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Section 9: Progression and award

9.Progression and award

Information on how a student progresses through the programme, including what a student needs to complete and pass to be awarded a degree; what are the criteria for condonement (if applicable); what are the consequences of unsatisfactory progress.

9.1.Progression and award requirements

9.1.1.Completing an undergraduate module

For undergraduate programmes, in order to pass a module it must first be completed, which means that the student has been academically assessed in all the summative assessments for the module. In other words, the student must have submitted sufficient work that can be assessed by a marker for each of the assessments.

An examination is considered complete where a student has attended and has submitted a legible answer to at least once question that can be marked. For undergraduate Computer Science modules, a coursework is complete where a student has submitted a reasonable attempt in at least 35% of the coursework tasks set. Students should clarify the completion threshold for their module with the Module Leader at the start of term.

Non-attendance to an assessment or non-submission of work without permission or approved Extenuating Circumstances, or submission of empty pages or negligible work will result in a mark of zero and for the assessment and the module will be considered incomplete.

If a module is incomplete on the first attempt, then the student will be required to be reassessed in the relevant assessments at the next opportunity.

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9.1.2.Passing a module

A module mark is determined from a weighted average of all its assessment marks, which is the total sum of each assessment mark multiplied by its assessment weighting. The calculated module mark is then rounded to the nearest integer.

The pass mark for modules at Level 4 (First), Level 5 (Intermediate), and Level 6 (Advanced) is 40%. The pass mark for modules at Level 7 (Masters) is 50%. In addition, modules may set minimum qualifying marks for individual assessments, which must also be satisfied in order to pass the module.

In order to pass an undergraduate module (Levels 4, 5 and 6), a student must have: (i) completed all assessments; (ii) achieved a minimum mark of 40% for the module overall; (iii) achieved any minimum qualifying marks set for specific assessments; and (iv) achieved a minimum mark of 40% for any non-condonable assessments (as prescribed by the Scheme of Award.)

In order to pass a Masters module (Level 7), a student must have: (i) achieved a minimum mark of 50% for the module overall; (ii) achieved any minimum qualifying marks set for specific assessments; and (iii) achieved a minimum mark of 50% for any non-condonable assessments (as prescribed by the Scheme of Award.)

Where a student achieves an overall pass mark in the module but fails to satisfy one or more minimum qualifying marks, they will fail the module (with the grade FQ: Fail to qualify.)

IET accreditation requirements

In order to meet accreditation requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), all assessments that are weighted 30-100% (inclusive) of a module have a minimum qualifying mark of 30%. This is in addition to any other requirements specified in the Scheme of Award. Further details of IET accreditation are given in Section 10: Professional accreditation and certification.

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9.1.3.Postgraduate condonement

Condonement is the process by which students can receive a pass for a postgraduate module in which they have achieved a module mark of 40% to 49%. Condonement can be applied to whole modules up to a maximum of 25% of the taught credits for the award.

A programme may designate one or more modules as being non-condonable (i.e. where condonement cannot be applied.) Students must pass all non-condonable modules on their programme in order to progress or be eligible for an award.

Where condonement is applied, the student will pass the module and will not be required to undertake re-assessment for it (this is called a condoned pass.) 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.

Where any minimum qualifying marks for the module have not been satisfied, the module is non-condonable.

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9.1.4.Progression and award

The progression and award regulations have recently been updated. This section is being rewritten and will be updated here shortly. In the meantime please refer to the Academic Manual.


9.1.5.Consequences of failure to meet progression requirements

Information on the consequences of failing to meet the programme’s progression requirements.

Students who do not complete and pass the course units/ credits required to progress from the relevant Year of their programme will not be permitted to progress (i.e. they cannot enter the next Year of the programme.)

Those students who are eligible for reassessment will be automatically permitted a second attempt at the failed modules. They may do so either as a repeating or resitting student at the next available opportunity, depending on the extent of failure (i.e. how many modules they have failed.)

Students who are not eligible for reassessment, for example where no further attempts are permitted, will not be permitted to progress and their registration will be terminated. They will be considered for an interim qualification where they have met the requirements for their programme of study.


9.1.6.Consequences of unsatisfactory progress

Students’ progress through their programme will be monitored continually through attendance and engagement monitoring, completion of formative and summative academic assessment, and their academic performance therein.

A student’s progress will be deemed to be unsatisfactory if they do not meet the minimum attendance requirements, have persistently neglected their coursework and/ or have significantly underperformed in their academic assessments without adequate explanation or formally approved Extenuating Circumstances.

Any such cases will be reviewed by the Faculty Tutor who, with the Head of Department and relevant tutors, decide what action should be taken. Students have the right to appeal decisions taken to bar them from assessment, suspend, or terminate their studies.

Learning agreement

A student whose attendance or engagement is unsatisfactory may be required to enter into a learning agreement; this will set out what UCL will do to support the student and the conditions the student agrees to meet in order to continue on the programme. Breach of the agreement will result in the revocation of any special arrangements made and/or measures approved and in the application of any penalties specified.

Barring from assessment

A students whose attendance is unsatisfactory may be barred from assessment. They will be required to continue to attend their modules and submit coursework, however, marks for any summative assessment tasks will only count and be considered by the if the bar is subsequently lifted (for example, by entering into a learning agreement.)

Barring forfeits an attempt at assessment. If the student has a second attempt remaining, he or she must repeat the module in attendance the following year. Normal progression and substitution rules apply.

Suspension of studies (for academic insufficiency)

A student whose overall attendance and performance is unsatisfactory may have their studies suspended for a period of up to one year. Suspensions of studies forfeit an attempt at assessment for all affected modules. A suspended student must repeat either the year or the term/s in which the insufficiency occurred in the next academic year, repeating in attendance all modules for which the student has second attempts remaining.

If a suspension would permanently prevent progression or award of degree due to one or several forfeited second attempts at assessment, suspensions usually become terminations of study.

Termination of studies

A student’s studies may be terminated on grounds of academic insufficiency, where this is deemed irretrievable (for example, where attempts at assessment have or would become exhausted.)


9.2.Modern Foreign Language education

Details of the UCL Modern Foreign Language requirements for undergraduate honours degrees (Centrally Provided.)

UCL is committed to Modern Foreign Language education and requires all UK Honours Degree students to enter UCL with, or have developed by graduation, a basic level of language competence. Students who fail to satisfy the requirement by the end of their programme will not be eligible for the award of an Honours Degree. Students should speak to their personal tutor or programme leader in the first instance if they have any questions about the requirement.

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Updated: 29-09-2017