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Compensation - What you need to know

Changes to the requirement to pass all modules

Compensation at the Final Board

Should I take the Compensation or go to Reassessment?

Consequences for Graduation and attending the Graduation Ceremony

Consequences of taking Reassessment

Consequences of taking the Compensation

What happens next

Compensation at the Reassessment Board

Example of Reassessment vs Compensation

Delayed Sit Students from previous academic years

Information on the modules which are eligible for compensation in each Course

Changes to the requirement to pass all modules

The University is introducing compensation for some courses.

Compensation: if a student has achieved good marks in all of their modules except for one 20- or 30-credit module they may have achieved the requirements for a degree without undertaking reassessment. Compensation will only be available in some courses and will not be allowed in courses where all modules need to be passed, for example those for professional degrees.

Compensation will not be allowed in any module designated as core (those that must be passed to meet the learning outcomes of the course). Some modules in some courses will not be core, and will be compensatable.

In order to be considered for compensation in eligible courses:

  1. The finalist must fail only one module, of no more than 30 credits.
  2. The failed module must be eligible for compensation i.e. is not designated as core on the course.
  3. The student must have an average mark for the year of at least the pass mark (40% for Bachelor's degrees; 50% for Integrated Masters degrees). All modules including the failed module contribute to this mark.

A compensated module will be recorded on the students’ marks statements and transcripts with a grade of ‘compensated pass.’ The achieved mark will not change.

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Compensation at the Final Board

For final-year students who are eligible for compensation, the Board of Examiners will consider their marks and recommend a classification for their award assuming that the failed module is compensated. It will be assumed that finalists who are eligible wish to take the compensation, so that they can have the award conferred, graduate and not worry about reassessment. However, students may opt to go to reassessment if they wish to.

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Should I take the Compensation or go to Reassessment?

This will be the student’s decision. Students may want to consider the effects of both options in light of their overall performance and the degree classification they are hoping to achieve. Some of the issues they may want to consider are outlined below. In terms of affecting the eventual classification outcome, whether or not a capped reassessment mark will improve the class will depend on the whole set of marks, how high the original fail mark is, and how close to the borderline of the next class the students’ marks lie. If students have any doubts about which option to take or would like to discuss their options further they should discuss their situation with their Adviser or the Student Union Advice Centre.

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Consequences for Graduation and attending the Ceremony

Finalists who are eligible for compensation will be awarded their degree which will be conferred at their graduation ceremony, and if they are attending Graduation, they will receive their parchment. For students who wish to go to reassessment they can attend Graduation, but they will not receive their degree or parchment until the Reassessment outcome is known because this may affect the degree classification. Please note that students who have failed a Semester One module may now pass the year. Please check if your failed module is on the list.

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Consequences of taking Reassessment for Finalists

  1. Students would have the chance to pass all their modules and to have a pass mark recorded on their transcript, rather than a mark below the pass mark.
  2. Taking reassessment may improve the classification and consequently the job prospects or further study options available to the student.
  3. All module marks at Stage 2 (Year 2) and above contribute to the degree classification so by improving the module result at Reassessment, students’ classification mark would improve. However, the significance of the improvement would depend on the original failed mark and how close to the borderline the overall marks are. Please remember that:
    1. Reassessment marks are capped at the pass mark, so the mark of 40% (for Bachelors) would contribute to the classification mark, not the actual mark achieved at reassessment.
    2. The module marks are weighted according to credit and year of study.
  4. For finalists who choose to go to reassessment to improve their failed module mark, and pass the module at reassessment, a mark of 40% (for Bachelors) will be used in the degree classification calculation. Students will be able to calculate in advance whether the improvement in the mark would materially affect their classification. If passing the module at reassessment would make a student’s degree class a 2i, instead of 2ii, for example, it would be sensible for the student to consider taking the reassessment option.
  5. Taking the reassessment option will cost students £70. This is the current module charge for reassessment.
  6. Taking the reassessment option delays the conferment of the degree and may result in a delay in starting in employment.

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Consequences of taking the Compensation for Finalists

  1. Finalists would have their degrees conferred at the July Graduation ceremonies, and would be available for graduate-level employment immediately.
  2. Students would know when they received their results in July that they had successfully completed their degree and did not need to make themselves available for Reassessment exams or undertake Reassessment coursework during the Summer vacation.
  3. Students would not be charged the £70 reassessment fee.
  4. Students would have on record a mark that is below the pass mark, graded as a ‘compensated pass’.
  5. The mark achieved would contribute to the Stage Average, and, for ‘counting’ years (Year 2 and beyond, contributing to the classification mark), not going to reassessment may result in a lower classification.

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What happens next

  1. Lists of modules detailing which are core and which can be compensated are published for each Course on the LTS website
  2. Students will be notified that they have received compensation, if appropriate, when their results are published, and there will be instructions on how to opt for reassessment instead, if they wish to, in the results email sent from the Hubs. The deadline for informing finalists of their results is 6 July 2018.
  3. Finalists who wish to go to reassessment rather than take compensation should apply to their Hub by Thursday 12 July 2018.  They can still attend Graduation, but will not receive their parchment until after reassessment.

compensation flowchart

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Compensation at the Reassessment Board

  1. Students will undergo reassessment either because they have failed modules that are core and are not eligible for compensation or they have failed more than one module, or they have chosen to take the reassessment instead of the compensation.
  2. If a finalist fails one module at reassessment, and that module meets the compensation criteria, the Board of Examiners will award the degree to the student. The higher of the two achieved marks attempted at first sit and at reassessment will be recorded on the student’s record along with a grade of Compensated Pass, for the failed module.
  3. If the failed module is not eligible for compensation, the student will receive an appropriate exit award.

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Example of Reassessment vs Compensation

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Delayed Sit Students from previous academic years

Students who were finalists in previous academic years and who were given a delayed sit opportunity which they are undertaking in May 2018 will be eligible for compensation following the regulations for this year’s finalists.

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Information on the modules which are eligible for compensation in each Course

Modules Eligible for Compensation

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