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4.1 Overview of Units and Credits

There are two components that are assessed for the award of the PGCE:

  • Coursework
  • Practice of Teaching (PoT)

There are five discrete units which are assessed, two Coursework units and three PoT units. All of which have to be passed in order to achieve the award of PGCE.

The table below details the five units, which are offered and at which level and the corresponding Honours (H) and Masters (M) level credits.


Practice of Teaching

Subject Didactics

(12 credits at H or M level)

Education and Professional Studies

(12 credits at H or M level)

PoT 1 (12 credits at H level)

PoT 2 (12 credits at H level)

PoT 3 (12 credits at H level)

In order to be awarded the PGCE, and thus be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you must obtain a total of 60 credits from SD, EPS and Practice of Teaching units. You must pass all units.

  • Those trainees with a profile that includes 24 M-level and 36 H-level credits will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Those trainees with a profile that includes 12 M-level and 48 H-level credits or 60 H-level credits will be awarded the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

At the start of the course, you will all be encouraged to be registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Masters level) programme. Although it is possible to transfer from the Postgraduate Certificate in Education to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education should it prove necessary because of problems with coursework assignments, it is not possible to transfer in the other direction. Further details about re-submission of coursework and transfer between programmes is given below.

In the situation where a trainee wishes to transfer from the Postgraduate Certificate in Education to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, a request should be made to the Director of Studies. Permission for the change has to be approved by the Faculty Board of Studies. Once approved, and providing the trainee passes the SD and EPS assignments at H-level, an award of the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education can be recommended to the Board of Examiners and the Faculty Board of Studies.

If you choose to study SD and EPS units at M-level you can obtain 24 credits at M level. These M level credits will have the potential to be used towards a Master's degree in Education. The value of M level credit will be explained to you in more detail during the course.


4.2 Progression and Achievement

Each of the five PGCE units (PoT1, PoT2, PoT3, SD and EPS) must be passed at either H or M level for the award of PGCE.

Grades for each unit are confirmed by the Department of Education Board of Examiners. There are two types of Board meeting - Unit Boards which consider and recommend grades for units, and Programme Boards which receive unit grades and make recommendations about progression and awards. For the PGCE, there are several Unit Boards throughout the year, and two Programme Boards - one in January (recommendations for progression following PoT1) and one in June (recommendations for the award of the PGCE*).  All recommendations are confirmed by Faculty Board of Studies.

           * This Board also makes recommendations to the DfE regarding the award of QTS.

4.3 Coursework assessment

Full details of the assessment of SD and EPS units are given in the relevant handbooks. The major component of assessed work for these two units is an assignment of 5000 words (plus or minus 10%) for each unit.  It is important that trainees adhere to the word limit and submissions below or above the limits will be penalised. The word length is the main text of the assignment and does not include reference lists or appendices. There is some discretion where an Educational Study includes a lot of quotations from, for example, interviews or questionnaires (but not from literature sources). In a sense, these quotations can be considered as 'data' and are equivalent to tables or graphs in more quantitative studies. If inclusion of such 'data' is going to be an issue with regard to word length, please discuss this with your tutor.

SD assignments will be marked by your SD tutor and you will be given a grade and a percentage mark as well as written feedback. Your Educational Study, which is the assignment for the EPS unit, is marked by your EPS tutor. Assignments marked at Masters (M) level are graded as Pass, Good Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assignments marked at Honours (H) level are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You will find details of the Assessment criteria for M and H level for both units in Appendix 4 .

4.3.1 Coursework deadlines

The deadline for both Subject Didactics assignments and Educational Studies is Wednesday 23 April 2014 at 1200.

Any submissions of assignments which do not meet the deadline and for which an extension has not been given or there are no mitigating circumstances (see below) will be penalised and may deemed as non-submissions which will result in failure of the unit.

