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Ab initio Assessment Opportunity Taking a language without any prior experience, from ‘scratch’ An assessment opportunity is a ‘try’ at all the assessment in an academic year for a module. Under university regulations you are allowed two assessment opportunities within one attempt at a module. If you do not pass at the first assessment opportunity, then you will be referred and the component mark for the second assessment and any subsequent opportunities is capped A piece of assessed work that you complete during your studies and submit to a set deadline Under university regulations you are allowed two attempts at a module (an attempt is made up of two assessment opportunities) A component mark which is limited because a student did not pass at the first assessment opportunity A module that you will have to complete in order to achieve the award that you are enrolling for A component is how assessment is made up in each module. Modules can have one or two components. The components are usually: Component A – with assessment under controlled conditions (normally an exam) Component B – with assessment under other conditions (often an essay or assignment Each Component can be made up of one or more elements, ie the pieces of work that you actually do. So, for example Component B of a module could have two essays, that is two elements. Details of how the assessment under each module is made up is outlined in the module description, available from A smaller selection of modules than option modules but with a theme relevant to a particular award. Basically there is some choice, but it is restricted For each module that you successfully complete you are awarded credits. UWE credits are part of a nationally agreed system. You will need to gain 360 credits to be awarded an honours degree. A full time registered student is expected to take 120 credits in each academic year An element is part of the assessment Component of a module. There can be one or more element in each Component An administrative process of signing up to study at the university Most undergraduate modules include an exam in their assessment profile and this is normally a written test on an unseen paper An exceptional circumstance which might have affected performance in or work submitted for assessment. Full guidance is given in the UWE Student Handbook A group of Schools

Assignment Attempt


Compulsory Module Component

Core Module



Enrolment Exam

Extenuating Circumstances


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A booklet provided by the university for students to indicate how they are going to pay their fees. The booklet also includes finance forms A separate subject area within a School Someone who has been awarded a degree One 60 credit section a year of a named degree An award that is made up of two different, but equally weighted subject areas. A full time student will normally study 120 credits in each academic year. A joint honours student will study 60 credits from one subject and 60 credits from another (ie two half awards)

Field Graduate Half Award Joint Honours

Late Work

Work that is received after the published deadline. The university has a strict policy for the management of late work. Full guidance is given in the UWE Student Handbook A distinct part of an award that has its own teaching and assessment A Module that you select yourself and then complete to gain credits towards your award

Module Option Module

Postgraduate Primary Award

A level of study which is undertaken after completion of an undergraduate degree The overall degree for which a student is registered. An example of a Primary Award is Joint Honours. Within each Primary Award a student will also be registered for a Primary Target (see below) The named degree for which a student is registered, eg BA (Hons) History If you do not pass a module at the first attempt (an attempt is two assessment opportunities) then you will have to retake the module. There is a fee for retaking a module An administrative process in which students confirm they are continuing their studies with the university If you do not pass a module at the first assessment opportunity, then you are referred for a second assessment opportunity

Primary Target



Referred Results Codes


Certificate of Higher Education Diploma of Higher Education Degree without Honours Honours Degree 3rd class Honours Degree 2:2 Honours Degree 2:1 Honours Degree 1st

The subject areas within the faculty are grouped in Schools. Some of the Schools have more than one specific subject area which is known as a Field. The Schools in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS) are:

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School Name Cultural Studies

Subjects covered Cultural Studies Media Studies Film Studies Drama English Lit History International History with International Politics Modern Languages Linguistics Area Studies Politics International Relations Philosophy Criminology Sociology

Abbreviated Name CS

English and Drama History

D&E Hist

Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies






Single Honours

An award that is a complete programme of study within one subject area University study leading to a bachelors degree


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