Swansea University

2. Rules for Progression and Awarding Credit

in a Modular Environment

2.1 Introduction

For the 2015/16 academic session, the following progression regulations shall apply to all students commencing their degree programmes.  These rules are applicable campus-wide. 

The specific assessment regulations for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BCh), the Graduate Diploma in Law, Master of Osteopathy, Foundation Degrees, the Certificate of Higher Education and the Diploma of Higher Education shall be published in the appropriate College Handbook.

The University has authorised Colleges, which are subject to professional accreditation, to apply stricter assessment rules provided that the students have been duly notified in advance and that it is a requirement of a Professional Body.

2.2 General Principles

2.2.1

Presentation of Marks for Non-Finalists

When determining progression issues, the College Examination Boards shall be presented with all marks of assessment undertaken during the academic year (or in the case of part-time studies, undertaken during the appropriate sessions).  College Examination Boards shall make recommendations on progression decisions to the University Progression and Awards Board.

2.2.2

Presentation of Marks for Finalists

College Examination Boards shall consider the result profiles of final year students and make recommendations on final award outcomes to the University Progression and Awards Board. The results profile of the relevant students presented to both the College Examination Board and the University Progression and Awards Board will include:

  • The final year results
  • The results of modules pursued during previous Levels of Study but which contribute towards the awarding process (e.g. typically Level 5 of a 3 year undergraduate award).  

2.2.3

Supplementary Examinations

The decision as to whether a student is permitted to proceed from one level to another will normally be taken in June/July.  It follows therefore that any necessary supplementary examinations for failed modules will take place in August/September, or in the case of professional awards in the College of Human and Health Sciences, within 8-10 weeks of the original assessment date.  The University Progression and Awards Board will be expected to reconsider the cases of students who have taken supplementary examinations in August/September, or as appropriate in the College of  Human and Health Sciences.

2.2.4

Anonymous Marking

Please refer to the University's Policy on Anonymous Marking.

2.2.5

Disclosure of Marks

A distinction should be made between provisional marks and confirmed marks.

Please refer to the University's Policy on Publishing Student Marks.

 

2.2.6

Appeals Against Academic Decisions

Students may appeal against the decision of the University Progression and Awards Board in accordance with the University’s Regulations for Academic Appeals and/or Accuracy of Published Marks Procedure which are published on the web.

A Summary of award and progression decisions that can be made by the University Progression and Awards Board is contained in Appendix 3. 

2.3 Undergraduate Assessment Regulations - General Assessment Rules

Click here for General Undergraduate Assessment Rules.

2.4 Progression Rules for Full-Time Undergraduate Degrees

Click here for Specific Progression Rules - for students pursuing Levels 4-5 and B/T-5

Click here for Specific Progression Rules – Level 5-6, Level 5-S/E and Level 6-7

2.5 Guidelines for Progression of Part-Time Undergraduate Degree Students

University Progression and Awards Board, in considering the results of part-time candidates who have pursued 120 credits at a particular Level of study, will apply the normal progression rules for full-time undergraduate degrees as set out in this section (with the exception that the decision of ‘Repeat Failed Modules’ will be given in those cases in which the decision ‘Repeat Level’ would normally apply).

It should be noted that toleration will not be permitted part-way through a Level of Study but only at the end of a Level of Study.  Marks for part-time candidates will be confirmed at the end of each academic year.

Part-time students will be permitted up to a maximum of three further attempts to redeem failures within two academic sessions.

University Progression and Awards Board, in considering the results of part-time candidates who are mid-way through a particular Level of study, should consider the following as a guide:

Non-Final Year Students

June University Progression and Awards Board
Credits PursuedCredits to be passed for a decision of ContinueCredits to be passed for a decision of SupplementaryCredits to be passed resulting in a decision of Withdrawn from Programme
30 30 10-25 0
40 40 10-35 0
50 50 10-45 0
60 60 20-55 0-15
70 70 20-65 0-15
80 80 20-75 0-15
90 90 20-80 0-15
September University Progression and Awards Board
Credits PursuedCredits to be passed for a decision of ContinueCredits to be passed for a decision of Repeat Modules
Credits to be passed resulting in a decision of Withdrawn from Programme
30 30 10-25 0
40 40 10-35 0
50 50 10-45 0
60 60 20-55 0-15
70 70 20-65 0-15
80 80 20-75 0-15
90 90 20-80 0-15

