This is where to find The Royal Veterinary College's academic policies, procedures and regulations, including those used for assuring the quality and enhancement of the student learning experience.

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QAA Higher Education Review (2015) Action Plan - updates in 20152016 and 2019 . Merged responses to Action Plan available here .

Academic Quality Assurance & Enhancement Procedures

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UK Quality Code for Higher Education: The RVC maps its Academic Quality Assurance and Enhancement Procedures against the sound practice within the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The College also takes into consideration the requirements of relevant Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs).

Quality Assurance Agency - Higher Education Review: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) confirmed the quality and standards of provision at the Royal Veterinary College following its review visit in February 2015.   A team of QAA reviewers visited the Royal Veterinary College and judged that its academic standards, the quality of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectationsThe enhancement of its student learning opportunities is commended.   For further details regarding the review visit and the actions the College took in response to the findings of the review, please read more here.

Academic Quality Assurance and Enhancement Procedures

For further details and/or help, please contact a member of the Academic Quality Team.

Course Assessment and Award Regulations (2022/23)

General Regulations for Study and Awards  (replaced the General Regulations for Internal Students of the Royal Veterinary College)

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2021/22 (PDF) will be available prior to the start the academic year and are Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

Biological Sciences BSc/MSci (and Intercalated) & BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 - (Level 4 - 7) Part 1 Assessment Regulations (all pathways)

Part 1: BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1-4 (Level 4 -7) Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)

Part 2: BSc Biological Sciences Animal Biology, Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
Part 2: BSc/MSci Applied Biological Research
Part 2: BSc/MSci Applied Bioveterinary Research
Part 2: BSc/MSci Biological Sciences

Part 2: MSci Wild Animal Biology

Part 2 BSc/MSci Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences)
Part 2: BSc Comparative Pathology
Part 2: Intercalated BSc Bioveterinary Sciences

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 (Level 4 - 7) - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings (all pathways)

Part 3: BSc/MSci Year 1
Part 3: BSc/MSci Year 2
Part 3: BSc/MSci Year 3
Part 3: MSci Year 4


Veterinary Nursing

FdSc & BSc in Veterinary Nursing

BSc/FdSc VN Year 1 
BSc/FdSc VN Year 2
FdSc VN Year 3
BSc VN Year 3
BSc VN Year 4

Graduate Certificate & Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing - applicable to intake commencing in 2023

Grad Cert & PG Cert AVN - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
Grad Cert AVN - Part 2 Award Map
PG Cert AVN - Part 2 Award Map
Grad Cert & PG Cert AVN - Part 3 Assessment Weightings

Veterinary Surgery

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed)

BVetMed Gateway - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
BVetMed Gateway - Part 2 Award Map
BVetMed Gateway - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings
BVetMed Graduate Entry
BVetMed Year 1
BVetMed Year 2
BVetMed Year 3
BVetMed Year 4
BVetMed Year 5 Part 1 Rotation April 2021 Intake
BVetMed Year 5 Part 1 Rotation February 2022 Intake
BVetMed Year 5 Part 2
BVetMed Year 5 Part 3
BVetMed Honours Points
BSc (Hons) Animal Health and Disease

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

BVSc Year 1:

Progression Rules for BVSc Years 1 and 2 (item 4.4 here)

Basic assessment information for each module:

VE10120 - Professional Studies & Evidence Based Medicine

VE10220 - Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Locomotor and Skin systems (year 1)

VE10320 - Principles of Science

VE10430 - Animal Husbandry

VE10520 - Alimentary, endocrine and urogenital systems (year 1)

VE10610 - Neurology, ophthalmology and special senses

Actual detail of the assessments will be held in Aberystwyth University's Virtual Learning Environment and only visible to registered students.

BVSc Year 2: 

Progression Rules for BVSc Years 1 and 2 (item 4.4 here)

Basic assessment information for each module:

VE20120 - Principles of Veterinary Practice & Evidence Based Medicine (year 2)

VE20220 - Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Locomotor Systems (year 2)

VE20340 - Principles of Science (year 2)

VE20430 - Alimentary, endocrine and urogenital systems (year 2)

VE20510 - Population Medicine & Veterinary Public Health

BVSc Year 3: tbc

BVSc Year 4: tbc

BVSc Year 5: tbc

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research - applicable to intake commencing in January 2022
Grad Dip ELR - Part 1 Assessment Regulations 
Grad Dip ELR - Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)
Grad Dip ELR - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings


