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Reassessment and Progression

Reassessment

If you fail the assessment for a module, then you may be permitted reassessment. This usually means retaking the final exam or (if you failed the project or essay component of a module) submitting a new project report. The decision whether to offer a reassessment is taken by the Assessment Sub-Board.

For modules with multiple components reassessment will be based entirely on a written exam

If you are reassessed the mark will be capped at the pass mark for that assessment (40 for levels 4, 5 and 6 and 50 for level 7).

For students being reassessed in the following academic year it is important to:

  • register on the new KEATs page to keep up to date with announcements;
  • speak to the relevant module lecturer(s) and ask about content/assessment changes;
  • check the deadlines for PEP and overseas examinations applications;
  • contact your programme administrator if you have any questions

Condonement

If you fail an assessment but are close to passing then the failure may be “condoned”. This means you are granted credit for the module even though it is not passed. The decision of whether to condone a failed module is taken by the Assessment Sub-Board. More specific details are given below.

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

Note that core modules cannot be condoned, and condoned credit does not count towards your credit total required for progression.

Undergraduate students can have a maximum of 45 credits condoned in their degree, for Postgraduate and Graduate Diploma students it is a maximum of 30 credits. MSci students can have a maximum of 30 credits condoned at a level 7.  Further details are available on the Regulations page.

 

Substitute modules

MSc students who started in 2012 or later and have failed a module which is neither compulsory nor core with an uncondonable mark, may be offered the chance to take a “substitute module” in place of a failed module. A substitute module must be taken in College, with tuition fees payable, and the mark is capped at the pass mark. Moreover, the module will count against the number of allowed condoned fail credits as if it were a condoned failure. Furthermore, once a substitute module has been granted, the mark obtained on the original module is not taken into any further account, so it is possible to obtain a lower mark on a substitute module than on the original module. The decision of whether to offer a substitute module is taken by the Assessment Sub-Board.

 

Undergraduate students

Reassessment and condonement for undergraduate students starting
in 2013 or later

If you fail a module, you may be offered reassessment. This is decided by the relevant Undergraduate Assessment Sub-Board.

  • For level 4 modules - two reassessment opportunities

  • For level 5, 6 and 7 modules - one reassessment opportunity  

These are in addition to the first time the assessment is taken. You would therefore have up to three opportunities to sit a module at level 4 and two opportunities at levels 5, 6 and 7.

Reassessment of modules failed in the January and the May examination periods will take place in August.  Reassessment is offered when the student's overall mark for a module is below the pass mark (rather than the individual assessments being below the pass mark).

It is assumed that students will complete reassessments "Out of College" - i.e. without retaking the teaching - for which there is no charge.  If students would like to complete reassessment "In College" - i.e. returning for teaching - there will be a pro-rata fee charged.

Condoned Fails

The Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone (grant credit for award, with a mark below the pass mark) a failed module, from the departments of Physics, Mathematics or Informatics at King's, if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 1-39 for levels 5 and 6 and 1-49 for level 7.

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

For modules from other department or Colleges, the Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone a failed module if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 5 and 6, and 40-49 for level 7.

Up to 45 credits of condoned fails are permitted on 3 and 4 year programmes and up to 30 credits on the Graduate Diploma programme.  Credit can only be condoned if you have no more resit attempts left, or to allow you to graduate.

Students starting an MSci in September 2013 and September 2014 onwards must pass at least 90 credits at level 7, not including any condoned fails.

Students starting an MSci in September 2015 onwards must take at least 120 credits at level 7, pass at least 90 credits at level 7 and are allowed at most 30 credits of condoned fails at level 7.

For full details of credit required for all awards please see the A3 regulations from the year you started the programme.

It is departmental policy to grant a condonable fail in a final year exam ONLY if the student has no chance of improving their degree class by taking a (capped) resit. If there is this chance, then by default such a student will not be graduated but rather be offered a resit at the next opportunity. We will, however, try to contact such students and ask their opinion, and if they tell us unambiguously that they'd rather graduate right now with the lower degree class than wait until the next exam period, then (and only then) will we condone any condonable fails directly.

