Policy for intermediate awards
If you are on a course with different levels of award, you should be aware of the university's policy on intermediate awards and attendance at graduation ceremonies. If you are unsure of your situation, please contact your Head of Studies.
University policy on the conferment of intermediate awards
The modular scheme within the university has a number of exit points with intermediate awards attached to them. At various stages in your studies, you may become eligible for different awards, such as the Certificate of Higher Education, the Diploma of Higher Education, a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, and an ordinary Degree (Degree without Honours).
It is always assumed that you will aim for the highest qualification on your particular course. You do not receive the other awards from the university unless you terminate your studies without proceeding further.
Generally, therefore, if you are eligible for an intermediate award and can continue further with your studies on the same course, your entitlement to that award will be formally noted, but your certificate will not be produced and you will not be able to attend a graduation ceremony at that stage. (For HND and HNC awards, which are built into degree courses, you do receive your certificate.)
It is the university policy that a student attends a ceremony only once for a particular course; there are very few exceptions. Invitations for the Graduation Ceremonies to be held in January 2020 are therefore sent only to those candidates who anticipate receiving their final award on their course; they are not sent to those who are at an intermediate stage of their studies.
The invitation assumes that you will be completing the highest award on your course this academic year, and may therefore attend the ceremony to receive that award. If, however, you do not complete the requirements for that highest award by 29 November 2019 there are three possible scenarios, as follows:
- If you are permitted to proceed beyond the point you have reached by 29 November 2019, your invitation to the ceremony will be withdrawn. It will be assumed that you will be carrying on with your studies, and will therefore be able to attend a future ceremony.
- If however, you choose to exit your course at an intermediate stage and not continue with your studies, you must write to the Faculty Office to inform them of your decision by 29 November 2019. The Faculty Office will then forward the appropriate paperwork to Academic Awards where a certificate will be produced. Requests received after the 29 November 2019 will not be eligible to attend the January 2020 ceremonies but will automatically be put forward to the July 2020 ceremonies.
- If you are not permitted to proceed any further (your results mean that you cannot improve your position on that course without further study), your invitation will remain valid, and you will be able to attend the January 2020 ceremony to collect the award to which you are entitled.
If you have any queries relating to the operation of this policy, please contact your Faculty’s Head of Studies or ring the Graduation Helpline on (0116) 257 7307 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)