Qualifications shall be awarded to Students who meet the requirements as set out in the assessment regulations, particularly the credit requirements and benchmark statements, and who have reached the appropriate level as outlined in the Specific Regulations for Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees, Regulation 1.1.
In addition to the entry conditions outlined in General Regulation 3 (noting that General Regulation points 4.3,4.4, 4.5 and 4.7 do not apply to students pursuing the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy), applicants are required to meet the specific entry criteria and will also be interviewed to assess their suitability to meet the programme’s aims. The programme will be partially taught and assessed in English therefore applicants must be able to demonstrate ‘use of English’ oral and written, to the level (or equivalent of) IELTS 6. Students will normally be practising osteopaths.
The academic calendar for the programme shall be published annually by the University or on their behalf.
In order to be eligible for the award of a BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, students shall pursue 120 credits at Level 6. Students must satisfy engagement and assessment requirements of all Level 6 modules totalling 120 credit points.
There are no placements within the programme.
Students pursuing the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy shall be granted exemption from 240 credits from Levels 4 and 5. Where 240 transferable credits have been accepted, the remaining 120 credits to be pursued must be at Level 6.
Applicants requesting exemption from levels 4 and 5 must meet all entry criteria (specified on the programme webpage) and demonstrate achievement of appropriate qualifications and clinical practice experience as stipulated in the specific admissions criteria for the programme.
Students are referred to the General Undergraduate Regulations – Credit Transfer (Regulation 29). Requests for credit exemption shall be considered in accordance with the Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning at Swansea University.
Students shall be continually assessed, using a combination of assessments which may include but are not limited to e.g. written assessments, reflective accounts and presentations. The progress of a candidate shall normally be assessed in the period immediately following completion of the teaching of the unit of study/module.
Students shall be required to complete the Undergraduate programme of study in accordance with the regulations for awarding credit as outlined in the Undergraduate Assessment Regulations.
The pass mark for all modules shall be 40%.
Students must have pursued and achieved 120 credits at Level 6 to be considered for the award of an Honours degree. The degree result will be calculated using the results of the 120 credits at Level 6.
Students who accumulate 80 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits and achieve an average mark of 35% may qualify to be considered for the award of an Honours degree provided that the modules have not been identified as core modules.
Students who accumulate 60 credits or more but fewer than 120 credits will fail to complete the final level of study. At the discretion of the University Progression and Awards Board such students will normally be permitted an opportunity to redeem the failure(s) during the supplementary examination period in August.
Students who accumulated fewer than 60 credits will fail to complete the final level of study. Such students will be awarded a decision of Withdrawn from the University.
Students who fail to qualify for consideration of an award following the supplementary opportunity, having failed to acquire 120 credits, will be awarded a decision of Fail.
Students who are awarded an academic decision of Withdrawn from the University will be given no further attempts to redeem failures. Students will not be eligible to transfer credits to another programme of study at Swansea University and their studies will be terminated. Normally, a candidate with a decision of “Withdrawn from the University” shall not be readmitted to that same programme of study or to a cognate programme, without the approval of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee.
Marks achieved by students should reflect the intended degree classification.
Students shall not be allowed to elect to repeat any module which has been passed in order to improve their performance.
In accordance with the University’s Policy on Extenuating Circumstances Affecting Assessment, it is recognised that some candidates will not be able to attend examinations during the Mid-Sessional or Sessional Assessment Period e.g. due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. In the case of those candidates who are unable to attend examinations due to extenuating circumstances, a claim for deferral must be submitted to the Home Faculty/School either in advance of the examination date or within five days of the examination taking place. Applications for deferrals must be considered and supported by the relevant Faculty/School and submitted to Education Services for approval. Students and staff are advised to consult the University Policy on Extenuating Circumstances.
The consideration of extenuating circumstances affecting coursework or in-year assessment will be undertaken by the Faculty/School responsible for delivering the module to which the affected coursework contributes. Faculty/School procedures for considering extenuating circumstances affecting coursework or in-year assessment will be published by the Faculty/School. The procedures will include deadlines for the submitting of extenuating circumstances, the procedures and timeframe for the Faculty/School consideration of any submissions and notification of the outcomes to students.
Candidates who have been granted a deferral and fail to complete the level of study following the deferral attempt will not have a further opportunity to redeem the failure until the next session.
Final year candidates who are unable to sit an examination in January, and who have been granted a deferral by the University, should sit the examination in the May/June examination period in preference to the August examination period.
The minimum and maximum periods of registration for Students admitted to the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy programmes in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science are given below. Students will be required to complete a level of study within a maximum of two academic sessions. Students who fail to complete a level of study within the maximum time limit of two years will be awarded a decision of Withdrawn from the University.
The programme time limits, as set out in the specific regulations, may be extended, but in exceptional cases only and in accordance with General Regulation 27.
Only in exceptional circumstances will a student be permitted to redeem their failed modules over a third session. In such cases, the Faculty/School shall be expected to submit a request to the University and Progression and Awards Board, outlining the circumstances to support the case. Normally, requests shall only be considered if the student is within the maximum number of attempts.
A candidate who is admitted to the programme but is subsequently unable, or is not permitted, to progress to completion shall not be eligible for an exit qualification.
To be eligible for consideration an award under these Regulations, a candidate shall:
- Have pursued an approved modular programme of study for the period prescribed by the University, except as provided by Regulation 6;
- Have attained such minimum levels of credit as specified by the University in a programme approved by the University.
The names of Honours degree Students who have fulfilled the assessment requirements of the programme and the University shall be published in the following Honours classes:
- Second Class Division One;
- Second Class Division Two;
- Third Class;
- Pass Degree.
Candidatures pursuing professional programmes under these regulations shall not be eligible for aegrotat or posthumous awards.