Informatics Personal Tutor Guide

Informatics Personal Tutor Guide

A quick guide to Personal Tutor information for Informatics staff

Failed courses

Students who fail Non-Honours courses at below 40% have the opportunity to re-sit exams and can do so up to 3 times, unless they are on a Tier 4 visa which only allows them to take resit exams twice (unless there are special circumstances and a null-sit recommendation is made).

If a student is retaking a compulsory course (i.e. if repeating a year or carrying a course conditionally into the next year), they should be registered as either exam-only or for the entire course (especially important for Forced Fails); this should be outlined in the student’s progression decision/EUCLID Meetings/Notes. The EUCLID registration should be as a Compulsory course, with an Enrolment Rule of Must be Passed (The Student Support Team will enrol the student for any compulsory/core courses they are required to retake and advise the Personal Tutor of any optional credits that the students should be enrolled on).

Currently, non-Honours students can progress to the next year of study whilst carrying up to 20 credits of compulsory courses as additional credits or up to 40 credits of optional courses as additional credits, up until Year 3 of the degree programme and as approved by the Progression Board. This is subject to change in the next academic year. If a Year 3 student is carrying UG1 or UG2 courses and fails at their final attempt, they cannot progress because Level 7/8 courses are not permitted to be carried into Year 4.

INF1A and INF1B will be core courses from 2019/20. This means that students will not be able to progress to the next year without passing these courses.

Students who are in Honours Years can fail up to 40 credits at below 40% without affecting progression or their award (including the Honours Project, MInf Project Parts 1 and 2). Students are awarded credits on aggregate for these failed courses and do not have the opportunity retake the exam or course. The failed courses are still included in the overall average calculation, unless there are special circumstances to take into account. If more than 40 credits are failed, they are at risk of not progressing or it affecting their exit award.

Students on a MSc degree programme can fail up to 40 credits at below 50% without affecting progression or their award (as long as they meet the overall average requirement for progression). Students are awarded credits on aggregate for these failed courses and do not have the opportunity retake the exam or course. The failed courses are still included in the overall average calculation, unless there are special circumstances to take into account. If more than 40 credits are failed, they are at risk of not progressing or it affecting their exit award. If a MSc student is leaving with a PG Diploma or Certificate, the passing mark is considered 40% rather than 50%; different rules apply for these exit awards.

 

Helpful links:

ITO Progression Guidance

Taught Assessment Regulations

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