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Results, Progression & Award Regulations 2021/22


 

 

Our commitment is to protect student grades and the value of our degrees through our assessments and progression and award policies and regulations.

If you started your studies in the academic year 2021/22

All Government restrictions related to the pandemic were lifted prior to the academic year 2021/22 and our standard College Regulations will apply.  These are outlined in the Regulatory Addendum for 2021/22* (an additional document to our main College Regulations).

If you started your studies BEFORE the academic year 2021/22

In the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Academic Years we introduced a series of adjustments to our progression and award regulations to ensure that students were not academically disadvantaged as a result of the national lockdowns accompanying the COVID pandemic. A number of these adjustments included commitments in relation to how 2019/20 and 2020/21 results would contribute to the calculation of final degrees in subsequent years.  We have carried forward these commitments to 2021/22 and these are outlined in the Regulatory Addendum for 2021/22* (an additional document to our main College Regulations).  We will also maintain previous commitments to include appropriate references to the pandemic on student transcripts.

The full Regulations including the Regulatory Addendum for 2021/22 are available here

 * The Regulatory Addendum 2021/22 has been approved by the College Executive Committee for Assessments and Executive Board and is pending final ratification by Academic Board on 8 December 2021.

Progression & Award Regulations 2021/22

This page summarises the key progression/award criteria for the main groups of students, however, please consult the full document for the Regulations for all cohorts including those who are currently or have retaken years of study in the last 2 years.  If you have any questions about the Regulations please e-mail us

Undergraduate Non-Finalist Students

Foundation Year Students

To progress to the First Year of your degree course you must:

  • Achieve a Foundation Year Stage Average of 40.00%
  • Pass modules to the value of 120 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 90 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits.  I.e. a ‘Condonable Fail’ in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules

First Year Undergraduate Students

To progress to the Second Year of your degree course you must:

  • Achieve a First Year Stage Average of 40.00%
  • Pass modules to the value of 120 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 90 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits.  I.e. a ‘Condonable Fail’ in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules

When you come to be in the Second Year there will be no requirement to pass or have Condonable Fails in 240 credits in total over the First and Second Years i.e. you can ‘carry’ a fail at 30%.

Second Year Bachelors Students

To progress to the Third/Final Year of your degree course you must:

  • Achieve a Second Year Stage Average of 40.00%
  • Pass modules to the value of 120 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 90 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits. I.e. a ‘Condonable Fail’ in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • There is no requirement to pass 210 credits in total over the First and Second Years

Second Year MSci Students

To progress to the Third & Final Year of your degree course you must:

  • Achieve a Second Year Stage Average of 50.00%
  • Pass modules to the value of 120 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 90 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits.  I.e. a ‘Condonable Fail’ in the remaining credits
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 5
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • MSci Students: There is no requirement to pass 210 credits in total over the First and Second Years
  • MEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology: Are required to pass at least 210 credits in total over the First and Second Years with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits

Third or Fourth Year Bachelors or Integrated Masters Students on a Year in Industry or Year Abroad in 21/22

To progress you must satisfy the requirements for the extramural year of study as set out in the degree course specification for your degree title.

Third Year MSci Students

To progress to the Fourth & Final Year of your degree course you must:

  • Achieve a weighted Stage Average of 55.00%  (calculated as for the provisional BSc award below)
  • Pass modules to the value of at least 90 credits
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • MSci Students: There is no requirement to pass 300 credits in total
  • MEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 330 credits in total over the First, Second and Third Year with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits

Provisional BSc Award

 A provisional BSc award will be calculated at the end of Third Year provided you:

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Third Year - Noting that all 120 credits will be included in the Final Average calculation
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • MSci Students: There is no requirement to pass 300 credits in total for the Provisional BSc Award
  • MEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 330 credits in total over the First, Second and Third Year with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits for the Provisional BEng Award

 A Standard Final Average and a Safety Net Final Averages will be calculated to determine the provisional classification:

Standard Final Average

 

Calculated using the standard classification algorithm including the Second Year and the Third Year Averages.  The Third Year Average is double weighted.

 

OR

 

Safety Net Final Average

 

Calculated exclusing the Second Year Average (completed in 20/21) and will be based on only the Final (Third) Year Average.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Provisional BSc Calculation:

Second Year Average =  71.5%

Third Year Average =  69.4%

 

Standard Final Average  =   ( Second Year +  2x (Third Year) ) / 3  =  70.1  =  First Classification

 

Safety Net Final Average  =   Third Year  =  69.4  =  Upper Second Classification

 

Final Outcome = 70.1% = First Classification

Final MSci Award

When you come to be awarded your degree a Standard Final Average and two Safety Net Final Averages will be calculated to determine your classification: 

Standard Final Average (with Yr2 Best 90)

 

Calculated using the standard classification algorithm including the Second Year, the Third Year and Final (Fourth) Year Averages.  The Third Year and Final Year Averages are both double weighted.

