Performance at the first attempt in modules in a given stage may be used to compensate in the same stage, provided no module in the stage has been failed outright.

A pass earned in this way is referred to as a pass by compensation and is credit bearing. (HETAC 2009)

Compensation of a student’s performance in a stage can only be applied to enable the student progress to the next stage or to enable the student to be considered for an award provided the stage in question is the final stage of an award.

A student compensates failed module performance from the overall performances of other modules within a stage, provided that:

  1. Compensation is applied only to module aggregate marks in modules up to a one third of the credits in the stage, provided double the credit weighted deficiency of marks is available from within the remaining passed modules, as defined on the Approved Programme Schedule.
  2. The aggregate marks in the failed module(s) lies not more than 5 marks below the minimum pass mark for the module(s), normally 40%.
  3. Compensation only applies to first attempts of all modules within the stage.
  4. All other modules within the stage have been passed.
  5. A student may not gain an exemption in a module through compensation.
  6. All modules in a stage are eligible for the application of compensation rules unless stated otherwise on the Approved Programme Schedule.
  7. A student who passes by compensation at an award stage remains eligible for an award performance level classification.
  8. Where the student has taken an additional elective module as outlined on the Approved Programme Schedule for a given stage at a particular examination session, the mark included in the compensation calculation shall be based on the higher or highest available in the electives taken, or as specified on the Approved Programme Schedule.
  9. A student who does not present for all the required credits of a stage at an examination session will not be considered for compensation.
  10. The student’s overall stage result will be stated in the same manner as passing without compensation, but the original module marks will remain on the Broadsheet of Examination Results.

Compensation rules will be applied automatically where student performances meet the conditions specified.

All modules are eligible to be considered for compensation unless stated otherwise on the approved programme schedule (APS)