Swansea University

Rules for Awarding Credit in the Final Year

Rules to be applied during the University Progression and Awards Boards

S1

Candidates who accumulate at least 120 credits in modules at the appropriate level for the final level of study automatically qualify to be considered for the award of an Honours degree.

S2

Candidates who accumulate 80 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits and achieve an average mark of 35% in the Final Year may qualify to be considered for the award of an Honours or Pass degree provided that the modules in which they have failed have not previously been identified as ‘core modules’ for the particular programmes (see general progression rule G4).

(Such failures will be referred to as ‘tolerated failures’. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.  Failures in the Final Year of study may be tolerated down to a mark of 0%.)

This regulation applies to final-year Bachelor’s degrees and to final-year Advanced Initial Degree candidates.

S3

Candidates who accumulate 80 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits and achieve an average mark of at least 35% in the Final Year but have failed core module(s), will fail to qualify for an honours degree.  Such candidates may be permitted one final attempt to redeem the failure(s) in the core module(s) during the supplementary examination period.  For the purposes of classifying the degree, the mark(s) so achieved shall be capped at 40% (50% for Level 7 modules).  The marks for all other modules including failures in non-core modules will be retained for the purposes of classifying the degree. 

S4

Candidates who fail to meet the requirement of S1, S2, S3 above will fail to complete the final level of study.  

Such candidates will be given no further attempts to redeem failures and will be Required to Withdraw from the University.  Candidates will not be eligible to transfer credits to another programme of study at Swansea University and their studies will be terminated.  Normally, a candidate with a decision of 'Required to Withdraw from the University' shall not be readmitted to that same programme of study or to a cognate programme, without the approval of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee.

Depending on the number of credits attained, such students may be eligible for an exit qualification (refer to G22). The University Progression and Awards Board will be responsible for considering the number of credits attained and, if appropriate, awarding the relevant exit qualification.  

S5

The rules outlined in this section will normally influence the University Progression and Awards Boards in arriving at a decision for candidates.  However, candidates must not expect, as of right that they will be allowed to sit a supplementary examination in a core module(s).  The Board may take into account other circumstances relating to the candidate’s case before taking any decision.

S6

In exceptional circumstances and only with the expressed permission of the University Progression and Awards Board, final year candidates may be permitted to repeat study the following session. Such a decision shall be taken with possible reference to the outcomes of a Committee of Enquiry, a Special Circumstances Committee or an Academic Appeal Board.  Such decision shall include a recommendation as to whether the marks achieved during the repeat study should be capped or uncapped.

Such candidates who are repeating study in the final year and who fail to qualify to be considered for an award at the final level of study will be given no further attempts to redeem failures and will be Required to Withdraw from the University.  Candidates will not be eligible to transfer credits to another programme of study at Swansea University and their studies will be terminated.  Normally, a candidate with a decision of 'Required to Withdraw from the University' shall not be readmitted to that same programme of study or to a cognate programme, without the approval of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee.

Depending on the number of credits attained, such students may be eligible for an exit qualification (refer to G22). The University Progression and Awards Board will be responsible for considering the number of credits attained and, if appropriate, awarding the relevant exit qualification.