Transcript of Results

Receiving Your Results and What They Mean

Confirmed results are published at the end of the academic year following the Award Assessment Board. Transcript of results containing your confirmed marks will be available from Thursday 16th July 2020. You will be emailed your transcript to your UCSD Student email address over the course of the 16th-17th July 2020. 

Please note, due to the current pandemic, we are working with lower numbers of staff in the University Centre therefore, please bear with us. You will receive your result via email by the end of play on Friday 17th July 2020. 

Appeals must be submitted by the deadline of the 6th August 2020. Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure you meet these deadlines. 

Contact the HE Faculty Office immediately if after reading the information provided with your transcript there is anything you are unsure about, or if you think that an error has occurred with the transcription of your marks. 

Need to retake part or all of a module? Don’t worry, our HE Study team are on hand to provide you academic support. Please contact them on [email protected] to book in a one to one session.

What are Subject Assessment Panels and Award Assessment Boards?

Subject Assessment Panels are set up to review the standard of assessment in the subject and to decide on recommendations on the form of referral for individual modules. The Panels are attended by External Examiners for the modules.

All marks are provisional until they have been confirmed by a Subject Assessment Panel. The confirmed marks and recommendations are then considered by the Award Assessment Board which makes decisions on the final results for a particular award or group of awards.

What is a transcript?

A transcript of results is a formal record of all the modules you are enrolled on this year for your programme of study and shows:

–          The decision of the Award Assessment Board in respect of progression or award for your programme of study.

–          The module names and credit values.

–          The number of credits achieved this academic year.

–          The confirmed module and element marks.

–          The confirmed module and element results for pass/fail modules.

–          The module results – A achieved or N not achieved.

–          The module decision code where reassessment is required

It is important that you read the information enclosed with your transcript as this will detail what you need to do in respect of any additional or referred assessments.

When will I receive my transcript?

You will receive your transcript to your UCSD Student email address over the course of Thursday 16th– Friday 17th July 2020.

Progressing to next stage

Every student is required to re-enrol each year, information regarding enrolment and induction, including how and when to enrol online, will be emailed to you within a few weeks after you have received your results.

If you do not intend to return for the following academic year and wish to withdraw or suspend study, please inform us; [email protected]

Graduation 2020

We know that the difficult decision we have had to make to cancel this years Graduation will be a disappointment to you, as it is to us.  We have been working on plans for an alternative format including consulting with a range of your peers.

We are excited to share with you that we will hold a Virtual Graduation on Saturday 3rd October 2020, using a prestigious Graduation company who are at the forefront of developing online Graduation solutions – Graduation Attire.  This will be a free event for you and your family and friends.

Alongside this Virtual Ceremony we are also able to offer all Graduating Class of 2020 the opportunity to graduate in the usual formal ceremony which will be held in Autumn 2021.  

The virtual event will offer you the opportunity to create lasting memories.  It will include speeches, name call and celebration with staff, students, family and friends, as well as an opportunity for images of you and your peers. We hope that you are as excited as we are to join in with this in a year which has shown us so much change already.

Details of this event can be found on the Graduation FAQ’s page.


What is the pass mark for an undergraduate module?

The pass mark for a module is 40 per cent with no minimum requirement for the element.*

*Some modules are part of an accredited programme and may have different requirements. For non-standard pass marks refer to your Student Programme Handbook, published on your programme Moodle Page.

I have passed but I think I could do much better. Can I have an opportunity to improve the mark?

No, modules that have been achieved cannot be retaken.

Can I appeal against the mark I have been given?

You cannot ‘dispute’ a mark which has been awarded. There are mechanisms in place to ensure quality and standards of marking, involving both internal and external academics.

What you can do is ask for feedback as to why the mark you have been awarded is not what you were expecting – hopefully once the feedback sheets have been released this will answer any queries you have, but if not, you are welcome to ask for additional feedback.

What is a compensated pass?

In certain circumstances we allow your overall performance to compensate (CP) for non-achievement in a maximum of 20 credits per stage. To be eligible for compensation the following criteria must be met:

  • that you have no more than 20 credits not achieved
  • that the credits not achieved are not designated non-compensable modules
  • that your stage aggregate mark is above 40 per cent
  • that the aggregate mark for the module not achieved is 30 per cent or above
  • part time students must have completed the stage.

NB pass/fail only modules cannot be compensated. Some professionally accredited programmes may not allow compensation.

