B2.5 Diplomas of Higher Education

  • i. Any student wishing to be a candidate for a Diploma of Higher Education must register for the award before or during the semester in which he or she expects to complete the Subject and Programme requirements. The Diploma is not available to students intending to complete a Degree or Honours Degree.  It is only available as a final award.  For the purposes of this award credits earned during the year abroad in Languages do not count towards the requirements specified in 5 (iii) and 5 (iv) below.

    ii. Diploma of Higher Education

    To obtain a Diploma of Higher Education a student shall, within six years, pass at least sixteen credits at level 4 and above including at least six acceptable module credits at level 5 or above for a double Subject, a single Subject or two single Subjects.

    Except that:
    In the Subject of Nursing, students must also demonstrate in the 12 months preceding completion, the ability to meet the requirements of the programme specific professional practice module.

    This award carries 240 credits at level 4 and above including at least 90 at level 5 or above.

    iii. Diploma of Higher Education in named subjects

    1. Subject Requirements
      To obtain a Diploma of Higher Education in a named subject(s) a student shall within six years have fulfilled the specific requirements for his or her double Subject, or two single Subjects.

      (Where Subjects require the satisfactory completion of a placement year the above time is extended by one year.)
    2. Programme Requirements
      To obtain a Diploma in named subjects a student must pass at least sixteen module credits including at least eight level 4 module credits and at least eight acceptable module credits for a double Subject, or two single Subjects including at least three in each of the single Subjects.  Not more than two level 4 acceptable module credits may be included in the eight acceptable module credits required.

    iv. The classification will be determined using the average of all module credits passed at level 5 or above, up to the best eight and no fewer than six acceptable module credits passed at level 5 or above. A student must obtain a minimum of six acceptable credits at level 5 or above to be eligible for an award. To obtain a Distinction a student must achieve an average of 70% or more over the best acceptable modules passed at level 5 or above, to obtain a Merit a student must achieve an average of 60% or more but below 70% over the best acceptable modules passed at level 5 or above (but also see Regulation 14(iii)). In addition, where a student has achieved an average between 59% and 60% or 68% and 70% and achieved 4 acceptable credits at a higher grade over those semesters in which the last 8 graded acceptable credits occur, the next higher classification will be awarded.

    v. This award carries 240 credits at level 4 and above including at least 120 at level 4 and 90 at level 5 or above.

    Except that:
    The award for a 3 year DipHE covering one or more language subjects carries 360 credits at level 4 and above including at least 120 at level 4 and 240 at level 5 or above.