Extension to deadline: a process that enables you to request a revised deadline, usually beforehand or retrospectively, up to two weeks after the deadline has passed (in exceptional circumstances). If you experience an unexpected issue that you believe can be rectified quickly so that you are eventually able to submit your work, you can apply for an extension through your course leader and you do not need to provide any supporting evidence.
Late submission: a penalty is applied to work that is submitted after the deadline set and where an extension request has not been submitted. To avoid this, you must request an extension through your course leader, as detailed above.
Generic mitigation: mitigating circumstances are applied by the Examination Board without individual claims or evidence to cover failed/ non-submitted/ missed assessment.
Resit: a further assessment attempt.
Deferral: the assessment is deferred if the Course Examination Board deems that the assessment should be taken again and that the student should suffer no detriment. Accordingly, first attempts will remain as a first attempt and not be capped; deferrals of subsequent capped attempts remain capped but the attempt number does not increase.
Referral: a further attempt at an assessment or a new assessment in place of it, which is capped at the pass mark and uses up an assessment attempt.
Pass mark: 40% for an undergraduate assessment or 50% for a postgraduate assessment, any exceptions to this are detailed in individual Programme Specifications.
Capped: the maximum mark you will receive is the pass mark, even if you achieve a higher mark.
Uncapped: you will be awarded a mark within the full range of marks available (i.e. 0 – 100).
Mitigating circumstances: serious circumstances which are unforeseen and unavoidable, which negatively impact on your ability to complete assessment.
Progression: an Examination Board decision on whether you can proceed to the next stage of your course. Where you have been told you are unable to progress to the next level, you may be asked to repeat modules the following year or leave the University.
Compensation: an Examination Board may allow credit to be awarded at the end of your stage of study for failed modules where assessment threshold marks have been met (up to 40 credits per 120 credits studied). The Examination Board must be assured that the course learning outcomes can still be met. Compensation cannot be applied to mandatory modules or be used to change module marks.
Intermission: a student led decision to take an official, extended period of absence from studying at the University. You must submit a written application to your course leader which explains your reasons.