Changes to Award Regulations for Continuing Students Changes to Award Regulations for Continuing Students

Compensation - What you need to know

Changes to the requirement to pass all modules

Delayed Sit Students from 2015/6

Referral to Reassessment

Is it better for Continuing Students to undertake Reassessment or take the Compensation

Consequences of taking Reassessment

Consequences of taking the Compensation

What happens next

Compensation at the Reassessment Board

Example of Reassessment vs Compensation

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-credit module, they may be able to be progress to the next year 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 student must fail only one module, of no more than 20 credits.
  2. The failed module must be eligible for compensation i.e. is not designated as core.
  3. The student must have an average mark for the year of at least 40%. 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’ next to the achieved mark.

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Delayed Sit Students from 2015/6

Students who were continuing students in 2015/6 and were given a delayed sit opportunity that they are undertaking in May 2017 fall under the original regulations and must pass all modules. There is no compensation available for this cohort of students for modules studied in 2015/6.

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Referral to Reassessment

The University will refer to reassessment all non-final year students who have failed a module but are eligible for compensation. This is because we believe that students should have the opportunity to pass all their modules, and obtain the best marks possible, over two attempts. However, students may opt out of the reassessment opportunity and take the compensation if they wish to.

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Is it better for Continuing Students to undertake Reassessment or take the Compensation?

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 of taking Reassessment

  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. 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:
    • Reassessment marks are capped at the pass mark, so the mark of 40% would contribute to the classification mark, not the actual mark achieved at reassessment.
    • The module marks are weighted according to credit and year of study.
  3. Taking the reassessment option will cost students £70. This is the current module charge for reassessment.

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Consequences of taking the Compensation

  1. Students would know when they received their results in July that they had progressed to the next year and did not need to make themselves available for Reassessment exams or undertake Reassessment coursework during the Summer vacation.
  2. Students would not be charged the £70 reassessment fee.
  3. Students would have on record a mark that is below the pass mark, graded as a ‘compensated pass’.
  4. The mark achieved would contribute to the Stage Average, and, for ‘counting’ years (Years 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 will be published for each Course on the LTS website by the 22 May 2017
  2. Students who are eligible for compensation will be notified when their results are published, and there will be instructions on how to opt out of reassessment and take the compensation in the results email sent from the Hubs. These emails will be sent to students on 18 July at the latest.
  3. If students do not wish to go to reassessment and would rather take the compensation, they must inform the Hub team by 28 July 2017.

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 these students fail one module at reassessment, and that module meets the compensation criteria, the Board of Examiners will progress the students to the next year. The higher of the two achieved marks attempted at first sit and at reassessment will be recorded on the students’ record against the Compensated Pass grade, for the failed module.
  3. If the failed module is not eligible for compensation, the student will be withdrawn through academic failure.

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Example of Reassessment vs Compensation

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

Modules Eligible for Compensation

 

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