University Calendar 2012/13
Section X : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Health Sciences

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Academic Unit Health Sciences
Final Award Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Programme(s) Health and Social Care
Last modified July 2012

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except wherean opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
Candidates for admission must satisfy the Regulations for Admissions to Degree Programmes as specified in the University Calendar. Due to the 'widening participation' aim of the programme, candidates may be accepted under 'Special Admission' arrangements with a range of academic qualifications and relevant experiences.

Admission to, and continuation on, the programme is subject to specific health requirements (consistent with the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995). Prospective students are given the opportunity to declare health problems or disabilities on application. Students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties are welcomed onto the programme. Students declaring any disability, temporary or long term, will be advised to register with the Disability Service for assessment and support.

Work-based modules on the programme are subject to consideration of any criminal conviction. The programme is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act [1986]. Prospective students are required to declare any criminal convictions on application. All students wishing to undertake work-based placements will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and will be liable for the cost of this.

Students employed in health or social care settings may register for individual modules as part of a Continuing Professional Development Plan or in order to meet entry criteria for application to higher degrees. On satisfactory completion of that module the student may be awarded the appropriate credit. The same conditions for acceptance onto modules will apply.

Equality Statement
The University and the Faculty are committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in which students are recruited on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no prospective or current students should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds that are not relevant to academic ability and attainment.

The University's Disability Equality Scheme includes an Action Plan which identifies the steps that the University is taking to improve the opportunities available to disabled students. Applications from candidates with disabilities are always considered and assessment of their abilities and needs undertaken sensitively.

Decisions are based on whether or not the applicant meets the admission criteria, whether the programme can be delivered to the applicant in a way that meets their requirements, making reasonable adjustments if necessary.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
APEL/APCL will be considered on a case by case basis in accordance with the University regulations for APL.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
The programme leading to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Health and Social Care shall be one academic year in duration if studied full time or two academic years in duration if studied part-time using the recommended flexible organisation of modules. The maximum period of registration shall be two academic years for full time study and four academic years for part-time study. This period of registration will incorporate periods of suspension of studies.

Three core modules and a range of optional modules must be completed in order to achieve 120 CATS  (60 ECTs) points at level 6. All core modules must be completed to satisfy the learning outcomes of the programme.

3. Progression
Progression Regulations are as described in the University Calendar, Section IV : General Regulations; Progression, Determination and Classification of Results.

The pass mark for each modules will be 40% for all levels. Students must meet the pass criteria in both academic and practice experience to pass overall.

Module Referral
The criteria for module assessment referral are:
  • Failure to achieve a Pass/Fail assessment.

  • Where an assessment comprises of two or more components, the minimum pass mark for one part must be 40%

  • Non-attendance or late arrival more than half an hour after the start of an examination/presentation, or is required to leave the examination room.

  • Submission of an assignment 24 hours or more after the published deadline.
Termination of Registration
A studentís registration will normally be terminated following referral assessments if he/she:
  • achieves a mark of 39% or below on a referral attempt;

  • fails a Pass/Fail assessment on a referral attempt;

  • does not attend, or is more than half an hour late for a resit examination or is requested to leave the examination room;

  • submits a written further attempt assessment more than 24 hours after the stated deadline.

4. Assessment
Students must meet the pass criteria in both academic and, when required, practice assessment to pass overall. Non-assessed work may also be a course requirement.

When attending for an examination you must produce either your university ID card or a form of photographic ID in which you are clearly identifiable. Students without photographic ID will not be permitted entry to the examination.

Work submitted up to 5 days after the deadline will be marked as usual.  The final agreed mark is then reduced by the factors detailed in the relevant University Policy.”.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
In order to qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Health and Social Care candidates must have:
  1. satisfied the entry requirement;

  2. followed the approved curriculum and passed all the required assessments and examinations achieving a minimum of 120 CATS points at level 6.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Modules incorporating a work placement require satisfactory enhanced CRB clearance and Occupational Health screen. Inoculations may be necessary if recommended by Occupational Health. Students are liable for costs incurred. Independent study modules may be undertaken at a time negotiated with the module leader. Other work placements run on a planned yearly basis with no scope for flexibility.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

Compensation is not permitted on this programme.

Special Considerations
Students are guided to the Special Considerations guidance in the University Calendar in particular the guidance relating to the deadlines for submission of Special Considerations forms. The treatment of special considerations is dealt with under separate Special Considerations procedures.

A student's performance may be worthy of special consideration if their performance in a relevant assessment has been adversely affected by exceptional circumstances outside their control and there is evidence to support such a claim.

Special considerations shall only apply to circumstances which can be clearly related to performance in particular elements of assessment.

The authority of the Special Considerations Board to make allowance for exceptional circumstances may be restricted in some programmes subject to Professional, Statutory or Regulatory requirements or because of the special requirements of particular programmes. In such cases, this will be made clear to students in programme documentation.

Fitness to Practice
Students are advised to acquaint themselves with the University Fitness to Practise Policy which is used within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Academic Integrity
Where issues of Academic Integrity are detected, the Faculty will follow the published Academic Integrity Regulations.  Where a case remains active prior to an examination board, a mark of 0 will be presented to the examinations.  This mark will then be amended by Chairs Action depending on the outcome of the Academic Integrity process.

The Faculty is moving to the use of Turnitin software as an educational resource to help students to help evaluate the originality of their own work.  Where Turnitin submission is required of work that will contribute to summative assessment and the student fails to submit, they will be awarded a mark of 0 for the component in question.

Academic Appeals
Students are guided to the Academic Appeals Regulations in the University Calendar.

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