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New Framework for Assessment

Quick links: NFAAR-UG, NFAAR-PGT, NFAAR-FD, NFAAR-HY, NFAAR-CPD

1. Introduction Top of page

This page provides information about the University's New Framework for Assessment (NFA), introduced in phases to groups of University programmes from 2008/09.

In summary, the NFA was introduced for all first-degree programmes leading to Bachelor awards with honours or to Master of Architecture with honours, and integrated first-degree programmes leading to classified Master awards with honours, for students starting at the beginnning of such programmes in the academic year 2008/09 (Phase 1).

It was extended to cover a small group of postgraduate taught programmes in 2010/11 (Phase 2), and included the main ranges of postgraduate taught programmes from the academic year 2011/12 (Phase 3).

The academic year 2011/12 also saw the start of NFA regulations for some Foundation degree programmes, all Honours Year programmes, and programmes within the University's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework (Phase 4).

The academic year 2012/13 brought in the remaining Foundation degree programmes not included earlier (Phase 5).

All of the necessary information about assessment in each of the NFA contexts is set out in a specific document:

Each section on this page provides links to all the key documents.

2. New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phase 1 for first-degree programmes (NFAAR-UG) (full specification) Top of page

The links immediately below are to the full, formal specification of the regulations known as the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phase 1 for first-degree programmes, and abbreviated as NFAAR-UG. The main link is to a full specification (134 pages). A version history file is also available.

Separate, smaller files are provided for the appendix giving the definitions used in the NFAAR-UG, and for the specific separate decision-making appendices, so that programme regulations, programme specifications, and departmental handbooks can refer directly to these. These smaller file-links are also listed here.

An introduction to the NFA regulations for the main range of first-degree (undergraduate) programmes is available for students, in the form of answers to frequently-asked questions.

3. New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phases 2 & 3 for postgraduate taught programmes (NFAAR-PGT) (full specification) Top of page

The links immediately below are to the full, formal specification of the regulations known as the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phases 2 & 3 for postgraduate taught programmes, and abbreviated as NFAAR-PGT. The main link is to a full specification (68 pages). A version history file is also available.

Separate, smaller files are provided for the appendix giving the definitions used in the NFAAR-PGT, and for the specific separate decision-making appendices, so that programme regulations, programme specifications, and departmental handbooks can refer directly to these. These smaller file-links are also listed here.

4. New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phases 4 & 5 for Foundation degree programmes (NFAAR-FD) (full specification) Top of page

The links immediately below are to the full, formal specification of the regulations known as the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phases 4 & 5 for Foundation degree programmes, and abbreviated as NFAAR-FD. The main link is to a full specification (62 pages). A version history file is also available.

Separate, smaller files are provided for the appendix giving the definitions used in the NFAAR-FD, and for the specific separate decision-making appendices, so that programme regulations, programme specifications, and departmental handbooks can refer directly to these. These smaller file-links are also listed here.

5. New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phase 4 for Honours Year programmes (NFAAR-HY) (full specification) Top of page

The links immediately below are to the full, formal specification of the regulations known as the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phase 4 for Honours Year programmes, and abbreviated as NFAAR-HY. The main link is to a full specification (62 pages). A version history file is also available.

Separate, smaller files are provided for the appendix giving the definitions used in the NFAAR-HY, and for the specific separate decision-making appendices, so that programme regulations, programme specifications, and departmental handbooks can refer directly to these. These smaller file-links are also listed here.

6. New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phase 4 for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework programmes (NFAAR-CPD) (full specification) Top of page

The links immediately below are to the full, formal specification of the regulations known as the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations: Phase 4 for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework programmes, and abbreviated as NFAAR-CPD. The main link is to a full specification (80 pages). A version history file is also available.

Separate, smaller files are provided for the appendix giving the definitions used in the NFAAR-CPD, and for the specific separate decision-making appendices, so that programme regulations, programme specifications, and departmental handbooks can refer directly to these. These smaller file-links are also listed here.

7. Illustrative documentation Top of page

An introduction to the NFA regulations for the main range of first-degree (undergraduate) programmes is available for students, in the form of answers to frequently-asked questions.

8. Background documentation available to the University community Top of page

For members of the University community, the link below provides access to background information about the consultation and decision-making processes that resulted in the introduction of the new framework.