Reassessment and condonement for undergraduate students starting
in 2012

If you fail a module, you may be offered reassessment. This is decided by the relevant Undergraduate Assessment Sub-Board.

  • For level 4, 5 and 6 modules - two reassessment opportunities

  • For level 7 modules - one reassessment opportunity  

These are in addition to the first time the assessment is taken. You would therefore have up to three opportunities to sit a module at levels 4, 5 and 6 and two opportunities at level 7.

Reassessment of modules failed in the January and the May examination periods will take place in August. Reassessment is offered when the student's overall mark for a module is below the pass mark (rather than the individual assessments being below the pass mark)

It is assumed that students will complete reassessments "Out of College" - i.e. without retaking the teaching - for which there is no charge.  If students would like to complete reassessment "In College" - i.e. returning for teaching - there will be a pro-rata fee charged.

Condoned Fails

The Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone (grant credit for award, with a mark below the pass mark) a failed module, from the departments of Physics, Mathematics or Informatics at King's, if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 1-39 for levels 5 and 6 and 1-49 for level 7.

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

For modules from other department or Colleges, the Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone a failed module if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 5 and 6, and 40-49 for level 7.

Up to 45 credits of condoned fails are permitted on 3 and 4 year undergraduate programmes and up to 30 credits on the Graduate Diploma programme.  Credit can only be condoned if you have no more resit attempts left, or to allow you to graduate.

Students starting an MSci before September 2013 must pass at least 120 credits at level 7, these 120 credits cannot include any condoned fails.

For full details of credit required for all awards please see the A3 regulations from the year you started the programme.

It is departmental policy to grant a condonable fail in a final year exam ONLY if the student has no chance of improving their degree class by taking a (capped) resit. If there is this chance, then by default such a student will not be graduated but rather be offered a resit at the next opportunity. We will, however, try to contact such students and ask their opinion, and if they tell us unambiguously that they'd rather graduate right now with the lower degree class than wait until the next exam period, then (and only then) will we condone any condonable fails directly.

 

Progression and Completion for Undergraduate Students

The minimum progression requirements for students enrolled on a full-time undergraduate programme are as follows:

Year 1 to Year 2: 

90 credits excluding condoned fails and an average mark of 40% in level 4 mathematics modules with no mark lower than 33%. Joint honours students must also meet any requirements of the relevant other department.

Year 2 to Year 3:

BSc programmes - 210 credits excluding condoned fails 

MSci programmes - 210 credits excluding condoned fails and an average of at least 55% in Year 2.

Students who have passed 210 credits with a Year 2 average below 55% will progress to Year 3 of the BSc.

Year 3 to Year 4 (MSci): 

330 credits excluding condoned fails

For MSci Mathematics, students are also required to have an overall performance (C Score) at 58 or above. Students with a C Score in the range 55-57 could be considered for progression.  Please see further details below.

For MSci Mathematics and Physics the opinion of the Physics department may also be sought.

If these criteria are not met you may be transferred to the BSc programme and considered for award.

 

Exit Awards for Undergraduate students

Where a student has failed to satisfy the examiners in all elements of a programme and:

a) has exhausted any available reassessment opportunities or has terminated their studies early; and

b)  has met the criteria for a lower level or lower volume exit award (as detailed in the programme specification for the award on which they are registered)

The Assessment Sub-Board can, in accordance with College criteria, recommend the award of the relevant exit qualification. The availability of nested or exit awards will be detailed in the relevant programme specification. Once an award has been conferred there will be no further assessment opportunities for any element of the programme leading to that award.

Students will receive an unclassified exit award if they leave their programme at level 4 or 5.

Students who started in September 2013 or afterwards will receive a classified exit award if they leave their programme at level 6.

These awards are granted at the discretion of the Assessment Sub-Board.

Progression to Year 2 (BSc and MSci only)
Declaring Mitigating Circumstances

It is at the discretion of the Department to waive part of the above mentioned rules for students progressing from year 1 to year 2 if there are mitigating circumstances that need to be considered.

In order to declare any relevant circumstances students should complete this Application Form.

The form should be submitted with supporting evidence to the Department Office, no later than the Monday after the last day of the relevant examination period..

Please note that:

  • The right to submit an MCF (Mitigating Circumstance Form) during the exam period is not affected by lodging this application.