 

OR

 

Safety Net Final Average

 

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 2020/21) and based only on the Third and the Final (Fourth) Year Averages (equally weighted).

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Calculation

Second Year Average =  70.2%

Third Year Average =  66.3%

Final (Fourth) Year Average =  68.2%

 

Standard Final Average =  ( Second Year +  2x (Third + Final Year) ) / 5  =  67.9% =  Upper Second Classification

 

Safety Net Final Average =  (Third + Final Year) / 2 =  67.3%  =  Upper Second Classification

 

Final Outcome =  67.9% =  Upper Second Classification

 

Noting that Safety Net Average would not increase classification so the Standard Average is selected as the final outcome.

 

 Undergraduate Finalist Students

Final Year Bachelors (3 Year) Students

To be awarded the Bachelors degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Final (Third) Year - Noting that all 120 credits will be included in the Final Average calculation
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6
  • BA, BSc, BSc(Econ), BMus and LLB Students: There is no requirement to pass 300 credits in total
  • BEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 330 credits in total over the First, Second and Final Year with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits

A Standard Final Average and a Safety Net Final Average will be calculated to determine your classification:

Standard Final Average

Calculated using the standard classification algorithm including the Second Year and the Third Year Averages.  The Third Year Average is double weighted.

OR

Safety Net Final Average

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 20/21) and will be based on only the Final (Third) Year Average.

 

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Calculation

Second Year Average =  71.5%

Third Year Average =  69.4%

Standard Final Average  =   ( Second Year +  2x (Third Year) ) / 3  =  70.1  =  First Classification

Safety Net Final Average  =   Third Year  =  69.4  =  Upper Second Classification

Final Outcome = 70.1 = First Classification

Final Year Bachelors Students – Direct Entrants into Third and Final Year

 To be awarded the Bachelors degree you must:

  • Pass all modules taken in the Final (Third) Year to the value of 120 all at FHEQ Level 6

A Standard Final Average will be calculated to determine your classification which is equal to the Final (Third) Year Average.

Final Year Bachelors Students with a Third Year Abroad (Language Degrees)

To be awarded the Bachelors degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Final (Fourth) Year - Noting that all 120 credits will be included in the Final Average calculation
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6
  • There is no requirement to pass 300 credits in total

A Standard Final Average and 2 Safety Net Final Averages will be calculated to determine your classification:

Standard Final Average (with Yr2 Best 90)

Calculated with the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) calculated on the basis of the best 90 credits (out of 120 credits contributing to the year stage).  Where the worst modules are a 15 then a 30 credit module, the 30 credit module will be split with 15 credits discarded and 15 included.  The Best 90 Second Year Average will be combined with the Third Year (Abroad) Average to create the Second Stage Average where the Second Year best 90 Average being double weighted as it represents double the credits of the Third Abroad Year Average.  In the final average calculation the Final Year Average is then double weighted.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 1

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) and will be based only on the 60 Credits from the Third Year and the Final (Fourth) Year Average.  The Final Year Average is double weighted.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 2

Calculated excluding the Second and Third Year Averages (completed in 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively) and will be based on only the Final (Fourth) Year Average.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Calculation

Second Year Average (Best 90) =  58.9%

Third Year Average = 67.2% (60 Credits)

Combined Second & Third Year Average = ( 2x (Second Year) + Third Year ) / 3 = 61.7%

Final (Fourth) Year Average =  66.8

Standard Final Average =  ( Combined Second & Third Year +  2x (Final Year) ) / 3  =  65.1%   =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 1 =  ( Third Year +  2x (Final Year) ) / 3  =  66.9%  =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 2 =  Final Year =  66.8%  =  Upper Second Classification

 Final Outcome =  65.1%   =  Upper Second Classification

 Noting that Safety Net Averages would not increase classification so the Standard Average is selected as the final outcome.

