Coronavirus Recovery: advice and latest information

Swansea University No Detriment Framework 2020-21

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and changes to Welsh (and UK) Government Policy, the University is continuing to work with students to ensure the provision of appropriate support and to protect their outcomes. The University has established a group with staff from each Faculty, key University offices and the Students’ Union to develop a range of approaches that together form a No Detriment Framework designed to reassure students that academic outcomes are in line with previous years and that the University has a framework to respond should there be evidence that their performance has been affected by the pandemic. 

It is not possible to replicate exactly the Safety Net that was used in 2019-20, as in 2020-21 the entire academic year has been affected by the pandemic. The approach used in 2019-20 ensured student outcomes were protected based on an average of mark of modules unaffected by Covid-19. Any new approach to mitigating the effects of the pandemic must uphold the academic standards of the award. A UK degree is based upon the requirement that students study at least 90 credits at Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and Credit and Qualifications Framework Wales, which is emphasised by the expectations of HEFCW and the QAA. This means that a student’s work at Level 5 cannot be the sole basis for a degree award.
Instead, the University will take the following range of actions, some of which have already been implemented (see 1 and 2 below), to create a No Detriment Framework that can be used for all students according to their circumstances, in order to provide this support and protection. There will be a clear communications strategy to ensure that all students understand the framework, and how it will help to support them through the rest of the 2020-21 academic session.


Undergraduate Students in Level 6/7: Final Year Awards 2021

Some programmes also require students to obtain a specified average mark, as well, in order to progress (for example, students pursuing advanced initial degrees and specific professional programmes). Please refer to your School/College/Programme handbook for further information.

  1. All assessments have been reviewed and, where necessary, redesigned to enable students to meet the Learning Objectives within the constraints of the pandemic.
  2. All students will be expected to pursue 120 final year credits in line with the relevant assessment regulations.
  3. All students must accumulate a minimum of 80 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.
  4. All students must achieve an overall level average of at least 35%, in line with the relevant standard assessment regulations.
  5. The University will tolerate failure down to 0% in non-core modules in up to 40 credits where programme rules permit this.
  6. Final year students who fail a non-core module(s), but meet the minimum credit requirements for an award and are eligible for tolerable failures, will be offered the resulting award, but may elect to re-sit the failed modules should they wish to do so. Marks will be capped in line with standard regulations, unless there are appropriate Extenuating Circumstances.
  7. Final year students who do not meet the minimum credit requirements for an award will be offered re-sits in all failed module/s. Marks will be capped in line with standard regulations, unless there are appropriate Extenuating Circumstances.
  8. Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.
  9. 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 their College/School.
  10. Final Year students in 2020-21 will have their Degree Classification calculated taking into account module marks generated by the Safety Net Policy in operation during the 2019-20 academic year:

• The module marks generated through the Safety Net Policy (2019-20) will be used to calculate a degree classification for students now in their final year (termed the ‘Safety Net outcome’).

• End of level Progression and Awards Boards in 2021 (and 2022 where relevant) will compare the recorded ‘Safety Net’ outcome against the outcome calculated using module marks awarded from assessment across levels 5 and 6 (termed the ‘standard outcome’), to determine the Degree Classification.

• The highest outcome will be awarded to ensure each student’s final degree classification reflects their circumstances studying during the pandemic.

For any students subject to Academic Misconduct, the final mark determined by the outcome of the Academic Misconduct investigation will be used in the degree classification calculation.

   11. The marks in all modules will be reviewed to ensure consistency with pre-Covid outcomes, and adjustments to module marks may be made where appropriate.

Progression 2020 (students currently in levels 5 or 6) Full Time students (the approach will also apply pro-rata for Part Time students).

Some programmes also require students to obtain a specified average mark, as well, in order to progress (for example, students pursuing advanced initial degrees and specific professional programmes). Please refer to your School/College/Programme handbook for further information.

  1. All assessments have been reviewed and, where necessary, redesigned to enable students to meet the Learning Objectives within the constraints of the pandemic.
  2. All students will be expected to pursue 120 final year credits 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. In line with the standard regulations, students who fail up to 60 credits will be automatically be entered for a supplementary assessment. Students eligible for a tolerated failure will be offered the opportunity to undertake the supplementary assessment OR accept a Tolerated Failure and complete the level of study. Students not eligible for a Tolerated failure must undertake the supplementary assessment. Marks will be capped in line with standard regulations, unless there are appropriate Extenuating Circumstances.
  5. As per the standard assessment regulations, supplementary assessment at Level 5 (or Level 6 for Advanced Initial Degrees) will be capped at 40%.
  6. Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.
  7. 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.
  8. The marks in all modules will be reviewed to ensure consistency with pre-Covid outcomes, and adjustments to module marks may be made where appropriate.

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

Some programmes also require students to obtain a specified average mark, as well, in order to progress (for example, students pursuing advanced initial degrees and specific professional programmes). Please refer to your School/College/Programme handbook for further information.

  1. All assessments have been reviewed and, where necessary, redesigned to enable students to meet the Learning Objectives within the constraints of the pandemic.
  2. All students will be expected to pursue 120 final year credits 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. In line with the standard regulations, students who fail up to 60 credits will be automatically be entered for a supplementary assessment. Students eligible for a tolerated failure will be offered the opportunity to undertake the supplementary assessment OR accept a Tolerated Failure and complete the level of study. Students not eligible for a Tolerated failure must undertake the supplementary assessment. Marks will be capped in line with standard regulations, unless there are appropriate Extenuating Circumstances.
  5. As per the standard assessment regulations, supplementary assessment at Levels 3 and 4 will be uncapped.
  6. Modules which are passed will not be eligible for supplementary assessment in order to improve the mark.
  7. 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.
  8. The marks in all modules will be reviewed to ensure consistency with pre-Covid outcomes, and adjustments to module marks may be made where appropriate.

Postgraduate Taught Students

  1. All assessments have been reviewed and, where necessary, redesigned to enable students to meet the Learning Objectives within the constraints of the pandemic.
  2. Postgraduate Taught 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.
  3. The classification system for Pass, Merit and Distinction for Postgraduate Taught students will use a weighted average across the entire programme:

Standard Postgraduate Taught Masters Degrees
Flexible Postgraduate Taught Masters Regulations
Extended Postgraduate Taught Masters Regulations