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Credit Framework for Taught Programmes

Annex 5: Alternative Exit Awards

Information for Students, Teachers and Examiners

(Approved by Senate on 25 November 2015)

1. A student who successfully completes an appropriate volume of credit as part of a programme of study, but who does not successfully complete the whole programme will be entitled to receive an alternative exit award from the relevant Board of Examiners, for example, the award of a Certificate, Diploma or non-Honours degree, where he/she has achieved sufficient credit at the appropriate level required for the award concerned and has satisfied any further requirements for the particular programme of study where such have been specified in the relevant approved programme specification.

2. The minimum credit requirements for awards (i.e. volume and level) are set out in Annex 4: Minimum Credit Requirements for Awards.

3. Where students have met the requirements for a year abroad or other placement activity the title of the alternative exit award should reflect this achievement (for example, Diploma with a Year Abroad; Non-Honours Degree with a Year in Industry). It should be noted that, although the achievement of 120 credits for a placement stage may give a student the overall volume of credit required for a non-honours degree (300) or honours degree (360), these latter awards require the achievement of a stated volume of credit at level 6 and in Stage 3 (see Annex 4).

4. Where a student has passed a module or modules, but has not met the requirements for any award the University will issue the student with a transcript stating the modules passed and the marks and credits awarded.

5. The table below sets out the alternative exit awards available to students registered on specific programmes of study. The appropriate alternative exit award will be made where the University’s requirements and any stated programme requirements have been met.

Programme of Study Available
Alternative Exit Award
Available
Alternative Exit Award
Available
Alternative Exit Award
Available
Alternative Exit Award
BA/BSc (Hons
Certificate
Diploma
Non-Honours degree
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
120
240
300
 
Diploma of HE
Certificate
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
120
 
Higher National Diploma
Higher National Certificate
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
120
 
Foundation Degree
Certificate
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
120
 
Integrated Master's degree
Certificate
Diploma
Non-Honours degree
BA/BSc (Hons)
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
120
240
300
360
 
Graduate Diploma
Graduate Certificate
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
60
 
Master's degree
(MA/MSc/LLM/MBA)
PG Certificate
PG Diploma
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
60
120
 
PG Diploma
PG Certificate
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
60
 
Taught Doctorate
MA/MSc/LLM/MBA
Minimum number of credits required for the alternative exit award:
180

 


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