Final Year Bachelors Students with a Fourth Year Abroad (Language Degrees)

To be awarded the Bachelors degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Third Year - Noting that all 120 credits will be included in the Final Average calculation
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6

A Standard Final Average and a Safety Net Final Average will be calculated to determine your classification:

Standard Final Average (with Yr2 Best 90)

Calculated with the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) calculated on the basis of the best 90 credits (out of 120 credits contributing to the year stage).  Where the worst modules are a 15 then a 30 credit module, the 30 credit module will be split with 15 credits discarded and 15 included.  The Final Stage Average will be a weighted Average calculated from the combined Third and Fourth Year Abroad Year Averages with the Third Year Average being double weighted as it represents double the credits of the Fourth Abroad Year Average.  The combined Third and Fourth Stage Average will be double weighted in calculating the Final Average.

OR

Safety Net Final Average

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) and will be based only on the Third and Fourth Year Abroad Year Averages with the Third Year Average being double weighted as it represents double the credits of the Fourth Abroad Year Average.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Final Year Bachelors Students with a Third Year Abroad or Year in Industry (Except for Language Degrees)

To be awarded the Bachelors degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Final (Fourth) Year - noting that all 120 credits will be inlcudeed in the Final Average calculation.
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6
  • BA, BSc, BSc(Econ), BMus and LLB Students: There is no requirement to pass 300 credits in total
  • BEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 330 credits in total over the First, Second and Fourth Years with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits

A Standard Final Average and 2 Safety Net Final Average will be calculated to determine your classification:

Standard Final Average (with Yr2 Best 90)

Calculated with the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) calculated on the basis of the best 90 credits (out of 120 credits contributing to the year stage).  Where the worst modules are a 15 then a 30 credit module, the 30 credit module will be split with 15 credits discarded and 15 included. The Third and Final (Fourth) Years will be combined and double weighted in calculating the final average, as per the standard degree classification algorithm.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 1

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) and will be based only on the Third Year and the Final (Fourth) Year Average, weighted as equivalent to the standard classification algorithm for the degree.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 2

Calculated excluding the Second and Third Year Averages (completed in 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively) and will be based on only the Final (Fourth) Year Average.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Calculation

Second Year Average (Best 90) =  62.5%

Third Year Average = 67.2% (30 Credits)

Final (Fourth) Year Average =  69.4%

Combined Third & Final Year Average = ( Third Year + 4x (Final Year) ) / 5 = 69.0%

Standard Final Average =  ( Second Year +  2x (Combined Third & Final Year) ) / 3  =  66.8%   =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 1 =  Combined Third & Final Year Average =  69.0%  =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 2 =  Final Year =  69.4 = Upper Second Classification

Final Outcome =  66.8%   =  Upper Second Classification

Noting that the Safety Net Averages would not increase classification so th Standard Average is selected as the final outcome.

Final Year Bachelors Students with a Fourth Year Abroad or Year in Industry (Except for Language Degrees)

To be awarded the Bachelors degree you must:

 

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Third Year - noting that all 120 credits will be inlcudeed in the Final Average calculation.
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 6
  • BA, BSc, BSc(Econ), BMus and LLB Students: There is no requirement to pass 300 credits in total
  • BEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 330 credits in total over the First, Second and Third Years with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in the remaining credits

A Standard Final Average and a Safety Net Final Average will be calculated to determine your classification:

Standard Final Average (with Yr2 Best 90)

Calculated with the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) calculated on the basis of the best 90 credits (out of 120 credits contributing to the year stage).  Where the worst modules are a 15 then a 30 credit module, the 30 credit module will be split with 15 credits discarded and 15 included. The Third and Final (Fourth) Years will be combined and double weighted in calculating the final average, as per the standard degree classification algorithm.

OR

Safety Net Final Average

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) and will be based only on the Third Year and the Final (Fourth) Year Average, weighted as equivalent to the standard classification algorithm for the degree.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Final Year MSci Students

To be awarded the Masters degree you must:

 

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Final (Fourth) Year - noting that all 120 credits will be inlcudeed in the Final Average calculation.
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7
  • MSci Students: There is no requirement to pass 390 credits in total
  • MEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 450 credits in total with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in a maximum of 30 credits over the First, Second and Third Years or at least 40% in a maximum of 30 credits in the Final (Fourth) Year

A Standard Final Average and 2 Safety Net Final Averages will be calculated to determine your classification:

 

Standard Final Average (with Yr2 Best 90)

Calculated with the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) calculated on the basis of the best 90 credits (out of 120 credits contributing to the year stage).  Where the worst modules are a 15 then a 30 credit module, the 30 credit module will be split with 15 credits discarded and 15 included.  The calculation will therefore include the Best 90 Second Year Average, the Third Year Average and the Final (Fourth) Year Average.  The Third and Final Year Averages are double weighted.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 1

