General Regulations for Foundation Certificates

Differences from 2018/19 to 2023/24

  • 1. The Continuing Education Board shall have power to grant Foundation Certificates to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the Committee may prescribe by regulation.

  • 2. The examination for each certificate shall be under the supervision of the Continuing Education Board which shall have the power subject to the approval of the Education Committee, to make regulations governing the examination.

  • 3. The Director of the Department for Continuing Education shall keep a register of attendance of students for the Certificate. No student shall be granted leave to take the examination unless the register shows satisfactory attendance.

  • 4. Candidates, whether members of the University or not, may be admitted as students for the Certificate under such conditions as the Continuing Education Board shall prescribe provided that, before admission to the course, candidates have satisfied the Committee that they are well qualified to enter the proposed course of study.

  • 5. Examination for the certificate shall be by written examination, by coursework essays, and (if the examiners think fit) by oral examination, under such conditions as the Continuing Education Board may by regulation prescribe.

  • 6. If, for good cause, a student is temporarily unable to carry out their coursework or examination the Continuing Education Board may grant their request for a temporary suspension of status. Applications for suspension of status should be made to the board, c/o the Registry; and should be accompanied by a statement of support from the relevant course director. No student may be granted more than the number of terms' or years' suspension of status set out below.

  • When a student is entered as a candidate in an examination following return from suspension of status, they shall be entitled to be examined in accordance with the regulations pertaining at the time at which they received teaching for the examination, so long as the time elapsed since they were originally due to be examined is not greater than the maximum time permitted for completion set out below.

  • Duration of Programme

    Maximum Time Permitted

    Maximum Suspensions Permitted

    3 Terms / 1 Year

    6 Terms / 2 Years

    3 Terms / 1 Year

    6 Terms / 2 Years

    12 Terms / 4 Years 

    6 Terms / 2 Years 

    7. A student shall cease to hold the status of Student for the Award through failure to meet the requirements laid down in the regulations governing that award including failure to meet the requirements within the maximum terms or years permitted for completion.

    8. A student who has withdrawn or who has been withdrawn may apply for reinstatement to their former status on the Register within two years of their status ceasing. Such applications shall be addressed by former student to the Continuing Education Board, and shall be accompanied by written statements commenting on the application from the course director. The board shall reach a decision on such applications and shall determine the date from which any reinstatement granted under these provisions shall be effective. No reinstatement may be granted under these provisions if the studetns has held the relevant status for the maximum number of terms or years allowed under the regulations governing that status.

  • 9. A candidate who has failed to satisfy the examiners in the examination may enter again for the examination on one, but not more than one, subsequent occasion. Unless the special regulations for the examination specify otherwise, this resit attempt shall normally be taken at the next opportunity, but may be deferred once, i.e. it must be taken at one of the next two opportunities. No candidate who has satisfied the examiners in the examination may enter again for the same examination.

  • 10. The examiners may award a merit for work of particularly high quality in the whole examination or a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.