11. Graduates of the University of London and other advanced students: regulations for advanced students proceeding to a first degree
11.1 These Regulations may be applicable at the discretion of the College to a student applying for registration for any First degree.
11.2 An advanced student may be exempted from part of a course of study for a First degree of the University and may be exempted additionally from part of the examinations prescribed for a First degree of the University in accordance with the provisions set out in paragraphs 11.3 to 11.10 below.
11.3 Graduates of the University of London may be registered and granted exemption and a shortened period of study under the Regulations for Advanced Students for a degree under these Regulations in a field of study other than that which they already hold a degree provided that the field of study (see section 8, Regulations for First Degrees Based on Course Units) is not the same as the subject(s) of the First degree. Any course-unit examinations taken must be considered substantially different from examinations already passed.
11.4 Graduates of other universities and those holding other qualifications specified in the Regulations for Advanced Students may apply to be registered under the Regulations for Advanced Students. Those who are granted the status of advanced student will also be granted exemption from course units and a shortened period of study in accordance with paragraph 11.8 below.
11.5 A person who has obtained one of the qualifications listed in Schedule A below may be accepted by the College as an advanced student and will be permitted to enter the second year and complete the course for a First degree of the University in not less than two academic years:
Schedule A: Qualifications eligible to be considered under Regulations for Advanced Students
- a degree of a university in the United Kingdom or the Cranfield Institute of Technology or the Royal College of Art
- the Diploma in Technology awarded by the National Council for Technological Awards
- a degree of the Council for National Academic Awards
- a Certificate in Education, obtained in or after 1962, awarded after a course of study (normally extending over not less than three academic years) in a College of Education in England or Wales (candidates who have obtained the Certificate in Education since 1962 after following a shortened course will also be required to satisfy the College in respect of their general education and training)
- a Certificate in Education awarded by a College of Education in Scotland or Northern Ireland obtained in or after 1950
- a Higher National Certificate (together with at least one Supplementary Certificate) or a Higher National Diploma
- a BEC, TEC Higher Diploma or a BTEC Higher National Diploma
- Parts I and II of the Examinations of the Council of Engineering Institutions
- GRSC Part I examination of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- the Associateship of King’s College diploma taken prior to 1980
- the Diploma in Theology (or the Academic or External or Extra-Mural Diploma in Theology) of the University of London
- Fellowship of the Library Association of the United Kingdom
- the Diploma in Theology of Queen’s University, Belfast
- a Higher or Professional Diploma of the Hong Kong Polytechnic
- a Diploma of Higher Education of a university in the United Kingdom or of the Council for National Academic Awards
- a degree of a university outside the United Kingdom
- any other qualification obtained by written examination which is approved by the College for registration as an advanced student.
11.6 Where a student has been accepted by the College under the above regulations as an advanced student, the College may grant him/her exemption from courses and examinations in accordance with the relevant provisions set out in the regulations for the degree for which (s)he is registered.
11.7 The College may consider for registration as an advanced student a person who has qualifications other than those listed in Schedule A and/or experience relevant to the course. Such a person will be required to sit a qualifying examination. The College will consider each application on its merits. A person accepted by the College as an advanced student will be permitted to complete the course for a First degree of the University in not less than two years and may also be granted exemptions from courses and examinations in accordance with the relevant provisions set out in the regulations for the degree for which (s)he is registered.
11.8 Exemptions granted to advanced students registered under paragraphs 11.3 and 11.4 above shall not exceed the value of four course units for students entering the second year of the course and shall not exceed the value of eight course units for students entering the third year of a four year course, and shall only be given where the College is satisfied that the total combination of courses to be completed, taken together with those from which the candidate is to be exempted, represent a coherent programme for the degree. The College will grant exemption only when a candidate has already passed an examination of an equivalent standard in the same subject.
11.9 Except insofar as these Regulations otherwise provide, students registered as advanced students shall comply with all relevant regulations.
11.10 Graduates of the University of London may also be registered de novo for a degree under these Regulations. A student registering de novo for a degree will not be eligible for exemption from any of the course and examinations nor for a reduction in his/her period of study. In satisfying the requirements for a degree by course units such students will be required to complete to the satisfaction of the College courses valued at a minimum of nine units in a subject or degree programme substantially different from the Bachelor’s degree previously awarded. Any course-unit examinations taken must be substantially different from an examination already passed.
[Note: Graduates of the University of London who do not wish to register under paragraph 11.3 of these Regulations but who wish to enter further examinations based on course units may alternatively proceed under the Regulations for Supplementary Courses and Honours in a Different Field of Study (see section 13, Regulations for First Degrees Based on Course Units).]