4.3.2 Uploading your assignments

You are required to upload an electronic copy to the PGCE Programme Moodle webpage ( following these instructions:

  1. The top section is headed ‘ONLINE ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION (SD and EPS)’.
  2. Download the ‘Assignment Title Page’ Word document and complete it for your SD assignment.
  3. Copy and paste the completed SD title page document into your SD Assignment to create a single file. The minimum requirement is the title page, the main text of your assignment and the reference list. You can include appendices provided that the total file size is less than 20 MB. You can only submit one file. If it is not possible to include any appendices in the electronic submission, you will need to discuss with your SD or EPS tutor. Files should either be in Word or PDF format.
  4. Name the file using this convention – ‘SD/EPS_Tutor’s name_Family Name_Given name’ (e.g. SD_COOPER_Beckham_David or EPS_COOPER_Beckham_David).
  5. SD Assignment: Click on the Moodle link in the Section titled ‘Please upload your SD assignment here’. This will open up a page to upload your assignment. Click the Upload files button at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions carefully.
  6. Educational Study: Repeat stages 2-5 for your EPS assignment.
4.3.3 Feedback Policy

Trainees on the PGCE Programme complete two assignments, one of which is related to their Subject Didactics (SD) work and the other to the broader educational issues covered in the Education & Professional Studies (EPS) part of the Programme. Both assignments are 5000 words and form the major assessment component of12 credit units.

  • Formative feedback:

In terms of their SD assignment, trainees will be offered feedback on the completion of the 'literature review' part of the assignment. This will enable them to use that feedback to improve the quality of their final submission. With regard to the EPS assignment, a structured programme of support has been introduced which involves trainees being given feedback on their initial proposal and a literature review.

  • Summative feedback:

All assignments are submitted to Moodle electronically. They are then marked by the relevant tutors and feedback/grade uploaded for release, after moderation, within three weeks of submission.  Feedback is structured to focus on strengths and areas for improvement relating directly to the assessment criteria as well as more general comments.

4.3.4 Extensions and penalties for late submission of coursework

All coursework for assessment will have a specified date for submission. It is important to meet the submission date to ensure equity amongst students and to enable staff to mark efficiently.  It is also vital you meet all deadlines for coursework as timelines for work to be processed by Boards of Examiners in late June must be adhered to. Moreover, the ability to meet deadlines is an important competence that you need to demonstrate during this year. Schools often ask us to comment on this aspect of your work when we write references. You must, therefore, submit adequately prepared coursework by the deadline dates. The Director of Studies may grant an extension of up to five days. You will need to apply to him in writing via email (copied to the PGCE Office and the relevant SD or EPS tutor) outlining the reasons why you are unable to meet the initial deadline. If there are individual circumstances preventing you from meeting even this five day extension deadline, you must inform the Director of Studies. Forms to request an extension from the Director of Studies are available from the PGCE Moodle course. You will need to provide a description of the circumstances which you feel support your request. The Director of Studies may ask you to produce supporting evidence.

If you submit a piece of work after the submission date without getting the approval of the Director of Studies for a five day extension, the maximum mark possible will be the pass mark of 45%. If you submit work more than five days after the agreed submission date, you will normally receive a mark of 0% (zero), unless you have been granted a further extension or a panel has agreed that there are Individual Mitigating Circumstances (IMCs), as outlined below. You do not need to submit an IMC claim if you have already had an extension approved.

4.3.5 Preserving anonymity

The British Educational Research Association have produced a set of research ethics guidelines, and trainees need to be aware of these and take them into account when carrying out any research in their schools. The guidelines can be found at:
We will be expecting you to be enquiring into, and critically evaluating, the work of teachers as part of your coursework programme. This places you in a privileged position and may give you access to information that needs to be handled sensitively.  This is especially important if you intend to identify teachers and/or pupils in coursework assignments that may be read by a number of people both in the school and at the university.  You should consult with your Professional Tutor, Subject Mentor or SD tutor if you are in any doubt about this matter.

4.3.6 Keeping copies and electronic back-up

All assignments are submitted electronically by uploading them to Moodle. You will be given information about how to do this at the appropriate time. We strongly advise you to ensure that all work created electronically is backed-up regularly onto separate media (memory stick, etc.) so that excuses such as 'my hard disk crashed' etc are redundant, as such would not constitute a legitimate reason for a late submission.  You are responsible for your work however you choose to generate it.

