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Safety Net Regulations: Postgraduate Diploma Taught Programmes

Students enrolled on Programmes following Postgraduate Diploma Regulations 
(For full and part-time students, to be applied pro-rata)

These emergency regulations reflect the inherent differences in Postgraduate study and have been written specifically to support Taught Postgraduate Students during this period of global challenge. As a result, it is intended that wherever possible no student will receive a degree outcome worse than they would have under normal circumstances.

Students pursuing modules completed after 14 March 2020 are considered to have had their studies affected. Completed modules completed before this date, unless specifically identified by the College/School, are unaffected.

Students enrolled on programmes leading to professional registration, or any other programme defined as a special case by Colleges/Schools, will be included in the Safety Net approach. However, because of the requirements of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory bodies there may be variations in how the safety net approach is applied. Students’ Colleges/Schools will notify them of how the safety net approach will work for their specific programme.


All students will be expected to pursue 120 credits for their programme, at least 80 credits of which must be pursued at Swansea University, and attempt all assessments, in line with relevant academic regulations.


All students must accumulate a minimum of 90 credits as outlined in the University’s relevant Academic Regulations to be eligible for an award (in order to demonstrate that the programme learning outcomes have been achieved).


Where Pandemic restrictions may impact upon the original assessment approach, and where necessary and appropriate, assessment approaches may be changed by their College/School to enable students to continue to engage with their studies.


All students will be eligible for consideration of Extenuating Circumstances in line with the revised .


Eligibility for a Merit or Distinction will be determined by the student’s overall average for the Postgraduate Certificate weighted as follows:

Credits AccumulatedRelative Weighting
Best 40 credits 3
Next best 40 credits 2
Remaining 40 credits 1


Students who fail modules will automatically be registered for Supplementary Assessment. Where programme regulations permit, the University will tolerate failure down to 40% in non-core taught modules in up to 30 credits, in line with current academic regulations.

Students eligible for toleration at the first attempt who wish to waive their right to supplementary assessment for their failed modules may, with the support of their College/School within 10 days, request for modules to be recorded as ‘tolerated failures’, in line with standard academic regulations.

Such failures shall be referred to as ‘tolerated failures’. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.


Students may suspend their studies in accordance with the current academic regulations and the University will be sympathetic to student requests. Students who do not pursue modules within the defined period of operation for these regulations will not be subject to the ‘safety net’ for degree classification. Where approved, periods of candidature may be extended accordingly, within the constraints of University Boards.

Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments:


Students will have the opportunity to undertake supplementary assessments (capped) to redeem failed credits in taught modules, in line with current academic regulations.


Students with approved Extenuating Circumstances will be considered sympathetically for extensions and/or deferrals to support their studies, in line with standard academic regulations.


Students with approved extenuating circumstances may be permitted to defer assessments to the 2020/21 academic session as an External Candidate or, exceptionally, as an internal candidate.


The best mark principle will apply to supplementary assessments undertaken as a result of Extenuating Circumstances due to the current pandemic, whether they are undertaken in the current or next academic session.


Students who fail core modules are required to undertake supplementary assessment, in line with standard academic regulations.


All supplementary assessments will be capped at 50%, in line with standard academic regulations.


Supplementary and deferred assessment within the academic session should mirror the first attempt assessment format and weighting wherever possible.


Students who pass modules will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve their module mark.


Specific regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education. These should be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for postgraduate taught programmes.

*The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is governed by the regulations of the Law Society. The regulations below shall apply except for the assessment regulations. Assessment regulations for this programme are contained in the College Handbook.