Progression

Progression from Level to Level

For each level of your degree you register for 120 credits, usually 60 per semester. The study year abroad is equivalent to 120 credits.

In order to graduate, you need to complete successfully all levels of your degree, including the study year abroad if applicable, in accordance with the specifications of the Examination Conventions and the General Regulations for First Degrees.

At the end of the academic year, you will be given a year-end result based on the outcome of your assessment for each module. If the year-end result is F (fail) then you MUST take re-sits in order to progress to the next level.

You will not be allowed to progress to the next level under the following circumstances:

  1. Module outcome NC: You did not complete the module
  2. Module outcome NA: You were not assessed for the module
  3. Module outcome F for a core module (for example a language module)
  4. Module outcome F for more than 20 credits

Note that if you have a year-end result of Not Assessed, but one or more failed modules as well, you will normally be expected to re-sit failed modules in August at the same time as completing Not Assessed modules.

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to progress to the next level if you have failed not more than 20 credits of non-core modules and (for progression from Level 1 to level 2) if the grade of the failed module(s) is not less than 30. In such cases, your year-end result will be PC (pass conceded). You do not need to retake any failed modules in order to progress, but you may do so if you wish to improve your mark.

Year Abroad

Under university regulations, the Year Abroad is a Pass/Fail year. Your Sheffield student record will show a single, 120-credit module for the year, and you will need to satisfy the requirements of your host institution, in academic performance and in attendance, in order to pass the year and progress to the next Level.

Any student who fails the Year Abroad will be required to take a resit exam in September in Sheffield to proceed to the next Level of their degree. The standard Sheffield resit regulations apply, and fees are charged according to the number of credits that need to be re-examined.

Any student fails a resit, or who does not wish to resit, will be offered the opportunity to join the East Asian Studies degree.

China (Year Two)

You must register for modules at intermediate level or higher. If you start the year in a band lower than intermediate level, you will fail the Year Abroad. See module outline for further details; if in doubt, consult the Year Abroad Co-ordinator at the beginning of the academic year.

Students failing any element of the Nanjing course will fail the Year Abroad; they will be allowed to resit on two occasions. Conceded passes may be given where semester 2 results in corresponding modules are high enough to offset fails in semester 1.

Japan (Year Three)

You must pass the Japanese language requirement at your host university in Japan. This involves:

1. Satisfactory attendance
2. Completion of course requirements
3. Satisfactory completion of exams

Any student failing a Japanese language module, or modules, at their university in Japan, will fail the Year Abroad; they will be allowed to resit on one occasion.

Students are, of course, also expected to make every effort to pass all Studies courses required by host universities.

Korea (Year Two)

You must pass three levels – and at least Level 4 – of your host university’s programme. If in doubt about module/level choice, consult the Year Abroad Co-ordinator at the beginning of the academic year.

Students failing the third level of the course will fail the Year Abroad; they will be allowed to resit on two occasions.

You can find more information on re-sitting failed modules here.