100 credits atLevel 6 for the Pre-Master’s Diploma. Where the lowest mark occurs in a module with a creditvalue of more than 20, then the mark will be included in the calculation of the overall averagefor a proportion of the credit value such that marks for 100 credits are still used.(4) A student who completes a Pre-Master’s Certificate and attains a final overall average markof at least 70% shall be eligible for a Pre-Master’s Certificate with Distinction.(5) A student who completes a Pre-Master’s Diploma and attains a final overall average mark ofat least 70% shall be eligible for a Pre-Master’s Diploma with Distinction.(6) A student who successfully completes a Pre-master’s Certificate or Pre-Master’s Diplomacan be considered borderline for a Distinction if his/her final overall average mark is no morethan 2 percentage points below a Distinction. In the event that the student has achieved arounded mark of at least 70% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overallaverage mark, then the student shall be eligible for a Pre-Master’s Certificate or Pre-Master’sDiploma with Distinction.(7) A student who completes a Pre-Master’s Certificate and attains a final overall average markof at least 60% shall be eligible for a Pre-Master’s Certificate with Merit.(8) A student who completes a Pre-Master’s Diploma and attains a final overall average mark ofat least 60% shall be eligible for a Pre-Master’s Diploma with Merit.(9) A student who successfully completes a Pre-Master’s Certificate or Pre-Master’s Diplomacan be considered borderline for Merit if his/her final overall average mark is no more than2 percentage points below a Merit. In the event that the student has achieved a roundedmark of at least 60% in at least half of the credits used in calculating the final overall averagemark, then the student shall be eligible for a Pre-Master’s Certificate or Pre-Master’s Diplomawith Merit.102 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.15 Unsatisfactory Progress6.15.1 Unsatisfactory Student Progress on a Programme of Study(1) All students are required to satisfy the requirements of the Programme(s) of Study for whichthey are registered.(2) Progress in each Programme of Study is monitored in ways deemed appropriate by theProgramme Director. Trainee teachers must comply with all the requirements of theProfessional Teaching Experiences Guidance File and the Fitness to Teach documents.Serious breaches of the regulations contained in these documents may mean that thetrainee is not allowed to continue with his/her Professional Teaching Experiences, andmay be required to withdraw from the programme.(3) Mid-sessional Examining Boards, Progression/Award Examining Boards andRe-assessment Examining Boards have the authority to advise or require a student towithdraw from the programme directly without recourse to the procedures outlined inparagraphs 6.15.1 (5) to (7) if the student has not completed sufficient credits to progress tothe next level of study or is deemed to be not acquiring sufficient credits to allow timelycompletion of the programme.(4) The stages set out in paragraphs 6.15.1 (5) to (7) represent the minimum requirements forformally informing a student of concerns regarding unsatisfactory progress. Faculties mayintroduce additional stages where this is deemed appropriate.(5) A student whose progress is regarded by a tutor(s) or Programme Director(s) asunsatisfactory shall be interviewed by the relevant Programme Director(s) or Head of School.Prior to the interview the student shall be invited to furnish the meeting with written detailsand independent evidence of any special circumstances that they wish to be considered fortheir possible relevance to the matter under deliberation. Following this meeting the studentshall be given, if appropriate, a formal written warning that their academic progress isunsatisfactory in terms of such matters as, for example, poor attendance, undertaking of, orcompletion of, assessment tasks, submission of assessed work, or inappropriate behaviourand informed that they might be required to withdraw from University if their academicprogress continues to be regarded as unsatisfactory. The written warning shall be kept bythe Programme Director(s) or Head of School and copies sent to the student, the Dean(s) ofFaculty and the Academic Office. The School, in consultation with the students, may createan Action Plan which describes the conditions required for further progression.