B1.5 Foundation Degree award classification

  • i.  A Foundation Degree may be classified as Pass, Merit or Distinction.  To Pass the award, a student must achieve an overall average mark of at least 40%.  To obtain a Distinction classification, a student must achieve an average of 70% or more over the 120 graded credits at level 5.  A Merit classification is awarded to students who achieve an average of between 60-69% over the 120 graded credits at level 5. For clarity, marks are truncated, not rounded up, and the award of a classification is calculated in whole numbers.

    ii.  The Programme Specification must indicate how the final award classification will be calculated for any students who are admitted with credit.  The average mark for the award classification of a student gaining entry with credit should be calculated on the basis of modules studied on the Oxford Brookes programme. 

    Exit awards

    iii.  A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is available as an exit award for students who pass, within a period of three years, modules worth at least 120 credits, but who are unable to complete the full Foundation Degree programme.  Any student wishing to be a candidate for a Certificate of Higher Education must register for the award before or during the semester in which he or she expects to complete the programme requirements. The Certificate is not available to students intending to complete the Foundation Degree. 

    iv.  The Certificate of Higher Education may be classified as Pass, Merit or Distinction on the basis of their average mark over the 120 credits studied and passed.  The award is Passed by achieving an overall average mark of 40% or above.  A Merit grade is awarded to students who achieve an average score of between 60-69% for these modules. To obtain a Distinction, a student must achieve an average of 70% or more over the 120 Credits.  The average will be calculated on the modules passed up to and including the semester in which the regulations for the CertHE are first satisfied.