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Covid-19 Progression (2019/20)

Please note: this guidance relates primarily to the 2019-20 academic year; however, information is also available on the impact which the 2019/20 No Detriment policy will have on students graduating in 2020/21 and 2021/22 (e.g. students who were second years on a BA/BSc in 2019/20, or second/third years on an Integrated Master's programme). Relevant FAQs are highlighted below.

Updated guidance for supportive measures for 2020-21 is available via the Academic Safety Net webpages.

+How will the minimum progression threshold be set?

Thresholds will be set by academic departments (and, where relevant, Directors of Combined programmes) so as to provide confidence that students will be capable of undertaking Level 2 (for example, passing a minimum proportion of assessments, including passes in any core pre-requisite modules, or passing a number of designated modules deemed critical to Level 2 study).

Thresholds will reference programme rules and accrediting body requirements where necessary (and high thresholds – potentially including all modules – may be required for some accredited programmes), and departments will have access to previous years modules and progression marks to help set the most appropriate threshold.

+Will anything else be taken into account when determining whether I can progress?

Boards of Examiners will be able to consider any relevant Serious Adverse Circumstances, or Group Mitigation Grades (see here for further details) when considering whether a student can progress. The evidence of earlier assessments may also be used to determine whether a student is capable of undertaking the second year, if they have been unable to successfully complete all of their summative assessments because of Covid-19.

+What happens if I fail or miss one or more of my online assessments at Level 1 in May/June, but meet the minimum threshold?

If you fail one or more of your online assessments during the May/June assessment period you will not necessarily be required to undertake resits before you can proceed to Level 2. Instead, as long as you meet the agreed minimum performance threshold, you will be able to proceed carrying outstanding modules, and will be granted some form of assessment as a first attempt during your second year. The form of assessment in the second year will not necessarily consist of a resit examination in every failed module (it might, for example, be a single assessment designed to determine that the core learning outcomes for the first year of the programme had been met).

At the end of next academic year, Boards of Examiners will be given specific guidance on how to deal with anomalous outcomes, such as a student passing the second year, but with first year failures outstanding. Such guidance will recommend generous treatment of a student, unless there were good reason to require the contrary (such as the requirements of an accrediting body).

+What happens if I don't meet the minimum progression threshold at Level 1 after my May/June online assessments?

If you don’t meet the minimum progression threshold, then you will need to undertake resits before you can progress to Level 2.

You will have the opportunity to undertake reassessments required to meet the threshold in August and September, or you will be able to take time out pending resits in May/June 2021.

+Will I have to undertake resits in August/September?

Students who don’t meet the threshold will now have the opportunity to take reassessments to meet the minimum threshold in August/Septembe, or to take time out and resit in May/June 2021.

+What happens if I meet the minimum threshold after reassessments in August/September?

If you meet the minimum threshold after August/September reassessment, you will be able to proceed carrying outstanding modules, and will be granted some form of assessment as a first attempt during your second year. The form of assessment in the second year will be set by your department, and will not necessarily consist of a resit examination in every failed module (it might, for example, be a single assessment designed to determine that the core learning outcomes for the first year of the programme had been met).

At the end of next academic year, Boards of Examiners will be given specific guidance on how to deal with anomalous outcomes, such as a student passing the second year, but with first year failures outstanding. Such guidance will recommend generous treatment of a student, unless there were good reason to require the contrary (such as the requirements of an accrediting body).

+How will I know whether I have met the minimum threshold?

Progression outcomes will be confirmed when Level 1 marks are published in August. Information on the minimum progression threshold will be available at the same time.

+Is there a minimum progression threshold for Foundation Programme students?

If you are a Foundation Programme student, then your performance in each assessment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with further resits (as first attempts) offered if any individual assessment mark is identified as anomalous.

+Is there a minimum threshold for progression from Level 2 to 3 (and 3 to 4 for Integrated Master's students)?

If you are a Level 2 student who has failed modules in May/June you will have resit opportunities as necessary in August/September (as will Level 3 or 4 students who deferred or had SACs).

After the resit period, if you have some outstanding marks missing (due to deferrals), your Board of Examiners may be able to permit to proceed (with reassessments to be taken in-year) if the Board is satisfied that you have otherwise demonstrated the capacity for study at Level 3 or 4. This is likely to be a more exceptional process, and used only in cases where students have passed a significant proportion of their assessment.