  • The application will only be considered for students who attempted all of their exams or submitted MCFs for exams missed.

  • The right to appeal after the Assessment Board decision is published is not affected by lodging this application.

Progression to Year 4 (MSci only)
Declaring Mitigating Circumstances

As mentioned above students on the MSci Mathematics programme with a C Score of 58 or above will progress to the 4th year of study.

Students with a C Score of 55-57, inclusive, could exceptionally be considered for progression on a case by case basis taking into account all relevant factors including mitigating circumstances.

In order to declare any relevant circumstances students should complete this Application Form.

The form should be submitted with supporting evidence to the Department Office, no later than the Monday after the last day of the relevant examination period.

Please note that:

  • The right to submit an MCF (Mitigating Circumstance Form) during the exam period is not affected by lodging this application.

  • The application will only be considered for students who attempted all of their exams or submitted MCFs for exams missed.

  • The right to appeal after the Assessment Board decision is published is not affected by lodging this application.

Postgraduate Taught students

Reassessment and condonement for postgraduate students starting in 2013 or later

If you fail a module, you may be offered reassessment. This is decided by the relevant Postgraduate Assessment Sub-Board.

  • For level 6 and 7 modules - one reassessment opportunity

These are in addition to the first time the assessment is taken. You would therefore have up to two opportunities to sit a module at levels 6 and 7.

Reassessment of modules failed in the January examination period may be offered in May.  Reassessment of modules failed in the May examination period may be offered in August or in the following academic year.  Students with at most three failed modules in total (from both semester 1 and semester 2) will be given resits in August.  Normally if you have more than three exams to resit you will be asked to resit your exams in the next academic year.

Reassessment is offered when the student's overall mark for a module is below the pass mark (rather than the individual assessment being below the pass mark).

When students are taking reassessment in the next academic year it is assumed that students will complete reassessments "Out of College" - i.e. without retaking the teaching - for which there is no charge.  If students would like to complete reassessments "In College" - i.e. returning for teaching - there will be a pro-rata fee charged.

Condoned Fails

The Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone (grant credit for award, with a mark below the pass mark) a failed module, from the departments of Physics, Mathematics or Informatics at King's, if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 1-39 for levels 5 and 6 and 1-49 for level 7.

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

For modules from other department or Colleges, the Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone a failed module if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 5 and 6, and 40-49 for level 7.

Up to 30 credits of condoned fails are permitted on MSc programmes.

On MSc programmes students need to gain at least 180 credits, or which at least 150 credits must be passed at level 7.

Students can also gain credit from level 6 modules they have passed and from condoned fails, but together these can contribute to no more that 30 credits.

For full details of credit required for all awards please see the A3 regulations from the year you started the programme.

Modules with a mark that could be condonable can be offered as an August resit, because there may be a chance that students can improve their degree classification (the weighted average of all your marks).  If you do not take the resit for the module your original mark will stand, and the assessment board will decide whether to condone this at its October meeting.  This happens in October because modules can only be condoned when you have exhausted all your attempts, or in order for you to graduate (i.e. you wouldn’t be forced to wait and take a second attempt at a module if you could be awarded your degree straight away with a condoned fail).

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

Reassessment and condonement for postgraduate students starting
in 2012

If you fail a module, you may be offered reassessment. This is decided by the relevant Postgraduate Assessment Sub-Board.

  • For level 6 modules - two reassessment opportunities

  • For level 7 modules - one reassessment opportunity

These are in addition to the first time the assessment is taken. You would therefore have up to three opportunities to sit a module at level 6 and up to two opportunities at level 7.

Reassessment of modules failed in the January examination period may be offered in May.  Reassessment of modules failed in the May examination period may be offered in August or in the following academic year. Students with at most three failed modules in total will be given resits in August.  Normally if you have more than three exams to resit you will be asked to resit your exams in the next academic year.

Reassessment is offered when the student's overall mark is below the pass mark (rather than the individual assessment being below the pass mark).

When students are taking reassessment in the next academic year it is assumed that students will complete reassessments "Out of College" - i.e. without retaking the teaching - for which there is no charge.  If students would like to complete reassessments "In College" - i.e. returning for teaching - there will be a pro-rata fee charged.

