B1.4 Assessment

  • 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.

    iv.  Re-assessment 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 grade FW.

    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 Degree programme:

    • in order to satisfactorily complete a year of full-time study, a student must pass at least 90 credits during the year;
    • in order to satisfactorily complete a year of part-time study, a student must pass at least 45 credits during the year;
    • the Examination Committee may require a student to withdraw if they do not pass at least 45 credits in any two successive semesters of study;
    • the Examination Committee may require a student to withdraw if, after taking a required module three times, they have not achieved the required pass mark.