Masters Courses


MSc Module Regulations

MSc - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
MSc - Part 2 Award Maps:
Part 2: One Health
Part 2: Vet Ed
Part 2: Vet Epi
Part 2: WAB
Part 2: WAH
MSc - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings

MSc Grade Conversions for Joint Courses and Other Designations
MVetMed
PGCert in Veterinary Clinical Studies
PGDip in Veterinary Clinical Practice

CertAVP

MRes
Prof Doc in Veterinary Practice (VetD)
University of London Worldwide - Livestock Health and Production & Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health 2022

Course Assessment and Award Regulations (2021/22)

General Regulations for Study and Awards  (replaced the General Regulations for Internal Students of the Royal Veterinary College)

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2021/22 (PDF) will be available prior to the start the academic year and are Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

Biological Sciences BSc/MSci (and Intercalated) & BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 - (Level 4 - 7) Part 1 Assessment Regulations (all pathways)

Part 1: BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1-4 (Level 4 -7) Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)

Part 2: BSc Biological Sciences Animal Biology, Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
Part 2: BSc/MSci Applied Biological Research
Part 2: BSc/MSci Applied Bioveterinary Research
Part 2: BSc/MSci Biological Sciences
Part 2: BSc/MSci Bioveterinary Sciences
Part 2: MSci Wild Animal Biology

Part 2 BSc/MSci Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences)
Part 2: BSc Comparative Pathology
Part 2: Intercalated BSc Bioveterinary Sciences

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 (Level 4 - 7) - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings (all pathways)

Part 3: BSc/MSci Year 1
Part 3: BSc/MSci Year 2
Part 3: BSc/MSci Year 3
Part 3: MSci Year 4

BSc/BVetMed Placement Year - Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research (CWBLR)


Veterinary Nursing

FdSc & BSc in Veterinary Nursing

BSc/FdSc VN Year 1 
BSc/FdSc VN Year 2
FdSc VN Year 3
BSc VN Year 3
BSc VN Year 4

Graduate Certificate & Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing - applicable to intake commencing in April 2022

Grad Cert & PG Cert AVN - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
Grad Cert AVN - Part 2 Award Map
PG Cert AVN - Part 2 Award Map
Grad Cert & PG Cert AVN - Part 3 Assessment Weightings

Veterinary Surgery

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed)

BVetMed Gateway - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
BVetMed Gateway - Part 2 Award Map
BVetMed Gateway - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings
BVetMed Graduate Entry
BVetMed Year 1
BVetMed Year 2
BVetMed Year 3
BVetMed Year 4
BVetMed Year 5 Part 1 Rotation April 2021 Intake
BVetMed Year 5 Part 1 Rotation February 2022 Intake
BVetMed Year 5 Part 2
BVetMed Year 5 Part 3
BVetMed Honours Points
BSc (Hons) Animal Health and Disease

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

BVSc Year 1:

Progression Rules for BVSc Year 1 and 2 Sept 2021 (item 4.22 here)

Basic assessment information for each module:

VE10120 - Professional Studies & Evidence Based Medicine

VE10220 - Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Locomotor and Skin systems (year 1)

VE10320 - Principles of Science

VE10430 - Animal Husbandry

VE10520 - Alimentary, endocrine and urogenital systems (year 1)

VE10610 - Neurology, ophthalmology and special senses

Actual detail of the assessments will be held in Aberystwyth University's Virtual Learning Environment and only visible to registered students.

BVSc Year 2: tbc

BVSc Year 3: tbc

BVSc Year 4: tbc

BVSc Year 5: tbc

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research - applicable to intake commencing in January 2022
Grad Dip ELR - Part 1 Assessment Regulations 
Grad Dip ELR - Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)
Grad Dip ELR - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings


Masters Courses


MSc Module Regulations

MSc - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
MSc - Part 2 Award Maps:
Part 2: One Health
Part 2: Vet Ed
Part 2: Vet Epi
Part 2: WAB
Part 2: WAH
MSc - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings

MSc Grade Conversions for Joint Courses and Other Designations
MVetMed - Students commencing in July 2019 onwards
PGCert in Veterinary Clinical Studies
PGDip in Veterinary Clinical Practice
MRes
CertAVP
Prof Doc in Veterinary Practice (VetD)
University of London Worldwide - Livestock Health and Production & Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health 2022

Course Assessment and Award Regulations (2020/21)

  General Regulations for Study and Awards  (replaced the General Regulations for Internal Students of the Royal Veterinary College) 