Calculated excluding the Second Year Average (completed in 2019/20) and will be based only the Third Year Average and the Final (Fourth) Year Average.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 2

Caclulated excluding the Second and Third Year Averages (completed in 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively) and will eb based on only the Final (Fourth) Year Average.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Calculation

Second Year Average (Best90)=  70.2%

Third Year Average =  66.3%

Final (Fourth) Year Average =  68.2%

Standard Final Average =  ( Second Year +  2x (Third + Final Year) ) / 5  =  67.9% =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 1 =  (Third Year + Final Year) / 2  =  67.3%  =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 2 =  Final Year =  68.2%  =  Upper Second Classification

Final Outcome =  67.9% =  Upper Second Classification

Noting that Safety Net Averages would not increase classification so the Standard Average is selected as the final outcome

Final Year MSci Students with a Fourth Year in Industry

To be awarded the Masters degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 90 credits of the 120 taken in the Final (Fifth) Year - noting that all 120 credits will be inlcudeed in the Final Average calculation.
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules
  • Pass at least 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7
  • MSci Students: There is no requirement to pass 390 credits in total
  • MEng Students studying degrees accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology:  Are required to pass at least 450 credits in total with a Fail outcome of at least 30% in a maximum of 30 credits over the First, Second and Third Years or at least 40% in a maximum of 30 credits in the Final (Fifth) Year

A Standard Final Average and 2 Safety Net Final Averages will be calculated to determine your classification:

 

Standard Final Average

Calculated with the Third Year Average (completed in 2019/20) calculated on the basis of the best 90 credits (out of 120 credits contributing to the year stage).  Where the worst modules are a 15 then a 30 credit module, the 30 credit module will be split with 15 credits discarded and 15 included.  The Second, Fourth and Final (Fifth) Year averages will be calculated on the basis of the full credits in each year and will be weighted in as per the standard degree classification algorithm.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 1

Calculated excluding the Third Year Average (completed in 2019/20) and will be based only on the Second, Fourth and Final (Fifth) Year Average, weighted as equivalent to the standard classification algorithm for the degree.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 2

Calculated excluding the Third and Fourth Year Averages (completed in 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively) and will be based on only the Second and Final (Fifth) Year Averages. The Final Year Average is double weighted.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year. The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Example Calculation

Second Year Average =  62.5%

Third Year Average (Best 90) = 64.5% (30 Credits)

Fourth Year Average = 67.2% (30 Credits)

Final (Fifth) Year Average =  69.4%

Combined Fourth & Final Year Average = ( Third Year + 4x (Final Year) ) / 5 = 69.0%

Standard Final Average =  ( Second Year +  2x (Third Year + Combined Fourth & Final Year) ) / 5  =  65.9%   =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 1 =  ( Second Year +  2x (Combined Fourth & Final Year) ) / 3  =  66.8%  =  Upper Second Classification

Safety Net Final Average 2  =  ( Second Year +  2x (Final Year) ) / 3  =  67.1%  =  Upper Second Classification

Final Outcome =  65.9%   =  Upper Second Classification

Noting that Safety Net Averages would not increase classification so the Standard Average is selected as the final outcome.

Undergraduate Part-Time Students

Undergraduate Part-Time Students

If you are an Undergraduate Part-time students who began a year stage in the year 2019/20 you will be considered under the 2019/20 Regulations for the year stage.  The Best 90/120 policies will apply across all modules contributing to the particular stage at which you are studying: No distinction will not be made as to which academic year a particular module was taken in.

Postgraduate Taught Students 

First Year on a 2 Year Masters

Progression and Award are dependent on students achieving the criteria in the 21/22 Standard Regulations as set out in the degree course specification.  For standard Masters Degree Courses when you come to be awarded your degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 180 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 140 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 40% in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules including the dissertation/ research project.

You will be classified on the basis of your overall average for the degree as set out in the Postgraduate Taught College Regulations.

Final Year on 1 Year Masters

Award is dependent on students achieving the criteria in the 21/22 Standard Regulations as set out in the degree course specification.  For standard Masters Degree Courses to be awarded degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 180 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 140 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 40% in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules including the dissertation/ research project.

You will be classified on the basis of your overall average for the degree as set out in the Postgraduate Taught College Regulations.

