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Emergency ‘Safety Net’ Regulations

These regulations outline the approach to each category of students for the ‘Safety Net’.

Level 6/71 Final Year Awards 2020 – Full Time Students (the approach will also apply pro-rata for Part Time students).

1.

All students will be expected to pursue 120 final year credits in line with the relevant assessment regulations.

2.

All students must accumulate a minimum of 802 final year credits to be eligible for an award (in order to demonstrate that the programme learning outcomes have been achieved) in line with the relevant assessment regulations.

3. 

All students must achieve an overall level average of at least 35%, in line with the relevant standard assessment regulations.

4.

The University will tolerate failure down to 0% in non-core modules in up to 40 credits where programme rules permit this. Such failures shall be referred to as ‘tolerated failures’. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures. All students will have the opportunity to undertake supplementary assessments to redeem failed modules from Semester 2.

5.

Final Year students will already have accumulated 80-120 credits at Level 5 (or Level 6 for Advanced Initial Degrees), which will be weighted as normal in the calculation for the Award.

6.

Subject to points 1-4, where students have accumulated 60 or more credits at level 6 (or level 7 of Advanced Initial Degrees) by 14 March 20203:

• The average of all modules completed in the current level of study before the defined deadline will be calculated before the Examination Boards, with that average applied pro-rata to the uncompleted remaining credits in the level in order to provide a safety net outcome.
• Examination boards will compare the safety net outcome against the classification outcome calculated across the entire academic session, including assessment in modules undertaken after 14 March 20203.
• The highest outcome will be used as the basis for degree classification.

7.

Subject to points 1-4, where students have accumulated fewer than 60 credits at level 6 (or level 7 of Advanced Initial Degrees) by 14 March 20203:

• The shortfall of credits will be topped-up to the required 60 credits using the student’s Level 5 (or 6) average.
• The calculated average of those credits will then be applied pro-rata to the uncompleted credits at Level 6 (or 7).
• Examination Boards will compare the safety net outcome against the classification outcome calculated across the entire academic session, including assessment in modules undertaken after the cut off period of 14 March 20203.
• The highest outcome will be used as the basis for degree classification.

For the avoidance of doubt, in cases of academic misconduct the Academic Misconduct Procedures will take precedent. Where work submitted before or after 14 March 2020, is affected by academic misconduct, then the mark attained once the penalty has been taken into consideration (e.g. pass mark, zero or reduced mark) will be used in the calculation of the safety net.

Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments:

8.

Final year students who are eligible for an award but fail a Semester 2 only non-core module(s), will be offered the resulting award, but such students may elect to re-sit the failed Semester 2 module/s should they wish to do so.

9.

Students who fail core modules are required to undertake supplementary assessment and will not be eligible for award until these modules have been passed.

10.

All supplementary assessments will be capped at 40% (or 50% for Advanced Initial Degree Level 7).

11. 

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

12.

Supplementary assessment within the academic session should mirror the original assessment format and weighting wherever possible.

13.

Final year students may apply for a deferral opportunity on the basis of extenuating circumstances in accordance with the revised Extenuating Circumstances Policy and by the prescribed deadline set by the College/School.

14.

Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.

15.

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.

Progression 2020 (students currently in levels 5 or 64) Full Time students (the approach will also apply pro-rata for Part Time students).

16.

All students will be expected to pursue 120 credits in line with relevant assessment regulations.

17.

All students must achieve an overall level average of at least 35%, in line with the relevant standard assessment regulations.

18.

All students must accumulate a minimum of 805 credits or more to progress in line with relevant assessment regulations.

19.

The University will tolerate failures down to 0% in non-core modules in up to 40 credits, where programme rules permit this. Such failures shall be referred to as Tolerated Failures. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.

20.

The minimum credit threshold required to undertake supplementary assessment will be removed. Students with heavy supplementary or deferred assessment loads may wish to discuss with their College/School the opportunity to opt to repeat modules/repeat the level of study in 2020/21 instead of taking supplementary or deferred assessments in 2019/20.

21.

Students who have failed a module with a module mark of less than 30% will have the opportunity to undertake supplementary assessment to redeem failed modules.

Progression 2020: Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments: Levels 5 and 6

22.

Students who experience extenuating circumstances during the supplementary assessment period may submit an application for recognition of extenuating circumstances to their College/School in accordance with the Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

23.

