DecisionsPGTfrom1415

Decisions regarding Taught Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate Taught Examination Conventions N42 & P43 (students beginning in 2014/15 or later)

For students beginning a PGT programme in 2014/15 or later, there is no question of passing modules by compensation. However students will be entitled to an award notwithstanding failures in up to 20 credits (Masters of Postgraduate Diploma) or 10 credits (Postgraduate Certificate) of non-core modules  (S57).  In a classified programme a student failing one or more modules will not be entitled to a Merit or Distinction; note that this should be interpreted as ‘after two attempts’; note also that the Board of Examiners may nevertheless recommend the award of a Merit or a Distinction by discretion. Examples B and C in Appendix 3 are relevant to these regulations.

  • Classified programme – entry award. A classification (of Pass, Merit or Distinction) is available to any student passing all modules (whether at first or second attempt) and having an overall average of at least 50. For modules passed at second attempt, a mark of 50 (for Level 7 modules) or 40 (for modules below Level 7) is used for calculating the final overall average. In the following, a BoE may always recommend better awards by discretion if there are grounds.
    • If the BoE meets after all second attempts have been taken,  then the following options are available:
      •  An award of the class indicated by the overall average if the candidate has passed all modules and has an overall average of at least 50. [If all modules are Level 7, then the overall average will necessarily be at least 50 if all modules have been passed.]
      •  A pass level award if the overall average is at least 50 and all core modules have been passed but there up to 10 credits (PgCert) or up to 20 credits (PgDip) of non-core modules failed.
      •  A fail on the programme if more than 10 credits (PgCert) or more than 20 credits (PgDip) have been failed, if core modules have been failed, or if the overall average is less than 50. There may also be a recommendation for a lower 'exit' award if applicable; for example, a candidate passing 60 credits on a PgDip and being recommended for a PgCert.
    • If second attempts are required and the BoE meets before they have all been taken, then a recommendation or a provisional recommendation should be made in some circumstances.
      •  If the candidate has first attempt fails in up to 10 credits (PgCert) or up to 20 credits (PgDip) of non-core modules and has an overall average of at least 50, the BoE should make a provisional decision on the class of award it would recommend. If this is lower than the candidate could achieve following resits (noting how the average would be calculated), the candidate should be offered the opportunity of a resit and should advised of the provisional decision.
      •  If the candidate has first attempt fails in up to 20 (but more than 10) credits (PgCert) or up to 40 (but more than 20) credits (PgDip), the candidate will normally take the second attempts, but there remains the possibility of an award by discretion. If discretion is used, care should be taken if the recommended award is lower than the candidate could achieve following resits (see above).
      •  If the candidate has first attempt fails in more than 20 credits (PgCert) or more than 40 credits (PgDip), then the candidate has no right to further attempts. The BoE has the following options available:
      • Decide that the candidate has failed the programme (and recommend a lower ‘exit’ award if applicable, i.e., a PgCert exit award on a PgDip programme).
      • Allow ‘outstanding’ second attempts (a decision of the Chair of the BoE).
      • Use discretion to recommend an award of an appropriate class, assuming there are reasonable grounds for so doing.
    • If the BoE meets before all first attempts have been taken (most probably because a first attempt has been deferred or set aside), then consideration of the candidate is likely to be deferred until all first attempts have been taken, although it might be possible to make a provisional decision. For a candidate still to complete a first attempt, there might be questions about second attempts. If the candidate would definitely be entitled to second attempts

Masters: The same argument applies to a Masters candidate if the BoE meets at the end of the taught element of the programme. If the BoE meets after the submission of the dissertation, then the candidate retains a right to one resubmission of the dissertation, provided that they failed at first attempt no more than 40 credits of the taught element of the programme.

When a candidate is recommended for a ‘lower’ exit award, they might be entitled to reassessment for the entry award but there is no right to reassessment for an exit award.

  • Non-classified programme – entry award. The situation is similar to that of classified awards, but simpler in that there is no requirement to consider the possibility of higher classes of award.