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The modular system

modular systemThe University's Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate degrees all operate on a modular system, intended to give you greater flexibility and choice. The requirements and structure of your degree are set out in a 'Programme Specification', which you can find in your programme handbook or on the Programme Specifications website.

At the beginning of each Part of your programme, you register for specific modules, each of which carries a credit-weighting. The majority of modules are worth 10 or 20 credits, although projects or dissertations may have a higher credit value. Each credit equates approximately to 10 hours of work (including all contact hours such as lectures or classes, as well as further reading and any assessments) for the average student.

Normally, each Part of an Undergraduate programme has a total of 120 credits and each programme has 360 credits in total for a three-year degree or 480 for a four-year degree. Taught Postgraduate programmes normally have a total of 180 credits. At the end of the programme, you will receive a document called a Diploma Supplement, which will provide details of your degree programme, including a transcript of the modules taken and your marks.

Modules are placed at particular Levels, which in general correspond to the Parts of your programme, so allowing you to progress academically throughout your time at Reading. Therefore, for Undergraduate programmes Level 1 modules are taught in Part 1, and so on. Occasionally some modules may be taught to students at a slightly higher or lower level, and you may find in Part 3 that you are taught a module which is placed at the 'M', or Masters, Level. In general, for Taught Postgraduate programmes, modules will be placed at the 'M Level'.

Whilst we hope that all students complete their programmes, in order to allow students greater flexibility and to reward achievement, we have built in 'stopping-off points' to both Undergraduate and to Taught Postgraduate programmes, so that students successfully completing particular sections of programmes and who leave the University for whatever reason, may gain a qualification. Therefore, Undergraduate students who successfully complete modules totalling 120 credits (normally equating to Part 1) are eligible for the award of a University Certificate in Higher Education, whilst those who successfully complete modules totalling 240 credits (which normally equates to completing Parts 1 and 2) are eligible for the award of a Diploma in Higher Education in the subject that they have been studying.

On Taught Postgraduate programmes, students who successfully complete modules totalling at least 120 credits are normally eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, whilst those who successfully complete modules totalling at least 60 credits are normally eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

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