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Assessment Conventions

Assessment Conventions refer to the rules about the way in which the results of students’ attainment in the modules which they study are calculated and combined to determine whether they can proceed from one year of study to the next, and ultimately, to the classification of degree awarded at the end of the course (First Class, Upper Second Class etc.). They use the concept of credit to make these calculations.

Degree Classification Rules

For the courses 'History', 'History and Politics', 'History and Sociology', ‘History & Philosophy’, a student's final degree classification is based on all of the assessed work completed in their second and final years of study. For instance:

  • Second-Year Module #1 65.00
  • Second-Year Module #2 68.00
  • Second-Year Module #3 55.00
  • Second-Year Module #4 74.00
  • Final-Year Module #1 81.00
  • Final-Year Module #2 65.00
  • Final-Year Module #3 62.00
  • Final-Year Module #4 65.00

Average Mark 66.88
Degree Classification 2.1

For the four year V230 History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas degree, a student's final degree classification includes the results of their Year Abroad (third-year) work as 20% of the overall result, with the second-year and final-year results as 40% each. For instance:

  • Second-Year Module #1 65.00
  • Second-Year Module #2 68.00
  • Second-Year Module #3 55.00
  • Second-Year Module #4 74.00
  • Year Abroad Coursework 66.00
  • Year Abroad Dissertation 72.00
  • Final-Year Module #1 81.00
  • Final-Year Module #2 65.00
  • Final-Year Module #3 62.00
  • Final-Year Module #4 65.00

Average Mark 67.30
Degree Classification 2.1

With the exception of students on the course 'History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas', students that participate in an Intercalated Year Abroad (thus taking a four-year course) will not have the academic results of that year included in the calculation of their degree classification.

Students on the joint History degree courses where History is not the home department must refer to the handbooks/websites of the Department which administers their degree for information on how their degree will be classified.

 

Consideration of UG borderline cases

Where a final year UG student’s mean mark falls below a class boundary but is within 2.0% of that boundary the Board of Examiners shall reconsider the student’s performance and consider whether to promote them to the higher class or not; this provision does not apply to the boundary at 35.0% between a Pass degree and failure.

The criteria which the Board of Examiners for single honours History may take into account when considering borderline performance include:

  • preponderance of module marks across the two years (150CATS out of 240CATS);
  • exit velocity of module marks across final year (90CATS out of 120 CATS);

The criteria for all joint honours with History - except History-Politics - are the same as for single honours History. For History-Politics, the following criteria are used:

  • Performance above the class boundary in the final year - at least half of the final year marks (60 CATS) lie on or above the higher class boundary and the final year average lies on or above the higher class boundary;
  • Preponderance of module marks above the class boundary - more than 120 CATS of marks lie on or above the higher class boundary."

University Degree Classification Conventions can be found on the Education, Policy and Quality website.

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/dar/quality/categories/examinations/conventions/

Academic Progression

First Year Students

All first-year students must achieve a mark of 40% or more for each of their modules in order to progress to their second year of study. They must also have submitted all pieces of assessed work. A student that fails one or more of their first-year modules (or fails to submit all assessed work) will be required to resit the relevant exams and resubmit the relevant essays. This rule does not apply to Language modules. However, a student who gains a lower mark in a Language module resit will need an overall average for the year of at least 40%.

Second and Subsequent Year Students

For an undergraduate student to progress from their second year to their third year, or from their third year to their fourth year, they must meet the following requirements:

  • To progress to the next year of an Honours degree (or the next level of study in the case of part-time degree students), a candidate must normally have passed at least 60 credits and have an overall mean of at least 40.0%.
  • To progress to the Year Abroad, a candidate must normally have passed at least 60 credits and have an overall mean of at least 60.0%
  • To progress to the next year of study from a year abroad which counts for credit, but less than 120 credits, a candidate must normally have passed at least 50% of the year abroad credits.
  • To progress to the next year of study from a year abroad which does not count towards their degree students must pass their year abroad.

University Progression Conventions can be found on the Teaching Quality website.

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/dar/quality/categories/examinations/conventions/

Difficulties with Progression

You should submit all required work on time and in the correct, acceptable format and using the correct method of submission. If you are experiencing any difficulties which are preventing you from studying and progressing as you would wish, you must inform your Personal Tutor who can offer support to help you deal with the difficulties and advise you on how to proceed.

Appeals

Under certain defined circumstances final-year undergraduate students may appeal against the award of a particular degree class (including Pass degree), or if they have not been awarded a qualification (with no further right of resit). You are required to complete a form if you wish to appeal.

First-year and intermediate-year undergraduate students have the right to appeal only against a decision that they be required to withdraw from their course of study, and then only if they are in possession of relevant evidence which was not available to the Board of Examiners when its decision was reached and can provide good reason for not having made the Board of Examiners aware of this evidence previously. You are required to complete a form if you wish to appeal.

https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/examinations/students/appeals/

All appeals must be lodged in writing within ten University working days of the publication of the examination result which is the subject of the appeal.

HEAR – Higher Education Achievement Report

The HEAR has replaced the printed academic transcript of studies and the Examinations Office no longer provide transcripts to those undergraduate students who graduated after July 2011. The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is issued as an electronic document and will include details of academic achievement, including module marks and information about your programme of study and some additional achievements undertaken whilst at university. These marks can be accessed and printed as soon as they appear on HEAR and this will provide you with interim transcripts. Your official University HEAR will normally not be available until mid/late August in the year of graduation.

The electronic HEAR is delivered online through a third-party service called GradIntel, and we will therefore need to share your data with them so that they can provide you with access to your HEAR. To ensure that you have access to your HEAR when it is issued, the first 24 step will be to register with GradIntel. You will receive an email to your University account in due course which will provide further details of the registration process.

More Information about Transcripts

Course Transfers

If you decide during the period of your degree that you might be more suited to an alternative course it might be possible for you to transfer. If you wish to consider this option you should contact the Director of Studies for your year who will be able to provide further guidance and advice.

Associated Costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, there are likely to be some extra things you will pay for whilst studying for your degree. Some of these will be optional (e.g. a book you wish to buy that isn’t required reading), and some will be compulsory (e.g. a trip that is part of the course). Some of these costs are covered below, but others may become apparent during the course of your degree. Wherever possible, the History Department is committed to minimising costs to students, but if you have further suggestions or concerns please speak with your SSLC Course Representative or the Director of Student Experience. You can find out more about funding issues through Student Finance, including how to ask for help if you find yourself in financial difficulties while at Warwick. While you should make sure that you plan adequately, please do not suffer in silence or assume that only you are having trouble with money; this is often part of the university learning curve, and the University may be able to provide advice and support that can help.