Swansea University

General Undergraduate Assessment Rules

G1

The Pass mark for modules will be set at 40% at all Levels except for Level 7. The pass mark of Level 7 modules has been set as 50%. Credits will only be awarded to candidates who pass a module.

G2

In order to proceed from one level to another, a candidate must aim to accumulate 120 credits by obtaining modules with a mark of 40% (50% for Level 7) or better in each module. 

G3

Candidates must satisfy attendance and assessment requirements of all modules.  Candidates whose attendance or progress is unsatisfactory would normally be reported to the University Progression and Awards Board.

G4

Colleges may identify ‘core’ modules as appropriate for each programme, which must be passed before a candidate can progress from one Level to another.  The ‘core’ modules for each programme must be clearly identified in College handbooks or other College literature. Colleges should consider the implications of labelling too many modules as being ‘core’ to a particular programme since it will not be possible for the University Progression and Awards Board to tolerate failures in such modules.  Candidates' performance in 'core' modules must be monitored by Colleges and it will be the responsibility of College representatives to report on student cases at the University Progression and Awards Board.

G5

Full-time non-final year candidates will be required to complete a level of study within a maximum of two academic sessions. At the discretion of the University Progression and Awards Board, candidates who have not acquired sufficient credit to proceed to the next level of study, may be permitted up to a maximum of 3 further attempts to redeem the failures in the modules in order to be allowed to complete the level of study. These attempts must take place within two academic sessions. (In the case of a Level 7 module, only 1 attempt at redeeming the failure shall be permitted.)

Candidates must not expect, as of right, to be offered the maximum number of attempts to redeem failures.

G6

Only in exceptional circumstances will a candidate be permitted to redeem their failed modules over a third session. In such cases, the College shall be expected to submit a request to the the University Progression and Awards Board, outlining the circumstances to support the case. Normally, requests shall only be considered if the student is within the maximum number of attempts (rule G5).

G7

Candidates, except those in the final year of study, who fail to acquire sufficient credit to be awarded supplementary examinations or who fail to complete a level of study following the supplementary examinations will normally be required to forfeit any credit gained and repeat the level of study.   Marks achieved in the year from which the credit has been forfeited cannot be used to determine the candidate’s degree classification or in awarding credit. The marks of candidates who repeat the level of study shall not be capped. However, an attempt at assessment during the repeat level of study shall be regarded as one of the three opportunities available to candidates to redeem a failure.

G8

Non-final-year students who are required to repeat the level of study, may apply to repeat only the modules they have failed.  Such modules will be capped at the pass mark of 40% (50% for Level 7/M) except at Level 4 or 3.

Candidates wishing to repeat failed modules must obtain written confirmation that they have discussed their decision with an appropriate member of staff in their Home College.  This confirmation must summarise the advice given to the student and must be signed by both the student and the member of staff.  Candidates may then apply to Academic Services for a change of progression decision. This must be done by the end of the first week of the new Academic Session via the form/online system.

 Candidates who are permitted to repeat failed modules:

-              May not repeat any module which has been passed; and

-              Must repeat all failed modules (or alternative modules with equivalent credit-weighting at the discretion of the College).

International students are strongly advised to seek advice from ISAS and Academic Services.  It may not be possible for international students with specific visa requirements to repeat failed modules only.  Candidates who are international students and who are permitted to repeat failed modules should note that they may not be permitted to remain in the UK for the entire academic year (for example, if the repeated modules are delivered in Semester 1 only, such candidates may have to leave the UK at the end of Semester 1).

Normally, candidates repeating failed modules must do so as internal candidates.  Candidates with exceptional circumstances may apply to repeat the failed modules as external candidates.  Applications to repeat modules as an external candidate must be supported by the College and the University’s Academic Regulations and Cases Committee..

G9

Candidates who are repeating failed modules only or sitting supplementary examinations in Levels 5, 6 and S (which includes final year students), provided they satisfy the examiners, shall have a capped mark of 40%. The capped mark shall be used for classification purposes in each such module irrespective of their actual level of performance. Candidates who are repeating modules at Level 7 shall be capped at 50%. The University Progression and Awards Board shall refer to the capped mark in determining the average for a level of study.

This does not apply to candidates repeating modules at Levels 3 and 4 since the actual mark scored will be recorded in their case.

G10

Candidates pursuing advanced initial degrees (e.g. MEng, MPhys, MMath) who fail to qualify to proceed to the final year of study and subsequently transfer to the final year of an initial degree programme shall be considered as enrolled repeating failed modules, and therefore subject to Regulation G9.

G11

When determining the progression decisions of students following the Supplementary examinations, the University Progression and Awards Board shall refer to the best mark scored by the student in each particular module during the Session.  It follows therefore that if a student scored a higher mark at the first attempt, the Board shall refer to that module mark, as opposed to the re-sit mark.

The Best Mark Principle shall only apply within one academic session and will operate at the September Examination Boards only.  It is irrelevant to ‘Core Modules’ since such modules must be passed.

