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									                    Oxford Brookes University
           Regulations for the Foundation Degree in XXX


These regulations are made under the University’s Regulations and Academic Regulations and
are validated with the programme leading to the award of Foundation Degree in XXX. The
University's regulations apply and, in the event of a conflict of regulation and unless the
Academic Board itself has specifically approved the variant regulation before its introduction, the
University’s general Academic Regulations take precedence.

Conditions for Admission

Entrants to the Programme should normally possess the following:

            A minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and a current role in an
             appropriate workplace setting, and
            A Line Manager’s letter of support and recommendation;

            a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at
             GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C) normally including Mathematics and
             English Language, or
            a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as
             GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English
is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

            British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in
             the reading and writing components;
            TOEFL minimum score of 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-


Exceptionally, applicants who can show that they have qualifications or experience or both that
demonstrate that they have knowledge and capabilities equivalent to those possessed by
holders of the qualifications listed above may be admitted with dispensation from the
requirement to possess those qualifications.

Admission with Credit

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a
maximum of 120 credits at level 4.

Application for the award of credit must be made in writing following discussion with the
Programme Manager and the School Liaison Manager. Documentary evidence will be required
in support of the application. If sufficient learning is considered to be evidenced to meet the
learning outcomes of a Module (or Modules), an application for credit will be made to the
Examinations Committee.

A student admitted with credit will, on admission, receive a written statement of the
modifications of these Programme Regulations as they apply to him or her. The average mark
of a student receiving credit will be calculated on the total number of remaining Modules for
each year of study.

Duration of the Programme of Study

The programme is designed to be completed in a minimum of 2 years of full-time study or 3
years of part-time study. To qualify for the award in either mode of study the student must fulfil
the conditions within a maximum of six years from initial registration.

Examination Committee

The Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee will appoint an Examination Committee
each year on behalf of the Academic Board. Its constitution is as follows:

    The Dean of the School of XX or nominee (Chair)
    The Programme Manager
    each internal examiner (Module Leader) whose Module results are being considered
    at least one External Examiner (without whom no award may be made)
    the Liaison Manager or nominee, and

if the University requests, a representative of the University’s Academic Registry

Other relevant persons may attend the meeting of the Examination Committee but such
attendees are not members of the Committee and must not participate in the act of decision-

Duties and Powers of the Examination Committee

The Examination Committee is responsible for maintaining the academic standard of the
Programme and, in particular, for the following.

    Publishing a calendar of assessment deadlines and other appropriate matters at the
     beginning of each academic year.

    Setting and marking such assessments as may contribute to the entitlement to progress
     from year one to year two, or to qualifying for the award and, exceptionally, the conduct of
     viva voce examinations.

    Monitoring of assessment procedures

    Compiling results and communicating them to the Academic Board, which shall have no
     power to alter them, save as provided for in the Regulations for the Review of and Appeals
     against a Decision of the Examination Committee.

    Considering applications for credit and where appropriate awarding such credit.

Proceedings of the Examination Committee

The Examination Committee shall establish its own standing orders including provision for the
taking of decisions between regular meetings and reporting them to the next regular meeting
and, as required by the Academic Board under the University’s Academic regulations, make
suitable arrangements for recording its decisions and the factors taken into account in reaching
them. These records shall normally remain confidential.

Duties and Powers of the External Examiner

The duties and powers of the external examiner will be in accordance with their rights and
responsibilities as laid down for the time being by the Academic Regulations of the University.


A student must be registered for the following award in order to be considered by the
Examination Committee:
    Foundation Degree in XXX

Conditions for the Award of the Foundation Degree in XXX

To qualify for the award of Foundation Degree in XXX a student must, within six years of first
registering, achieve 120 Credits at level 4 and 120 Credits at level 5.

The award carries 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5.

To obtain a Merit classification a student must achieve an average of 60% or more but less than
70% over the 120 graded Credits at level 5.

To obtain a Distinction classification a student must achieve an average of 70% or more over
the 120 graded Credits at level 5.

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

Any student wishing to be a candidate for a Certificate of Higher Education must register for the
award before or during the semester in which he or she expects to complete the Programme
requirements. The Certificate is not available to students intending to complete the Foundation
Degree. It is only available as a final exit award.

To obtain a Certificate of Higher Education a student must achieve, within a period of three
years, at least 120 Credits of which at least 90 [exceptionally 80 for the FD in PSM because of
the module size] Credits must be at Level 4.

To obtain a Merit a student must achieve an average of 60% or more but below 70% over the
120 Credits. The average will be calculated on the modules passed up to and including the
semester in which the regulations for the CertHE are first satisfied.

To obtain a Distinction a student must achieve an average of 70% or more over the 120 Credits.
The average will be calculated on the modules passed up to and including the semester in
which the regulations for the CertHE are first satisfied.

