Chapter 8 - Progression

  1. Progression
    1. Condonement Principles
      1. Condonement is the process that allows students to be awarded credit in order to allow for progression or award, despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt of a module.
      2. Programme specifications must make it clear which modules are condonable (condonement rules are relative to the programme of study).
      3. Students are not entitled to reassessment on a condoned credit.
      4. Condonement should only be applied in order to allow for progression or award.
    2. Pre-undergraduate Programmes – Progression Principles
      1. In order for a student to progress to the next stage or to classification of the award, the Programme/Discipline Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee must confirm that they have passed their current stage. In order to progress, students must have satisfied both of the following conditions:
        1. Registered for and participated in modules amounting to at least the normal total credit value as specified in the Tables of Main Higher Education Awards in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
        2. Achieved a credit weighted stage mean of 40.00%. This is applicable to both the main programme award and any exit awards, and should be calculated on the basis of credit passed in line with Chapter 9 of the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
    3. Pre-undergraduate Condonement
      1. If a student is eligible for condonement, a Programme/Discipline Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee must award credit to an undergraduate student, to permit progression or award, despite failure to achieve a pass mark. To allow condonement the Committee must satisfy itself that all of the following conditions apply:
        1. The total credit failed in a stage does not exceed a quarter of the total required for the stage.
        2. The student has achieved a stage mean of 40.00%.
        3. None of the condoned credits are stipulated as non-condonable in the Programme Specification.
      2. Condoned credit must be recorded as a “condoned fail” on the students record.
      3. Failure of more than a quarter of the total required for the stage implies that the student is failing the programme. In the following instances, the Committee must refer the decision to the College Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee, which will in turn refer to Chapter 11 on Consequences of Failure in Assessments;
        1. Where a student has failure in up to a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and does not meet the above criteria for condonement;
        2. Where a student has failure in up to a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and also has outstanding deferred assessments, such that the total credit not passed is more than a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and therefore it cannot be condoned.
      4. Where failure cannot be condoned in a stage, please refer to Chapter 11.2.2 for guidance.
    4. Undergraduate Programmes – Progression Principles
      1. In order for a student to progress to the next stage or to classification of the award, the Programme/Discipline Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee must confirm that they have passed their current stage. In order to progress, students must have satisfied both of the following conditions:
        1. Registered for and participated in modules amounting to at least the normal credit value per stage as specified in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
        2. Achieved a credit weighted stage mean of 40.00% (or 50.00% for Masters-level modules taken as part of an integrated Masters programme). This is applicable to both the main programme award and any exit awards, and should be calculated on the basis of credit passed in line with Chapter 9 of the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
      2. The credit-weighted stage mean of 50.00% for Masters-level modules taken as part of an integrated Masters programme is applicable from the 2012/13 entry cohort for MEng programmes, and from the 2013/14 entry cohort for all other integrated Masters programmes. For student cohorts prior to these dates, a credit weighted stage mean of 40.00% applies.
    5. Undergraduate Condonement
      1. If a student is eligible for condonement, a Programme/Discipline Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee must award credit to an undergraduate student, to permit progression or award, despite failure to achieve a pass mark. To allow condonement the Committee must satisfy itself that all of the following conditions apply:
        1. The total credit failed in a stage does not exceed a quarter of the total credit requirement for the stage as defined in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
        2. The failed modules must have a mark of between 0 and 39%1.
        3. The student has achieved a stage mean of 40.00% (or 50.00% for Masters-level modules taken as part of an integrated Masters programme).
        4. None of the condoned credits are from core/ compulsory modules and are stipulated as non-condonable in the Programme Specification.
      2. Condoned credit must be recorded as a “condoned fail” on the student’s record.
      3. Failure of more than a quarter of the total credit required for the stage implies that the student is failing the programme and therefore the student should be referred in all failed assessments where referral is possible.
      4. In the following instances, the Committee must refer the decision to the College Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee, which will in turn refer to Chapter 11 on Consequences of Failure in Assessments;
        1. Where a student has failure in up to a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and does not meet the above criteria for condonement;
        2. Where a student has failure in up to a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and also has outstanding deferred assessments, such that the total credit not passed is more than a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and therefore it cannot be condoned.
      5. Where failure cannot be condoned in a stage, please refer to Chapter 11.2.2 for guidance.
    6. Taught Postgraduate Programmes – Progression Principles2 and 3
      1. It is recognised that for the majority of taught postgraduate programmes, all study takes place at one academic level. These programmes are considered to consist of one academic stage, even if study runs across multiple years. Therefore condonement will only be applied at the point of awarding.
      2. In order for a student to progress to the next stage or to classification of the award, the Programme/Discipline Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee must confirm that they have passed their current stage. In order to progress, students must have satisfied both of the following conditions:
        1. Registered for and participated in modules amounting to at least the normal credit value per stage as specified in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
        2. Achieved a credit-weighted stage mean of 50.00%. This is applicable to both the main programme award and any exit awards, and should be calculated on the basis of credit passed in line with Chapter 9 of the Credit and Qualifications Framework.
    7. Postgraduate Condonement2 and 3
      1. If a student is eligible for condonement, a Programme/Discipline Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee must award credit to a taught postgraduate student, to permit progression to the award, despite failure to achieve a pass mark. 
      2. To allow a condonement, the Committee must satisfy itself that all of the following conditions apply:
        1. The total credit failed does not exceed a quarter of the total credit required for the award.
        2. The failed modules must have a mark of between 0 and 49.00%1.
        3. The student has achieved a credit weighted stage mean of at least 50.00%.
        4. None of the condoned credits are from core/compulsory modules and are stipulated as non-condonable in the Programme Specification.
      3. Condoned credit must be recorded as a “condoned fail” on the students record.
      4. Failure of more than a quarter of the total required credit for the stage implies that the student is failing the programme and therefore the student should be referred in all failed assessments where referral is possible. 
      5. In the following instances, the Committee must refer the decision to the College Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee, which will in turn refer to Chapter 11 on Consequences of Failure in Assessments;
        1. Where a student has failure in up to a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and does not meet the above criteria for condonement;
        2. Where a student has failure in up to a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and also has outstanding deferred assessments, such that the total credit not passed is more than a quarter of the total credit required for the stage and therefore it cannot be condoned.
      6. Where failure cannot be condoned in a stage, please refer to Chapter 11.2.2 for guidance.

        1 Engineering Programme Specifications must be consulted for programme-specific rules on condonement, which detail PSRB requirements.
        2 For Keypath Education programmes, please refer to the Special Provisions information for further guidance.
        For Nursing programmes offered by the College of Medicine and Health, please see the Special Provisions information for further guidance.

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