NFAAR-HY Information for students on Honours Year Programmes (NFAAR Phase 4)
NB. The information below pertains only to students on Honours Year programmes (links to pages for students on other types of programme can be found on the NFAAR index page).
In 2008/09 the University introduced a new academic framework of assessment regulations governing most undergraduate degree programmes. In 2011/12, this new framework is being extended to cover all Honours Year programmes (i.e. programmes which provide a top up from a Foundation Degree).
The framework - called the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations Phase 4 for honours year programmes (NFAAR-HY) - describes the rules for progression through a degree programme (including supplementary assessment, and the extent of failure that can be condoned), as well as for the award of degrees. Students taking programmes which fall within the NFAAR-HY will be assessed according to these rules.
These changes will not affect students who commenced programmes of study included in Phase 4 of NFAAR-HY (see list above) prior to the 2011/12 academic year.
The NFAAR has necessitated the introduction of new terminology which you may come across within the Honours Year programme catalogues:
- Parts and Stages: these describe the breakdown of a programme for the purposes of the NFAAR-HY.
- Designated Essential Units and Designated Essential Optional Units (DEUs): these are units which must be passed in order to qualify to proceed with a programme or to receive its normal award at the end; marginal failure in such units cannot be condoned.
- Designated Alternative Programmes (DAPs): these are programmes which are specified alternatives to a student's current programme of study.
You can find a full list of the terminology used in the NFAAR-HY in Appendix 2 () of the NFAAR documentation.
The programme catalogues have been structured to help you understand the way in which the NFAAR-HY has been applied to each programme of study. Years of programmes which fall within the NFAAR-HY will have the relevant parts and stages described as well as any designated essential units (or designated essential optional units). Also, at the beginning of each year within the programme, the catalogues include a block of text providing further NFAAR-HY information:
- Whether a Designated Alternative Programme (DAP) is available for the relevant year of study and, if there is a DAP, what type of award this leads to (note that at present no Honours Year programmes have a DAP).
- Links to the University's official NFAAR documentation relevant to the specific programme/year of study (this includes flowcharts describing how you can progress through your programme).
- Details of any exemptions granted for the relevant stage of the programme (e.g. some programmes may require you to achieve an average mark for assessment across a particular stage which is different from that given in the standard documentation). See Appendix 10 of the NFAAR-HY documentation () which lists any exemptions currently approved.
Example 1: standard information for Honours Year programmes
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Example 2: a programme with an exemption
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- You can find full details of the NFAAR-HY on the NFAAR web page. This page includes links to the full Assessment Regulations document .
- Your Programme Leader will also be able to help with any queries you might have.