4.4 Referencing, plagiarism and cheating

Presenting work that is not your own for assessment constitutes plagiarism.  Plagiarism occurs when a student 'borrows' or copies information, data, or results from an unacknowledged source, without quotation marks or any indication that the presenter is not the original author or researcher. Another form of plagiarism (and hence cheating) is auto-plagiarism or self-plagiarism. This occurs when a student submits work (whether a whole piece or part of a piece) without acknowledging that they have used this material for a previous assessment.

If you use someone else’s pre-existing work – say, by summarising it or quoting from it – you must reference the original author. This applies to all types of material – not only text, but also diagrams, maps, tables, charts, and so on. Be sure to use quotation marks when quoting from any source (whether original or secondary). Fully reference not only quotations, but also paraphrases and summaries. Such references should then be included in a bibliography or reference list at the end of the piece of work. Note that the need for referencing also applies to web-based material; appropriate references according to the type of work or image should always be given.

There are several acceptable methods of referencing material but you should the Harvard system for all PGCE coursework assignments.

Guidance concerning referencing and plagiarism is available from several sources, in addition to staff in the Department. They include:  

      and courses run by library staff

Any student who is found to have used unfair means in an examination or assessment procedure will be penalised. 'Unfair means' here include:

  • cheating (for example, unauthorised use of notes or course material in an examination);
  • fabrication (for example, reporting on experiments that were never performed);
  • falsification (for example, misrepresentation of the results of experimentation);
  • self-plagiarism (duplication of one’s own work, as discussed above);
  • unfair collaboration or collusion (representation of work produced in collaboration with another person or persons as the work of a single candidate).
  • plagiarism (as discussed above);

Penalties for unfair practice will be determined by the Department or by the Faculty Board of Studies. They may include failure of the assessment unit or part of a degree, with no provision for reassessment or retrieval of that failure. Proven cases of plagiarism or cheating can also lead to an Inquiry Hearing or disciplinary proceedings.

If you are accused of an offence, the Students’ Union’s welfare services are available to support you when your case is being examined.

4.5 Academic Integrity Training and Test

"There can be no excellence without academic integrity"

4.5.1 The Training

All University of Bath students are required to work through mandatory training aimed at providing a common baseline of knowledge and understanding of good academic writing practice.  This includes an understanding of plagiarism and other assessment offences, and the skills of good referencing and citation.  It is followed by a mandatory test of understanding.

Centrally, the University is providing an online tutorial for training that all registered students can access through Moodle.  You need your BUCS ID and password to access Moodle.  You can repeat the tutorial to ensure you understand the definitions and what constitutes acceptable practice.  Additional information on referencing and plagiarism and links to other training, guidance and sources of help are available from the Student Skills page at 

4.5.2 The Test

When you have completed the training tutorial – perhaps a couple of times - and are confident about it, you should undertake the mandatory test of understanding.  The central test for students in your department is also accessed in Moodle. Your Director of Studies will inform you about the arrangements for the mandatory skills training and then sitting the test. To pass the test you will need to achieve a mark of 85%.

 If you do not pass the test, you will need to re-visit the training and/or look at the other guidance available to you via the Student Skills site - - or as required by your Director of Studies, and then re-take the test.

4.5.3 Progression

Until you pass this test you will not be able to progress beyond the next 'progression point' in your studies, irrespective of your programme marks. The 'progression point' on the PGCE course is the Board of Examiners held in January to receive Practice of Teaching 1 grades. The test must have been successfully completed by this point of the course for you to continue.

Please note that if you have already taken and passed the AI test as an undergraduate, you do not need to take it again for the PGCE - your result will be carried forward.

The University's QA Code of Practice, statement (QA53 Examination and Assessment Offences) contains the following:

A consequence of the mandatory skills training and test requirement is that a student who commits an offence after completing the test satisfactorily will not be able to make subsequent claims of inadvertence or ignorance as a basis for mitigation of a penalty.

QA53 can be found at

4.5.4 Plagiarism detection and personal data

When you hand in a piece of assessed coursework, you will be expected to make a declaration that the work is your own and, where you have re-used your own work and/or used other sources of information, that you have referenced the material appropriately. 

The University uses the JISC Plagiarism Detection Service, Turnitin. This service checks electronic, text-based submissions against a large database of material from other sources and for each submission, produces an 'originality report’. It makes no judgement on the intention behind the inclusion of unoriginal work; it simply highlights its presence and links to the original source.