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2020/21 (PDF) will be available prior to the start the academic year and are Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

Biological Sciences BSc/MSci (and Intercalated) & BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 - (Level 4 - 7) Part 1 Assessment Regulations (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1-4 (Level 4 -7) Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 (Level 4 - 7) - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings (all pathways)

Veterinary Nursing

FdSc & BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Certificate & Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing - applicable to intake commencing in 2021

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research - no intake in January 2021

  • Grad Dip ELR - Part 1 Assessment Regulations
  • Grad Dip ELR - Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)
  • Grad Dip ELR - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Masters Courses

MSc Module Regulations

Course Assessment and Award Regulations (2019/20)

General Regulations for Study and Awards (replaced the General Regulations for Internal Students of the Royal Veterinary College) 

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2019/20 (PDF) will be available prior to the start the Autumn Term and are  Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

Biological Sciences BSc/MSci (and Intercalated) & BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 - (Level 4 - 7) Part 1 Assessment Regulations (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1-4 (Level 4 -7) Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 4 (Level 4 - 7) - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings (all pathways)

Veterinary Nursing

Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing

BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Masters Courses

MSc Module Regulations

University of London International Programmes - Livestock Health and Production and Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health 2019

University of London International Programmes - Livestock Health and Production and Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health 2020

Course Assessment and Award Regulations (2018/19)

General Regulations for Study and Awards  (replaced the General Regulations for Internal Students of the Royal Veterinary College) 

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2018/19 (PDF) will be available prior to the start the Autumn Term and are  Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

Biological Sciences BSc/MSci (and Intercalated) & BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 3 - (Level 4 - 6) Part 1 Assessment Regulations (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1-4 (Level 4 -7) Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1 - 3 (Level 4 - 6) - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 4 (Level 7) - Part 1 & Part 3 (all pathways)

Veterinary Nursing

Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing

BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Masters Courses

MSc Module Regulations

University of London International Programmes - Livestock Health and Production and Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health 

Course Assessment and Award Regulations (previous)

Assessment & Award Regulations 2017/18

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2017/18 (.pdf) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

BSc/MSci Bioveterinary Sciences (and Intercalated), BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc/MSci Year 1 & 2 - Part 1 Assessment Regulations (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1 & 2 - Part 2 Award Maps (all pathways)

BSc/MSci Year 1 & 2 - Part 3 Module Assessment Weightings (all pathways)

Veterinary Nursing

Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing

BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Masters Courses

MSc Module Regulations

Assessment & Award Regulations 2016/17

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2016/17 (.pdf) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The Assessment & Award Regulations (AARs) for some modular courses are split into 3 different documents (Parts).

  • Part 1 = Assessment Regulations (how you pass the year / progress to the next stage)
  • Part 2 = Award Maps (the description of the pathways through the course)
  • Part 3 = Module Assessment Weightings (breakdown of the module assessments and how they are weighted)

BSc/MSci Bioveterinary Sciences (and Intercalated), BSc Comparative Pathology

Veterinary Nursing

Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing

BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research

Masters Courses

All PGCert, PGDip and MSc course follow the MSc Module regulations (Part 1) unless mentioned below.


Assessment & Award Regulations 2015/16

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2015/16 (.pdf) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences (and Intercalated), BSc Comparative Pathology

Veterinary Nursing

Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing

BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Masters Courses


Assessment & Award Regulations 2014/15

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2014/15 (.pdf) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences (and Intercalated), BSc Comparative Pathology

Veterinary Nursing

Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing

BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Masters Courses


Assessment & Award Regulations 2013/14

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2013/14 (Microsoft Word documents, except where noted) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.


Assessment & Award Regulations 2012/13

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2012/13 (Microsoft Word.docs) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.


Assessment & Award Regulations 2011/12

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2011/12 (Microsoft Word.docs) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.


Assessment & Award Regulations 2010/11

Assessment & Award Regulations for 2010/11 (Microsoft Word.docs) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The College 0-10 marking scheme may only be used from September 2009 where this is clearly stated in the Assessment and Award Regulations for the Examination in question, and where the students have already been informed that the 0 – 10 marking scheme would be used for their examination.


Assessment & Award Regulations 2009/10

Assessment & award regulations for 2009/10 (Microsoft Word.docs) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

The College 0-10 marking scheme may only be used from September 2009 where this is clearly stated in the Assessment and Award Regulations for the Examination in question, and where the students have already been informed that the 0 – 10 marking scheme would be used for their examination.


