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i. The assessment regulations and grading schemes applying to programmes of study leading to Foundation Degree awards are set out in the University Core Regulations Section A3. The grading scheme applying to Foundation degrees delivered at partner organisations, i.e. those currently outside the Grade Point Average scheme, is set out in A3.14.2(i).
ii. The pass mark for the award, each module and each element of assessment is 40%.
iii. If a module has more than one assessment element, the marks awarded for each element will be calculated in line with the weightings stated in the module descriptor to calculate the overall module mark.
iv. A module assessment strategy may state that, in order to obtain an overall pass, a minimum (stated) mark must be obtained in all elements of assessment, with an overall module minimum mark of no less than 40%. Where this is the case, it must be approved through the normal approval process, as set out in the Quality Standards handbook and should be clearly stated in the module descriptors and information provided to students in module handbooks.
v. Additional regulations which supersede the University’s regulations may apply on some programmes which lead to professional accreditation. In such cases any additional regulations must be approved through the normal approval process, as set out in the Quality Standards handbook and should be clearly stated in the module descriptors and information provided to students in module handbooks.
vi. A student who attempts an element of assessment and achieves less than 40% in that element of assessment will be entitled to one re-assessment of the failed element, which will normally take place in the resit period. The mark awarded at resit will be capped at 40% unless the student has made a successful claim for consideration of exceptional circumstances.
vii. The reassessment task will normally take the same form as the original assessment.
viii. Students may be required to confirm their intention to attend a resit examination. Any student who does not attend a resit examination will not be offered an alternative resit opportunity except where the student has made a successful claim for consideration of exceptional circumstances.
ix. The full mark for any element of assessment passed at first sit will go forward to be combined with any capped marks achieved at resit in accordance with weightings specified in the module specification.
x. Where a specified mark must be achieved in one or more individual elements of assessment, these marks must be achieved to pass at re-assessment. If the Examination Committee decides that other criteria for a pass mark are to be used the student must be informed immediately.
xi. Where student has made a successful claim for exceptional circumstances they will normally take the assessment, as if for the first time, during the resit period. In this situation the student will have access to the full range of marks.
xii. A student who does not pass a module at resit will be eligible to retake the module. When retaking the module, the student is required to register to take the entire module again, for which a fee is payable. The student is expected to attend all classes and to take all elements of assessment listed in the module descriptor. A student will have two opportunities to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of the module at retake, a first sit and a resit. Students may only retake a module once i.e. a module can be attempted a maximum of twice.
Progression within the programme
xiii. The following requirements apply for progression within a Foundation Degree programme: