Information about what you need to pass the year/your degreeYear 0 and Year 1To be able to proceed, you must pass all your...
Dominant QualityThe number of modules in each class in the second and in the final Stage is assessed in order todetermine ...
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Information about what you need to pass the year

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As the Spring term draws to a close, we thought it might be useful to remind you of a few key points relating to the undergraduate rules of assessment and what you need to do to pass the year. ^OP

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Information about what you need to pass the year

  1. 1. Information about what you need to pass the year/your degreeYear 0 and Year 1To be able to proceed, you must pass all your modules with an overall module mark of 40%(regardless of whether your year average is above 40%). If you fail to do this, you may be offeredreassessment over the summer, but this will be capped at the pass mark. The failure will show onyour academic transcript (which you may need to show future employers), therefore it is in yourbest interests to pass everything at the first attempt. To assist you with your exam revision sampleexam papers are available on Moodle. Also, make sure you check your timetable and attend therelevant revision sessions.Year 2 and Final YearYou must pass 330 credits to obtain a degree. As you will take 360 credits in total, this means thatyou are allowed to carry a maximum of 30 credits of failure overall and still pass your degree. If youfail this summer, you may be offered reassessment, but this will be capped at the pass mark and willtherefore affect your overall degree class. It is therefore in your best interests to pass everything atthe first attempt. It is very risky for Year 2 students to carry 30 failed credits into the Final Yearbecause it means you will have to pass everything in the Final Year. To assist you with your examrevision, sample and past exam papers are available on the CMR/Moodle. Also, remember to checkyour timetable and attend the relevant revision classes.Your degree class is dependent on the marks obtained in Year 2 and Final Year. There are twomethods of calculating your degree, but depending on which method is used your Year 2 and FinalYear marks will either be weighted 50:50 or Year 2 at 40% and Final Year 60%. Therefore it is veryimportant to do as well as possible in both years. For a fuller explanation of how your final degreeclass is calculated, see the bottom of this email.Note that the following courses have additional requirements to achieve a pass: Biomedical Science;courses with an industrial year; courses with a year of study abroad; and Integrated Masterscourses. If you are unclear what is required to pass these courses, please ask.Full details of the rules of assessment can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook here:http://bsintra.essex.ac.uk/bsteach/ugrad/Handbook/Assessment.htm#rulesofass or on the rules ofassessment website here: http://www2.essex.ac.uk/academic/students/ug/rules.htmHow degree classes are calculatedResults for Honours degrees are calculated by two methods, known as ‘Dominant Quality’ and‘Arithmetic Average’. Students will receive the more favourable degree class of the two. The resultsfrom both methods are published on the grid presented to Boards of Examiners. Class is based uponStage Two and Three marks.Arithmetic AverageStage marks from second and final years are weighted 40% and 60% respectively and combined togive a degree mark. The degree mark is used to calculate a degree class as follows:70% and over - Class 160%-69% - Class 2.150%-59% - Class 2.240%-49% - Class 3under 40% - Fail
  2. 2. Dominant QualityThe number of modules in each class in the second and in the final Stage is assessed in order todetermine the dominant quality of the student’s work:Class 1Minimum number of credits at Class 1: 120Maximum number of credits below Class 2.2: 0Class 2.1Minimum number of credits at Class 2.1 or above: 150Maximum number of credits at Class 3: 90Maximum number of failed credits: 0Class 2.2Minimum number of credits at Class 2.2 or above: 150Maximum number of failed credits: 30Class 3Maximum number of failed credits: 30

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