Transfers to or within the University (Recognition of Prior Learning and Direct Entry) Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

General Regulations E19-22

Supplementary notes:

For a student transferring within Newcastle, marks from one programme should normally be used fully in calculating the degree class in another programme with the weighting as determined for the new programme.

A student bringing in credit from another UK HEI will technically transfer the credits, but on a pass/fail basis, without importing the marks. Any classification therefore depends on modules studied at Newcastle only.

Transfers between degree programmes

Undergraduate Progress Regulation F18 - 21

Postgraduate Taught Progress Regulation E9

Supplementary notes:
  • A student permitted to transfer under Regulation F20 should not normally be required to repeat a module they have already passed. Note that a student can be granted APL for modules already passed.
  • Undergraduate Progress Regulation F21 (b) allows a student to transfer to a largely similar degree but does not allow them to gain an unfair advantage over other students by setting aside previous assessments. Any new modules will be taken as first attempts.
  • A student may only transfer under F21 (b) if they have one or more attempts remaining for the failed modules. This means, for example, that a student commencing Stage 1 in 2013/14 cannot transfer under F21 (b) if they have two failed attempts at a module that would be repeated in the new programme.
  • Undergraduate DPDs may, with the agreement of the relevant Board of Examiners*, agree transfers between programmes under convention F18 if the programme into which the student transfers would have been passed, thereby allowing progression, even when fails exist from the original programme. This will arise, most often, when a core module in the first programme is failed, but this same module is not core in the second, and passing is possible – as of right – by compensation. (Passing might also be allowed, in the second programme, by the exercise of discretion – a discretion not exercised in the first programme.) The procedure is therefore to agree to the transfer and then to apply the rules/discretion in the second programme. Note: This should never be undertaken without prior agreement that progress will be permitted in the second programme i.e. transfer to a second programme with fails standing is not to be considered under this heading; this situation is covered by F20.

*These decisions are likely to arise outside the meetings of the Board of Examiners, so the Chair of that Board will be taking action on behalf of the Board. It would be wise, if they are any doubts, for the Chair to consult a few senior colleagues on the Board and, of course, any such decisions must be reported to the next meeting of the Board.

Decisions about student transfers should be recorded on the DPD request form (Word: 741KB).