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Reg. 39 Undergraduate Non-Degree Courses

***Amendments to Regulation 39 were last approved by the University Council at the meeting held on 22 November 2017, with changes taking effect from 2 October 2017.***


1. Where a University officer or Head of Department is named in the Regulation, this refers to the member of staff concerned or their authorised nominee.

2. Points in italics are included for information.

Regulation Governing Undergraduate Non-Degree Courses

This Regulation applies to undergraduate courses offered by the University that are not covered by the Regulations for First Degrees or the Regulations Governing Open Studies Certificates and Diplomas. These courses fall within levels 4 to 6 of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This Regulation sets out a list of qualifications awarded and general requirements.

Detailed information on individual courses, including course length and assessment methods, is listed in the Course Regulations.

39.1 Qualifications covered by this Regulation


Certificate of Higher Education


Diploma of Higher Education

Advanced Diploma

Post experience Certificate

Post experience Diploma

39.2 Courses of study and examination procedures

1. Students may register for approved courses of study. In order to achieve a qualification a student must meet the requirements set out in the relevant Course Regulations.

2. Examination conventions must be in place for each course of study and are subject to approval as part of procedures for course approval and amendment. Examination conventions must set out the constitution and remit of the Board of Examiners for each course.

3. The membership of Boards of Examiners is appointed annually by the Steering Committee on behalf of the Senate on the recommendation of the Head of the Department concerned. The process for seeking approval for the membership of Boards of Examiners is set out by the Academic Office.

4. The quorum of the Board of Examiners shall be two-thirds of the full membership. An external examiner must be present at a meeting of the Board of Examiners, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Vice-Chancellor, acting on behalf of the Senate.

5. Boards of Examiners are expected to abide by the requirements of the Senate Examination and Degree Conventions published by the Academic Office.