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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 overall pass mark for all modules is 40%. If a module has more than one assessment
element, the marks awarded for each element are averaged to calculate the
overall module mark. However, 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 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.
iii. A student who achieves between 30 and 39% on a module will be entitled
to re-assessment. A student awarded one of the
resit grades, resit through mitigation grades or resit through changed
assessment arrangement grades will be entitled to reassessment only once per
assessment task in each run of a module, and only at the specific resit period.
implies either re-examination or the submission of further coursework for
assessment or a combination of both.
Where the original assessment involved both examination and coursework
components, a pass mark must normally be achieved on the combination of the
re-assessed component and the original mark of the other component. When a specified mark must be achieved in one or
more individual assessment components, these marks must be achieved in order 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 before they register for re-assessment.
v. For a student
taking a resit arising from grades (i.e. awarded RC, RE or RB) a maximum mark of 40%
(40D) can be achieved at re-assessment. If grade FR is
awarded, the marks assigned to the assessment shall be those achieved in the
resit unless this is less than the original mark, in which case the original
mark shall stand. When a student does
not take a resit that has been offered, the resit grade shall be resolved to
vi. A student taking a resit in recognition of mitigating circumstances (DE, DC or DB)
will be awarded the higher of the marks obtained in either the original
assessment or the re-assessment. When a student
with an original mark of less than 40 does not take the resit that has been
offered, the resit grade shall be resolved to grade FW.
vii. A student failing to achieve an overall mark of 30% in a module will be required 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 – they are required to attend all classes and to take all assessments involved. All the marks awarded will be recorded on the transcript. Students may only re-take a module twice (i.e. a module can be attempted a maximum of three times). The highest of the module marks achieved over all registrations will count towards the requirements of the award, and the lower one/s will be disregarded and will not count towards the overall award classification.
viii. The requirements of an accrediting professional body may be more
stringent with respect to re-assessment than the rules set out within these
regulations. The requirements both for
passing the academic programme and for gaining professional accreditation must
be clearly stated in the programme and module specifications and in the
handbooks provided to students.
Progression within the programme
ix. The following requirements apply for progression within a Foundation