How you will be assessed
Exchange students are assessed in the same way as degree students at Sheffield Hallam University. This will involve assessed coursework and/or examinations for each study module.
All study modules are allocated credits which indicate the student workload required to complete the module. At the end of each semester you will receive a transcript which details the credit and grade for each module. A copy will also be sent to the exchange co-ordinator at your university so that they can convert the credit and grades to your local system.
In the UK the credit system is CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer System) and at Sheffield Hallam University we have also adopted ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) to help exchange students transfer their credit back to the home institution.
What is ECTS?
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. It is a system which allows universities in Europe to understand and compare the courses and results that students achieve while studying at a partner institution.
Students are expected to obtain the following credits during their time at Sheffield Hallam University:
- Full year – 120 CATS/60 ECTS
- One semester – 60 CATS/30 ECTS
- One term – 40 CATS/20 ECTS
Credits are only awarded when a course has been completed and all coursework and examinations have been passed.
Here is an explanation of the Sheffield Hallam University grading system which has also been translated into the ECTS system to facilitate the comparisons of grades across Europe.
|ECTS Grade||Description of Sheffield Hallam grading system for ECTS purposes||ECTS Definition|
|A||Achieves a final average mark of 70% or above||Excellent – outstanding performance with only minor errors|
|B||Achieves a final average mark of 60–69%||Very good – above the average standard but with some errors|
|C||Achieves a final average mark of 50–59%||Good – generally sound work with a number of notable errors|
|D||Achieves a final average mark of 45–49%||Satisfactory – fair but with significant shortcomings|
|E||Achieves a final average mark of 40–44%||Sufficient – performance meets the minimum criteria|
|FX||Achieves a final average mark of 39% or less – therefore the module has been failed and the student may have an opportunity to complete further work in the assessment component in order to pass the module||Fail – some more work required before the credit can be awarded|