(6) A student whose progress is regarded as continuing to be unsatisfactory after receiving aformal written warning, shall be interviewed by the Dean of Faculty (or nominee). Prior to theinterview the student shall be invited to furnish the meeting with written details andindependent evidence of any special circumstances that they wish to be considered for theirpossible relevance to the matter under deliberation. Following this meeting the student shallbe given, if appropriate, a final written warning that they will be required to withdraw fromUniversity if their academic progress continues to be regarded as unsatisfactory. The finalwritten warning shall be kept by the Dean(s) of Faculty and copies sent to the student, theProgramme Director(s) and the Academic Office.(7) A student whose progress is regarded by a tutor(s) or Programme Director(s) as continuingto be unsatisfactory and who has received a final written warning, will be required by aMid-sessional Examining Board, a Progression/Award Examining Board or a Re-assessmentExamining Board to withdraw from University.(8) The appeal process shall be conducted according to the procedures outlined in Section 13.6of Chapter 13.103 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/176.15.2 Unsatisfactory Student Progress on a Module(1) All students are required to satisfy the requirements of a module for which they areregistered.(2) Progress in each module is monitored in ways deemed appropriate by the ProgrammeDirector(s). Trainee teachers must comply with all the requirements of the ProfessionalTeaching Experiences Guidance File and the Fitness to Teach documents. Seriousbreaches of the regulations contained in these documents may mean that the traineeis not allowed to continue with his/her Professional Teaching Experiences, and maybe required to withdraw from the programme.(3) The Programme of Study Handbook shall specify the requirements of all modules.(4) In circumstances where, for reasons such as, for example, poor attendance, health andsafety, danger to self or others, verbal, physical or other abusiveness, inappropriatebehaviour etc., tutor(s) shall exercise their professional judgement with regard to whether astudent should be excluded from a module or element of a module. Students may also beexcluded from practical modules in cases where the student’s contribution is considered tohave a significant detrimental impact on the progress of other students within the group. TheProgramme Director(s) and Faculty, as appropriate, shall be informed in writing of this actionat the earliest opportunity and full details of any incidents shall be reported.(5) A student who is excluded from a module, or element of a module, shall have the right torequest that the decision be reconsidered by the relevant Dean of Faculty.(6) A student who is excluded from a module or elements of a module, and whose appeal hasnot been upheld, may or may not be re-assessed or be allowed to repeat a module which isfailed as a direct consequence of the exclusion (see paragraph 6.3.2.5 (16) or paragraph6.8.3.1 (8)).6.15.2.1 Request to Reconsider the Decision of a Programme Director / Tutor to Exclude aStudent from a Module or Element of a Module(1) Students who are excluded by a Programme Director / Tutor from a module, or element of amodule, may request that the decision be reconsidered.(2) Students who request that such a decision be reconsidered shall inform the Dean of Facultywithin 5 clear working days of the notification of the decision. The request for the decision tobe reconsidered shall be in writing and shall state explicitly the reasons for which the requestis being made.(3) The Dean of Faculty shall consider the request. In giving due consideration to the request,he/she shall have discretion to consult, as appropriate, with relevant colleagues and thestudent. If the student is invited to appear before the Dean of Faculty he/she shall have theright to be accompanied by a person of his or her choosing. Legal representation shall notbe allowed. An accompanying person shall not normally contribute to the discussions, butthe Dean shall have discretion to invite their contribution if he/she believes that this will assisthim/her in reaching a decision.(4) In determining whether or not the decision should be amended, the Dean of Faculty shall beempowered only to consider whether the decision to exclude the student from the module,or elements of the module, was a reasonable one that derived from the ProgrammeDirector/Tutor’s professional judgement.(5) The Dean of Faculty shall inform the Programme Director / Tutor and the student, in writing,of his/her decision, normally within 5 clear working days of the receipt of the request for the104 Academic Quality Handbook 2016/17decision to be reconsidered. Both parties shall receive a report with details of the reasonsfor the decision taken.(6) In the event that a student is not prepared to accept the Dean of Faculty’s decision, thestudent may submit a formal appeal against the decision by following the process outlined inSection 13.6 of Chapter 13.

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