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What is expected of me?

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...As a student

The Student Charter sets out what is expected of you generally as a USW student (and what to expect from the University).

...On my course?

In terms of the learning and development associated with your course, look at the course and module aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria:

  • on your Blackboard modules
  • on the Modules and Course Information database (ICIS) (search by course or module)
  • by asking your course leader and module tutors.

This will lay out what you are expected to achieve and will give you summary of the course and modules content.

If something doesn't seem right for your course, or is not clear, contact your course leader.

You may notice that your course structure refers to Level 4, 5 and 6 modules. As a second year undergraduate student, you are expected to achieve at Level 5. 


What does it mean by levels?

An undergraduate degree has 3 levels generally split across 3 years (full-time):

  • Year 1 – level 4
  • Year 2 – level 5
  • Year 3 – level 6

These levels are part of the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW). There are similar frameworks you can make comparisons with across the UK and Europe. (More information if you’re interested is on this page).

The level tells learners and employers how challenging the learning achievement is, and indicates progression as well as achievement. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is. So at level 5 you will be expected to do more than you did at level 4.

You may find this Fan diagram (PDF) provided by CQFW a helpful visual guide. 


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So what am I expected to achieve at level 5 (year 2)?

In summary, Level 5 achievement:

CQFW Quote

Below is a breakdown of what you are expected to achieve at level 5 - speak to your course leader for examples on how this relates specifically to your course:


Knowledge & understanding

  • Use practical, theoretical or technological understanding to find ways forward in broadly-defined, complex contexts.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas.
  • Be aware of the nature and scope of the area of study or work.
  • Understand different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the reasoning behind them.

Application and action 

  • Address broadly-defined, complex problems.
  • Determine, adapt and use appropriate methods and skills.
  • Use relevant research or development to inform actions.
  • Evaluate actions, methods and results

Autonomy and accountability 

  • Take responsibility for planning and developing courses of action, including where relevant, responsibility for the work of others.
  • Exercise autonomy and judgement within broad parameters.


You can see how this is different from your first year (level 4) by comparing it to Level 4 and 6.