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9 Progression & Award 2017-18

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Section 9: Progression & Award 2017-18

The following regulations apply to all UCL UG and PGT students in all years of study, except where approved Derogations and Variations supersede.

The following substantive changes have been made for 2017-18:

9.1 Overarching Principles

Principle 17:

Qualifications must only be awarded for the successful achievement of defined learning outcomes.

Principle 18:

The criteria for progression and the award of a degree must be transparent, clearly defined and fair to all students, and aligned with the requirements of the UCL Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Principle 19:

Programmes must include regular review points to support and evaluate a student’s progress throughout their programme.

Principle 20:

A student may be permitted to progress from one year to the next and/ or be awarded a degree where they are carrying a small amount of failure, as long as their overall performance is of a good standard and the requirements of any relevant Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Bodies are met.

9.2 Honours Degree Progression & Award Requirements

9.2.1

Non-Standard Progression and Award Requirements 

1. This section defines UCL’s standard Honours Degree Progression and Award requirements. The following approved variations and derogations from these standard regulations for specific Faculties, Departments and programmes are detailed in Chapter 8: Derogations and Variations:
  a) Faculty of the Built Environment h)  Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the Institute of Education
  b) Faculty of Engineering Sciences  i)  Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  c) Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences j)  Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  d) Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences k)  Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  e) Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Speech Sciences  l) Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  f) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English m)  Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  g) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art n)  Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

9.2.2

Three-Year Bachelors

 
Progression from Year 1 to Year 2
1. In order to progress from Year 1, students must have passed at least 3.0 course units and be registered to complete in Year 2 any course units not yet complete. However, students may not progress from Year 1 or register for incomplete course units or re-sit attempts if they have exhausted the permitted number of opportunities. 
2. Students who have not completed 4.0 course units from Year 1 after having exhausted the permitted number of opportunities may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to obtain Faculty approval to seek a Suspension of Regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion.
3. At the discretion of the Faculty Tutor, upon the recommendation of the relevant Programme Board of Examiners, students may progress if they have failed to meet the progression threshold by 0.5 course units and, therefore, have passed 2.5 course units.
 
Progression from Year 2 to Year 3
4. In order to progress from Year 2, students must be complete in the 4.0 course units from Year 1, and have passed at least 7.0 course units, and be registered to complete in their final year any course units not yet complete. However, students may not progress from Year 2 or register for incomplete course units or re-sit attempts if they have exhausted the permitted number of opportunities. 
5. Students who have not completed 4.0 course units from Year 1, or have incomplete course units from Year 2 following an interruption, may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to obtain Faculty approval to seek a suspension of regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion. Otherwise, such students will never complete the number of modules required to graduate with an Honours Degree.
6. At the discretion of the Faculty Tutor, upon the recommendation of the relevant Programme Board of Examiners, students may progress if they have failed to meet the progression threshold by 0.5 course units and, therefore, have passed 6.5 course units, provided all Year 1 progression requirements have been met including passing at least 3.0 course units from Year 1.
 
Award of an Honours Degree
7. Students registered on a three year programme will be awarded an Honours Degree provided they have:
  a) Completed 12.0 course units, and
  b) Passed at least 11.0 course units including at least 3.0 course units at level 6, and
  c) Satisfied the Honours Degree Modern Foreign Language Requirements (see Section 9.3). 

9.2.3

Four-Year Bachelors with Extra-Mural Study Abroad or Placement Year

 
Progression from Year 1 to Year 2
1. In order to progress from Year 1, students must have passed at least 3.0 course units and be registered to complete in Year 2 any course units not yet complete. However, students may not progress from Year 1 or register for incomplete course units or re-sit attempts if they have exhausted the permitted number of opportunities. 
2. Students who have not completed 4.0 course units from Year 1 after having exhausted the permitted number of opportunities may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to obtain Faculty approval to seek a suspension of regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion.
3. At the discretion of the Faculty Tutor, upon the recommendation of the relevant Programme Board of Examiners, students may progress if they have failed to meet the progression threshold by 0.5 course units and, therefore, have passed 2.5 course units.
 
Progression from Year 2 to Year 3
4. In order to progress from Year 2, students must be complete in the 4.0 course units from Year 1, and have passed at least 7.0 course units and be registered to complete in their final year any course units not yet complete. However, students may not progress from Year 2 or register for incomplete course units or re-sit attempts if they have exhausted the permitted number of opportunities. 
5. Students who have not completed 4.0 course units from Year 1, or have incomplete modules from Year 2 following an interruption, may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to obtain Faculty approval to seek a suspension of regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion.
6. Students should have qualified for progression prior to their Study Abroad/ Placement Year. 
7. If the student is to re-sit the assessment this must take place during the summer before they enter Year 4 at the time of the Late Summer Assessments.
 
