30.   Student Progression and Completion - in Non-Modular Programmes (MBChB, BDS and BVSc)

30.1      It is the responsibility of the relevant Faculty Board of Examiners to determine whether a student has satisfactorily completed a unit or element and in doing so has satisfied the requirements for progression from year-to-year and for completion of the programme.

30.2      Consonant with professional body requirements, the teaching and learning in an entire year of study of the programmes is intentionally cohesive and complementary. On this basis students are required to demonstrate, and are subsequently judged upon, the ability to manage a workload at a standard appropriate to the time available. A component part of the teaching will not therefore be assessed in isolation (i.e. outside of the year of study in which it is taught). For this reason, students on the professional programmes will not normally be permitted to undertake the ‘supplementary year’.

30.3      Where a standard set pass mark is used for a summative assessment, candidates’ marks will be adjusted for consideration by Faculty Board of Examiners and for subsequent publication so that the overall pass mark equates to 50 on a percentage scale.

30.4      Where extenuating circumstances may have affected the performance of a student in a summative assessment, Section 17 ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ will apply.

Progression of Students

30.5      Students must achieve a minimum standard by attaining the assigned pass mark for all units and any additional assessment (normally 50 on a percentage scale) and meet any additional criteria, if applicable, to progress to the next year of study. Any additional criteria must be explicitly described in the relevant programme standing orders and unit / programme specification, as appropriate, and communicated to the students in advance of the commencement of their study.

Failure to fulfil criteria for progression at the first attempt

30.6      A student who fails ONE unit but achieves a mark of 40 or more out of 100 (following readjustment from any standard set pass mark assessment; see 30.4) will be permitted a second attempt (i.e. a ‘re-sit’ or ‘re-assessment’) to achieve a satisfactory standard in the same academic year in order to progress to the next year of study.

A student who fails ONE unit with a mark of less than 40 out of 100 (following readjustment from any standard set pass mark assessment; see 30.4) will also be permitted a second attempt but may be required to undertake additional assessment(s) within the unit or additional units, as specified in the programme’s standing orders or regulations.

30.7      A student who does not achieve the pass mark in MORE THAN ONE unit will eitherbe required by the Faculty Board of Examiners to:

(i)     re-sit the failed units in the same academic year (which may include a requirement to undertake additional assessment within the unit or additional units);

(ii)    re-sit all the units in the same academic year;

(iii)   repeat the year in its entirety as a second attempt; or,

(iv)  withdraw from the programme with an exit award, if appropriate.

The Board of Examiners may take into account the student’s academic progress to date (e.g. the average year mark) and their professional behaviour when considering the options for progression.

30.8      A student who fails a must-pass component of a unit will be considered to have failed the unit and therefore will be required to either re-sit the entire unit or only the must-pass component, as determined by the programme’s standing orders, as a second attempt.

Failure to fulfil the specified additional criteria[1] for progression at the first attempt

30.9         A student who does not achieve the additional criteria associated with the programme or a constituent unit(s), as specified in the programme’s standing orders or regulations, will normally be permitted a second attempt to meet these criteria in order to progress to the next year of study.

Failure to fulfil criteria for progression at the second attempt

30.10      A student who fails to achieve the pass mark for any assessment, or to achieve the specified additional criteria, at the second attempt will be required to withdraw from the programme with an exit award, if appropriate, unless there are validated extenuating circumstances.

If a Faculty Board of Examiners permits a student to repeat the whole year of the programme in response to validated extenuating circumstances, it may also apply supplementary conditions for progression.

30.11      A second attempt need not be in the same form as the original assessment, as long as it: tests the same learning outcomes, does not compromise any competence standards, and applies to the entire cohort of students who are undertaking the assessment.

30.12      Within any unit where a constituent assessment(s) is passed as a second attempt, the recorded mark for the unit will be capped at the minimum pass mark. Where a student repeats the entire year, the recorded mark for all the units are capped at the minimum pass mark, even if the student had passed a unit at the first attempt.

[1] Additional criteria may include: regularly attending any prescribed activity; undertaking or attending a prescribed assessment; reaching a satisfactory standard in any work which is deemed essential to understanding the academic discipline the student is studying; demonstrating the ability to manage a workload appropriate to the time available; satisfying professionalism and/or fitness to practice requirements.