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Faculty Handbook

Glossary of Terms

Credits:

Credits are gained when a student has satisfied the Board of Examiners in respect of the asssessment requirements for the module concerned. The credit value for each module is indicated in the module description, and in the relevant degree regulations.

Prerequisites:

Requirements that need to have been fulfilled before a student can register for the module. They are supplementary to general matriculation requirements. Some examples of prerequisites include: specifc subjects or grades at A-level,  a specific total A-level score, specific GCSE subjects or grades, titles of any modules at a lower level which must already have been satisfactorily completed (i.e. passed).

Corequisites:

Modules that must be taken in the same academic year as the selected module.

Open Module:

A module that is available to any student following any programme offered by any Board of Studies who can satisfy the prerequisites.

Tied Module:

A module that is only available to students studying on a particular degree programme(s).

Level:

A stage of study within a degree programme, generally referring to the year in which a particular module would be studied (e.g. 1, 2, 3 or 4). Each level consists of 120 credits, the completion of which enables a student to progress to the next level of their degree programme.  



If you have a query about a specific module or degree programme, please contact the appropriate department.

If you have a question about Durham's modular degree programmes, please visit our FAQ webpage.  If you have a question about modular programmes that is not covered by the FAQ, or a query about the on-line Faculty Handbook, please contact us using the Comments and Questions form below.