Progression from Year 3 to Year 4
8. In order to progress from Year 3, students must be complete in 12.0 course units, have passed at least 11.0 course units, and have met all Year 2 progression requirements.
9. All progression decisions at the end of Year 3 are provisional. Progression from Year 3 will not be confirmed until all marks are available and have been ratified by the Programme Board of Examiners. Progression may therefore be confirmed at the start of Year 4.
 
The Award of an Honours Degree
10. Students registered on a four-year programme with an Extra-Mural Study Abroad or Placement Year will be awarded an Honours Degree provided they have:
  a) Completed 16.0 course units, and
  b) Passed a minimum of 14.5 course units including at least 3.0 course units at level 6, and
  c) Satisfied the Honours Degree Modern Foreign Language Requirements (see Section 9.3). 

9.2.4

Four-Year Integrated Masters

Progression from Year 1 to Year 2
1. In order to progress from Year 1, students must have passed at least 3.0 course units and be registered to complete in Year 2 any course units not yet complete. However, students may not progress from Year 1 or register for incomplete course units or re-sit attempts if they have exhausted the permitted number of opportunities. 
2. Students who have not completed 4.0 course units from Year 1 after having exhausted the permitted number of opportunities may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to obtain Faculty approval to seek a suspension of regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion.
3. At the discretion of the Faculty Tutor, upon the recommendation of the relevant Programme Board of Examiners, students may progress if they have failed to meet the progression threshold by 0.5 course units and, therefore, have passed 2.5 course units.
Progression from Year 2 to Year 3
4. In order to progress from Year 2, students must be complete in the 4.0 course units from Year 1, and have passed at least 7.0 course units, and be registered to complete in their final year any course units not yet complete. However, students may not progress from Year 2 or register for incomplete course units or re-sit attempts if they have exhausted the permitted number of opportunities. 
5. Students who have not completed 4.0 course units from Year 1, or have incomplete course units from Year 2 following an interruption, may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to obtain Faculty approval to seek a suspension of regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion. Otherwise, such students will never complete the number of modules required to graduate with an Honours Degree.
Progression from Year 3 to Year 4
6. In order to progress from Year 3, students must be complete in the 4.0 course units from Year 1 and the 4.0 course units from Year 2, have passed at least 11.0 course units, and be registered to complete in their final year any course units not yet complete.
7. Students who have not completed the 4.0 course units from Year 1 and the 4.0 course units from Year 2, or have incomplete course units from Year 3 following an interruption, may ask their Departmental/ Divisional Tutor to seek a suspension of regulations from UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) to allow a third attempt at a time other than the next scheduled occasion. Otherwise, such students will never complete the number of course units required to graduate with an Honours Degree.
8. At the discretion of the Faculty Tutor, upon the recommendation of the relevant Programme Board of Examiners, students may progress if they have failed to meet the progression threshold by 0.5 course units and, therefore, have passed 10.5 course units, provided all Year 2 progression requirements have been met including passing a total of at least 6.5 course units from Year 1 and Year 2.
 
The Award of an Honours Degree
9. Students registered on an Integrated Masters programme will be awarded an Honours Degree provided they have:
  a) Completed 16.0 course units, and
  b) Passed at least 14.5 course units including at least 3.0 course units at level 6 and at least 3.0 course units at level 7, and
  c) Satisfied the Honours Degree Modern Foreign Language Requirements (see Section 9.3). 

9.2.5

Exceptional Permission to Progress

1. Undergraduate students who fail to meet the requirements for progression from one academic year to the next may apply for exceptional permission to progress:
  a) Students considering an application for exceptional permission to progress should in the first instance discuss this course of action with the Departmental/ Divisional Tutor and take account of the regulations in Section 6: Extenuating Circumstances
  b) Applications for exceptional permission to progress a student with a total of 2.5 passed course units should be made to the Faculty Tutor.

