Moving onto the next year

Looking at the progression of students is a considerable part of what the Student Administration Service (SAS) do. This involves checking that your son or daughter has passed the correct number of credits, and ensuring they have a new record for next year which shows they can move up a level.

Some questions you might have about “progression”……

How many credits do students need to get to progress to the next level?

Usually, an undergraduate student needs 120 credits at each level to automatically progress to the next one. However, the Departmental Exam Board has the discretion to allow a student to progress to Level 2 from Level 1 with 100 credits, providing the student has passed all the core modules and obtained a grade of at least 30 in any failed modules. Any cases like this will be discussed automatically at the Exam Board meeting so your son or daughter doesn’t need to do anything – unless they have got special circumstances they wish to raise (refer to My son or daughter had a problem just before, or during, the exams period and I think they could have got a better grade if this hadn’t happened?)

How many times can my son or daughter try to pass a “Level”?

If your son or daughter is on Level 1 of their course they will be allowed a maximum of three attempts at their modules, so it's really important that you encourage them to seek support if they appear to be struggling to pass, even at the first attempt. There is a lot of support available for struggling students, and we would encourage students to alert their department to any difficulties they are having at the earliest opportunity, via the most appropriate method; for example submitting an Extenuating Circumstances Form, or seeking extra support from their tutor.

If your son or daughter is at Level 2 (or Level 3 on a 4 year course), they will be allowed a maximum of two attempts at their modules, so its really important that you encourage them to seek support if they appear to be struggling to pass at the first attempt. There is a lot of support available for struggling students, and we would encourage students to alert their department to any difficulties they are having at the earliest opportunity, via the most appropriate method; for example submitting a Extenuating Circumstances Form, or seeking extra support from their tutor.