G12

Candidates who have qualified to proceed from one level of study to another shall not be allowed to elect to repeat any module which has been passed, or to redeem a failure which has been tolerated, in order to improve their performance.

G13

Candidates who are repeating the level of study or repeating modules will be under close scrutiny.  

G14

In accordance with the University's Policy on Extenuating Circumstances Affecting Assessment, it is recognised that some candidates will not be able to attend examinations during the Mid-Sessional or Sessional Assessment Period e.g. due to illness or other extenuating circumstances.

In the case of those candidates who are unable to attend examinations due to extenuating circumstances, a claim for deferral must be submitted to the Home College either in advance of the examination date or within five days of the examination taking place. Applications for deferrals must be considered and supported by the relevant College and submitted to the Academic Services for approval. Students and staff are advised to consult the University Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.

Non-final Year Candidates granted examination deferrals will be required to sit the examinations at the next scheduled examination point for the modules concerned.

G15

Final year candidates who are unable to sit an examination in January, and who have been granted deferral by Academic Services, should sit the examination in the May/June examination period in preference to the August examination period.

G16

Candidates who have failed modules in the January examinations may, with the approval of the College, pursue additional substitute modules in the second semester to compensate for the failures.  The pursuit of these additional modules will be regarded as an attempt at redeeming failure and will therefore, be subject to the capping rule.

G17

Progression decisions for part-time candidates will be taken by the University Progression and Awards Board only when the results of a full portfolio of modules are known.  Decisions to allow a part-time student to continue are taken on an annual basis part way through a level of study.  Marks for part-time candidates will be confirmed at the end of the academic year.

G18

The rules outlined in the Specific Progression Rules will normally influence the University Progression and Awards Board in arriving at a progression decision for candidates.  However, candidates must not expect, as of right, that they will be allowed to sit supplementary examinations or be allowed to repeat the level of study.  The Board may take into account other circumstances relating to the candidate’s case before taking any progression decision.  The Board would not be expected to allow a candidate to progress to the next level of study unless they had satisfied the minimum criteria.

G19

Colleges which are subject to professional accreditation can apply stricter progression rules provided that the application of such rules is required by the Professional Accreditation Body as a condition for accreditation of the programme.  The stricter rule shall be applied for accreditation purposes only.  Colleges may introduce more stringent rules regarding progression to the Intercalary Year or from Level 6 to Level 7 (Advanced Initial Degree) provided that these are clearly outlined to students in the College handbook.

G20

Progression rules do not apply to Exchange and Visiting students.  However, such students shall be given an opportunity to redeem failures, normally through re-sit examinations, but in certain circumstances, through alternative methods of assessment agreed by the College.

G21

Candidates who are required to submit supplementary coursework shall be informed, by the academic College concerned, of the coursework required.  Details of supplementary coursework will not be included in the results published by Academic Services on the individual student intranet record.

G22

Exit Qualifications

A candidate who is admitted to an initial degree programme but is subsequently unable, or is not permitted, to progress to completion may, depending upon the number of credits attained at the appropriate levels at the time of exit, qualify for one of the following awards:

Exit QualificationMinimum number of credits to have been pursuedMinimum number of credits to have been achievedAdditional Regulation
Certificate of Higher Education 120 at Level 4 
 
The award of a Certificate of Higher Education as an exit award is not applicable to candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations.
80 at Level 4 To have qualified to proceed to the next Level of Study. A minimum of 60 of the 120 credits must have been pursued at Swansea.
Diploma of Higher Education 120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5 
 
For candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations, the minimum requirements at Level 4 shall not apply.
Completed Level 4 and 80 credits at Level 5
 
For candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations, the minimum requirements at Level 4 shall not apply.
To have qualified to proceed to the next Level of Study.  A minimum of 120 credits must have been pursued at Swansea.
Ordinary Degree

It may not be possible to award the Ordinary Degree for some professionally accredited degrees
120 at Levels 4 and 5 and a minimum of 60 at Level 6*
 
For candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations, the minimum requirements at Level 4 shall not apply.
Completed Levels 4 and 5 and a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6
 
For candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations, the minimum requirements at Level 4 shall not apply.
A minimum of 180 credits must have been pursued at Swansea.
BSc Honours or BEng Honours* and/or BSc Ordinary (only applicable for advanced initial degrees) (360 credits) 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6
 
For candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations, the minimum requirements at Level 4 shall not apply.
Completed Levels 4 and 5 and 80 credits at Level 6
 
For candidates admitted to Level 5 under the credit transfer regulations, the minimum requirements at Level 4 shall not apply.
 To have qualified to proceed to the final year of study.

Exit qualifications shall normally be named awards except where professional bodies requirement dictate otherwise.

A candidate exiting a degree programme with an undergraduate Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education under the circumstances detailed in the preceding paragraph shall be eligible for the award of a Distinction where he/she has attained an overall mark of 70% or above for the award in question.

Such exit qualifications shall be approved by the University Progression and Awards Board.

[*Note: An honours degree shall only be awarded if permissible under the appropriate professional body regulations and the degree programme regulations.]