University Calendar 2013/14
Section X : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Health Sciences

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Academic Unit Health Sciences
Final Award Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Programme(s) Clinical Practice (International Pathway)
Last modified July 2011
Reviewed in July 2012; no changes made
Reviewed in July 2013; no changes made

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 where an 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 Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar and meet the entry requirements for either school leaver or mature applicants stipulated for this profession. This international pathway is designed for registered health and social care practitioners.

Additional Criteria
  • Funding arrangements identified.
  • Support from clinical manager to achieve outcomes of modules.
  • Opportunity and managerial support to access a mentor in practice for appropriate modules.
In addition candidates should:
  • normally have evidence of appropriate study in a health or social care related discipline;
  • possess 120 credits at Level 4 or equivalent.
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 required to inform the Faculty of any health problems relevant to their future employment as a health professional. All students will be subject to an occupational health check.  The International Pathway does not incorporate any professional regulations or Nursing and Midwifery registration. You are required to inform the Dean of Faculty of any health and other problems relevant to your education and training or employment as a health professional.

Admission to, and continuation on, the programme is subject to consideration of any criminal convictions. The programme is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act [1986]. Prospective students are compulsory to inform the Faculty of all criminal convictions. All students will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The right to refuse admission to the programme shall be reserved by the Programme Leader.  If you satisfy all the entry requirements, and with the agreement of the Dean of Faculty, a recommendation will be made that you should be accepted.  Formal notification of acceptance will be made through the Faculty Registry.  The right to refuse admission to the programme shall be reserved by the Dean of Faculty.

Equality Statement
The Faculty wishes to make places available to a wide range of people who will make a useful contribution to the study and practice of nursing. 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.

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

Specific Criteria for Admission – International Students
International students must provide evidence of their ability to communicate effectively in the English language.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
The programme has been designed to facilitate independent study and enable you to focus on your learning needs within a specific area of practice.  The programme is made up of a series of core and compulsory modules at Level 5 and core, compulsory and optional modules at Level 6, each with its own learning outcomes and assessment method.

The programme is usually undertaken in three years.
  • Year 1 students will undertake 100 credits
  • Year 2 students will undertake 80 credits
  • Year 3 students will undertake 60 credits
Year 1 consists of one core module (20 Level 5 credits), four compulsory modules (20 Level 5 credits) and one compulsory module without academic credit to introduce study skills at level 1.

Year 2 consists of two compulsory modules (20 Level 5 credits), (20 Level 6 credits) and two option modules (20 Level 6 credits).

Year 3 consists of one option module (20 Level 6 credits) and one core dissertation module (40 Level 6 credits).

3. Progression
Progression Regulations are as described in the University Calendar, Section IV : General Regulations; Progression, Determination and Classification of Results. Where it is necessary that they differ, due to the requirements of the Department of Health, Regulatory, Professional and Statutory bodies, this is described below.

The pass mark for each module 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 35%.

  • In order to meet NMC requirements in drug calculations, specified assignments in Year 1 and Year 3 must achieve 100% pass mark for this component.

  • 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 student’s registration will normally be terminated following resit/retrieval assessments if he/she:
  • achieves a mark of 39 or below on a re-submitted/resit attempt;

  • fails a Pass/Fail assessment on a re-submission/resit;

  • 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
Each module will be assessed according to the module profile.

Assessments may be either formative or summative and include written assignments, such as reflective assignments, seminar presentations or professional conversation, power point presentations with supporting paper, and a dissertation.

Candidates who exceed the specified word limitation (+/-10%) within a module will incur a 10% penalty reduction in their assessment mark.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
In order to qualify for the award of BSc Clinical Practice (International Pathway) candidates must:
  1. have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the programme specifications;

  2. have undertaken all the levels of the curriculum as appropriate to each programme and passed all the compulsory assessments.
Students who are successful at Level 5 assessments but are unable to complete the full award may be eligible for the exit award of a Diploma in Health Studies.

BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice is awarded to students who achieve 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credits at level 6.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Not applicable.

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 Faculty 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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