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Gliffy Zoom Zoom Progression The diagram above is used in the examples. The numbered circles refer to the parts of the diagrams. The examples are:

Example 1: One Soft Fail

Scenario: One soft fail (35% - 39%) in one 10 credit module but an average mark of over 50% in the first semester exams


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

n/a until the end of the year

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Possibly, since only one 10 credit module has not been passed, 110 could be attained.

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

Yes

Outcome: Student will progress unless there are other fails in the second semester exams

Example 2: One Hard Fail

Scenario: One hard fail of 32% (<35%) in one 10 credit module in the Autumn exams


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

n/a until the end of the year

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Yes, since only one 10 credit module has not been passed, 110 credits have been attained.

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

No, 32%

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

Yes

Outcome: A resit will definitely be required as there is a hard fail (<35%)

Example 3: One Soft Fail (20 credits)

Scenario: Soft fail in one 20 credit module e.g. A11CRH at 39% in Spring.


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

Yes

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Yes, since only one 20 credit module has not been passed, 100 credits have been attained.

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

No, 20 credits failed in one theme

Outcome: A resit will definitely be required

Example 4: Two Soft Fails

Scenario: Two soft fails in 10 credit modules. A11HDT (Theme B) at 35% and A11CLS (Theme A) at 39%. All other modules passed.


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

If yes then no resit is required, if no then both modules must be resat to achieve a minimum of 40%.

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Yes, since only two 10 credit modules have not been passed, 100 credits have been attained.

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

Yes

Outcome: The outcome hinges on whether the weighted average is at least 50% . This is calculated as follows:

If this is over 50% no resit is required but if it is not both modules need to be retaken to achieve 40% in each and therefore no need to check the weighted average.

Example 5: One Soft Fail (A11CLS) and One Hard Fail (A11PH1)

Scenario: One soft fail in 10 credit A11CLS (Theme A) at 35% and one hard fail in 5 credit A11PH1 (Theme C) at 32%


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

If yes then a resit is only required in A11PH1, if no then advise to resit BOTH modules. See below for more details.

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Yes, since only one 10 credit module has not been passed, 110 credits have been attained.

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

Yes

Outcome: If the average mark is at least 50% across all modules then A11PH1 needs to be re-sat as 105cr have been passed and up to 20 credits of soft fails are allowed with up to 10 credits in different themes is permitted; hard fail must always trigger a resit. If the average mark is below 50% then BOTH modules need to be re-sat to achieve a minimum of 40% in each so that all modules are passed and no further need to check weighted avg is >=50%.) See example 8 below for student selecting to not attempt all resits.

Example 6: Soft Fail in A11MBM

Scenario: One soft fail in 15 credit A11MBM or 35%


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

n/a

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Yes

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

No, 15 credits failed in one theme

Outcome: A resit is needed as 15 credits are failed in one theme

Example 7: Soft Fails in Two Modules in One Theme

Scenario: Soft fail in 10 credit A12ASN (Theme B) of 35% and soft fail in 10 credit A12REN (Theme B) of 35%. Weighted average of over 50%


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

Yes

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

Yes

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

No, as both modules are in the same theme.

Outcome: This would mean an advised resit in BOTH to ensure chance of attaining 40% in both modules since there is more than 10 credits failed in the same theme. If student elects to not retake ONE of the modules, provided the retake was above 40% then the other 10 credit Theme B module could be carried as a soft fail. If the weighted average was below 50% the student should be advised to resit BOTH modules to (1) get both up to 40% AND avoid the need to look at the weighted average after resit, OR (2) do as well as they could to improve the marks to get the new weighted average above 50% and minimum of a pass (40%) in one module and a soft fail in the other. But see example 8 below.

Example 8: Soft Fails in Three Modules

Scenario: Soft fails in three modules. A11PH1 (Theme C) 5 credits 35%, A11EXT (Theme B) 10 credits 37%, A11CLS (Theme A) 10 credits 38%, weighted average 50.5%, 95 credits passed at 40% or more.


At least 40% in all modules?

No

Average mark > 50% across all modules

Yes

All modules passed make up at least 100 credits

No, the total number of credits is only 95

Passes in all Theme D modules?

Yes

All marks at least 35%?

Yes

Less than 20 credits of modules at 35-39% and less than 10 credits at 35-39% in a single theme (i.e. A, B or C)

Yes

Outcome: 

The student can either:

  • Attempt all THREE soft fails to ensure maximum chance of passing all at 40% or more
  • OR with RISK, take ONE module to only have remaining soft fails up to 10 credits in different theme

WARNING Where progression is impeded, if a student does not attempt all failed modules (soft or hard) at the first available opportunity when offered they can not on a subsequent occasion attempt the other remaining module(s) to improve upon their position. Taking fewer than the total in the hope of gaining sufficient marks to make it through but still retaining one or two soft fails is a high risk strategy. If the outcome is still non-progression after resit then the student’s course will be terminated.


Note: The BSc in Medical Sciences follows the University’s flow diagram which should be consulted in the Quality Manual or in the Pastoral Care handbook. A similar chart is used but allows greater leniency and does not attach Themes to the modules.

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