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Academic Regulations set a maximum of 80 credits each year for a regular part-time student, but they do not specify a minimum [see Regulation 1.4]. If you wish, therefore, you may limit yourself to one ten-credit module in the year. However, you need 360 credits in total to graduate and must complete your degree within seven years [see Regulations 8.2, 1.7], so in practice you cannot maintain such a low annual rate of progress for very long.
Academic Regulations permit you to change from part-time to full-time (and back again) according to personal circumstances [see Regulation 1.1], so you could always follow one or two 'light ' years of study with a 'heavier' commitment in order to get your credit total back on track for completion in a maximum of seven years.
The word 'resit' (an alternative is 'retake') applies when you are having a further attempt at the assessment for a module that you have already taken, but failed. This resit is normally scheduled for the examination period immediately following the one in which your first, unsuccessful attempt was made [see Regulation 7.7]. The term applies to all types of assessment, from coursework to written examinations, and orals to practicals. If you have been 'deferred' in the assessment for a module, i.e. given permission by the Programme Examinations Board to postpone the assessment to a future examination period, this cannot be described as a 'resit' because you are being assessed for the first time.
There are two undergraduate examination periods within the year:
You are not obliged to take resits, except those for modules that are compulsory, but you are strongly advised to do so. You must remember that as a full-time undergraduate student, you need 360 credits at the end of three years to obtain a degree (480 credits if your programme is four years long), so credits that you fail to achieve in one year will need to be made up during the next [Regulation 8.2]. Remember, too, that you are only allowed to take modules to a maximum of 140 credits in any one year, so if your credit shortfall is too great, you may have to switch to part-time study in order to catch up and graduate.
Please see answer above.
There are two parts to this answer:
Firstly, you need to consider the total number of credits overall. Undergraduate students need to obtain a total of 360 credits to graduate (or 480 credits if following a four-year programme): 200 of these must be at levels HE2 and HE3, with at least 120 at level HE3 [Regulation 8.2].
Secondly, you need to consider the total number of credits from the point of view of your subject(s).
Single honours students:
If you are a single honours student, you need at least 200 credits at levels HE2 and HE3 in your chosen subject, 120 of them at level HE3 [Regulation 10.2].
Combined honours students:
Requirements vary according to the balance you choose to strike between your two subjects. Full details appear under Regulations 10.3 and 10.4.
This depends largely on the module in question. You should start by looking at the programme regulations (available on the web) to see whether the failed module is 'compulsory', 'optional' or 'required'.
If the module is compulsory, it must normally be passed before you can progress. If it is optional, you should be able to progress provided that overall you have obtained at least 100 credits during the year.
The same is also true of most required modules (those that
have to be taken, but not necessarily passed), though it is always advisable
to check this category with the Programme Convener.
- While failure of a required module will usually allow you to progress, it is often a prerequisite for later modules, so that you may find your subsequent choices restricted.
- A failed module will reduce your credit total, so that you will need to take extra modules later to ensure that you have the 360 credits needed to graduate (480 credits in the case of a four-year degree).
The '100 credit rule' applies only if you are a full-time student. It requires you to pass at least 100 credits by the end of one year of study in order to continue as a full-time student. You will normally take 120 credits each year, so you have a 'cushion' of 20 credits which you can fail before the rule comes into operation [Regulation 7.16].
- As a full-time undergraduate student, you need 360 credits at the end of three years to obtain a degree (480 credits if your programme is four years long), so credits that you fail to achieve in one year will need to be made up during the next [Regulation 8.2].
- Even if you have obtained 100 or more credits in a year, there may still be other reasons why you cannot continue as a full-time student, for example if you have failed a compulsory module.
- The '100 credit rule' may be suspended by the Awards and Progression Board (on the recommendation of a Programme Examinations Board) if you have received permission to change your programme during the course of the year, and find it impossible to take 100 credits in the new programme before the end of that year [Regulation 7.16].
It is helpful to answer this question in two parts:
Firstly, if you have been 'programme terminated in subject X' because you have failed compulsory modules (usually after two resits) you cannot continue to study that subject. It does not matter whether you are full-time or part-time, single honours or combined honours, the compulsory status of the failed modules is decisive.
If you are a combined honours student who has passed the compulsory modules in your second subject and gained at least 80 credits overall in the year, you should be able to continue studying the other subject, either as single honours, or in combination with a new subject;
Secondly, if you are a full-time student who has passed compulsory modules but not succeeded in meeting the requirement of the '100 credit rule', you cannot continue with full-time status. Your only option is to change to part-time, with the consent of your Programme Convener(s), and make up the credit shortfall. Once your credit total is 'back on track', you may apply to resume full-time status. This arrangement applies whether you are single honours or combined honours.
A change to part-time status may have funding implications and you should check these carefully with your Local Education Authority.
Please see answer above.
If you have been 'programme terminated' because you have failed
one or more compulsory modules, it does not make much sense to
let you take the same programme again. If you have been 'programme terminated'
for not meeting the requirements of the '100 credit rule',
the appropriate way forward is to change to part-time status
until you have made up your credit shortfall.
- Very occasionally, for example if a student's academic career has been severely disrupted by health or other personal problems, and there are genuine reasons for poor performance, the University may allow the student to start again.
- Sometimes, too, after several years absence from the University, a former student may apply to start the same programme again, and if there are reasons to think that this time the outcome will be more successful, the application may be accepted.
If your studies have been severely disrupted by health or other personal problems, or you have other genuine reasons for wanting to repeat a year, the University will usually endorse the proposal and write in support to your Local Education Authority. Genuine reasons do not, however, include the desire to avoid programme termination or to secure higher marks.
This is a straightforward matter. You should approach the Programme Convener of the new subject, secure acceptance onto the programme, and then complete the necessary documentation.
- The correct form for this type of change is coded SR2, and you can obtain a copy from Roehampton Registry (Erasmus House, Roehampton Campus).
- You should talk through the full implications of the transfer with the Programme Convener before making a final decision.