Assessment is governed by the University’s Code of Assessment, which is part of the University Calendar (the formal regulations). A full explanation is provided here. This specifies a set of grades from A1 (highest) to H (lowest) with descriptions of each grade shown in the table below. Some courses, notably projects, are assessed using these grades directly but most examinations in Engineering are marked in percentages. The School converts these to grades using the mapping in the table as a guide but this may be varied.
|Gloss||Primary verbal descriptors for attainment of Intended Learning Outcomes|
|A 1||22||84-100||91-100||Excellent||Exemplary range and depth of attainment of intended learning outcomes, secured by discriminating command of a comprehensive range of relevant materials and analyses, and by deployment of considered judgement relating to key issues, concepts and procedures|
|B 1||17||67-69||67-69||Very Good||Conclusive attainment of virtually all intended learning outcomes, clearly grounded on a close familiarity with a wide range of supporting evidence, constructively utilised to reveal appreciable depth of understanding|
|C 1||14||57-59||57-59||Good||Clear attainment of most of the intended learning outcomes, some more securely grasped than others, resting on a circumscribed range of evidence and displaying a variable depth of understanding|
|D 1||11||47-49||47-49||Satisfactory||Acceptable attainment of intended learning outcomes, displaying a qualified familiarity with a minimally sufficient range of relevant materials, and a grasp of the analytical issues and concepts which is generally reasonable, albeit insecure|
|E 1||8||37-39||37-39||Weak||Attainment deficient in respect of specific intended learning outcomes, with mixed evidence as to the depth of knowledge and weak deployment of arguments or deficient manipulations|
|F 1||5||27-29||27-29||Poor||Attainment of intended learning outcomes appreciably deficient in critical respects, lacking secure basis in relevant factual and analytical dimensions|
|G 1||2||15-19||15-19||Very Poor||Attainment of intended learning outcomes markedly deficient in respect of nearly all intended learning outcomes, with irrelevant use of materials and incomplete and flawed explanation|
|H 0||0||0-9||0-9||No convincing evidence of attainment of intended learning outcomes, such treatment of the subject as is in evidence being directionless and fragmentary|
*BEng refers to Bachelor of Engineering programmes
**BSc refers to Bachelor of Science programme
In order to be awarded the credits and to gain one of the grades in the table, the student must have completed a course satisfactorily. If the student has not been awarded the credits for a variety of reasons other results are used.
Each grade also has an aggregation score on a scale from 0–22. These are used to calculate the student's average performance, which is needed to check their progress and for graduation. (There was formerly a 0–16 scale as well but it is no longer used.)
Please note that there is no resit available for Year 2 (Level 4) courses, such as Control M4 or Software Engineering M3 for BEng in Mechanical Design Engineering.
The student's results at the end of each academic year must meet certain requirements for the student to progress through your degree programme. There are similar requirements for graduation. These are set out formally in the University Calendar. The following is a brief, unofficial summary.
For progression from Year 1 (Level 3) to Year 2 (Level 4) in BEng, the student's Year 1 results must satisfy these conditions:
The student may resit courses in Year 1 to meet the progression rules. The grade points are capped at 9, corresponding to D3, and only the student's results from the first attempt in Year 1 will be carried forward to the student's degree classification.
The School Progress Committee meets in September to consider the progress of all students. They consider the student's results with any evidence of personal difficulties and decide whether the student:
For progression from Year 1 (Level 3) to Year 2 (Level 4) in the BSc, the student's Year 1 results must satisfy these conditions:
The student may resit courses in Year 1 to meet the progression rules or prerequisites for Year 2 (level 4) courses.
The purpose of progress regulations is to stop the student from wasting time (and money) by studying for a degree that the student is unlikely to achieve.
The University has general requirements for graduation and BEng has extra rules that are similar to those for progression. To successfully complete Year 2 (Level 4) in BEng, the student must satisfy these conditions at the first assessment:
These rules are set by the Engineering Council for accredited degrees. The student will be considered for the degree of BSc (Honours) in Engineering, which is not accredited, if the student meets the university’s standard requirements but not the extra rules. Note that the student requires a minimum grade of D3 in the student's major individual project for any honours degree and that reassessment is not permitted in year 2 (level 4).
The student's degree classification is calculated from a weighted average of results from Year 1 (Level 3) and Year 2 (Level 4) weighted 30/70.
The University has general requirements for graduation and the BSc has extra rules that are similar to those for progression. Year 2 (Level 4) has nine courses, and an individual project that counts for three courses. To successfully complete Year 2 (Level 4) in the BSc, the student must satisfy these conditions at the first assessment:
The student's degree classification is calculated from a weighted average of results from Year 1 (Level 3) and Year 2 (Level 4) weighted 40/60.