The full year calendar can be found here: Year Calendars . Please see the current year calendar to know the weeks that you will need to be available for exams. As an example, here is a calendar extract showing Exams from a previous year: (pdf format)
Terminology and Regulations. ‘Exam’ is the term we use to describe official University-run exams, while we often call in-class, physics-run written assessments ‘Tests’. The University only runs exams for second year (level 5) and for students at higher levels. In other words, foundation and first year students do not sit University-run exams. In exceptional circumstances, such as those arising during the covid-19 pandemic, some exams may be replaced by online assignments. Exams are scheduled in University-designated weeks and are subject to a number of University Regulations – see also Student Facing Policies and Procedures.
Missing An Exam. The University expects students to be available for the entire Exams period designated for each module. This facilitates unexpected and rare events, such as re-scheduling due to extreme weather conditions. You should thus not book holidays during your Exam periods. Missing an examination may have very serious consequences for your studies. In such an event, you should consider whether the circumstances may allow you to submit a Personal Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) case. Details of the PMC process can be found here (overview) and here (guidance).
Exact Timing of Individual Exams. The University co-ordinates exact timing and timetables for official examinations. It is the University, and not Academic Departments such as Physics, that organises exactly when each Exam will be scheduled. The University then notifies students in the weeks leading up to each Exam period.
January Exam Period. A ‘short-fat’ one-semester module, such as those in semester 1 of second year, can be examined in the following exam period – the January Exams period. For some ‘long-thin’ two-semester modules, formal examination does not place until the May Exam period.
May Exam Period. There can also be ‘short-fat’ one-semester modules in the second semester, and these can be examined in the May Exam period.
Revision Weeks. In Physics, we try to avoid delivering new subject matter in the teaching week immediately prior to the corresponding Exam period. Though, for some of the ‘busier courses’, this cannot always be guaranteed. We sometimes call this week prior to an examination week a ‘Revision Week’.
Summer Reassessments. For students who do progress to the following year by the end of the May Exam period, there is a summer reassessment period which includes a formal August/September Exam period. Unless an accepted PMC dictates otherwise, individual reassessment scores are capped at a maximum of the pass mark (40% for BSc courses).
In-Year Retrieval. For foundation and first year students that do not pass individual assessments, where possible, they can be offered re-attempts at failed assessments (with score outcomes usually subject to capping at the pass mark) before the summer reassessment period.
Progression. Students on the BSc programmes will progress through the programme in line with the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes. Students who achieve a minimum module mark of 40% (the pass mark) will be awarded the credits for that module. A total of 120 credits must be obtained at each level to progress to the next level, such as when a student passes all their modules for that level. When a total of 100 credits is obtained and, for the failed 20-credit module, a minimum mark of 30% is obtained then (subject to other criteria, such as a year average of not less than 40%) the missing 20 credits can be automatically credited to give the student a full 120 credits (and hence allow the student to progress to the next level).
Students on Integrated Master’s programmes will progress through the programme in line with the Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes with one exception. In order to progress from Level 5 to Level 6 and Level 6 to Level 7, students must accumulate 120 credits at Level 5 and Level 6; students must also achieve a Level 6 mark of 50% or more.
Students who achieve a module mark of less than 50% at Level 6 shall be permitted to be reassessed for each assessed component where a mark of less than 50% was achieved, or to retake the module. At reassessment, capping will be applied per regulations at 50%. If the student has retaken the module, the module mark shall be calculated entirely from the new component marks and grades achieved at that point and the overall module mark capped at 50%.
For the purposes of the degree classification, the revised mark capped at 50% will only apply to the integrated master’s award. If an honours degree is to be awarded as an ITQ then the original marks obtained at first sit will apply if above 40%. Otherwise the component mark is capped at 40% following reassessment for failure at first sit or, if re-taken, the overall module mark is capped at 40%.