Exam regulations at NCI

The following documents and guidelines outline the current exam regulations at NCI.

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Pass by Compensation rule

  • The pass by compensation range is 35% - 39%.
  • The pass by compensation rule can only be applied to a full set of results as approved by the Board of Examiners in June and August.
  • Pass by compensation does not apply to students on the BA (Honours) in Psychology programmes (full-time and part-time)
  • The rule can only be applied if it is your first sitting. Therefore it cannot be applied in a sitting of repeat attempts at passing a module.
  • The rule WILL NOT apply if ANY of your individual module results is a mark below 35%. In this case all module results below 40% must be repeated.
  • The rule can only be applied to a maximum of 20 credits out of a 60 credit stage. 
  •  It is not possible to pass by compensation for Dissertation / Research Project.
  • The rule can only be applied if you will PASS the stage overall.
  • The total number of marks, above the pass mark (40%), gained in the modules passed must at least equal double the difference of the marks being considered for compensation. e.g. one mark of 36% and one mark of 37% would mean you have a deficiency pf 7 marks. Therefore, in order to be considered for compensation you would need a total of 14 marks above the pass mark in the aggregate of the other passed modules.

If you have any queries regarding the pass by compensation rule, please consult your Programme Director or the Examinations Office.

Repeating in your award year

Please note that if you fail a module in your award year and have to repeat it that your overall will be capped at a PASS.