The service complies with European Data Protection legislation. When you registered with the University, you gave it permission to process your personal data for a variety of legitimate purposes. This includes allowing the University to disclose such data to third parties for purposes relating to your studies. The University, at its sole discretion, may submit the work of any student to the Plagiarism Detection Service (in accordance with Regulation 15.3e) and may make, or authorise third parties to make, copies of any such work for the purposes of:

i.    assessment of the work;

ii.    comparison with databases of earlier work or previously available works to confirm the work is original;

iii.   addition to databases of works used to ensure that future works submitted at this institution and others do not contain content from the work submitted.

The University will not make any more copies of your work than are necessary, and will only retain these for so long as remains necessary, for these purposes.

Please note that, if at any time the University submits any of your work to the JISC Plagiarism Detection Service, the service will be provided with, and will retain, certain personal data relating to you – for example, your name, email address, programme details and the work submitted. Such data may be transferred by the Plagiarism Detection Service to countries worldwide (some of which may not be governed by EU Data legislation) in order for the work to be checked and an originality report generated in accordance with the proper workings of the Plagiarism Detection Service. Personal data is retained indefinitely by the JISC Plagiarism Service upon submission of work. You may ask for your personal data to be removed by contacting the University’s Data Protection Officer.

4.6 Failure of Coursework units

Each year a small number of trainees fail their coursework units and will need to produce further work for resubmission. What follows assumes trainees are initially registered on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme: 

  1. Trainees will normally be given an opportunity to resubmit a failed M-level coursework assignment. The initial fail grade will be considered by a Board of Examiners at the end of the course. The BoE will also decide on (i) whether a trainee should be permitted to undergo re-examination by completing a further assignment; and (ii) the focus, requirements and deadline for any further assessment. The deadline will normally be six months from the date of the Board. However, if the trainee is able to resubmit earlier and passes, the grade can be approved through a process of Chair's Action allowing a final award of the PGCE at that time subject to all other units having been passed.

  2. Where the first submission of any assignment has failed at M-level, as well as having the opportunity to re-submit for further M-level assessment (as in 1.), the trainee will have the option of transferring to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education so that he or she can submit the coursework for assessment against Honours (H) level criteria.
  3. If, on re-assessment at M-level (as in 1.), the assignment fails to reach the requirements for the award of Masters (M) level credit, the trainee can still then request to be transferred to the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education so that he or she can submit the coursework for assessment against Honours (H) level criteria.
  4. In order to transfer to the H-level programme (as in 2. and 3. above), the trainee must write formally to or email the Director of Studies asking to be transferred. The trainee will be given a deadline prior to the June Board of Examiners by which to make this formal application to the DoS. The trainee's SD and/or EPS tutor must provide written support for this request. If the request is approved and the submitted coursework item is awarded H level credits, the trainee will be recommended for the award of the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and not the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

  5. If, however, the H-level submission is still graded as a fail and this is confirmed by the BoE, the BoE will also decide on the following: whether a trainee should be permitted to undergo re-examination by completing a further assignment; and the focus, requirements and deadline for any further assessment. If a failing trainee is permitted to undergo re-examination.

  6. Decisions relating to any re-examination will be taken by the next BoE (or under Chair's action). The trainee will be advised of the outcome in writing as soon as a decision has been made.

In the process above, the moderated fail grade will be communicated to the trainee within three weeks of the submission deadline as in 4.3.1 above (i.e. mid-May). At that point there will be discussion with the relevant SD and/or EPS tutor about options for resubmission or transfer as above. Although the M-level fail grade will be not be confirmed by the Board of Examiners until late-June (and trainees might wish to appeal that decision), there is no reason why trainees cannot begin whatever work is needed for a M-level resubmission or for submission for H-level assessment from mid-May onwards. Thus, assuming the grade is confirmed by the Board in June, the assignment can be resubmitted soon afterwards. In this way, trainees wishing to complete the PGCE and to be recommended for QTS in order to start teaching posts in September would be able to do so.

Information regarding extension of deadlines for submitting coursework can be found in 4.2 above. Information regarding Individual Mitigating Circumstances can be found in 4.12 below.

