From 2009, the official academic transcript issued to all students on graduation from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) also acts as a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement model was developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES, and its purpose is to provide a supplementary explanation of the qualification in order to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc). The name ‘Diploma Supplement’ derives from the European practice of referring to any qualification generically as a ‘diploma’.
Given below is further information about each section of the Transcript / Diploma Supplement. Should you have any queries or require any additional information, please contact Registry by e-mail registryucs.ac.uk or telephone 01473 338353.
Information Identifying the Holder of the Qualification
Student ID number
This is the institution’s identifier for the student on this particular course.
HESA ID number
This is a unique identifier given to students by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). It is used for statistical purposes to keep track of students’ educational careers. Students wishing to continue their studies at another UK higher education institution will be required to provide this HESA ID number.
The name shown here should exactly match that shown on the student’s award certificate.
Information Identifying the Qualification
Name of conferred award
The award title shown here should exactly match that shown on the student’s award certificate.
Name and status of awarding institution
All awards from UCS are joint awards of the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. The University of East Anglia (UEA) was established by Royal Charter in 1963, and the University of Essex received a Royal Charter in 1965. Further information about our awarding institutions can be found on their websites: www.uea.ac.uk and www.essex.ac.uk respectively.
Name of teaching institution
This shows the centre at which the student completed their studies. For example, University Campus Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds) indicates that the student studied at the Bury St Edmunds centre. Students who completed their studies at the main Ipswich campus will be shown as UCS only. For more information about UCS, please see Key Facts.
Information on the Level of the Qualification
Level of qualification
The level of the qualification is given in terms of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). For further guidance, UK National Europass Centre (www.uknec.org.uk) has produced a diagram of higher education qualification levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Official length of programme
For courses which may be studied full-time or part-time, the official length of programme is shown as the length of the full-time mode of study. Students studying part-time may take between one and half and three times as long to complete their studies. The credits shown represent the number of UCS credits required to complete the full programme. To calculate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits, this number should be divided by two.
Typical access requirements for each course can be found in the fact files for each course on our Course pages. UCS is committed to ensuring an inclusive approach to people aspiring to higher education and thus we aim to provide higher education to everyone with the potential to benefit. We accept students with a wide range of educational experiences and recognise a variety of qualifications. We also aim to actively promote equality and diversity in our admissions processes. Further general admissions information can be found in the UCS Admissions Policy.
Information on the Contents and Results Gained
Mode of study
This shows the student’s mode of attendance when they completed their studies on this programme.
The programme aims and learning outcomes for each course can be found in the ‘Further Course Information’ section on our Course pages. Specific information about the learning outcomes and assessment requirements of each module may be obtained from Registry if required. However, please be aware that requests for this information may incur a retrieval fee.
Page 2 of the Transcript / Diploma Supplement will show details of the modules studied, results achieved for those modules and the credits attached to each module. Where modules have a credit value of N/A, the module carries no credit but must be passed in order to achieve the final award. The grade for such modules is pass or fail only and it is not used in the calculation of any final award grade.
The grading scheme for each programme is set out in the Assessment Framework and Assessment Regulations specific to that type of programme. Full details can be found in the current UCS Assessment Frameworks and Regulations. Grades are awarded using a criterion-referenced system. Results are not modified to fit a standard distribution and so the number of students receiving each classification in any graduating group may vary significantly year by year.
Information on the Function of the Qualification
Access to further study
This provides general information on progression opportunities within the UK for holders of qualifications of the level specified.
If completion of the programme of study leads to registration with a professional body, this will be recorded here.
This section provides additional information about the programme of study, for example additional practice hours, embedded programmes and professional body accreditation.
Certification of the Academic Transcript / Diploma Supplement
Date of assessment board
This is the date of the assessment board at which the final award was agreed.
Date award conferred
This is the date of the annual graduation ceremony at which the final award was conferred.
Date of issue
This is the date on which the transcript/diploma supplement was printed.
Information on the National Higher Education System
This section provides information about the higher education system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The names of institutions with their own degree awarding powers (‘Recognised Bodies’) and those higher education institutions who are able to offer courses leading to a degree of a Recognised Body (known as ‘Listed Bodies’) are available from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (DIUS): http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/recognisedukdegrees/
For further guidance, UK National Europass Centre (www.uknec.org.uk) has produced a description of higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.