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Progression to the Next Year

Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 (BSc or MSci)

Normally a total of at least 3.5 units from the first year must have been passed. Note that students on the combined degree of Mathematics and Statistics must also pass the module STAT1005 in order to progress.

Progression from Year 2 to Year 3 (BSc)

Normally a total of at least 7 units from the first and second year must have been passed

Progression from Year 2 to Year 3 (MSci)

In addition to the 7 units that must be passed, normally the overall weighted average of the first and second years should be 60% or better.

If the weighted average is fairly close to 60% (normally in the range 55 – 60%), then the question of progression is resolved by discussion with the Departmental tutor.

If the weighted average is well below 60%, then, assuming a total of at least 7 units have been passed, the student is transferred to the BSc and can continue into the third year of the BSc.

[For degrees in Mathematics and Physics, condition (ii) is interpreted more leniently, and students with averages of between 50 and 55% may be considered for progression]

Graduation (BSc)

Normally the following conditions must be satisfied to graduate:

(i) a total of at least 11 units must have been passed;

(ii) at least 3 units at advanced level passed;

(iii) a total of 12 units (i.e. all modules) must have been "completed", that is, all components worth more than 10% of the mark - usually this means the exam - must have been attempted.

in which case an honours degree is awarded. Students who have passed at least 10 units, with at least two course-units passed at advanced level, may be considered for a BSc ordinary degree;

Progression from Year 3 to Year 4 (MSci)

Each 3rd year MSci student who has satisfied the conditions to be awarded BSc degree is assigned a nominal BSc degree class: the student has the option of transferring to the BSc and graduating with this degree .

To progress to Year 4 the following conditions must normally be met:
(i) A total of at least 11 units from the first three years must have been passed,
(ii) The class of nominal BSc degree awarded must be a 2i or first.

If condition (i) is met but not (ii), then the student is normally transferred to the BSc and graduates.

[For the degree in Mathematics and Physics, students with a nominal 2ii degree who have met condition (i) may be allowed to progress at the discretion of the combined sub-board of examiners. ]

Graduation (MSci)

Normally a total of at least 14.5 units must have been passed, 16 units completed, and at least 3 units passed at master's level.

If this condition is not met, the student will normally be awarded a BSc degree based on his first three year’s performance, i.e. the nominal BSc degree assigned at the end of the third year will be awarded.

BSc/MSci What happens if conditions to progress are not met.

Progression Problems

What happens if insufficient units are passed to allow progression into next year of degree programme (Years 1 and 2) or to graduate (year 3)?

First: discuss things with the Departmental Tutor. If you are not eligible for a referral (see "Referrals" to find out information on referrals), the possibilities are:

(1) You can give up the degree programme. If you are in the first year, you may be able to find another more suitable degree programme to start; if so, you may be able to obtain loans, etc. for the new degree programme, provided that the change of programme is supported by both institutions involved. It is your responsibility to find a new course, apply for it, discuss any matters to do with fees etc. with your LEA, etc, although you may get advice from the Departmental Tutor or other staff.

(2) You can take a year away from college, and retake the exams you have failed the following year (resit without attendance). If you then pass enough units, you can continue into the next year. If you are eligible for loans, you will probably receive no support during the year away: please check with student loan company. The loan should normally be restored for later years if you are successful in continuing into the next year. During the year away you are not a registered student and do not attend lectures, etc.

(3) You can attend as a part-time revision student. This involves attending up to 2 units of the courses you have failed. You would have to pay for the fees (normally half full-time fees). You are then a registered student and have access to all UCL facilities. You are expected to complete all components of the modules you attend, including course-work and exam.


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