As per the standard assessment regulations, supplementary assessment at Level 5 (or Level 6 for Advanced Initial Degrees) will be capped at 40%.

24.

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

25.

Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.

26.

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 following Safety Net will also apply for students currently in Level 5 and 64 at the end of their final year of study:

27.

Where students have accumulated 60 or more credits at levels 5 or 64 by 14 March 20203:

• The average of all modules completed in the current level of study before the by 14 March 20203 will be calculated before the Examination Boards, with that average applied pro-rata to the uncompleted remaining credits in the current level in order to provide a safety net outcome for progression and the final degree classification.

• Examination Boards in June 2021 and 2022 will compare the safety net outcome against the outcome calculated across the entire programme, including assessment in modules undertaken after 14 March 20203, within the affected period defined by the University.

• The highest outcome will be used to ensure each student’s final degree classification reflects their circumstances.

28.

Where students have accumulated fewer than 60 credits at levels 5 or 6 (non-final year) by 14 March 20203:

• Any outstanding credits accumulated below 60 credits will be made up from the students’ average from the previous level of study.
• The calculated average of those credits will then be applied pro-rata to the uncompleted credits at the current level of study.
• Examination Boards in June 2021 and 2022 will compare the safety net outcome against the initial outcome calculated across the entire programme, including assessment in modules undertaken after 14 March 2020 (unless otherwise designated by College/School), within the affected period defined by the University.
• The highest outcome will be used to ensure the student’s final degree classification reflects the circumstances.

For the avoidance of doubt, in cases of academic misconduct the Academic Misconduct Procedures will take precedent. Where work submitted before or after 14 March 2020, is affected by academic misconduct, then the mark attained once the penalty has been taken into consideration (e.g. pass mark, zero or reduced mark) will be used in the calculation of the safety net.

Progression 2020 (Students currently in Levels 3 and 4) – Full Time students (the approach will also apply pro-rata for Part Time students).

For students in the current academic session at levels 3 and 4 the following approach will apply (unless otherwise designated by College/School):

1.

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

2.

Assessments may be converted to pass/fail if deemed appropriate by the College/School.

3.

The University will tolerate failures down to 0% in non-core modules in up to 40 credits where programme rules permit this. Such failures shall be referred to as ‘tolerated Failure’. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.

4.

At Levels 3 and 4, students’ failure in 40 credits or less in non-core modules will be tolerated to 0% and there will be no opportunity to redeem such failures, unless a student has approved assessment deferrals under the Extenuating Circumstances procedure. Students who fail more than 40 credits at the July Progression and Awards Board will be required to undertake supplementary assessments in all failed modules.

5.

The minimum credit threshold required to undertake supplementary assessment will be removed. Students with a heavy supplementary or deferred assessment load may be offered the opportunity to repeat modules/the level of study in 2020/21.

6.

Students at Levels 3 and 4 will not be required to achieve a 35% average mark across the level to progression for the immediate affected period only.

7.

Those students who do not complete the level following the supplementary assessments will be given detailed consideration at the September Progression and Awards Board.

Progression 2020: Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments: Levels 3 and 4

8.

Students who experience extenuating circumstances during the supplementary assessment period may submit an application for recognition of extenuating circumstances to their College/School in accordance with the Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

9.

As per the standard assessment regulations, supplementary assessment at Levels 3 and 4 will be uncapped.

10.

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

11.

Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.

12.

Students with approved extenuating circumstances may be permitted to defer assessments to the 2020/21 academic session, repeat the level of study, or apply to repeat failed modules.

Progression 2020 (Direct Entry students currently in level 5) Full Time students (the approach will also apply pro-rata for Part Time students).

1.

All students will be expected to pursue 120 credits in line with relevant assessment regulations.

2.

All students must accumulate a minimum of 805 credits or more to progress in line with relevant assessment regulations.

3.

The University will tolerate failures down to 0% in non-core modules in up to 40 credits, where programme rules permit this. Such failures shall be referred to as Tolerated Failures. Credit will not be awarded for tolerated failures.

4.

The minimum credit threshold required to undertake supplementary assessment will be removed. Students with heavy supplementary or deferred assessment loads may be offered the opportunity to opt to repeat modules/repeat the level of study in 2020/21.

5.

