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Requirements for the awards of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and the associated exit-only awards of the Professional Certificate in Education with QTS and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Studies

Please note: These Requirements are only applicable to students who registered on the above courses in the academic year 2013/14. For conventions governing students first registered on the above courses on 1 August 2014 or later, please click here.

1. Principles

(a) The University has a single set of rules for the award of the above mentioned taught qualifications (PGCE courses).

(b) These arrangements are consistent with the QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, the Statement by UUK, SCOP, QAA and UCET on the use of PGCE qualification title and take account of module and course learning outcomes.

(c) The system is designed to be transparent, clear and comprehensible for students and staff.

(d) In arriving at decisions for an award, a fail mark for a module may not be condoned and a module may not be passed by compensation.

(e) It is the responsibility of examination boards to act in accordance with these rules. No additional conventions may be specified by departments.


2. Marking

(a) All marks should be given on a 0-100 scale.

(b) The minimum pass mark for all postgraduate (FHEQ level 7) modules is 50. The minimum pass mark for all undergraduate (FHEQ level 6) modules is 40.

(c) Departments must specify in module proposals and in information supplied to students whether students must pass all elements of the assessment on a module in order to be awarded a pass mark. In the event that departments do not do so, students will be awarded a pass in the module if they attain an average mark, weighted according to the percentage of the individual elements of the assessment, which is not lower than 50 in postgraduate modules and not lower than 40 in undergraduate modules.

 

3. Re- examination

(a) Students on PGCE courses should normally be allowed one opportunity to remedy failure in initial assessment in modules. Only one re-examination will be permitted for each module except as set out in (h) below.

(b) Where a student has failed to reach the minimum pass mark for a postgraduate module on re-examination, the work submitted by the student shall be assessed against the learning outcomes for the equivalent undergraduate module to determine whether the student has met the learning outcomes for that module and may be awarded credit at FHEQ level 6.

(c) Where a student has failed in Professional Practice the student may be offered an opportunity for re-examination on one occasion within one year of failure providing the examination board is of the opinion, on the basis of the evidence available to it at the time of the initial assessment, that such re-examination is (on the balance of probabilities) likely to be successful. In the event that a student is offered the opportunity for re-assessment the student shall be required to complete a further continuous period of professional practice equal to the length of the original period of professional practice before presenting themselves for re-examination.

(d) Where the failure on an initial assessment in a taught module is the result of penalties for late submission, the student should normally not be allowed to revise or resubmit the same assessment in order to remedy that failure but should be required to undertake a new assessment. Where it is impracticable for the department to allow the student to undertake a new assessment the initial failure should be allowed to stand [and the matter referred to the Board of Examiners for their consideration of all the circumstances relevant to the case.]

(e) Where a failure results from a finding of cheating under University regulations, it should be for the Head of the department (or his or her authorised deputy), the University Investigating Committee or the Board of Examiners to determine whether the student should be allowed to remedy that failure.

(f) Where a student has failed to reach the minimum pass mark for a module which contains more than one element of assessment the student shall normally be required to be re-examined only in the element(s) of the assessment which has(have) not met the minimum pass mark, noting that the appropriate method of reassessment should be determined by the Board of Examiners.

(g) The maximum pass mark which may be awarded for a postgraduate module on re-examination is 50, irrespective of the mark(s) which have been given for other elements of the assessment for that module, except as set out in (h) below. The maximum pass mark which may be awarded for an undergraduate module on re-examination is 40, irrespective of the mark(s) which have been given for other elements of the assessment for that module, except as set out in (h) below.

(h) Where there is evidence of serious medical or personal problems disclosed to, and discussed by, the relevant departmental Special Cases Committee, that committee may make recommendations to the relevant Examination Board as to the extent to which these special circumstances should be taken into account in offering to the student an opportunity to be examined as a first attempt or offered a further opportunity for re-examination. Any discretionary consideration should be clearly minuted by Examination Boards. The Examination Board should not amend a module mark or the mark for any element of assessment as a result of special circumstances being taken into account except that where there are a number of elements to the assessment the Examination Board may recalculate a module mark based on the elements of the assessment which have attained a pass mark and which were not affected by the special circumstances.

 

4. Awards and classification

(a) Students are eligible for the awards shown in appendix A if they obtain the minimum number of credits at the appropriate level(s). In addition the Examination Board shall record the names of those students who should be recommended to the National College for School Leadership for the conferment of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

(b) Where there is evidence of serious medical or personal problems disclosed to and discussed by the relevant departmental Special Cases Committee that committee may make recommendations to the relevant Examination Board as to the extent to which these special circumstances should be taken into account. Any discretionary consideration should be clearly minuted by Examination Boards.


Appendix A: Tabulated Summary of Credit Requirements for Awards

Qualification

Total Minimum Credit to be Taken

Total Minimum Credit to be Passed: including all core modules

Highest Level of Credit

Minimum Credit to be Passed at Highest Level

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

60 at FHEQ level 7 and 30 at FHEQ level 6

60 at FHEQ level 7 and 30 at FHEQ level 6

7

60

Professional Certificate in Education with QTS – PCE(QTS)

60 at FHEQ level 7 and 30 at FHEQ level 6

(i) Either 90 at FHEQ level 6; or

6

90

(ii) 30 at FHEQ level 7 and 60 at FHEQ level 6

7

30

Post Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (without QTS)

60 at FHEQ level 7 and 30 at FHEQ level 6

60 at FHEQ level 7

7

60


Approved by AQSC on 14 August 2013. Last updated 15 August 2013.