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1 The University’s examination and assessment regulations Hilary Gilbert Academic Standards and Partnership

2 Regulations General Examination and Assessment Regulations (GEAR) Assessment, progression, award regulations (sections B,C,D) examination boards (section E) course–specific regulations PSRB requirements course handbooks

3 Common Academic Framework aligns with FHEQ and HE credit framework modules multiples of 10 credits mandatory, compulsory, optional f/t ug programme 120 credits per academic year f/t pg programme 180 credits per year stages of study to allow progression maximum registration period

4 Assessment numerical marking 0-100% pass mark for module ug 40% (threshold for each assessment component 30%) pg 50% ( threshold for each assessment component 40%) undergraduate - common marking/grading scale postgraduate % merit, 70%+ distinction

5 Extensions to deadlines mitigating circumstances non-submission, late submission, non-attendance at exam = 0% student can apply for an extension to deadline students can submit a request for mitigating circumstances to be taken into account by exam board for: absence from an assessment failure to submit assessed work failure to submit assessed work by deadline (late) unrepresentative performance

6 Examination Boards two-tier system Area Examination Board (AEB) Course Examination Board (CEB) boards can be combined

7 Area Examination Boards confirm marks and consider results of individual modules possible module results pass refer fail determine the nature of any referral moderate marks for whole group, if necessary mitigating circumstances - not considered for individual students

8 Referral (discretion) student must complete additional work to pass module permitted at all levels no minimum mark module capped at 40%/50% course-specific regulations indicate where not permitted maximum 50% of total credit studied in a stage

9 Course Examination Board consider results of individual students may not change AEB marks may use discretion but only where regulations allow mitigating circumstances pre-board meeting of small group, including the chair, reviews claims and make recommendations on acceptance to CEB deferral opportunity for any failed module note acceptance where module passed academic misconduct considers recommendation of penalty from investigating panel

10 Course Examination Board- decisions Progression progress - unconditional, conditional endorse recommended referrals, progression decision deferred to next meeting of board accept mitigating circumstances, permit deferral(s), progression decision deferred to next meeting of board do not progress - require student to slow progress and repeat failed modules in part-time mode Fail and exclude from course on academic grounds Receive an award (borderlines)

11 Unconditional progression passed all modules in the stage compensation awarded (discretion) credit awarded to enable student to progress to next stage or achieve award when not all modules passed any level maximum 20 credits per 120 credit stage no change to mark for failed module not for mandatory modules no minimum mark/stage average

12 Repeat (discretion) module repeated in full permitted at all levels module capped at 40%/50% up to 20 credits for every 120 credits can be trailed into next stage (conditional progression)

13 Reassessment referral - tied to original take of module (mark capped) repeat – take module again normally with attendance (if in the following stage - trailing) (mark capped) deferral – reassessment as if for first time due to upheld mitigating circumstances (mark not capped) number of assessment attempts to pass a module = 3 repeat a module once

14 Awards AwardAlgorithmBorderline Bachelors degree with honours L5:L6 Ratio 25:75 Classification Yes 2% Criteria in GEAR Foundation degreeL5 marks only Merit - credit –weighted mean mark Distinction - credit-weighted mean mark Yes 2% Criteria in GEAR Postgraduate (PGCert, PGDip, Masters) Merit – credit-weighted mean mark over all modules of at least and at least 60 in the dissertation Distinction - credit-weighted mean mark over all modules of at least and at least 70 in the dissertation No

15 Administration External examiners’ homepage on: GEAR, external examiners’ handbook (contact details), fees and expenses form school (or Faculty) exam board arrangements, students’ work, assessment details, course handbooks, assessment policy send your completed fees and expenses forms

16 How to keep in touch Registry annual report by to: Polly Kearsey (Academic Standards Administrator)


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