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'No detriment' policy: safety-net scores

If you have any queries, email our Registry Support team. Please give as much detail about your course and level of study, e.g. undergraduate year 1, course title, etc.

Terminology

We have used the term ‘completed credit’ when talking about the basis for calculating the safety-net score. This is credit that has been assessed, either wholly or partially (the latter in cases where partial completion amounts to at least 10 credits).


Approach

  • We have modelled our approach using data for last year’s final year students (UG and PG).

  • We will calculate a safety-net score for all students completing an award this year, and for all students who are completing a level of study that will contribute to a final award classification in future years, provided that you have completed sufficient credit on which to base a score.

  • The safety-net score is a provision that applies only where students have submitted and passed the full number of required credits for progression or for an award.

  • We have stated a minimum of completed credit for different kinds of courses (different years and levels) to ensure a robust score is achieved. The credits will be from the current year and the year prior.  If students’ completed credits do not meet those minimum levels then we will not calculate a safety-net score. This means that students on the same course might or might not have a safety-net score depending on chosen modules.

  • We will also include partially completed modules in the calculation. For example, we will notionally attach 10 credits to an element of assessment if that element is weighted at least 50% of a 20-credit module.

  • The safety-net score will be calculated using a range of weightings, in a greater or lesser weight depending on the completed credit for that year and the year prior where applicable (see below for detail).

  • If a student has failed a module or has missing credits in year 2 (level 5) but progressed to year 3 (level 6) trailing those modules, the pass grade will be capped in the calculation. The same approach will be taken for Foundation degrees where year 1 (level 4) credit is missing.
  • Year 1, Year 2 and placement

    In the short time available to us, we have not yet been able to model solutions for students who are completing a level of study that will contribute to a final award classification in future years. We will, however, commit to complete and communicate these calculations at a later date.

    Therefore, if you are a first year undergraduate student, the key decision at the end of your first year will be about your progression, and there are a range of robust measures to ensure that no student is put at an unfair disadvantage by their circumstances when that decision is made. This is also applicable to you if you are a second-year student whose second-year grade does not contribute to your final award.

  • Postgraduate students

    Completing postgraduate students, whether part-time or full-time, will have their safety-net score calculated on their completed credits to date, subject to the minimum level of credit being achieved.


Safety-net scores

When will we provide the safety-net scores?

Safety-net scores for students completing an award this year will be released to Examination Boards. We will not be able to release your safety-net scores to you in advance of the Boards, as we will need time to ensure the most accurate scores are provided.

The safety-net score, or its application, may be affected by the application of any penalties recommended by School’s Academic Irregularities Panels, in cases of potential cheating and plagiarism.

Student safety-net scores for students progressing, but on levels that count towards their final award, will be released to Referral Boards in September.


Calculating the safety-net score for Final Award for Undergraduate Students

  • Honours degrees: BA, BSc, BArch, BEng, LLB - FT and PT (level 6), GDL

    The safety-net score for standard length courses is calculated as follows:

    ((mean of level 6 credit) x (L6 multiplier)) + ((mean of level 5 credit) x (L5 multiplier))

    where the multipliers are as follows:

    Level 6 completed / partially completed credit 0 credits Up to 30 credits Above 30 but no more than 60 credits Above 60 but no more than 90 credits More than 90 credits
    L6 multiplier 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8
    L5 multiplier 1 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2

    Level 5 (year 2) is included in the calculation regardless of whether or not it normally contributes to the final award.

  • Top-up degrees - FT and PT (level 6)

    The safety-net score for top-up awards is calculated as the weighted average of module grades achieved prior to 31 March 2020, where the minimum number of credits completed is 60 or more.

  • Integrated Master's degrees - MArch, MChem, MScI, MBiol, MComm, MMath, MEng, MGeog (level 7)

    The safety-net score for standard length courses is calculated as follows:

    ((mean of level 7 credit) x (L7 multiplier)) + ((mean of level 6 credit) x (L6 multiplier))

    where the multipliers are as follows:

    Level 6 completed / partially completed credit 0 credits Up to 30 credits Above 30 but no more than 60 credits Above 60 but no more than 90 credits More than 90 credits
    L7 multiplier 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8
    L6 multiplier 1 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2

    This calculation is used for all integrated master's courses.

  • Foundation degrees - FdA and FdSc - FT and PT (level 5 / year 2)

    The safety-net score for these awards is calculated as follows:

    ((mean of level 5 credit) x (L5 multiplier)) + ((mean of level 4 credit) x (L4 multiplier))

    where the multipliers are as follows:

    Level 5 completed / partially completed credit 0 credits Up to 30 credits Above 30 but no more than 60 credits Above 60 but no more than 90 credits More than 90 credits
    L5 multiplier 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8
    L4 multiplier 1 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2

    Level 4 (year 1) is included in the calculation regardless of whether or not it normally contributes to the final award.

  • Progressing students - Years 2 and 3 (level 5 and 6) on Integrated Master’s; Year 2 on (level 5) Honours degrees; Year 1 (level 4) Foundation degree; Part-time degrees at stages prior to final award

    A safety-net score will be calculated for students currently on levels of study that contribute to the final award. Further work continues to determine exactly how these will be calculated and this will be the subject of a follow-up communication. These safety-net scores will be held on record for inclusion in future final outcomes.


Calculating the safety-net score for Final Award for Postgraduate Students

Master's degrees, PGCert, PGDip, LLM - FT and PT (Level 7 final award decisions)

The safety-net score for postgraduate awards is calculated as the weighted average of module grades achieved prior to 31 March 2020, where the minimum number of credits completed is 70 or more.

Exclusions

We have stated a minimum level of completed credit for postgraduate students who have completed fewer than 70 credits by 31 March 2020. If students’ completed credits do not meet these minimum levels, then we will not be able to calculate a reliable safety-net score.

Additionally, students on the following types of courses will not be provided with a safety-net score:

  • Professional Certificates
  • LLM Legal Practice Course
  • LLM Barristers Training Course
  • Fully online Master's courses
  • Courses which are smaller than 120 credits
  • Fall-back awards for partial completion of a larger award
  • Courses with overall final outcomes of pass / fail only.

If you are enrolled on one of the above courses, please be assured that the other ‘no detriment’ measures will apply to you.

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