Condoned Fails

The Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone (grant credit for award, with a mark below the pass mark) a failed module, from the departments of Physics, Mathematics or Informatics at King's, if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 1-39 for levels 5 and 6 and 1-49 for level 7.

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

For modules from other department or Colleges, the Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone a failed module if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 5 and 6, and 40-49 for level 7.

Up to 30 credits of condoned fails are permitted on MSc programmes.

Modules with a mark that could be condonable can be offered as an August resit, because there may be a chance that students can improve their degree classification (the weighted average of all your marks).  If you do not take the resit for the module your original mark will stand, and the assessment board will decide whether to condone this at its October meeting.  This happens in October because modules can only be condoned when you have exhausted all your attempts, or in order for you to graduate (i.e. you wouldn’t be forced to wait and take a second attempt at a module if you could be awarded your degree straight away with a condoned fail).

Reassessment and condonement for postgraduate students starting
before 2012

If you fail a module, you may be offered reassessment. This is decided by the relevant Postgraduate Assessment Sub-Board.

  • For level 6 modules - two reassessment opportunities

  • For level 7 modules - one reassessment opportunity

These are in addition to the first time the assessment is taken. You would therefore have up to three opportunities to sit a module at level 6 and up to two opportunities at level 7.

Reassessment of modules failed in the January examination period may be offered in May. Reassessment of modules failed in the May examination period may be offered in August or in the following academic year.  Students with at most three failed modules will be given resits in August.  Normally if you have more than three exams to resit you will be asked to resit your exams in the next academic year (when you took the exam for the first time at the January or May exam session).

Reassessment is offered when the student's overall mark is below the pass mark (rather than the individual assessment being below the pass mark).

When students are taking reassessment in the next academic year it is assumed that students will complete reassessments "Out of College" - i.e. without retaking the teaching - for which there is no charge.  If students would like to complete reassessments "In College" - i.e. returning for teaching - there will be a pro-rata fee charged.

Condoned Fails

The Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone (grant credit for award, with a mark below the pass mark) a failed module, from the departments of Physics, Mathematics or Informatics at King's, if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 1-39 for levels 5 and 6 and 1-49 for level 7.

All marks from condoned credit will count towards any award calculation.

For modules from other department or Colleges, the Assessment Sub-Board can decide to condone a failed module if it has marks in the range 33-39 for level 4, 5 and 6, and 40-49 for level 7.

Up to 30 credits of condoned fails are permitted on MSc programmes.

Modules with a mark that could be condonable may be offered as an August resit, because there may be a chance that students can improve their degree classification (the weighted average of all your marks).  If you do not take the resit for the module your original mark will stand, and the assessment board will decide whether to condone this at its October meeting.  This happens in October because modules can only be condoned when you have exhausted all your attempts, or in order for you to graduate (i.e. you wouldn’t be forced to wait and take a second attempt at a module if you could be awarded your degree straight away with a condoned fail).

Progression and Completion for Postgraduate Students

Progression for Part Time Students

The rules for progression from year one to year two for students taking an MSc part-time depend on the specific programme. More information is available via the Programmes webpages.

Progression to the Project

In order to progress to the project, students must have either:

  • 120 credits passed, or
  • 105 credits passed with 15 credits in the condonable range, or
  • 90 credits passed with 30 modules in the condonable range.

Please note that there are further progression rules for MSc Complex Systems Modelling and MSc Financial Mathematics.  Please check the Programme pages for details.

More information is available via the Programmes webpages.  Please note not all modules offer a resit exam until the following year. 

Exit Awards

Where a student has failed to satisfy the examiners in all elements of a programme and:

a) has exhausted any available reassessment opportunities or has terminated their studies early; and

b)  has met the criteria for a lower level or lower volume exit award (as detailed in the programme specification for the award on which they are registered)

The Assessment Sub-Board may, in accordance with College criteria, recommend the award of the relevant exit qualification. The availability of nested or exit awards will be detailed in the relevant programme specification. Once an award has been conferred there will be no further assessment opportunities for any element of the programme leading to that award.

These awards are granted at the discretion of the Assessment Sub-Board.

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