7.1 Introduction to assessment boards
7.1.1 Assessment boards at undergraduate level consider both student progression and awards. Boards are held after each period in which modules are offered and, where necessary, to review reassessments that fall outside board cycles or where local factors necessitate. Each Board will consider the student outcomes at both course and module level for all courses and modules within the remit of the board (see Terms of Reference for Assessment Boards).
7.2 Responsibility of school assessment boards
7.2.1 School Assessment Boards are responsible for reviewing the progress of all students on their course of study. The result will be a decision on student’s academic standing. School Assessment Boards are responsible for:
- Considering the performance of students on modules and courses • making recommendations to enhance the quality of delivery in subsequent years.
- Confirming the marks awarded to each student in respect of all modules which comprise the school and its courses. • Assuring the appropriate standards on modules.
- Noting pass compensation, where applicable.
- Noting the decisions made by the University extenuating circumstances panel. • Noting breaches of the academic misconduct regulations.
- Making progression decisions for students, where relevant.
- Recommending the termination of the registration of students who have ceased to engage with their studies.
7.2.2 Additionally, for students eligible for an award, School assessment boards are responsible for:
- Ensuring eligibility for awards on the basis of accumulated credit
- Awarding qualifications to students for successful completion of courses of study
- Agreeing the award classification, where relevant
- Ensuring any award-specific requirements have been met.
7.3 Progression decisions (pre reassessment)
7.3.1 In order to complete a level of a course, a student will be expected to have achieved a pass or pass compensation (section 7.4), and where permitted by a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body) in all the modules comprising that particular level of study (120 credits).
7.3.2 In the case of a part-time student who has not yet reached a minimum of 100 credits at a particular level by the end of a year of study, the Board will decide whether or not that student should be allowed to proceed further with his or her studies, based on the student’s academic progress to date.
7.3.3 If a student has not achieved a pass or pass compensation in all modules, then the relevant School Assessment Board will be required to make a decision as to the student’s status on the course. Where there has been poor engagement or attainment, and a student profile shows very few component attempts and no accepted extenuation, an assessment board may wish to recommend that a student is withdrawn from their studies without the opportunity to complete reassessment.
7.4 Compensated pass
7.4.1 A student is awarded a compensated pass in a module and awarded credit provided that:
- the credit rating of the module is no more than 20 credits
- the student has been awarded at least 80 UEL credits at the level of the compensated module
- the student has both attained at least 35% in the module to be compensated and attained the threshold in all components
- the module is not specified as non-compensatable in the course specification as an award-specific requirement (for example due to a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirement)
- there is no assessment breach recorded against the module.
7.4.2 If eligible, the student will be awarded a compensated pass for a maximum of 20 credits at each level on a course and this will occur at the earliest point at which the student is eligible for compensation. Modules which have already been taken into account in deciding a student’s eligibility for compensation cannot subsequently be taken into account for the further compensation of another module.
7.5 Possible progression decisions in the case of a student not passing a module on reassessment
7.5.1 Where a student has passed 100 credits at their current level but cannot be compensated in the remaining 20 credits, an assessment board may exceptionally grant a further, third, assessment opportunity for a single failed component and only provided this can be completed before the student is due to reenrol for the following academic year. A student passing a module in this way will only be eligible for a maximum mark of 40% unless all previous attempts at all components have been granted extenuation. A student failing or not submitting under these provisions is then considered under the sections below.
7.6 Failing to pass a module
7.6.1 A student who does not pass a module on reassessment may be permitted to repeat the module on one further occasion where agreed by a School Assessment Board.
7.6.2 A full-time student must normally have passed all modules (120 credits) at their current level before they are able to undertake study at a higher level. No modules may be trailed from Level 3 to Level 4 but, at its discretion, a progression board may allow a student to:
- progress from Level 4 to Level 5 trailing up to 20 credits at Level 4;
- progress from Level 5 to Level 6 trailing up to 20 credits at Level 5.
7.6.3 Where progression with trailing credit is not possible a student may be required to repeat the failed module(s) or select alternative option(s) (where possible) and study part-time to complete their current level. The result of module(s) taken in this way is capped, unless extenuation has been granted at all previous opportunities.
7.6.4 Alternatively, a progression board may require a student to repeat the entire current level of study for their course. Where this is agreed, a student is required to retake all modules, none of the previous marks on the module(s) will be carried forward, and none of the module results will be capped. This can only be agreed once only during a student’s period of study.
7.6.5 Where, following reassessment opportunities, a full-time student has passed fewer than 60 credits or has failed core module(s) on a second occasion, a progression board may terminate their studies and withdraw them from the course.
7.7 Procedure in the event of illness or other valid cause (extenuating circumstances)
7.7.1 Extenuating Circumstances may be applied if a student believes that:
- their performance in assessment or reassessment has been impaired, or;
- they were unable to attend for an assessment or reassessment, or;
- they were unable to submit assessed or reassessed work by the scheduled date due to illness or other valid cause (as defined in the Procedures Governing Extenuating Circumstances).
7.7.2 A student may submit an application for extenuation for the relevant component(s) to the University of East London Extenuation Panel. Such applications will only be considered if the applicant has followed prescribed procedures, which can be found in the Procedures Governing Extenuating Circumstances.
7.7.3 Please consult Part 6 of the Manual of General Regulations: Extenuating Circumstances for a summary of the possible outcomes of the Extenuation Panel.
7.7.4 Once a component has been capped extenuation does not uncap it.
7.7.5 If a student does not achieve enough credits to progress to the following level of their course, or does not achieve sufficient credit to gain an award, an accepted claim for extenuation should be taken into account when considering the student’s profile at the relevant assessment board.
7.8 Late submission of coursework
7.8.1 There will be a stipulated deadline date for all pieces of coursework. All coursework will need to be submitted by the set time on the stipulated deadline date, whether at first submission or reassessment. Coursework submitted up to 24 hours late will be accepted, but the component mark will be subject to a deduction of 5 marks from the mark awarded or a mark of 40% whichever is the greater.
7.8.2 If the assessment submitted 24 hours late is failed the mark will still be subject to a 5 mark deduction
7.8.3 Students submitting coursework at resit will not be permitted to submit 24 hours late and the module mark will be capped as per paragraph 6.1.8.