4.7 Assessment of Practice of Teaching

Assessment of the three Practice of Teaching (PoT) units is made at the end of each Block teaching placement. Essentially, these units are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. Assessments are made with reference to our interpretation of the DfE's 'Teachers' Standards' ( ). They use evidence from the Assessing Trainee Progress (ATP) profile. This profile (based on an Excel spreadsheet) builds up from the start of the course and is a way of monitoring your progress, setting targets as well as generating grades after each Practice of Teaching placement. You will be compiling evidence of your progress in your Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) which will support judgements made by your mentors and professional tutors at key points in the course.

At the end of each teaching block schools and tutors assess the trainee teacher against each Standard using the ATP levels set out below:

  • Pre-induction (grade 6)
  • Induction Phase (grade 5)
  • Working Towards the Standards (grade 4)
  • Achieving the Standards (grade 3)
  • Good Trainee Achieving the Standards (grade 2)
  • Outstanding Trainee Achieving the Standards (grade 1)
At the end of Block 1 (Homeschool), the PoT1 unit is graded as either:
  • Grade 4 or better - Pass
  • Grade 5 or 4/5 - Borderline Pass
  • Grade 6 - Fail
At the end of Block 2 (Complementary School), the PoT2 unit is graded as either:
  • Grade 3 or better - Pass
  • Grade 4 or 3/4 - Borderline Pass
  • Grade 5 - Fail
At the end of Block 3 (Homeschool), the PoT3 unit is graded as either:
  • Grade 3 or better - Pass
  • Grade 3/4 or worse - Fail

The following appendices give more detailed information about the ATP framework and the assessment of Practice of Teaching units:ATP descriptors (handbook version).pdf

Appendix 1 - ATP Descriptors

Appendix 2 - ATP grades and PoT units

Appendix 3 - ATP Guidance for PTs and Mentors

4.8 Failure of Practice of Teaching units

A trainee deemed to be at risk of failing any Practice of Teaching (PoT) unit will be subject to internal review prior to the meeting of the relevant PGCE Board of Examiners (BoE). Reports will be received from the trainee's SD/EPS tutors which identify the areas for concern. Relevant information will also be requested from the trainee's placement school and it is likely that the trainee will be visited to observe teaching by someone from the University in addition to visits from the SD tutor. The trainee's case will then be reviewed in detail, with possible areas for consideration being: whether the trainee should be recommended to undergo re-examination and if so, how long this should be and what specific conditions of placement need to be identified (i.e. which Standards need addressing, level of support they would need in further placement, topic of second assignment).

There is further information about failing PoT units in Appendix 2. This explains the consequences of getting a Fail grade for any of the PoT units or a Borderline Pass grade for PoT1 or PoT2. There will be discussions with your SD tutor, subject mentor and possibly the Director of Studies in these circumstances. Discussions may lead to an action plan to remedy the situation or, in more serious cases, trainees being asked to withdraw from the programme.

Procedures relating to PGCE trainees who fail the PoT1 Unit

Where it is confirmed that a trainee has failed PoT1 in the January Programme Board, the trainee will not be permitted to progress beyond this point and will be required to withdraw from the programme. This assumes that the trainee has either decided not to appeal against the decision or has appealed but the appeal has not been upheld.             

Procedures relating to PGCE trainees who fail the PoT2 Unit

A trainee with a Fail grade for PoT2 may continue on the programme but might wish to consider withdrawing from the course at the end of the Block 2 placement as successful completion of this unit is necessary for the award of the PGCE. Any recommendations about repeating the unit will not be made until the Programme Board of Examiners in June. Any additional teaching placements and re-examination will therefore have to take place beyond the 36 week programme and will need to follow the same process as outlined below for failure of PoT3 in terms of finding a suitable placement school and associated costs for re-examination, etc.

