Swansea University

Specific Undergraduate Progression Rules - Levels 5-6, Level 5-S/E and Level 6-7

Rules to be applied during the June University Progression and Awards Board

S1

Candidates who accumulate at least 120 credits in modules at the appropriate Level automatically qualify to proceed to the next level of study.  Such candidates must achieve a minimum overall average for the level of study of 35%.   In the case of a Level 5 advanced initial degree student, the College would normally also require the candidate to attain an average mark as specified in the College Handbook.

S2

Candidates who accumulate 80 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits may qualify to proceed to the next level of study 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);
  • the marks in such modules are not less than 30% and
  • the overall average for the Level of study is 35% or over.

(Such failures will be referred to as 'tolerated failures'. Credit will not be awarded for 'tolerated failures'.)

S3

Candidates who accumulate 80 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits but have failed a core module(s), will fail to qualify to proceed to the next level of study.  As long as their non-core fails are 'tolerable fails' within the progression rules, they will normally be required to re-sit the core module(s) only and the mark(s) for the other failed non-core modules will be retained.  Students shall not be given the opportunity to improve the marks of non-core modules.

S4

Candidates who accumulate 60 credits or more but who fail to satisfy the requirements of S1, S2 or S3 above will fail to qualify to proceed to the next level of study.  At the discretion of the University Progression and Awards Board, such candidates will normally be granted supplementary examinations in all failed modules.  Students will be required to resit core modules and expected to resit all other examinations.  However, the 'Best Mark Principle' will apply at the September Board (refer to G11).  Please note that all core modules must be passed.

All assignments associated with supplementary examinations must be submitted to the relevant College by the start of the supplementary examination week.

S5

Candidates who accumulate 20 credits or more, but fewer than 60 credits, will fail to qualify to proceed to the next level of study.  At the discretion of the University Progression and Awards Board, such candidates will normally be required to Repeat the Level of Study.

Such candidates will automatically forfeit any credit already gained (see G7)

(In accordance with the General Progression Rule G8, those candidates who have been given the decision of Repeat Level of Study may be permitted to repeat the failed modules only).

Such candidates will be required to redeem the failures during the next academic year.

S6

In the case of a Level 5 advanced initial degree student, the College would normally also require the candidate to attain an average mark as specified in the College Handbook.

Candidates pursuing advanced initial degrees who fail to qualify to proceed to the final year and subsequently transfer to the final year of an initial degree programme (i.e. Level 6), shall be considered as enrolled repeating failed modules. The modules of such students, therefore, shall be capped at 40%. Students should note that the capped mark shall be used for classification purposes in each such module (General Progression rule G9).

S7

Candidates who accumulate fewer than 20 credits will fail to qualify to proceed to the next Level of Study. Such candidates will be Withdrawn from their Programme and will not be given any further attempts to redeem the failures on the current programme. The candidate will, however, be permitted to apply to transfer internally to another programme of study (provided that the new programme can be pursued within the candidate’s remaining period of candidature and subject to the approval of the Admissions tutor for the new programme).

S8

Candidates who are repeating the level or repeating failed modules, and who fail to qualify to proceed to the next level of study, having accumulated 60 credits or more but who fail to satisfy S1, S2 and S3, will be granted supplementary examinations as a final opportunity to redeem failures in all failed modules.

S9

Candidates who are repeating the level or repeating failed modules and who fail to qualify to proceed to the next level of study, having accumulated fewer than 60 credits, will be Required to Withdraw from the University.

Candidates who are 'Required to Withdraw from the University' will be given no further attempts to redeem failures.  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.

S10

The marks achieved by candidates repeating the level of study shall not be capped.

Marks achieved by candidates who are repeating failed modules only, at Levels 5, 6 and S, shall be capped at 40%. Students should note that the capped mark shall be used for classification purposes in each such module.

Rules to be applied during the September University Progression and Awards Board

S11

Candidates who accumulate at least 120 credits in modules at the appropriate Level automatically qualify to proceed to the next Level of Study.  In the case of a Level 5 advanced initial degree student, the College would normally also require the candidate to attain an average mark as specified in the College Handbook.

S12

Candidates who accumulate 80 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits may qualify to proceed to the next Level of Study 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);
  • the marks in such modules are not less than 30% and
  • the overall average for the level is 35% or over.

(Such failures will be referred to as "tolerated failures".  Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.)

S13

Candidates who accumulate 20 credits or more but who fail to satisfy the requirements of S11 or S12 above will fail to qualify to proceed to the next Level of Study.  At the discretion of the University Progression and Awards Board, such candidates will normally be required to Repeat the Level of Study. Such candidates will automatically forfeit any credit already gained (see G7).

(In accordance with the General Progression Rule G8, those candidates who have been given the decision of Repeat Level of Study may be permitted to repeat the failed modules only).

Such candidates will be required to redeem the failures during the next academic year.

S14

Candidates who accumulate fewer than 20 credits (who were   offered supplementary examinations by the June University Progression and Awards Board or an Academic Appeal Board in recognition of extenuating circumstances) will fail to qualify to proceed to the next Level of Study. Such candidates will be  Withdrawn from their Programme and will not be given any further attempts to redeem the failures on the current programme. The candidate will, however, be permitted to apply to transfer internally to another programme of study. (Provided that the new programme can be pursued within the candidate’s remaining period of candidature and subject to the approval of the Admissions tutor for the new programme).

S15

Candidates pursuing advanced initial degrees who fail to qualify to proceed to the final year and subsequently transfer to the final year of an initial degree programme (i.e. Level 6), shall be considered as enrolled repeating failed modules. The modules of such students, therefore, shall be capped at 40%. Students should note that the capped mark shall be used for classification purposes in each such module (General Progression rule G9).

S16

Candidates who are repeating the Level or repeating failed modules and fail to qualify to proceed to the next Level of Study will be Required to Withdraw from the University.

Candidates who are 'Required to Withdraw from the University' will be given no further attempts to redeem failures.  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.

S17

Marks achieved by candidates who succeed in redeeming failures during the supplementary examination period at Levels 5 and 6 will be capped at 40% (see General Progression Rule G9).  Students should note that the capped mark shall be used for classification purposes in each such module.

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