Final Year Students

June Progression Board
Credits PursuedCredits to be passed for a decision of ContinueCredits to be passed for a decision of SupplementaryCredits to be passed resulting in a decision of Required to Withdraw from the University
30 30 10-25 0
40 40 10-35 0
50 50 10-45 0-15
60 60 20-55 0-15
70 70 20-65 0-15
80 80 20-75 0-15
90 90 20-80 0
September Progression Board
Credits PursuedCredits to be passed for a decision of ContinueCredits to be passed for a decision of Repeat Modules
Credits to be passed resulting in a decision of Required to Withdraw from the University
30 30 10-25 0
40 40 10-35 0
50 50 10-45 0
60 60 20-55 0-15
70 70 20-65 0-15
80 80 20-75 0-15
90 90 20-80 0-15

Rules for Awarding Credit in the Final Level of Study (Level 6/7) for Part-time students

 

These regulations apply to all final-year students studying part-time except those pursuing accredited degrees in the College of Engineering and programmes in the College of Human and Health Sciences leading to professional registration.

 

Normally part-time students complete a level of study within two academic years.  However such students may take up to three years provided the degree can be completed within the maximum candidature period of 10 years.   Therefore the regulations below refer to awarding credits for study at Level 6/ 7.

 

  Year 1, June progression board:

 

  • Candidates who have passed all credits taken – continue
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less, of which none are core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less including core modules – supp core
  • Candidates who have failed more than 40 but no more than 60 credits – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed more than 60 credits – exit qualification

 

Year 1, September progression board:[1]

 

  • Candidates who have passed all credits taken including any resat core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed any resat core modules – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less, of which none are core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less including core modules that have not been resat –repeat failed core modules
  • Candidates who have failed more than 40 but no more than 60 credits – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed more than 60 credits – exit qualification

 

Year 2 , June progression board (applies only to students taking three years to complete level):

 

  • Candidates who have passed all credits taken in this and previous year including any resat core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed any resat core modules and who have failed no more than 60 credits in this and previous year – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total in this and previous year, of which none are core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total (failed core modules that have been subsequently passed count as fails for this purpose) in this and previous year, including core modules that have not been previously resat – supp core
  • Candidates who have failed more than 40 but no more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed more than 60 credits in this and previous year – exit qualification

 

Year 2, September progression board (applies only to students taking three years to complete level):[2]

 

  • Candidates who have passed all credits taken in this and previous year including any resat core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed any resat core modules – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total in this and previous year, of which none are core modules – continue
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total (failed core modules that have been subsequently passed count as fails for this purpose) in this and previous year including core modules that have not been resat –repeat failed core modules
  • Candidates who have failed more than 40 but no more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year – continue (but advise could only qualify for Ordinary degree)
  • Candidates who have failed more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year – exit qualification

 

Final year, June progression board:

 

  • Candidates who have passed all credits taken in this and previous year(s) including any resat core modules – complete
  • Candidates who have failed any resat core modules and who have failed no more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year(s) – complete ordinary degree
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total in this and previous year(s), of which none are core modules – complete
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total (failed core modules that have been subsequently passed count as fails for this purpose) in this and previous year(s) including core modules that have not been previously resat – supp core
  • Candidates who have failed more than 40 but no more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year(s) – complete ordinary degree
  • Candidates who have failed more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year(s) – exit qualification

 

Final year, September progression board:[3]

 

  • Candidates who have passed all credits taken including any resat core modules – complete
  • Candidates who have failed any resat core modules and who have failed no more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year(s) – complete ordinary degree
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total in this and previous year(s), of which none are core modules – complete
  • Candidates who have failed 40 credits or less in total (failed core modules that have been subsequently passed count as fails for this purpose) in this and previous year(s) including core modules that have not been resat –repeat failed core modules
  • Candidates who have failed more than 40 but no more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year(s) – complete ordinary degree
  • Candidates who have failed more than 60 credits in total in this and previous year(s) – exit qualification


[1] May include students with deferrals, as well as students with supp core decisions.

[2] May include students with deferrals, as well as students with supp core decisions.

[3] May include students with deferrals, as well as students with supp core decisions.

2.6 Assessment Regulations for Programmes Leading to Academic Awards and Professional Registration Offered by the College of Human and Health Sciences

Click here for Human and Health Sciences Assessment Regulations.

2.7 Rules for Awarding Credit in the Final Year

Click here for Rules for Awarding Credit in the Final Year.

2.8 Undergraduate Assessment Regulations for Accredited Programmes in the College of Engineering

(these regulations shall also apply to all students pursuing Level 3)

Click here for Engineering Assessment Regulations.