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Compensation by qualified pass

  • Undergraduate Compensation

    The regulations on compensation state the following:

    93. A student who has marginally failed a module may be eligible for compensation and the award of credits for that module. A marginal fail is one where a mark for the module is in the range 30 to 39.

    94. Compensation will be applied systematically based on a student's overall profile.

    95. A student with passes in fewer than 80 credits for each 120 credits is not eligible for compensation.

    96. Where more than one module is eligible for compensation, the module with the higher/highest mark will be compensated.

    97. A module is not eligible for compensation if it;

    • is compulsory, or
    • is a prerequisite to  module to be taken later in the programme, or
    • must be passed for professional or accreditation purposes.

    98. A marginal fail in a dissertation (or equivalent)  is not eligible for compensation.

    99. The result of a pass by compensation will appear on a transcript without a mark.

    Years 1 and 2 of a full-time Programme of Study, and part-time equivalence

    100. A student will have compensation applied for a marginal fail in 20 credits of the first 120 credits, provided that at least 80 of the 120 credits have been passed.

    101. A student will have compensation applied for a marginal fail in 20 credits of the second 120 credits, provided that at least 80 of the 120 credits have been passed.

    Years 3 and 4 of a full-time Programme of Study, and part-time equivalence

    102. A student will have compensation applied for a marginal fail in 20 credits of the final 240 credits, provided that the remaining 220 credits have been passed.

    Under the University’s regulations if a student fails a module (i.e. achieves a mark between 30-39%) after the resit/reassessment then the credit may be awarded.  This pass is called a qualified pass or compensation.

    Decisions on compensation are taken after the resit marks are uploaded over the summer when your record is being reviewed for progression.  If you are eligible for compensation, it will be granted automatically; students are advised not to contact the Student Programmes Office with such a request.  Where more than one module is eligible for compensation, the module with the higher/highest mark will be compensated. The result of a pass by compensation will appear on a transcript without a mark.

    If you have only failed one module and it is eligible for compensation, then it is your decision as to whether you attempt any reassessment offered (not taking the reassessment does not mean that you won't qualify for compensation), however students should not use compensation as a reason not to attempt reassessment. If you have failed more than one, we strongly recommend you undertake all reassessment offered.

    If you have any questions regarding this information please contact your Adviser of Studies.

  • Postgraduate Taught Compensation

    Under the University’s regulations if a student fails a module (i.e. achieves a mark below 50%) but achieves a marginal fail (i.e. 40% or over) after the resit/reassessment then the credit may be awarded at L10. This pass at level 10 is called a qualified pass or compensation.

    Where a student has more than one marginal fail they will be able to choose the module(s) for which they are awarded compensation up to a maximum of 30 credits for a Masters programme or PG Diploma and up to 20 credits for a PG Certificate. The deadline for making the choice may vary amongst schools - check with your programme director or personal tutor.

    Grades uploaded to academic transcripts for all modules after exam boards will initially show the actual grade achieved and after a student confirms the module(s) for which compensation is to be applied, their transcript will be amended. The compensation will appear on the transcript as a grade of PQ and no mark will be shown.

    Where a student does not actively make a choice of modules for which compensation should be applied then it will automatically be applied to the modules with the highest mark.

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