Assessment & Award Regulations 2008/09

Assessment & award regulations for 2008/09 (Microsoft Word.docs) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board..

BVetMed

BSc Courses

Veterinary Nursing Courses - remainder to follow

MSc Courses

Postgraduate Diploma Courses

Postgraduate Certificate Courses


Assessment & Awards Regulations - Pre-2008

Assessment & Awards Regulations for 2007/08 and earlier (Microsoft Word.docs) all Subject to Approval by Academic Board.

BVetMed

BSc Courses

Veterinary Nursing

MSc Courses

Postgraduate Diploma Courses

Exams & Assessment

 This is where you will find policies, regulations, guidance and procedural information regarding exams and assessment.

You might also be interested in the following links: 

A Guide to the Documentation available for Examiners and Examining in Taught Courses at the RVC

There are four types of document:  

1. Policy: Statements about particular expectations in the design of regulations and operation of procedures 

2. Regulatory: Formal requirements that all Courses, Examiners and Boards of Examiners must meet 

3. Procedures: Set instructions that Examiners and Course Directors must follow 

4. Guidance: Reference documents to enable Examiners and Course Directors to undertake their roles.

All courses are governed by the following:

Title Contents Type of document            

Constitution and Function of Exam Boards

Describes the makeup and duties of members of the Board Regulatory
Code of Practice for Pre Meetings to Boards of Examiners Business to be dealt with prior to formal meetings of Boards of Examiners Procedure

General Assessment Regulations for Taught Courses

Security of Examination and Assessment Materials

Regulations covering conduct in exam rooms, late submission of work, document retention, aegrotat Regulatory
Setting Examination Papers How written examination papers have to be set Procedure
How Exams are Marked How exams should be marked eg Sample and Double marking requirements etc. Procedure

Guidance for Design of Assessment in Modules   

How to ensure that the load of assessment on students is equivalent between different modules etc.

Guidance

Marking Schemes:

How to mark/grade assessments Policy​

Extensions to submission dates and authorised absences:

Guidance to Students on meeting submission deadlines

Allowable reasons for granting of extensions to submission deadlines

Assessment Extension Request Form

Summative Assessment Authorised Absence Form

How a student can gain extensions Procedure

Guidance for Boards of Examiners concerning major project resubmission

What and how to decide when a student has failed a project​ Guidance

Responsibilities and Guidance on annual activity for Course Directors or BVetMed Year Leaders

The course director’s responsibilities in relation to examinations Guidance

 

Responsibilities and Guidance on annual activity for Chairs of Boards of Examiners

The chair’s responsibilities in relation to examinations Guidance

Special Exams Arrangement Information

How a student can seek adjustment to their exams and how it is considered and approved Procedure

Academic Standards, Adjustments and inclusive practice:

Making adjustments for Examinations - statement of required competencies and Guidance for Students and Chairs of Boards of Examiners

What is allowed in terms of making adjustments Policy​

Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct Process

Preparing for your Meeting

Plagiarism - supporting RVC staff and students in avoiding plagiarism

What happens where plagiarism or other cheating is suspected Procedure

Exams Calendar for MSc Degrees (first and second attempts, deferrals, progression)

Cycle of activity in MSc degree examinations Procedure

Feedback to Taught Students at the RVC – Policy & Guidance

Who, when and how feedback should be given to taught students

Policy on Formative Assessment

Policy & Guidance

Oral Examinations by Tele or Video-conferencing (not applicable to MRes or distance learning courses)   

Using Skype and video conferencing Procedure

Written Examinations taken at a Distance 

Arranging examinations at premises other than the RVC Procedure

Guidance for digital/paperless assessment of taught courses

Guidance on the planning, set-up and delivery of remote online assessments Guidance

Systems Failure in Relation to Online Submission of Assessments

Outline of the RVC procedure when there is a system failure that impacts on submission of online assessments, for example via Online Coursework Management (OCM) or TurnItIn, as well as any other appropriate submission portal. Procedure

Further Student Policies and Procedures

Admissions:

Appeals:

Attendance Policy for Students

Code of Practice:

Complaints:

Dignity at Work

Final Formal Review

General Regulations for Study and Awards     (replaced the General Regulations for Internal Students of the Royal Veterinary College)  

Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism:  

Professional Requirements, fitness to study and practise

Student Performance and Development System:

Sponsorship and Corporate Relationships Policy

Religious Observances

RVC Charter

Student Social Media policy

IT Policies and Regulations

Student Protection Plan 2021/22

Lecture and Personal Capture Policy  

Student Fees Policy and Fees and Fund Information

Response to Coronavirus / COVID19

2020/21 Safety Net policies in response to continuing pandemic impacts

Agreed Safety Net Policies 2020/21

As a University we need to tread a fine line between acknowledging the additional challenges that students have faced in their studies over the last year and defending the standards of the degrees that we award. In the longer term we need to be confident that a degree awarded in the academic year 2020/2021 is of equal value and credibility to the same degree awarded in any other year.