9.3 Honours Degree Modern Foreign Language Requirements

1. UCL is committed to Modern Foreign Language education. All UK Honours Degree students, with the exception of those on one year Top-Up Honours Degrees or iBSc degrees, must enter UCL with, or have developed by graduation, a basic level of competence in a Modern Foreign Language (MFL).
2. In order to satisfy UCL’s Modern Foreign Language (MFL) requirements, students must undertake one of the following:
  a) Hold a C grade or higher in GCSE, or equivalent, in a Modern Foreign Language, OR
  b) Where available, attend a Modern Foreign Language Summer School arranged by UCL prior to enrolment, OR
  c) Enrol on a 15-credit module in a Modern Foreign Language as a module choice within the student’s standard programme diet. The student must be subject to the standard programme requirements for Progression, Award, Classification and Reassessment, OR
  d) Enrol on an additional 15-credit module in a Modern Foreign Language, over and above the student’s standard programme diet. The student must meet the minimum attendance requirements and take part in the assessment, but does not have to pass the module and the mark will not be included in the student’s Classification calculation, OR
  e) Exceptionally, and by agreement with the UCL Centre for Language and International Education, enrol on an evening class in a Modern Foreign Language.
3. In exceptional circumstances UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) may suspend the MFL requirements if they are deemed to place an unreasonable burden on a student. Applications must be made to UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance via the Faculty Tutor.
4. A student who fails to satisfy the requirement by the end of their programme will not be eligible for the award of an Honours Degree.
 
British Sign Language
5. Enrolment on a 15-credit module in British Sign Language will satisfy the MFL requirement.
6. Subject to approval by the Faculty Tutor, an appropriate, formal qualification in British Sign Language or another Sign Language may be considered as an equivalent to a GCSE.
7. Subject to approval by UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), experiential learning in British Sign Language or another Sign Language may be considered, where accreditation is not available. Applications must be made via the Faculty Tutor.
 
Ancient Languages
8. GCSE passes in, or enrolment on a 15-credit module in, Ancient Greek, Hebrew or Latin will not satisfy the MFL requirement.
 
Heritage and Community Languages
9.  Subject to approval by the Faculty Tutor, an appropriate, formal qualification in a heritage or community language may be considered as an equivalent to a GCSE.
10.  Subject to approval by UCL Academic Policy and Quality Assurance on behalf of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), experiential learning in a heritage or community language may be considered, where accreditation is not available. Applications must be made via the Faculty Tutor.

9.4 Graduate Certificate & Graduate Diploma Award Criteria

9.4.1

Graduate Certificate

1. In order to be awarded a Graduate Certificate, students must have:
  a) Completed 2.0 course units, AND
  b) Passed 1.5 course units, of which 0.5 course units may be a condoned fail within the applicable referral range, AND
  c) Achieved an overall weighted average of at least 40%.

9.4.2

Graduate Diploma

1. In order to be awarded a Graduate Diploma, students must have:
  a) Completed 4.0 course units, AND
  b) Passed 3.5 course units, of which 0.5 course units may be a condoned fail within the applicable referral range, AND
  c) Achieved an overall weighted average of at least 40%.

9.5 Taught Postgraduate Award Requirements

9.5.1

Progression

1. Taught Postgraduate programmes of one year’s duration or less do not include any progression requirements.
2. Students registered on programmes of more than one year’s duration must satisfy any requirements specified in the Student Handbook or equivalent with regard to progression between each year of the programme.

9.5.2

Condoned Marks

1. At taught postgraduate level, marks of 40-49% (or equivalent on alternative marking scales) in up to 25% of a student’s taught credits may be condoned.
2. The condonement criteria apply at both the first and second attempts.
3. Once a mark is formally condoned by the Board of Examiners, the student will not be required or permitted to resit.
4. The condoned mark will stand (i.e. the mark will not be raised to the pass mark) but will be treated as pass in all subsequent conditions and will be included in the student’s classification calculation, where applicable.
5. Subject to approval by UCL Education Committee, or its nominee, a programme may designate one or more modules as non-condonable. Students must pass all non-condonable modules on their programme in order to progress or be eligible for an award.
6. Condonement can only be considered and applied by the Programme Board of Examiners at the end of the taught modules, when the full extent of any failure is known.
7. Students who do not meet all the condonement criteria will be required to resit – see Section 11: Consequences of Failure.

9.5.3

Postgraduate Certificate Award Criteria

1. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for a Postgraduate Certificate, whether as a final or exit qualification: 
  a) Students must pass 60 credits and achieve a weighted average of at least 50%.
  b) Where a student passes at least 45 credits, and achieves a mark of 40-49% in a maximum of 15 credits, the condonable mark will be treated as a pass, and the student will not be permitted to resit.

9.5.4

Postgraduate Diploma Award Criteria

1. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for a Postgraduate Diploma, whether as a final or exit qualification:
  a) Students must pass 120 credits and achieve a weighted average of at least 50%.
  b) Where a student passes at least 90 credits, and achieves a mark of 40-49% in a maximum of 30 credits, the condonable mark will be treated as a pass, and the student will not be permitted to resit.

9.5.5

Masters Award Criteria

1. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for a Masters degree:
  a) Students must pass at least 180 credits and achieve a weighted average of at least 50%.
  b) Where a student passes at least 75% of their taught credits, and achieves a mark of 40-49% in a maximum of 25% of their taught credits, the condonable mark will be treated as a pass, and the student will not be permitted to resit.