Alternative academic regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

The University has returned to its standard regulations for the 2020/2021 academic year. However, transitional academic regulations are in place to calculate the final award outcomes for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students impacted upon by the move to online teaching and assessment during the 2019/2020 academic year.

No-detriment approach to calculating your final award

The 2020/2021 University exam boards will take into account the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on modules which were taught and assessed between Wednesday 18 March 2020 and the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.

This ‘no detriment’ approach does not involve adjusting individual assessment or module marks but is based upon a comparison between your marks for the whole level of study before and after the pandemic.

Undergraduate students Postgraduate taught students (not Masters degrees)

If your 2019/2020 module marks contribute towards your final award, the exam boards will ensure that the overall mark for the level of study you were enrolled on in 2019/2020 which is used in the final calculation of your award is the highest of either:

  • the weighted average mark for all your assessments with a published deadline prior to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (pre-pandemic average) or
  • the weighted average mark for all of your confirmed module marks at the level at the time your student profile is considered by the 2020/2021 exam boards*.

Once identified the highest of these two figures for the level will be used in the normal calculation method for your award.

*The 2019/2020 alternative academic regulations stated that the 100 best credits would be used for undergraduate students. However, this figure does not align with the credit structure of all UWE undergraduate or postgraduate taught awards. So, for 2020/2021 the pre-pandemic average will be compared with the overall weighted average mark for the level.

Postgraduate taught students (Masters degrees)

If your 2019/2020 module marks contribute towards your final award, the exam boards will ensure that the overall mark for the level of study you were enrolled on in 2019/2020 which is used in the final calculation of your award is the highest of either:

  • the weighted average mark for all your assessments with a published deadline prior to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (pre-pandemic average) or
  • the weighted average mark for the best 120 credits worth of confirmed module marks at the level at the time your student profile is considered by the 2020/2021 exam boards.

Once identified the highest of these two figures for the level will be used in the normal calculation method for your award.

Your best credits are determined by putting your marks in order, starting with the highest, then descending to the lowest. So, if you are registered on 180 credits, the best 120 credits used in the calculation are those associated with the highest marks. 

Exam boards

In order to protect the value of your qualification, the exam boards will judge the circumstances in which credit and qualifications may be awarded. Even where we had to change methods of assessment, we will work to maintain our academic standards and the value of your award.

We will do this by ensuring there is sufficient evidence to determine that outcomes at the appropriate level have been achieved. Please be assured that your individual profile will be fully scrutinised at the exam boards.

Pre-pandemic calculator

This calculator (Excel) can be used to calculate the pre-pandemic weighted average for your assessments which had deadlines prior to the 18 March 2020.

Using the calculator

Please read the guidance page on the first tab of the calculator.

You will need to include component weightings and in some cases assessment weightings too depending on how your modules are structured. You will find the weightings in your module handbook or module specification. If you are not sure of where to find them please ask your Module Leader.

Any outcome that you calculate is based solely on your selection of marks, and the University will not be bound by any calculation that you create.

It remains the case that exam boards have the right to award one class higher than that which is calculated by the student record system when considering individual student results. The board uses specific criteria to do this: Criteria for raising the classification/differential level of an award

If you are a final year honours degree student you can also use the degree classification calculator to calculate an estimate of your final outcome.

Further advice and guidance

Information Points / Student Support Advisers

Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 85678

Email: infopoint@uwe.ac.uk 

Academic Survival Guide – here you can find guidance on the standard regulations.

UWE Academic Regulations – 2020/2021 standard and transitional regulations

Comparison of the 2019/2020 alternative academic regulations with the 2020/2021 standard and transitional regulations

March 2020 – 20 September 2020

Alternative regulations in place

21 September 2020 onwards.

Standard regulations reinstated with additional transitional arrangements

Removal of the limitation to the pass mark for resits and retakes (mark capping) where the first sit was on or after 1st August 2019 -unless already capped.

Resits and retakes are not limited to the pass mark (no mark capping) – unless already capped.

No 24 hour window for late coursework. Work cannot be submitted after the deadline.

24 hour window reinstated. Work can be submitted up to 24 hours after the deadline but as it is late there is a mark penalty.

No evidence required for five working day extensions for coursework

Evidence is required for five working day extensions for coursework (unless related to Covid-19)

Missed assessments process is suspended due to the removal of mark capping.

Missed assessment process is removed due to the removal of mark capping. Advice and support is available from the Student Support Advisers

No evidence required for the exceptional removal of a mark process

No evidence required for the exceptional removal of a mark process

Examination Boards can accept failure to pass up to 20% of the total credit requirement for an award in the final year (excused credit).

Examination Boards can accept failure to pass up to 30 credits of the total credit requirement for an award in the final year (but can still use the 20% maximum for modules affected in 2019/2020)

Pre-pandemic average is compared with the average for the 100 best credits at that level (see above)

Pre-pandemic average is compared with the average for all modules at that level (see above).

As a response to the coronavirus pandemic the exam board may in exceptional circumstances consider failed modules for condonation with a lower overall module mark than 37% (levels 0-3) and 47% (level M).

Normal threshold for condoning failed credit is reinstated:

37% (levels 0-3) and 47% (level M).

University takes action to carry across best coursework / exam marks within the first sit of a module if assessments are cancelled.

Normal process is reinstated, missed assessments are recorded as a ‘non-submission’.

Students resit only the individual pieces of work they failed (where possible)

Students resit the assessment for the whole component.

Compulsory requirement for modules to include a controlled conditions assessment (e.g. an invigilated exam) is suspended. However, they can still be used if appropriate for the module.

Compulsory requirement for modules to include a controlled conditions assessment (e.g. an invigilated exam) is removed. However, they can still be used if appropriate for the module.