Earlier this term we asked all our course directors to comment on whether they felt the teaching delivered this year will have given our students the opportunity to achieve the objectives of their courses. Although, for reasons well beyond our control, it was necessary for the method of delivery of our teaching to be changed, our course directors were all confident that despite these changes there has been an opportunity for our students to achieve all of the intellectual objectives of their courses, even if in some cases it has not been possible to experience all of the practical activities that were expected in this last year. Our assessments will focus on those objectives that we know students have had the opportunity to achieve.

We recognise that there have been unique challenges faced by students over the last year. Despite our confidence that you have had the opportunity to achieve your course objectives, we are making three modifications to our assessment regulations this year in recognition of the challenges you have experienced. These will give students better opportunities to demonstrate the standard of which they are capable. These modifications will form the basis of the “safety net” policy that we will employ this year.

The first modification to our assessment is that any summative RVC assessment sat as an examination or submitted for evaluation, that counts towards a student’s final degree classification can be retaken or resubmitted at the next scheduled opportunity by a student who feels the mark they have been awarded has been adversely affected by taking the assessment in the pandemic and is not reflective of their true potential. Students will have a time window during which they will need to indicate that they wish to repeat the assessment. They will also need to submit a statement which outlines how they feel their performance was impaired, why they feel they would otherwise have obtained a higher mark and how a higher mark, if achieved, will affect their final degree classification or eligibility for honours points. This is open to all students, not just those who have failed an assessment. A student can use the higher of the two marks obtained in the calculation of their degree classification.

We anticipate that only a small minority of students will need to take this opportunity, however knowing that it exists will give students greater confidence going into an assessment that, should things go badly wrong, there will be an opportunity to rectify their performance.

Secondly, for those students who do not achieve the required pass threshold in 2020/21 to remain on their course, we are removing the requirement to make a formal appeal before being granted the opportunity to repeat a period of study or assessment and remain on the course. However, students wishing to repeat a period of study or assessment will need to attend a Student Performance and Development meeting to ensure that it is understood what went wrong and how any barriers to academic success in 2020/21 can be overcome via a study plan for repeat studies. It is also important that the wider implications of further repeat study (fees, funding and visa implications for example) are fully understood. Following these discussions, students may determine that further repeat study is not the right option for them and we will support those students to exit the course with the highest award to which they are entitled.

Thirdly, for our students currently in their fourth year of MSci study, their degree classification will be calculated in two ways, including and excluding any summative marks obtained in the academic year 2019/2020. The higher of the two marks will be used to calculate the student’s final degree classification.

We offer a large number of courses at the Royal Veterinary College. The way the above policies are applied will have slightly different implications from course to course. If you have any queries about the above, please check the further information provided in the FAQ below.  If you have any additional queries regarding the application of this policy after reading these, please do contact the Exams Office or your Course Director/Year Leader.

Degree award classifications

General practice and principles to ensure fairness and award standards for taught programme awards

We have taken note of good practice in the sector, guidance from the Quality Assurance Agency and sought the views of our external examiners to ensure that modified classification methodologies for taught programmes maintain the standards of our awards whilst recognising that most graduating classes this year have experienced swift, but necessary, modifications to learning and assessment this academic year. In determining temporary revised methods for calculating 2019/20 award classifications, we have adopted the following practice and principles:

  1. Examination of impact of COVID-19 on 2019/20 cohort assessments.
  2. Examination of past cohort performance to identify indicators of student attainment at final award.
  3. Examination of past cohort performance to identify typical percentage of cohort achieving award classifications.
  4. Adopting a policy of “no detriment” by applying more than one methodology where above data indicates that a single methodology is unreliable, awarding the student the more advantageous classification if the methodologies produce different outcomes.
  5. This is in addition to the “no detriment” policy applied for individual assessments where students are not capped on the first re-sit of assessments modified due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  6. As ever, students who wish to dispute their final award have the option to do so by following the procedures outlined in our Appeals and Representation policy and Student Complaints and Resolution Procedure (depending on nature of dispute) once their result has been published.

