About progression and award decisions

Progression and award decisions are made by following the rules defined in the University's regulations. This is important if you are considering appealing against a board of examiners' decision.

Progression decision

This is a decision made by a board of examiners about whether you can proceed to the next stage of course, e.g. the next year or the dissertation/project. If you have failed a module, the board will decide what opportunity, if any, you will have to resit/resubmit failed components of assessment associated with the module

Award decision

This is a decision about whether you have successfully completed sufficient credits to be eligible to be awarded your degree. If you are eligible for an award the Board of Examiners will also determine your degree classification.

Regulations governing progression and award

The framework for the assessment and award of students is set out in Senate Regulations.

In certain instances the nature of the course means that there are stricter requirements necessary for progression/award. These are usually because of requirements imposed by professional bodies that accredit the course. The programme specification and your course handbook will advise if any stricter requirements apply.

Appeals against a 'without residence' decision

If you are an undergraduate student and you have been given a 'without residence' semester/year this will be because, as things stand, you have not passed enough modules (achieved sufficient credits) for the Board of Examiners to allow you to proceed to the next year of your course or be awarded your degree but you are eligible under regulations to have another attempt at specified failed assessments.

The University sets a limit on the number of credits that you can be allowed to resit or resubmit and still proceed to the next year of your course. This is so that you have a manageable workload and have successfully completed enough of your course to prepare you for the challenges of your next year of study. You are awarded the credits associated with a module when you pass the module. Credits are not awarded for individual assessments unless a module only has one assessment that counts for 100% of the module mark.

Possible outcomes of an appeal against a resit or resubmission without residence decision

If you successfully appeal a resit or resubmission without residence decision, a possible outcome if mitigating circumstances were your grounds for appeal is the award of sits/submits. These will apply to the failed assessment components of modules that you have not passed but which the appeal panel has accepted were adversely affected by mitigating circumstances. The marks you achieve in sit/submit attempts will not be capped. You should know that these attempts will have to remain as part of a ‘without residence year’ if you still have more failed credits than the regulations allow to be taken into the next year of your course or, if you are a finalist, before you are eligible to graduate. If the panel accepts that your assessment performance was affected by extremely severe mitigating circumstances that meant that you were unable to take advantage of the teaching over a whole semester or the entire academic year, you might be awarded a repeat period of study.

It is extremely unlikely that as a result of your appeal you will be allowed to proceed to the next year of your course.