3.1 Academic credit

As noted in section 2, students on taught programmes will accumulate credit through taking, and passing, the appropriate modules as they progress through an approved programme of study; until they have met the credit requirements for their target qualification. However, there may be a number of conditions which students must meet in order to progress at specified milestones, including time limits or specific module requirements, depending on the nature of the programme of study and the award to which it leads.

Some modules may be taken as standalone short courses, but usually students will accumulate credit module by module, until they have met the overall credit requirements for their target award, subject to meeting assessment requirements and progression rules described in section 6. One credit equates to approximately 10 notional hours of learning, spent either on scheduled teaching and learning activities or working independently; and module learning, teaching and assessment strategies are designed on this principle. The credit for each module can only be awarded once in respect of the award for which a student is registered. Transcripts, showing all modules taken and credit awarded, are provided on completion of studies, alongside the certification of the award for which the student has qualified.

Modules at level 6 and below have a standard credit value of 15 credits, and a pass mark of 40%; while modules at level 7 have a standard credit value of 20 credits, and a pass mark of 50%. Modules of multiples of these values may also be included in programmes at the appropriate levels, according to the nature of the topic being studied and the scale of the assessment task/s. Modules delivered by international partner organisations may have different standard credit values, but will reflect UK expectations, as above, in respect of the level and volume of credit awarded by Oxford Brookes. 

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