Full detail for your award is now available by course below. We will be making corresponding amendments to the Assessment and Award regulations for 2019/20 for your individual programme and will let you know when these have been published.

BVetMed

For the 2019/20 graduating class we will calculate honours points in two ways – and award honours if you meet either requirement:

  1. Calculation excluding Finals Part II – we will reduce the number of honours points available to you according to whether you are a BVetMed or graduate entrant by 16 points (those awarded to Finals Part II) and calculate the percentage of honours points that you have achieved. The top 10% of this honours percentage will be students eligible for the award of honours.
  2. Calculation including Finals Part II – we will calculate honours points using the existing formula. All students who qualify under existing honour points formula will be eligible for the award of honours.

We appreciate that this may appear to contradict an earlier message to final year students where we agreed that we would not use the modified Finals Part II to award honours. However, when we applied method 1) above to previous cohorts, it became clear that a not-insignificant number of students who were awarded honours would be excluded from receiving honours in 2019/20 if this method alone were applied. This is because the existing formula takes account of exit velocity - ie: the recognition that the final stages of capstone examination are where we can reasonably expect students to best demonstrate their attainment levels. We therefore agreed to operate both methods for each student and award honours should they qualify under either method. Therefore, inclusion of Finals Part II results alone may provide you with honours in 2019/20 – but their use alone will not preclude you from achieving honours.

BSc Bioscience

For BSc, we will calculate your award classification using the existing formula including assessments modified due to COVID-19. However, your final classification will be no lower than that achieved for Year 2. This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

BSc Comparative Pathology

BSc Comparative Pathology is currently awarded based on Year 3/Level 6 marks only. All assessments apart from the project were completed in January 2020. We will be accounting for COVID-19 project changes when marking the project. There is therefore no change to current BSc Comparative Pathology classification method.

MSci Bioscience

MSci Year 4, 2019/20 assessments have not been majorly impacted apart from completion of the project. We will be accounting for COVID-19 project changes when marking the project. There is therefore no change to current MSci classification method.

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

We will calculate your award classification using the existing formula including assessments modified due to COVID-19 but will not award any classification that is below that gained for Year 2 of study. This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

BSc Veterinary Nursing

We will calculate your award classification using the existing formula including assessments modified due to COVID-19 but will not award any classification that is below that gained for your Year 2 and Year 3 combined classification. This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

If you transferred to the BSc in the final year (ie: from FdSc or equivalent) we will calculate your award classification using the existing formula including assessments modified due to COVID-19 but will not award any classification that is below that indicated by your overall percentage score for the FdSc. This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

We will calculate your award classification using the existing formula including assessments modified due to COVID-19 but will not award any classification that is below that gained for Stage 1. This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

Graduate Diploma Equine Locomotor Research

2019/20 assessments have not been impacted apart from completion of the project. We will be accounting for COVID-19 project changes when marking the project. Award classifications will therefore be awarded using the existing award classification formula.

MSc Intensive Livestock Health and Production

2019/20 assessments have not been impacted apart from completion of the project. We will be accounting for COVID-19 project changes when marking the project. Award classifications will therefore be awarded using the existing award classification formula.

MSc One Health

2019/20 assessments have not been impacted apart from completion of the project. We will be accounting for COVID-19 project changes when marking the project. Award classifications will therefore be awarded using the existing award classification formula.

MSc Veterinary Education

2019/20 assessments have not been impacted apart from completion of the project. We will be accounting for COVID-19 project changes when marking the project. Award classifications will therefore be awarded using the existing award classification formula.

MSc Wild Animal Biology

We will calculate classifications in two ways – and award you whichever method provides the highest classification:

  1. Calculate your final result in the usual way and including assessments modified due to COVID-19. Student results will be ranked and students awarded classifications based upon the historical bandings below.
  2. Calculate your final result based on the existing formula but excluding assessments modified due to COVID-19. Student results will be ranked and students awarded classifications based upon the historical bandings below

Classification bandings:

  • Distinction: Top 15%
  • Merit: Next 30%
  • Pass: Next 55%

This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

MSc Wild Animal Health

We will calculate classifications in two ways – and award you whichever method provides the highest classification:

  1. Calculate your final result in the usual way and including assessments modified due to COVID-19. Student results will be ranked and students awarded classifications based upon the historical bandings below.
  2. Calculate your final result based on the existing formula but excluding assessments modified due to COVID-19. Student results will be ranked and students awarded classifications based upon the historical bandings below

