If you are on a 4 year degree programme entering on the programme via foundation study at level 3, you must successfully complete 100 credits at level 3 (Year 0) before progressing to Level 4. All remaining Level 3 credits must then be passed alongside the Level 4 studies in order to remain on course.
Progression and Reassessment
Any students with reassessment will have this indicated in their Statement of Results, received by email following the appropriate Assessment Board, and in ICON.
If you are an Undergraduate student progressing from one year (and level) to the next you must pass a certain number of modules in order to progress to the next year (and level of study). The majority of students commence undergraduate study with us at Level 4 but some students do undertake Level 3 (Year 0) study with us. Make sure you know what level of study you are on before reading the information below.
How do I progress from Level 3 to Level 4 (Year 0 students only)?
How do I progress from Level 4 to Level 5?
To progress to Level 5 from Level 4 you must have studied 120 Level 4 credits and passed at least 80 credits, with reassessment opportunities in the remaining 40 credits, unless prohibited by professional body requirements. All remaining Level 4 credits must then be passed alongside the Level 5 studies in order to remain on course.
How do I progress from Level 5 to Level 6?
To progress to level 6 you must have studied 120 Level 5 credits and passed at least 80 Level 5 and 120 Level 4 credits in order to progress to your final year, unless prohibited by professional body requirements. The remaining Level 5 modules would have to be taken as a reassessment alongside the Level 6 studies.
What happens if I don't have enough credits to progress?
If you have failed to gain the required credits, and have reassessment opportunities available in the remaining modules, you will be made a Reassessment without Attendance status student.
What is my reassessment entitlement?
For undergraduates, when a module has been failed with a mark of usually less than 40%, (unless specified otherwise in the validation of the programme) reassessment is offered in the failed element(s).
Unless prohibited by a professional body, two opportunities of reassessment are available in every module. However, you should be aware that if you fail to submit for a first reassessment you will forfeit your right to a second reassessment attempt which will result in a confirmed failure in the module.
For postgraduates, when a module has been failed with a mark of usually less than 50%, (unless specified otherwise in the validation of the programme) reassessment is offered in the failed element(s). Reassessment at postgraduate level is limited to one reassessment opportunity.
What is the maximum mark I can achieve if I've had reassessment in a module?
At undergraduate level all reassessed modules will usually be capped at 40%. For postgraduates the maximum mark is usually 50%. If the module is assessed by more than one element the marks for reassessment will be aggregated to any original passed elements. The pass mark is the maximum that can be achieved for modules with any element in reassessment.
What happens if I don't submit for my first reassessment?
For undergraduate students, if you do not submit a first reassessment, you will forfeit your right to a second reassessment opportunity. This means you will have a confirmed failure in that module.
Postgraduate students only have one reassessment opportunity and, therefore, non-submission of reassessment would result in confirmed failure in that module.
Further information on what is meant by a confirmed failure can be found further down this page.
How will I find out if I have reassessment?
Reassessment is offered after the University Assessment Board has met. You will receive an email alerting you that your results are available to view on ICON. It is very important that you check your University email regularly so that you do not miss this information. You are strongly encouraged to contact your module tutor to arrange a tutorial for feedback, advice and guidance in preparation for your reassessment.
Is there a limit to the number of modules I can have reassessment in?
There is only a limit for postgraduate students. The limits on reassessed credits are as follows:
- Masters Degree - 80 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma - 60 credits
- Postgraduate Certificate - 40 credits
Should you exceed the limits, you will be discontinued from the course. The University Assessment Board may permit, at their discretion, reassessment for credit only.
What does it mean when I have a 'Confirmed Failure' in the module?
A confirmed failure (CF) is a failure of a module that cannot be recovered. This means that there are no more opportunities of reassessment available to you.
This could be because:
- Reassessment opportunities have been exhausted
- Non-submission at first reassessment
- A decision of the Malpractice Panel
A confirmed failure can mean different things depending on what stage of the course you are at.
- At Level 4 this could result in discontinuation from the course.
- At Level 5, 20 credits of confirmed failure could result in progression to Level 6 for a maximum award of an Ordinary degree (without honours). More than 20 credits of confirmed failure could lead to discontinuation from the course.
- At Level 6, less than 60 credits of confirmed failure may lead to you being awarded an Ordinary degree. More than 60 credits may lead to discontinuation with no award, or an exit award if one is available on your course of study.
- At postgraduate level this may lead to discontinuation from the course, however you could leave with an exit award if you have the necessary credit and if one is available on your course of study.
Students on professional courses i.e. nursing/midwifery/radiography/occupational therapy and social work are not permitted to continue on course with confirmed fails in any modules. Students who have confirmed fails will be discontinued from their course of study and may be eligible for an exit award if enough credits have been attained.
I failed a module but it has been condoned. What does this mean?
A module result may be condoned at the discretion of the University Assessment Board where the failure is only by a small margin. This means the mark achieved is retained, but credit is awarded.
If CD appears next to a mark in the Confirmed Grade column in your Statement of Results this signifies that the mark has been condoned by the University Assessment Board.
Condonation can take place for marks between 35% and 39% (for undergraduate) and 45% and 49% (for postgraduate programmes) for modules that are not core or for which professional body requirements do not prohibit condonement.
The marks achieved in a condoned module are not altered and for classified undergraduate degrees at level 5 and level 6 marks will carry forward to any classification calculation (level 4 and level 5 for foundation degrees and target DipHE awards).
If a student has not exhausted all the reassessment opportunities for that module it may be that condonation will been offered as an option.
If you have not exhausted all the reassessment opportunities and do not want to accept the condonation you must notify the assessment team (Assessment@cumbria.ac.uk) that you would rather undertake reassessment for a maximum pass mark (40% undergraduate or 50% postgraduate). This must be done within 10 working days of release of your results.
There is a limit of 20 credits per 120 credits at each level. Condonation does not apply to 30 credit modules, and may not be possible in certain programmes such as the Health & Wellbeing ‘continuing and professional development’ framework.