Christian Ministry Christian Studies Department
Students are expected to attend all lectures and be prepared to participate in all college activities. An attendance record for all students will be kept. Where any student’s attendance falls below 80% the attendance record will be referred to Academic Director and may result in the student not being awarded the Diploma. Where students are studying the subject by distance the submission of assessment material by the required dates is evidence of attendance.
Students may be excused for notified absence caused by illness or other unavoidable circumstances. See the student handbook for full details of attendance requirements.
NB. Campus students will be required to attend weekly tutorials on campus. These will be of 2 hours duration. Details will be in the Campus timetable.
Assignments, Tests, Examinations
All papers will be assessed using a variety of assessment tools. The outlines for each subject will clearly state the requirements for passing the paper.
Extensions for Assignments:
Extensions of assignment deadlines will only be granted on the following grounds:
Medical illness (certified by Doctor’s Certificate); Extreme Hardship; Compassionate Grounds.
Extensions will not be granted for reflections (Where the contribution to the final grade is less than 5%)
Requests for extensions must submitted via the link found on the Moodle website
Requests for extensions should not be made to individual lecturers
In extreme cases, students who are unable to complete the assessment for a paper due to extenuating circumstances, will, subject to approval by the Academic Committee, receive an ‘Extension’ (E) grade for that paper. The student then has a period of time determined in discussion with the lecturer (usually one month - maximum of 60 days) to complete any/all assessment for that paper. The student will incur no financial penalty in this case, due to the extreme nature of his/her situation. Further, once any/all forms of assessment have been submitted, the ‘Extension’ grade will be replaced by the new grade.
Resubmissions and Resits
Where a student receives a ‘Fail’ grade for completed assessment, and the lecturer believes that the student has made a genuine effort to satisfy the assessment requirements, the lecturer may decide to ask the student to re-submit that assessment. If this occurs, the student will be given an ‘Incomplete’ grade, and has three weeks following the notification of the grade to re-submit the assessment. If the re-submitted assessment is deemed satisfactory, the ‘Incomplete’ grade will be replaced by a new grade. This grade will be 75% of the mark given for the resubmitted assignment e.g. If the marker gives a resubmitted assignment a grade of 80% the actual mark received will be 60%. This penalty will be incurred down to a minimum of 50%.
In the event of the assessment not being re-submitted within the stipulated period, the student will receive a ‘Fail’ grade. Students will only be allowed to re-submit one piece of assessment per paper, and further unsatisfactory assessments will result in a ‘Fail’ grade (unless exceptional circumstances are approved by the Academic Dean).
Re-sits are only allowed at Level 5 and below. If a student fails to achieve 50% overall in a particular paper, s/he will receive a permanent ‘Fail’ on his/her transcript. If the student then wishes to pass the paper, s/he must re-enrol (with a 50% discount on the enrolment fees only if a grade of 30% or greater was initially achieved) and resubmit all forms of assessment required by the lecturer. If approved by the relevant lecturer, and if the ‘Fail’ grade was not the result of poor attendance, the student will not be required to attend classes. If this resit is not completed by the end of the semester following the fail grade, then students wishing to redo the paper will be required to pay full-fees and attend all classes. A student will not be permitted to repeat a paper more than once.
Reassessment and Appeals against Assessment Decisions
If students believe that work has been assessed unfairly, they must first discuss the matter with the lecturer. If this does not provide satisfaction, students can make appeal to the Dean of Christian Studies. An appeal form is available from the Head of Christian Studies. External appeals may be used when an assessment matter cannot be settled within the College. The Registrar will provide information on how external appeals can be lodged.
Awarding the Diploma
The following conditions are applied to the conferral of the Diploma:
Meeting the Diploma regulations set forth in sections 3.1 – 3.4
Accounts department clearance
Students meeting these conditions will be presented to the Academic Committee to have the Diploma awarded.
The Academic Committee may award the Diploma with credit or distinction according to the following definitions:
Credit: a grade average of 80 across all papers contributing to credit in the Diploma
Distinction: a grade average of 90 or higher across all papers contributing to credit in the Diploma
Where a student is awarded credit or distinction this will be recorded on the Diploma award.
Length of Academic Year
The year consists of 32 study weeks (28 class weeks, 4 study weeks) and 6 holiday weeks giving a total of 38 weeks.
Level 5 Papers