4.1. Where the Award cannot be determined within the normal timescale and where the employment/further studies of students will not be adversely affected, the formal date of award will normally be deferred until the outcome of all assessments is known.
4.2. In cases where normal business is likely to be interrupted for a protracted period of time, the Chair of Academic Board may determine that the following awarding standards apply:
Foundation Degrees, Diplomas of Higher Education and HNDs
4.3 The classification or grade of the award will be based on the modules that have been completed in accordance with the Academic Regulations. If students wish to improve their classification, they will be given appropriate support to undertake outstanding assessments, although this will increase the length of their studies. The revised classification will be compared to the initial classification and the highest classification will stand.
4.4 In very exceptional circumstances it may not be possible to apply the provisions in para. 4.2 and 4.3. For, example it may not be possible to conduct the original nor an alternative assessment to reach the award threshold. The School Academic Committee should determine whether the Programme Learning Outcomes have been met by a cohort, notwithstanding the incomplete modules, based on assessment conducted by the Course Team. If the Programme Learning Outcomes have been met, the degree will be awarded and classified or graded according to the provisions in para. 4.3. Where individual students have outcomes that are different from the cohort, their cases will be reviewed by the University Assessment Board for Exceptions (UABE).
4.5 Where the Programme Learning Outcomes have not been met and cannot be assessed, and where undergraduate students have 300 credits, they will receive an Ordinary Degree in accordance with the Academic Regulations.
4.6 Students with 300 or 330 credits will be given the opportunity, with appropriate support, to undertake the outstanding assessments to complete 360 credits.
4.7 All students will however be issued with an interim transcript (HEAR) (signed by the Registrar) which will include the following information for prospective employers and other education institutions (for those applying for postgraduate study):
The confirmed marks for modules taken at previous Levels of study
Those marks from Level 6 or 7, if applicable, that were confirmed by the Award Board.
Explanation of the circumstances affecting the assessment of students and steps that will be taken by the University once normal business resumes.