Scheme of Assessment

The awards of the University are made and classified according to the relevant Scheme of Assessment. The Schemes of Assessment are regularly reviewed to ensure that they remain appropriate, reflect all relevant external regulatory and sector frameworks and ensure the continuing academic standards of the University’s awards.

The Schemes of Assessment in place for undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes can be found within the Senate Regulations on the Student and Academic Services website, and include the cohorts to which each scheme applies.  Schemes of Assessment that were in place for students graduating from previous cohorts are also listed, or can be made available upon request.

For students graduating in the 2020 academic year whose studies were affected by the impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic the University put in place a number of measures in order to protect students’ outcomes.  These included, for undergraduate students:

  • A Safety Net Policy which ensured that a student’s credit weighted average for the year of study would not be negatively affected by the disruption caused by Covid-19;
  • Temporary revisions to the preponderance requirements for the award of each degree classification, in light of the impact of Covid-19 on the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.  These are set out in the exceptional variation to Senate Regulation 5 for students graduating in 2020

For taught postgraduate students the University put in place:

  • A Safety Net Policy which ensured that a student’s credit weighted average for period affected by Covid-19 would not be negatively affected by the disruption caused;
  • Temporary revisions to the scheme of assessment for merit and distinction classifications where a student’s project or dissertation was affected by the disruption caused.  These are set out in the exceptional variation to Senate Regulation 6 from March 2020