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Examination Results

Procedure


All examination results are considered at a Board of Examiners’ meeting at which the results are finalised and approved. Assessment Results letters are then sent out to students, via their ALP, normally in February or August, after the December or June diets, respectively.
The examination results, with marks, are posted online (on VISION) on the last day in January and the last day in July, respectively (This information is currently under review).

Heriot-Watt University Common Assessment and Progression Scheme (CAPS)

Alphabetical Grades


The Common Assessment and Progression System (CAPS) apply to all undergraduate courses at Heriot-Watt University and the key features include:


  • Grades in the range of A-F are used on Assessment Results issued by the University; and

  • A Grade D is the minimum requirement to pass core courses or to progress in subjects continuing into the next year of a student’s course.

The following notes give some general guidance on how to interpret the grades:


A

All or the majority of the specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled to an excellent standard.







B

All or the majority of the specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled to a proficient standard.







C

The majority of the specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled to a competent standard.







D

The specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled to the minimum acceptable level to continue study within that subject area and for the award of credit points.







E

The specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled to the minimum acceptable level for the award of credit points but insufficient to continue study within that subject.







F

Very few or none at all of the specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled, even at the minimum acceptable level and the candidate is not eligible for the award of credit points.

Students are normally expected to obtain at least a Grade D in order to be regarded as having passed the course examination. However, the Grade E indicates that their performance merits a restricted pass in that particular synoptically-linked or stand-alone course and implies that their performance is not strong enough in the subject area to be taken at the next stage if that subject area is a continuing one.



Grade E Results


If students are awarded a Grade E for an examination then their performance indicates that the “specified learning outcomes have been fulfilled to the minimum acceptable level for the award of credit points but insufficient to continue study within that subject”.
This may restrict the study options open to students, if the Grade E result is in synoptically-linked courses which are pre-requisites for higher level synoptically-linked or stand-alone course(s). For these courses they would be required to re-sit and obtain a minimum of Grade D before being permitted to apply to sit a higher level subject-linked course examination. They may, however, proceed to higher level synoptically-linked or stand-alone course(s) for which the Grade E synoptically-linked courses are not pre-requisites.
Credits will be awarded regardless of whether the Grade E is a pre-requisite for higher level synoptically-linked or stand-alone course(s).
Students are, however, strongly advised to re-take the Grade E synoptically-linked course examination to obtain at least a Grade D, in order to avoid restricting their study options when they have to select their Stage 2 and Stage 3 courses or should they wish to continue onto stage 4 in Edinburgh University.



Grade F Results


A Grade F in an examination demonstrates a lack of knowledge in the subject content for the synoptically-linked or stand-alone course(s) and the student will not be awarded credit points.
An examination application for synoptically-linked or stand-alone course(s) where a student has achieved a Grade F in the pre-requisite course examination, regardless of whether it is at the first, second or third opportunity, will not be accepted until a Grade D or above has been achieved in the pre-requisite.
Students should complete a Re-Sit Examination Application form when they decide to re-apply for the examination. There is a re-sit fee for each examination attempt following the first attempt at each synoptically-linked or stand-alone course examination.

First Grade F


If students obtain a Grade F in an examination at their first opportunity then they are permitted a re-sit examination attempt at a future examination diet.

Second Grade F


If students obtain a Grade F in an examination at their second opportunity then they will normally be permitted a re-sit examination attempt at a future examination diet. However, this is not automatic and is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners and the School. It is also dependant on the course being available at the next diet of examinations.

Third Grade F


Where students have obtained a further Grade F at the third attempt, they will be notified in writing that they have one final resit registration left at which to attempt re-assessment in that course examination.

Fourth Grade F


If they have obtained a Grade F on four occasions in any of the Stage 1 courses then they will not be able to complete the degree award, as all of the Stage 1. However, they may still be eligible to be awarded a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education by taking additional courses at Stage 2.

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