Classification bandings:

  • Distinction: Top 25%
  • Merit: Next 50%
  • Pass: Next 25%

This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

MSc Veterinary Epidemiology

We will calculate classifications in two ways – and award you whichever method provides the highest classification:

  1. Calculate your final result in the usual way and including assessments modified due to COVID-19. Student results will be ranked and students awarded classifications based upon the historical bandings below.
  2. Calculate your final result based on the existing formula but excluding assessments modified due to COVID-19. Student results will be ranked and students awarded classifications based upon the historical bandings below

Classification bandings:

  • Distinction: Top 20%
  • Merit: Next 40%
  • Pass: Next 40%

This will ensure that you will not be penalised for poor performance in 2019/20 that may be due to COVID-19 related modifications.

PGDip Veterinary Clinical Practice (Interns)

This is an unclassified award so there is no change to existing Assessment and Award regulations 2019/20.

MVetMed (Residents)

Year 3, is a classified award with the vast majority of modular assessments completed prior to lockdown and therefore not requiring modification. Small elements of the Research Project and viva voce only have been completed during this period. Classifications will therefore be calculated using the existing method according to year of entry:

Year 1 & Year 2 are unclassified awards so no modifications to existing Assessment and Award Regulations above are required.

For all three years, there are additional clinical requirements to confirm completion of award – please see Assessment and Award Regulations 2019/20 above for further information.

PGCert Veterinary Clinical Studies

This is an unclassified award so there is no change to existing Assessment and Award regulations 2019/20.

Future Award Classifications

Accounting for 2019/20 formative results in future award classifications and transcripts

General practice and principles

General practice and principles to ensure fairness and award standards for taught programme awards

Following approval by our Academic Board, we are pleased to confirm our approach to account for 2019/20 formative results in future award classifications for taught programmes. Thank you for your patience and understanding for the time taken to confirm these to you. We have taken note of good practice in the sector and guidance from the Quality Assurance Agency to ensure that modified classification methodologies maintain the standards of our awards whilst ensuring that student achievement is recognised. In determining revised methods for calculating award classifications where 2019/20 results are formative, we have adopted the following practice and principles:

  1. Acceptance that for 2019/20 credit is awarded based upon participation, not the achievement of a threshold mark.
  2. Acknowledgment that formative marks are not appropriate to be used in the calculation of final award classifications.
  3. Wherever possible, ensuring that final year/stage marks alone do not determine final award classification.
  4. Where this is not possible, ensuring that there is an additional “safety net” within the final year/stage to maintain a “no detriment” approach for students.
  5. Adopting this policy of “no detriment” by applying more than one methodology where possible, awarding the student the more advantageous classification if the methodologies produce different outcomes.
  6. Ensuring that transcripts note 2019/20 results as formative to account for any marks that appear to be below usual threshold requirements.
  7. As ever, students who wish to dispute their final award have the option to do so by following the procedures outlined in our Appeals and Representation policy and Student Complaints and Resolution Procedure (depending on nature of dispute) once their result has been published.

    Full detail of intended awards for each course is available on the FAQs below.

BVetMed

If you are in the Gateway year 2019/20, your eligibility for honours will be calculated by the existing formula as Gateway results are not utilised in honours calculation. No account therefore needs to be made of their formative nature in 2019/20.  

If you are in BVetMed4 in 2019/20, your eligibility for honours will be calculated by the existing formula as your 2019/20 assessments were conducted summatively prior to any COVID-19 impacts or restrictions. There are therefore no formative assessments for BVetMed4 in 2019/20 that would need to be accounted for in future honours classifications.   

If you are studying in BVetMet1, BVetMed2, BVetMed3 or GAB in 2019/20, you are eligible for the award of honours if you achieve 10 honours points from finals assessments AND achieve 37.5% of the total honours points available to you (i.e.: excluding those attributed to 2019/20). NB: If you are required to defer Finals Part 1 (OSCE) due to earlier failure in the course, you are NOT eligible for the overall award of honours.  

Additionally, if you are in Year 3 of study in 2019/20, overall honours will be calculated using two methods, one including the 2019/20 Professional Studies honours points achieved with 0.8 in the overall honours points available (distinction = 0.8 points, merit = 0.4 points) and one excluding these from the overall honours points available. You will be awarded overall honours if you are eligible by either method.

BSc Biosciences Programmes

If you are in Year 1 of a BSc Biosciences, your degree classification will be calculated by the existing formula as Year 1 results are not used in degree classification calculation. No account therefore needs to be made of their formative nature in 2019/20.  