Final Year on 2 Year Masters & Part-Time or CPD Students who started in 20/21 or 21/22

Progression and Award are dependent on students achieving the criteria in the 21/22 Standard Regulations as set out in the degree course specification.  For standard Masters Degree Courses when you come to be awarded your degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 180 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 140 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 40% in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules including the dissertation/ research project.

You will be classified on the basis of your overall average for the degree as set out in the Postgraduate Taught College Regulations.

Final Year on 2 Year Masters & Part-Time or CPD Students who started in 19/20 or earlier

To be awarded the Masters degree you must:

  • Pass modules to the value of 180 credits OR Pass modules to the value of at least 140 credits and achieve a Fail outcome of at least 40% in the remaining credits
  • Pass any mandatory non-condonable modules including the dissertation/ research project.

 A Best Credits Final Average and 2 Safety Net Final Averages will be calculated to determine your classification:

Best Credits Final Average

Calculated by taking at least the best 150 credits out of the 180 credits students contributing to the degree.  Modules will not be split if the worst credits do not combine to equal 30 credits.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 1

Calculated on the basis of the modules completed in 2018/19 or earlier and in 20/21, i.e. excluding the modules completed in 2019/20, provided this is a minimum of 60 credits in total.

OR

Safety Net Final Average 2

Calculated on the basis of the modules completed in 2018/19 or earlier and in 21/22, i.e. excluding the modules completed in 2019/20 and 2020/21, provided this is a minimum of 60 credits in total.

You will be classified on the basis of the Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Average would result in a higher Classification, in which case the Safety Net Average will be used.  Your classification will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of a classification boundary and you achieve a mark for the dissertation / research project above the classification boundary.  The raising of Classifications will not apply if you are classified on the basis of a Safety Net Average.

Retaking Students - Undergraduate & Postgraduate

Retaking Students

If you are retaking the year in 2021/22 then you will retain the Emergency Regulations or Fairness and Assurance Policy that you were first assessed under in 2019/20 or 2020/21 as appropriate.   Please see the Regulatory Addendum for 2021/22 for the full details for each group of students who are retaking a year.

 Progression & Award FAQs

My degree average and classification could be calculated in different ways, how will the choice be made? Will it be up to me to decide?

The College will calculate the degree averages for each student using the appropriate calculations as described in the Regulatory Addendum.  The calculation that gives the best degree classification will then be used to give students the best possible overall classification.  This is means that students will be usually be classified on the basis of their Standard Final Average unless a Safety Net Final Average would result in a higher classification.

 

Will I find out all of the different averages that my degree could have calculated as with my results?

Unfortunately not; we are unable to provide all of these calculations to students.  However your confirmed final average will be listed on your transcript.  This will be usually be the Standard Final Average unless the Safety Net Final Average would result in a higher classification.

 

I am an undergraduate student who has a Best 90 calculation from 2019/20, which marks will be used to calculate the Best 90 for my Second Year – is this worked out by assessment or by course module?

This will be calculated on the basis of course modules; this means that the lowest marks, up to 30 credits, you achieved in 2019/20 will not be used to calculate your year percentage. 

I am a non-finalist student if I don’t complete or pass less than the required number of credits and need to retake can I still progress to my next year of study before completing the retake?

Unfortunately not; progressing to the next year of study is conditional on students meeting a number of requirements including passing, or having condoned, sufficient credits.  This is important in ensuring that students have demonstrated that they meet the learning outcomes for the year of study and don’t then struggle in the following year. You would therefore have to complete the retake attempt in the summer or next year before being able to progress.

 

When will classification be raised or rounded-up? For example if I get 69.8% overall will this be raised/rounded up to a First?

The raising of classifications will apply for students but only on the basis of the standard calculations.  Safety Net calculations are designed to give a degree classification but do not allow students to demonstrate sustained higher level performance and so classification raising does not apply.

  •  For Undergraduates classifications will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of the classification boundary and you achieve 60 credits in the higher class in the Final Year of your degree. The 2% is inclusive e.g. it includes averages from 68.0 to 69.9 for students being conisdered for raising from a Upper Second to a First classification.
  • For Postgraduates classifications will be ‘raised’ to the higher classification if the Standard Final Average is within 2% of the classification and you achieve a mark for the dissertation / research project above the classification boundary.   The 2% is inclusive e.g. it includes averages from 68.0 to 69.9 for students being conisdered for raising from a Merit to a Distinction classification.

 

 

Support & Advice

Advice and support is available from a variety of sources in the College.

If you have further questions please contact your School or our Student Services Centre.

The Advice and Support Centre in the Student'sUnion also provides  free and independent advice for all students.