Swansea University

Awarding Credit

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All modules are assigned a credit weighting e.g. 10 credit points, 20 credit points etc.  You must aim to accumulate these credit points as they are instrumental in determining whether or not you can progress from one Level/Part of Study to another or, for instance, whether you are eligible to be considered for the award of a degree or other award.

Specific Information – Undergraduate Students

It is the Progression Board (or in the case of final-year students, the Award Board) which determines whether or not you are to be awarded the credit for the modules which you have studied. During its deliberations the Board takes into account the mark scored in individual modules and your overall performance in all modules.  The Board will award credits for modules which you pass, i.e. satisfy the assessment and other specified requirements.  A mark of 40% + will indicate that you have passed a module. 

Specific Information – Postgraduate Taught Programmes Students

For Masters degree programmes it is the Part One Progression Board which determines whether or not you are to be awarded the credit for the modules which you have studied, and whether the overall average mark is sufficient to permit you to progress to Part Two (Dissertation). For Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes the Award Board will award credit for modules passed and determine the Award. During its deliberations, the Board will take into account the mark scored in individual modules and your overall performance in all modules. The Board will award you credits for modules which you pass, i.e. satisfy the assessment and any other specified requirements in accordance with the marking scales. Depending on your overall performance at Part One, it may be possible to tolerate failures in up to 40 credits. Conditions apply and these are clearly stated in the Progression Rules which appear in the Assessment Regulations. You will find in your College handbooks statements about the consequences of not completing all the assessment components of a module, and it is important to ensure that you know your College’s policy. If a module has been designated as a ‘core’ module, then you must obtain a mark of at least 50% in order to gain credit for the module.

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