If you are in Year 2 of a BSc Biosciences degree, we will calculate your award classification by the two methods below and award you the highest classification from either method:         

  1. Use the marks from your summative assessments taken pre-COVID-19 (i.e. your Term 1 modules). The aggregate mark from these assessments will contribute a 30% weighting towards your degree classification with your aggregate mark from Year 3 contributing a 70% weighting towards your degree classification.     
  2. Use the aggregate mark from your Year 3 assessments alone to determine your degree classification.

MSci Biosciences Programmes

If you are in Year 1 of an MSci Biosciences, your degree classification will be calculated by the existing formula as Year 1 results are not used in degree classification calculation. No account therefore needs to be made of their formative nature in 2019/20.  

If you are in Year 3 of an MSci Biosciences, you have taken summative assessments in 2019/20 alongside the BSc Biosciences Year 3 students and the existing formula will therefore be used.  

If you are in Year 2 of an MSci Biosciences degree, we will calculate your final award classification by the two methods below and award you the highest classification from either method:         

  1. Use the marks from your summative assessments taken pre-COVID-19 (i.e. your Term 1 modules). The aggregate mark from these assessments will contribute a 15% weighting towards your degree classification with your aggregate mark from Year 3 contributing a 15% weighting towards your degree classification and the aggregate mark from Year 4 contributing a 70% weighting.      
  2. Use the aggregate mark from your Year 3 assessments with a weighting of 30% towards classification and the aggregate mark from your Year 4 assessments contributing 70% weighting towards your overall degree classification.

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

If you are in Year 1 of the FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, your award classification will be calculated by the existing formula as Year 1 results are not used in award classification calculation. No account therefore needs to be made of their formative nature in 2019/20.  

If you are currently in Year 2 of the FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, we will need to calculate your award classification based upon your performance in Year 3 alone. However, if you wish to have a second attempt at any assessment from Year 3 you will be able to do so and this second assessment opportunity will not be capped. The highest mark from each assessment will be used when calculating your final award classification.

BSc Veterinary Nursing 

If you are in Year 1 of the BSc in Veterinary Nursing, your award classification will be calculated by the existing formula as Year 1 results are not used in award classification calculation. No account therefore needs to be made of their formative nature in 2019/20.  

If you are currently in Year 3 of the BSc in Veterinary Nursing your 2019/20 assessments were summative as required for the interim award of the FdSc Veterinary Nursing so your final award classification will be calculated using the existing formula.

If you are currently in Year 2 of the BSc in Veterinary Nursing we will calculate your final degree classification based upon the year aggregate mark for Year 3 with a weighting of 20% contribution to overall classification. Your Year 4 aggregate year mark will contribute an 80% weighting to overall degree classification.

Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing

If you are currently in Stage 1 of the GradDip in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing, we will need to calculate your award classification based upon your performance in Stage 2  alone. However, if you wish to re-sit any assessments from Stage 2 you will be able to do so and this second assessment opportunity will not be capped. The highest mark from each assessment will be used when calculating your final award classification.

Graduate Diploma in Equine Locomotor Research

 This programme is already delivered remotely and no assessments have been modified due to COVID-19. However, to account for any personal COVID-19 impacts that may have disadvantaged you, your future award classification will be calculated by the two methods below and you will be awarded the higher classification obtained from either method:      

  1. Award classification is calculated using combined marks from Stage 2 alone.     
  2. Award classification is calculated using combined marks from both Stage 1 and Stage 2 as per existing formula.

MSc Programmes

MSc programmes are generally taken over a single year with a full-time study load. If you are studying part-time in 2019/20, we will calculate your final award classification by the two methods below and award you the higher classification obtained from either method: 

  1. Award classification is calculated excluding marks obtained in 2019/20.     
  2. Award classification is calculated using the existing method utilising a combined mark from all components.

MVetMed (Residents)

This is an unclassified award so there is no change to assessment and award regulations as advertised.

PG Cert Veterinary Studies

This is an unclassified award so there is no change to assessment and award regulations as advertised.

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  • Human Resources A - Z Forms and Policies for documentation relating to standards of conduct for staff and students
  • Policies and Regulations (on Intranet) for documentation related to the use of RVC computers, internet, telephones, printers. etc by RVC staff and students
  • Policy and Legal for documentation relating to Governance, Publication Scheme, Finance, Information Compliance, Health and Safety, Risk Management, Public Interest Disclosure, etc.

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