Procedures relating to PGCE trainees who fail the PoT3 Unit
  • A trainee deemed to be at risk of failing PoT3 will be observed teaching by an External Examiner, and may be asked to attend a Viva Voce Examination with an External Examiner.  
  • The June BoE will consider all/any trainees deemed to be at risk of failing PoT3 and will decide on whether they should pass or fail the Unit and the Programme. Where the BoE decides a trainee has failed PoT3 and therefore, the PGCE programme, the BoE will also decide on the following: whether a trainee should be permitted to undergo re-examination by completing a further placement; the length and conditions of any such further placement; and the focus of any assignments to be completed before a further placement can take place. If a failing trainee is permitted to undergo re-examination, the External Examiner will be invited to be involved in all stages of the re-examination.   
  • If the Faculty Board of Studies ratifies decisions taken by BoE, the Director of Studies (DoS) will write to trainees deemed to have failed, informing them of the Board's decision. If a trainee has been permitted by the BoE to undergo re-examination, the letter from DoS will set out detailed terms and conditions of re-examination, including details about how a further placement should be obtained. The Chair of BoE will write to trainees with details of appeals procedures.
  • In order to progress this further placement period the trainee will need to contact suitable school(s) in writing, requesting a placement, outlining their requirements, and giving details of any payment to be paid to the school (see below). A copy of this letter must be sent by the trainee to the DoS.  
  • If the trainee is sucessful in finding a school placement, the trainee must provide the DoS with the school name, address and contact details of the person in the school who will be supervising the placement. The trainee must also provide the DoS with contact details of the Subject Mentor in the new school. The External Examiner will be invited to comment on the suitability of the school. Final approval of the suitability of the school will be made by the DoS.      
  • Once a school has been approved the DoS will write to the school setting out the detailed requirements and expectations regarding the placement. These will include: the proposed start/end date (which will be conditional on the prompt and full payment of all fees by the trainee); the fee to be paid to the school; the procedure for any re-examination visit; details regarding the completion of PoT Report by school; and the provision of a suitable timetable for the trainee. The school will be asked to agree to these conditions in writing. In order for a placement to commence within the academic year, this agreement must be reached by the end of December.       
  • If the school agrees to these conditions the DoS will write to the trainee to confirm the details and to set out the exact amount of fees to be paid by the trainee in advance of placement commencing. The fees relate to the academic year in which the re-examination takes place and are posted on the university website - they include a re-examination fee, a school fee depending on the length of the additional placement and possibly student registration fee to the University.
  • Once the fees have been paid in full by trainee the DoS will write to the school and the trainee approving the placement and confirming final details.  The letter to the school will deal with the following: start/end dates of the placement; BoE comments; copy of PoT3; a list of the Standards that the trainee still needs to meet; the level of Subject Mentor support required; timetable requirements; relevant handbooks, confirmation of payment to the school; a blank PoT report for the school to complete, together with guidance on completion; the deadline for the completion of the PoT Report; and, a copy of relevant examination procedures.   
  • The letter to the trainee will deal with the following: start/end date of the placement; BoE comments; a copy of the PoT3 Report; a list of the Standards that the trainee still needs to meet; and, the deadline for the submission of a timetable. 
  • Once the placement has started the trainee must provide the DoS with a copy of their timetable within two weeks. The relevant SD tutor will liaise with the School Subject Mentor to monitor the trainee's progress during the placement. 
  • Towards the end of the placement, the relevant SD tutor will arrange a re-examination visit. The External Examiner will be invited to be present at this re-examination visit but if that is not possible an Internal Assessor will visit with the SD tutor. The school will then be asked to complete and return the PoT3 Report to the DoS. If the External Examiner was not present at the re-examination they will be advised of the outcome of the re-examination, sent copies of relevant reports and documentation, and invited to comment.
  • Decisions relating to this re-examination will be taken by the next BoE (or under Chair's action). The trainee will be advised of the outcome in writing as soon as a decision has been made.

4.9 Procedures for the Review of a Board of Studies Decision (Appeals)

A student may request that the Board of Studies review a decision relating to a failed final examination or formal course assessment or failure to progress to the next part of a degree.  University Regulation 17 (Conduct of Student Academic Reviews and Appeals) explains in which circumstances this may be requested.  The grounds under which such a review may be permitted are:

(i)      that circumstances exist affecting the performance of the candidate of which the Board of Examiners have not been made aware and which the student could not reasonably have been expected to have disclosed to the Director of Studies in accordance with the Regulation on individual mitigating circumstances (Regulation 15.3 d);

(ii)      that there were procedural irregularities in the conduct of the examinations or formal course assessments (including administrative error) of such a nature as to cause reasonable doubt whether the Board of Examiners would have reached their decision had the irregularities not occurred;

(iii)     that there is positive evidence of prejudice, bias or inadequate assessment on the part of one or more of the examiners.

