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Your Assessment, Progression, Referral and Awards

These matters are governed by the regulations contained in the University Modular Scheme Regulations, full versions can be found on Student Space >Your Studies >Examinations & Assessment>UMS.

All assessments are marked with a Letter Grade which corresponds to an equivalent Award Point, as shown in Table 1 (see below). Each module is individually assessed with components from coursework and examination where appropriate.  In order to pass a module a minimum overall grade of D- must be achieved.

Progression and Awards

Progression from one level to another and the award of a degree are considered within the Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS).  In the CATS system, each single module has a value of 15.  To obtain an Honours Degree you must achieve a minimum of 360 credits, 120 at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6.  Additionally, for a sandwich degree, 60 credits must be obtained for a satisfactorily completed Professional Placement.  For the MComp degree a minimum of 480 credits must be obtained in total from levels 4, 5, 6 and 7.

After the end of Semester 1 you will receive some indication of your performance in the Semester 1 modules, though results given at this time are provisional and may be subject to modification at the Assessment Board which meets in July.  Formal notification of final results cannot be given until after the Programme Assessment Board meets at the end of each academic Year.

In general, you must pass all 8 modules in each level at a Grade D- (C- at level 7) or better in order to progress to the next level.  However, the Programme Assessment Board has the power to compensate for marginal failures on the basis of good performance in other modules.

At LEVEL 4, up to two F5 or F4 grades may be compensated IF the remaining 6 modules are D- or higher. Please note: at level 4, if you fail any module at Grade F1, F2 or F3 or more than two modules at Grade F4 or F5 or the Programme Assessment Board does not allow compensation of marginally failed modules; you will be required to be reassessed in the failed modules.

At LEVEL 5 up to two F5 grades (note NOT F4) may be compensated IF the remaining 6 modules are D- or higher. Please note: at Level 5, if you fail any module at Grade F1, F2, F3 or F4 or more than two modules at Grade F5 or the Programme Assessment Board does not allow compensation of marginally failed modules; you will be required to be reassessed in the failed modules.

Table 1: Award Point/Grade Schedule

Award Point Letter Grade Guide Percentages
12 A+ > 84
11 A 75 – 84
10 A- 70 – 74
9 B+ 67 – 69
8 B 63 – 66
7 B- 60 – 62
6 C+ 57 – 59
5 C 53 – 56
4 C- 50 – 52
3 D+ 47 – 49
2 D 43 – 46
1 D- 40 – 42
0 F5 35 – 39
0 F4 30 – 34
0 F3 25 – 29
0 F2 15 – 24
0 F1 1 – 14
0 F0 0

At LEVEL 6 one F5 grade (note NOT F4) may be compensated and honours degree awarded OR one module at a lower grade (F2, F3 or F4) could be compensated and classification reduced. Please note: at Level 6, if you fail more than one module or the Programme Assessment Board does not allow compensation of marginally failed modules, you will be required to be reassessed in the failed modules (up to a maximum of three). When required to retake assessments at Level 6, your classification may be reduced as a penalty.

If the Board compensates for modules in this manner the grade will be FC (compensated fail) but you will receive the full credit (in terms of CATS credits) for the compensated module(s).

The Programme Assessment Board, held in the summer, will decide what retake assessment is appropriate.  Students are only permitted to retake a limited number of modules in the retake period (22 Aug – 2 September 2011). There is no additional fee for retaking a module within this period of time. The grade is capped to D- as a penalty for it being a multiple attempt (unless you have approved mitigating circumstances).

For further details please refer to the Undergraduate Modular Scheme Regulations which can be found on Student Space

* Retake:        Reassessment within the course year with no requirement to re-register for the module.

** Repeat:      Reassessment where the student is required to re-register to study the same module again, normally during the next academic year.  The standard module fee is charged for repeating a module

The awards you can achieve

All Honours degree classification information is available on Student Space under –

Rules and Regulations>Academic Regulations>Undergraduate Modular Scheme (UMS).

If you are not eligible for an Honours Degree you may be awarded:

Certificate of Higher Education

You must have acquired at least 120 Level 4 credits (i.e. passed at least 8 Level 4 modules).

Diploma of Higher Education

You must have acquired at least 120 Level 4 credits (i.e. passed at least 8 Level 4 modules) and 120 Level 5 credits (i.e. passed at least 8 Level 5 modules).

Ordinary / Unclassified Degree

You must have acquired at least 300 credits in total of which at least 60 must be at level 6 and a further 120 each at Level 4 and Level 5

Notification of Results

Shortly after the meeting of the Assessment Board (PAB) at the end of each academic year your results will be available to you via OSIS. If you have not passed all your modules then you will also receive a letter with details of the Assessment Board’s decision and any resits or repeats you are required to complete.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive your degree certificate at the Faculty Graduation Ceremony which is usually held in January each year.

Debtors

Students who are in debt to the University at the end of the academic year (e.g. unpaid course fees, halls rent, LRC fines) are not permitted to re-enrol for the following year, or, if at the end of their course, are not allowed to receive their award certificate or attend the Graduation Ceremony, until the debt is cleared.  Also those in debt are not eligible to apply for a reference from University staff.