Students who have failed a module with a module mark of less than 30% will have the opportunity to undertake supplementary assessment to redeem failed modules.

6.

Those students who do not complete the level following the supplementary assessments will be given detailed consideration at the September meeting of the Progression and Awards Board.

Progression 2020: Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments: Direct Entry Level 5

7.

Students who experience extenuating circumstances during the supplementary assessment period may submit an application for recognition of extenuating circumstances to their College/School in accordance with the Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

8.

As per the standard assessment regulations, supplementary assessment at Level 5 will be capped at 40%.

9.

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

10.

Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.

11.

Students with approved extenuating circumstances may be permitted to defer assessments to the 2020/21 academic session, repeat the level of study, or may apply to repeat failed modules.

The following Safety Net will also apply for Direct Entry students currently in Level 5 at the end of their final year of study

12.

Where students have accumulated 40 or more credits at level 5 by 14 March 20203:

• The average of all modules completed in the current level of study before the by 14 March 20203 will be calculated before the Examination Boards, with that average applied pro-rata to the uncompleted remaining credits in the current level in order to provide a safety net outcome for progression and the final degree classification.

• Examination Boards in June 2021 and 2022 will compare the safety net outcome against the outcome calculated across the entire programme, including assessment in modules undertaken after 14 March 20203, within the affected period defined by the University.

• The highest outcome will be used to ensure each student’s final degree classification reflects their circumstances.

13.

Where students have accumulated fewer than 40 credits at level 5 by 14 March 20203:

• As Direct Entry students will NOT have credits from their previous year of study against which to compare, the following Safety Net rule will be applied at the Examination Boards in June 2021 for these students ONLY:

o The weighted average of modules will be calculated as normal for the Degree Classification (Levels 5 and 6 modules).
o The average of modules at Level 6 will be calculated.
o The highest average will be used to calculate the degree classification.

Students of Swansea University who are, were (or were due to be) on Industry Placement or Study Abroad Placement during the Covid-19 pandemic

Students will be supported through the following approaches:

1.

Students may complete any outstanding or, where appropriate, alternative assessment methods.

2.

Students will be eligible for consideration through the revised Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

3.

Results from an interrupted Study Abroad or Industrial Placement will be discounted if they do not contribute positively to the final degree classification, unless the module is defined as core.

4.

Students may be able to defer their study or work placement to the following year when restrictions are lifted, even if this would normally be following completion of studies.

5.

Students who are on a 4 (or 5) year programme with a Year Abroad or in Industry, may transfer to a 3 (or 4) year version of the programme without the Year in Industry or Year Abroad in order to complete their studies with limited disruption.

Students (including visiting & Exchange students) of other Universities who are, were (or were due to be) undertaking a period of study at Swansea University during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For students undertaking a period of study abroad at Swansea University during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, any Safety Net Policy for Degree Classification will be applied by the student’s home institution.

Where possible, students will continue with any alternative assessment provision, have access to the revised Extenuating Circumstances Policy and will be offered supplementary assessment for any failed modules, as outlined below.

Where students are unable to complete their planned period of study due to travel restrictions, their home institution should provide information about how these circumstances will be taken into account.

1.

All students will be expected to pursue the appropriate amount of credits required for their placement period.

2.

Credit will not be awarded for failed modules.

3.

Students who have failed module (s) will have the opportunity to undertake supplementary assessment to redeem failed modules.

Progression 2020: Extenuating Circumstances and Supplementary Assessments: Visiting and Exchange Students

4.

Students who experience extenuating circumstances during the supplementary assessment period may submit an application for recognition of extenuating circumstances to their College/School in accordance with the Extenuating Circumstances Policy.

5.

As per the standard assessment regulations, supplementary assessment will be capped at 40% at Levels 5 and 6. Supplementary assessments will not be capped at Levels 3 and 4.

6.

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

7.

Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.

8.

Students with approved extenuating circumstances may be permitted to defer assessments to the 2020/21 academic session, in exceptional circumstances. They will be required to enrol as external candidates.

 

  1. Level 7 Advanced Initial Degrees only
  2. With the exception of students pursuing accredited Engineering programmes (100 credits) or other professional or programmes with core modules.
  3. Unless exceptionally designated by College/School
  4. Level 6 Advanced Initial Degrees only
  5. With the exception of students pursuing accredited Engineering programmes (100 credits) or other professional programmes with core modules.