Any student seeking a review on any of the grounds indicated above must notify the Chair of the Board of Studies in writing within fourteen days of being notified of the decision of the Board.  The request should be submitted on the appropriate form (available at ). The request for a review must include:

a) a statement specifying which of the grounds set out in Regulation 17.4 apply to the case for review;

b) a statement of the circumstances leading to the case for review;

c) any additional documentary evidence;

d) a statement of the student's desired outcome;

e) an explanation as to why the student was previously unable to provide any new information disclosed to the Board of Studies at this stage.

The Chair of the Board of Studies, in consultation with the Head of Department, has the discretion to decide that there are insufficient grounds to warrant holding a review.  The student will be advised of this decision and their right to submit an appeal in accordance with Regulation 17.11.

Where the Chair of the Board of Studies, in consultation with the Head of Department, agrees that there is a prima facie case for an academic review, the Chair may consult with the Director of Studies and internal examiners to determine whether or not the student¿s desired outcome is the most appropriate action in view of the circumstances and the student's academic profile.  Where this is the case, the Chair may take executive action to approve the outcome without the need for a review hearing.  It should be noted that executive action cannot be invoked in cases where the review relates to the conferment of an award.

Where the Chair, in consultation with the Head of Department, agrees that there is a prima facie case for a review but executive action is deemed inappropriate, the Board of Studies will conduct a review hearing.  The student will be expected to be present at the hearing, accompanied by a friend or adviser (such as a Students¿ Union Sabbatical Officer). 

A student who disagrees with the outcome of a review hearing may submit a request for a review apprasial for which the relevant procedure is set out in Regulation 17.12.

Students considering lodging a request for an academic review or a review appraisal should discuss the matter with the Director of Studies, their personal tutor or the Students Union Vice President (Education) or Advice and Representation Centre, email: as soon as possible. 

Students should consult the University's guide to academic review and review appraisal procedures at and the Regulations governing these procedures at .

4.10 Individual Mitigating Circumstances

Individual Mitigating Circumstances (IMCs) refer to conditions or circumstances that either prevent temporarily a student from undertaking assessment or significantly impair a student’s performance in assessment. Note that the criterion for IMCs is the impact on the assessment, rather than the impact on the student.

IMCs are distinct from longer-term conditions or circumstances that affect your ability to study, of the type that might be better supported through, for instance, disability support or special assessment arrangements.

Definitions of IMCs can be found in “What are Individual Mitigating Circumstances” -  You should make yourself familiar with these definitions, in addition to any IMC guidance offered by your Department and support and guidance offered through the Student Disability Advice Team or the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre, so that you are prepared should such circumstances arise. 

Your Department will be able to advise you on how to submit an IMC claim. Should you wish any IMCs to be taken into account by the Board of Examiners for Programmes, notify your Director of Studies within three working days of completion of the relevant assessment. The form you should use to do this is available from your Department or from . You will need to submit evidence of your claim – for example, in the case of illness or injury, a medical certificate.  

If you know of an IMC before you begin an assessment period, please notify your Director of Studies in advance.

The information given here is a summary for your general guidance.  Full information and guidance on the University’s principles governing Individual Mitigating Circumstances and Assessment is available at

Further information  

Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre

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Student Disability Advice team (

4.11 Transfer to Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development

If a trainee has failed PoT2 or PoT3 but has passed the SD and EPS units at M-level, they will be given the option of transferring to the University's Professional Development scheme ( and working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (PGCertPD). This is a 30 credit M-level award. The unit credit from SD and EPS units (24 credits in total) can be extended with a 6 credit Integrated Professional Development unit. This requires a piece of reflective writing as part of a portfolio to show how work done on the SD and EPS assignments along with other experience from the course has contributed to the trainee's professional learning and development. This can be a useful way of a trainee reflecting on the course and identifying ways forward for future study or employment. The PGCertPD provides an 'exit award' to provide some recognition for experience gained during the PGCE year for trainees who will not be going into school teaching.

Please note that the PGCertPD is not considered in any way to be a teacher training qualification and is not linked with any recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
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