Examination Boards for Joint Honours Degrees

Agreed principles for the operation of Examination Boards considering the award of joint honours and combined honours degrees.

Policy and Guidelines

Senate approved the following principles for the operation of Examination Boards when considering degree classifications for joint honours candidates.

  • Both subjects should be represented at the board* taking the final decision on classification.
  • Regardless of the number of board members present, equal weight should be given to the views of both boards'* representatives.
  • Where possible, the provisional results from the second board should be available to the first board, and those present at the first board, including the external examiner, should give consideration to the overall award to be recommended.
  • Given the impracticability of the external examiner from the first board attending the second, the members of the first board present at the second should represent the views of their external examiner(s).

* Separate Boards will consider the results in each subject: whichever meets later shall consider the final decision on classification.

The 2011-12 edition of the Code of Assessment was amended to reflect these principles with the addition of clause 16.66 b) see Fees and General Section of the online Calendar: www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_205314_en.pdf#page=7&view=fitH,610.


For the Attention of

All staff involved with the teaching and assessment of joint or combined honours programmes.


Approval and Amendments

Approved by: Senate, 2 June 2011