This award carries 120 credits at level 4.

Mitigating Circumstances

The University defines mitigating circumstances as:

Mitigating circumstances are circumstances which are beyond the control of the student and
which could not be reasonably accommodated by the student and which seriously impair
performance in assessment.

Claims by students for mitigating circumstances will be considered using the University’s agreed
procedures as detailed in the Academic Regulations.


As an indication of student progress and, in the case of pass grades, for inclusion in the final
transcript, the Examination Committee shall award grades for modules according to the
following scheme:

Grade     %            explanation
D         ≥70          Distinction
M         ≥60<70       Merit
P         ≥40<60       Pass
R         ≥30<40       Resit. Entitled to re-assessment without retaking the module
F         <40          Fail. Not entitled to re-assessment without retaking the module.
                       Either failed to achieve 30% at first attempt, or failed resit
MS        ungraded     An ungraded pass award by the Examination Committee in
                       recognition of mitigating circumstances
DR        disregard    A module disregarded for assessment purposes in recognition of
                       mitigating circumstances

The pass mark for all modules is 40%. If a module has more than one assessment, the marks
awarded for each element of assessment are added together for the overall module mark.

[Optional] If a module has more than one element of assessment, to obtain a Pass, a minimum
of 30% must be obtained in each element of the assessment and result in an overall module
mark of no less than 40%.

A student who achieves between 30 and 39% on a module will be awarded the R grade and
shall be entitled to re-assessment, but will only be permitted to take up to three resits per
academic year of the programme.

Re-assessment implies the re-submission of coursework or the submission of further
coursework for assessment. When a specified mark must be achieved in one or more individual
components these marks must be achieved to pass at re-assessment. If the Examination
Committee decides that other criteria for a pass mark are to be used the student must be
informed before he/she registers for re-assessment.

Only one resit or resubmission attempt is allowed for each piece of assessment for each

At re-assessment a maximum of 40% (P) will be awarded unless the resit is in recognition of
mitigating circumstances when the student will be the highest marks obtained in either the
original assessment or the re-assessment.

A student failing to achieve 30% in a module will be required to retake the module and will be
awarded grades F. When retaking the module, the student is required to register to take the
entire module again, for which a fee is payable, and is expected to attend all classes and to take
all of the assessments involved as any other student of the module. All the marks awarded will
be recorded. Students are allowed one retake attempt per module.


    The Examination Committee may require a student to withdraw who does not pass at least
     45 credits in any two successive semesters of study.

    In order to proceed to level 5, a student must have achieved at least 100 Credits at level 4
     and is not permitted to retake more than one module per academic year

    In order to complete satisfactorily a year of full-time study, a student: must pass at least 90
     credits during the year.

   In order to complete satisfactorily a year of part-time study, a student: must pass at least 45
    credits during the year.


If a student is unable, through disability, to be assessed by the normal methods, examiners may
vary the methods as appropriate and in accordance with the University's procedure on the
matter, bearing in mind the objectives of the programme and the need to assess the student on
equal terms with other students.


Exceptionally, and subject to the approval of the chair of the Examination Committee, a student
may be permitted to suspend registration for a determined period. Normally this period should
not be longer than one calendar year from the date of intermission, nor should it be so long as
to require exceptional extension to the latest date for qualification of the award.


A student who is not permitted by the Examination Committee to repeat a year or who otherwise
reaches a position from which it is not possible to satisfy the conditions for the award of
Foundation Degree in xxx will be so informed and will have to leave the Programme. Such a
student will receive a transcript showing all the elements for which assessment has been
attempted or for which credit has been has been accorded.


Upon successful completion of the programme, a certificate is awarded by Oxford Brookes
University showing the title of the award, the classification and the words ‘in association with
[Name of] College.’


Upon completion of studies or when officially withdrawing from the programme, the student will
receive a transcript stating (a) the award, if any, made; (b) the modules for which assessment
has been attempted and the marks and grades obtained; (c) the name of {name] College and
(d) the language of instruction and assessment.

Reviews of and Appeals against the Examination Committee Decisions

    1     Students who wish to take out a complaint or an appeal will normally do so under the
          complaints/appeals procedures of the College.

    2     It is only when the complaint/appeals procedures at the College have been exhausted
          may students then refer to the committee stage of Oxford Brookes procedures except
          when appeals based on mitigating circumstances are heard by the College in which
          case the decision of the College will be final.

    3     Appeals may only proceed to the University committee stage on the grounds of an
          administrative error, procedural irregularity or on the grounds that the decision reached
          by the College was a decision that no fair or reasonable person or body could have
          reached. The decision on the application of these criteria will be taken by the Academic
          Registrar’s Office at Oxford Brookes University.


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