B4.7 The Assessment of Students

  • 7.1 The pass mark for each module and for the whole award shall be 50%.  The mark will be calculated by taking the rounded average of the module marks.  Undergraduate modules included in a postgraduate programme will have a pass mark of 40%, but cannot be used in the calculation of postgraduate degree classifications.  Where undergraduate modules are used to fulfil the requirements of an award the minimum credit and level requirements must still be achieved as required by section A2 of the Academic Regulations.

    7.2 Distinctions and Merits shall be awarded for individual modules, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas and Master’s degrees.

    7.3 For the purpose of agreeing a final classification for programmes, the mark will be calculated by taking the rounded average of the marks for all modules passed.  Modules will be weighted by their credit value.

    7.4 Students who have been admitted to a taught postgraduate programme through an AP(E)L route will only qualify for the award of a Merit or Distinction if they have completed 40 credits of the programme at Oxford Brookes.

    7.5 A Merit shall be awarded when a mark of 60% or above is achieved.  For a Master’s degree this must include a mark of at least 58% in the dissertation or project.

    7.6 A Distinction shall be awarded when a mark of 70% or above is achieved.  For a Master’s degree this must include a mark of at least 68% in the dissertation or project.

    7.7 Where a student meets the criteria for the classification of both Merit and Distinction, as defined in 7.5 and 7.6 above, the Distinction shall be awarded.

    7.8 Students who fail in their first attempt to satisfy the Examination Committee in the assessment for an individual module may be re-assessed once only. If successful in a re-assessment, the student shall be awarded the pass mark of 50%.

    7.9 Students who, on their first registration for a module, are awarded between 30% and 49% inclusive, are allowed a re-sit opportunity.  Should the student not achieve a pass mark at the re-sit they will be allowed to re-take the module.

    7.10 Students who, on their first registration for a module, are awarded less than 30% are not granted a re-sit but are allowed to re-take the module.

    7.11 Students may only re-take a module once (i.e. any module may only be attempted twice). Students are allowed a re-sit within a module being re-taken, i.e. if a student obtains at their first attempt at an assessment within a module being re-taken a mark between 30% and 49% inclusive, then a re-sit will be granted.

    7.12 A student who is not permitted by the Examination Committee to re-take a module or who otherwise reaches a position from which it is not possible to satisfy the conditions for an award under these Regulations shall be so informed and shall have to leave the programme.  Such a student shall receive a transcript showing all the elements passed or for which credit has been accorded and shall be awarded any intermediate qualification the conditions for the award of which have, in the judgement of the Examination Committee, already been fulfilled.