Programme Catalogue Glossary
not formal definitions but are meant to provide guidance for
students to help them understand the programme catalogue.
This refers to the final outcome of the programme of study
onto which you are registered.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has worked
with academic subject specialists to produce statements for
each discipline which cover the skills and knowledge which
characterise study in each subject taught in the University.
Some of the University's programmes of study have content
which relates to more than one of the Benchmark Statements.
These are modules which must be taken for you to be able to
progress with your programme or to be eligible for award.
Compulsory modules contain the essential parts of the programme
and often you will be automatically registered for them. Although
you have to take these modules you do not always have to pass
them. Modules you must pass will be identified in the Programme
Catalogue by the letters 'PFP'.
These are linked modules at the same level which must be taken
together. You will not be able to register for one of these
modules unless you also register for the other.
These are the University's rules governing study for
a particular award.
Where your programme allows you to study elective modules
this is to allow you to gain specific skills, such as a foreign
language, or to study something on a completely different
topic that interests you. You may not choose an elective module
which covers the same material as any of your compulsory or
optional modules. The modules which can taken as electives
are detailed in the Electives Handbook which is published
each year (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/electives/).
Your School may be able to advise you on which electives are
particularly appropriate for your programme.
Eligibility for Award
You become eligible for the award of your named programme
when you have passed enough credits at each level and in each
year of your programme, including any modules which have been
marked by the letters 'PFP'.
These are what students successfully completing the module
or programme will be expected to have achieved.
The individual units of study which comprise the programme,
successful completion of which leads to the award. Each module
will have its own objectives, syllabus and assessment schedule.
A module is usually completed within one or two semesters.
The Module Catalogue contains the general information relating
to teaching, syllabus and assessment for each module offered
by the University. More detailed information on each module
will be provided by the School delivering the module.
The level relates to the modules and where they fit within
the national framework for student progression. There are
rules for each programme governing the programme year in which
a particular module can be taken.
These are modules from which you can choose. Your programme
may require you to take a certain number of modules from stated
lists. There are clear instructions about the choice for each
programme of study. Your School may give you advice about
choosing from the optional modules available.
Pass required for Progression/Award
The letters 'PFP' identify those modules that you
must take and pass in order to continue with your programme.
You must pass these modules before you can be considered for
These are modules which must be taken and passed before you
can take a particular module at the next level. They contain
essential skills and knowledge which you must have to be able
to study at a higher level.
The Programme Catalogue contains the general information relating
to each programme of study offered by the University. More
detailed information on individual programmes of study will
be provided by your School.
Programme of Study
The course followed by individual students which leads to
an award of the University. Each programme of study will have
specified learning outcomes all of which a student will have
achieved on successfully completing the programme.
The year refers to the stage within the programme at which
individual modules are taken.
Progression refers to your permission to move onto the next
year of the programme. It is based upon the number of credits
you have accumulated in each programme year and the compulsory
and optional modules you have passed.
Rules for Award
These rules explain how the University will determine whether
you have met the progression and eligibility requirements
for your programme. They cover issues such as marking, progress
from one programme year to another, eligibility for award,
classification of degrees.
Special Skills Electives
These are special undergraduate modules which develop specific
key skills and which you can take as electives at any stage
in your programme but which will always count as if they were
taken in Year 2 for classification purposes. Your School will
offer advice on whether a Special Skills Elective is appropriate
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