Msg to HE L4 students - 004

UCM Students Studying University of Chester Programmes

Level 4 students studying a Bachelor’s Degree:

Important Assessment and Progression Measures 2021


Dear Student,

We are so pleased to be able to share learning with you once again on a face-to-face basis and welcome you all back.

You may be aware of communications issued from our partner, the University of Chester, regarding assessment and progression measures for 2021.  UCM and the University of Chester recognises the concerns and disruption that lockdowns, travel and restrictions can have on our whole community and in particular on your studies.  In the midst of this uncertainty, our overriding concern is that the value of the award that you are working so hard to achieve is protected now and in the future.   Therefore a number of measures, specific to needs of different levels of undergraduate students, have been taken. They are described below. Further detailed advice will be provided by the end of February and if you have questions about any of these measures please talk to your Programme Leader.

Measures already in place

The dispensations regarding evidence requirements for mitigating circumstances and the granting of extensions and deferrals have been waived in the current year, as they were from the start of the pandemic last academic year. Please see here for more information.  

New decisions taken

Students completing their study at Level 4 will be permitted to progress to their next level of study based solely on the achievement of an average mark of 40%, obtained for the whole of their level of study.  This means that across all of your assessments any low mark will not affect your progression, as long you achieve the minimum pass mark of 40% overall.


If you are studying on a programme that is accredited by a professional body there might possibly be some variations or exceptions to the measures outlined. This is because those bodies set a number of conditions that degree programmes have to comply with in order for your award to be accredited. These organisations are being consulted and if you are on such a course your UCM Programme Leader will be in touch with more detailed information as soon as this can be established.

What you need to do now

The most important thing is that you keep up with your studies and attempt all the assessments to the best standard you are able.  Every mark you obtain for each assessment will contribute towards you achieving the required average to progress, therefore all assessments are an important part of your learning and preparation for the next stage of your course.

As you will appreciate, there is now much work being done to provide more detailed information. Staff at UCM and the University of Chester are working hard to do this.  Please ensure you continue to keep in touch with your tutors and stay up to date with the information from your UCM Programme Leader and on the UCM Website. 


Best wishes


Jo Pretty

Principal, University College Isle of Man