Most courses at Aston are made up of modules of study. Modules are assessed using different assessment methods such as exams (sometimes called class tests) practicals, presentations and coursework. The marks from your assessments are used for your module mark. You may receive marks and feedback for assessments from your tutors throughout the year but these marks are not formal until they have been considered by an Exam Board. For undergraduate students, this normally happens at the end of the academic year. For postgraduate students it is a little more complicated and will depend on your course but an Exam Board might meet at the end of every term or teaching period.
When the Exam Board meets, it will consider all of your results and decide whether or not you have passed and if you can progress to the next stage of your course. If you have not passed, then the Exam Board will decide whether or not you can resit any failed assessments and how and when they want you to resit.
The University has regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate students and special regulations for some courses which they use to make their decisions. Some of the phrases and names Exam Boards use can be confusing so here are some explanations of the ones most commonly used:
Condonement/Compensation. Sometimes an Exam Board can allow you to pass a module even if you haven’t got enough marks. This will depend on circumstances such as your other results and what mark you got for the module you have failed. Undergraduate students can only have a maximum of 40 credits condoned/compensated per year.
Credits and Modules. Taught courses are made up of credits. Passing modules get you the credits you need for your course. For example, an undergraduate degree has 120 credits per year. Most undergraduate degrees have 12 modules per year which each count as 10 credits.
|Term ||Explanation |
|Deferred Exam ||This is when an exam is delayed until the next exam period |
|Exam Periods ||There are set exam periods for your course. For undergraduate students these are normally in January and May/June. Resits happen in at the end of August or very early September. Exam periods for postgraduate students are different for each course. |
|Exceptional Circumstances ||Unexpected events or problems which affect your ability to study |
|Pass Mark ||Every course has a mark you must achieve to pass an assessment and module. For the majority of undergraduate modules the pass mark is 40%. For the majority of taught postgraduate modules the pass mark is 50%. There are special rules for some modules and some courses. |
|Referred Assessment ||An assessment you retake that same year without any extra lectures or tutorials. For undergraduate students, referred assessments are taken during August/September. Postgraduate students take referred assessments at different times and it depends on the course. The maximum mark you can achieve in a Referred assessment is the pass mark. |
|Repeat assessment ||An assessment you take in the following year. The Exam Board will decide if you need to attend the module for this assessment or not. The maximum mark you can achieve in a Repeat assessment is the pass mark. |
|Restart Year(Undergraduate students only) || |
This is when an Exam Board asks you to retake a complete year again (including any modules you may have already passed). Your marks for your modules will not be limited to the pass mark. Your previous attempts at these modules will still be counted as a failed attempt.