I have a compensated pass in a module but think I can do much better. Can I have an opportunity to improve the mark?

Final year students who have been awarded a compensated pass will be offered a referral as a next attempt in any element with a mark below 40% (subject to the maximum number of attempts at a module). The module mark will be capped at the pass mark but students on a classification border may wish to consider this option. You should take into consideration that marks can go down as well as up and it is the referred mark that will be used. Students eligible for a referral in a compensated module will be notified individually.

Pre-final year students who have been awarded a compensated pass will not be allowed to undertake reassessment, unless they have valid extenuating circumstances covering non-attendance or non-submission of an assessment. If you would like to be reassessed, please contact the HE Faculty Office by the appeal deadline. You should take into consideration that marks can go down as well as up and it is the referred mark that will be used.

My transcript indicates I have been referred in one or more modules and I don’t understand what the module decision code means?

A three-letter code beginning with R next to one or more elements is a referral code which means you must complete further assessment in that element for the corresponding module. An element is coursework, examination, practice, in-class test or pass/fail assessment.

The other two letters indicate whether the referral is as a same S or next N attempt, and how the element will be reassessed (A: specified assessment, C: coursework, E: examination, P: practice, T: in-class test).

For example:

RNC against coursework means:

  • R – you have been referred in that coursework.
  • N – this will be regarded as your next attempt.
  • C – you must complete reassessment by coursework.

RNC against examination means:

  • R – you have been referred in the examination.
  • N – this will be regarded as your next attempt.
  • C – you must complete reassessment by coursework (even though the original element was an examination).

I have a lot of referred coursework to do over the summer. Do I have to complete all the referred work during the summer?

If you have up to 80 credits not achieved in the 2019/20 academic year, you will have been offered the opportunity to redeem these modules normally over the summer. If you do not feel academically able to complete the referred work during the summer referral period you can request a repeat of the modules not achieved during the next academic year.

This would involve you returning to the same stage in September and taking only the modules not achieved next year in their entirety. You should take into consideration the financial implications of this decision as you will be charged a tuition fee for each module you repeat. If you would like to repeat all your non-achieved modules instead of taking them during the summer referred period, please contact the HE Faculty Office by the deadline given with your transcript of results.

Please be aware that you will not be allowed to take a combination of referral and repeat.

What happens if I do not achieve any of the modules I have been referred in?

Any modules not achieved during the referred period will normally be required to be taken as repeat modules during the next academic year.

Students will only be allowed a maximum of three attempts at a module. If you do not achieve a module at the final attempt, you will not be able to continue on your current programme of study.

Will I get an extension for referred assessments due in the summer referral period?

You will be permitted to submit referred assessments up to five working days late without penalty. This is to give you the best opportunity to complete your referred assessments where possible and provide sufficient time for marking prior to the referred board.

As with previous assessments, if you are unable to submit within those additional five working days, this will be recorded as non-submission and you will be offered re-assessment without penalty. This five day extension will not apply to timed assessments in lieu of formal, invigilated examinations; students who are unable to complete these assessments will be given a reassessment opportunity at the same attempt.

What mark will I receive for the referred assessment I am taking?

If you are referred as a first attempt, you will receive the actual mark for any element taken. You will receive the actual mark for any element taken for a second or third time but the overall module mark will be capped at the pass mark which is normally 40 per cent.

Please be aware that marks for referred assessments may be lower than previous attempts. In all circumstances the new marks must stand.

I have been told I may not proceed to the next stage and must repeat the failed modules next year. Why can’t I retake these during the Summer?

The maximum number of credits a student can be referred in during the summer of the 2019-20 academic year is 80 credits. If you fail more than 80 credits you are required to repeat the failed modules the following academic year.

Should I make an appeal?

The appeals procedure, relevant for your programme is available on the Essential information page. The appeal procedure is concerned only with formal progression or award decisions and the assessment processes which give rise to these.

It is not appropriate to deal with problems experienced with programme delivery or availability of facilities (for example) via the appeal procedure. Students should seek a swift resolution to such issues through the Student Complaints Procedure.

Please consult the Academic Regulations for details of precisely how the aggregate percentage mark is calculated.

For the 2019-20 academic year due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on teaching, learning and assessment the regulations around the calculation of your final aggregate mark may have changed under the Safety Net. Please consult the Safety Net FAQs and the temporary amendments to academic regulations and policy and procedures for 2019-20.