The HEAR is structured into eight sections: HEAR template.pdf
1. Information about you
This section identifies you, and gives your name, date of birth and student ID number.
2. Information about the qualification
This section gives information about your qualification: what it is, what main field of study it is in, which institution taught and/or awarded your qualification, and what language was used to teach and assess it.
3. Information about the level of your qualification
This section indicates what level your qualification is at, how long it normally takes to achieve, and what the typical requirements are for entry to such a qualification.
4. Information about the content of your studies, and your results
This section gives the information that is currently produced on transcripts. It states what mode of study you were on (for example, full-time or part-time), shows the learning outcomes for your programme, and lists any special features of that programme (for example, a placement). This section then gives your academic achievement, listing all modules taken, the number of attempts, and your results including your degree classification. It shows the number of credits achieved for each module, and also gives the equivalent ECTS credits. ECTS is the common standard for academic credit across Europe, and one ECTS credit is equivalent to two University of Sunderland credits (so a full-time year here of 120 credits is worth 60 ECTS credits). Finally, this section gives the reader a brief summary of how assessments are graded at the University, and how degree awards are calculated.
5. Information on the function of the qualification
This section indicates whether the qualification you have achieved gives access to further study (for example, that an Honours degree gives access to further study at Masters level), and whether it gives you any professional status.
6. Additional information
This section allows us to report new information that does not appear on existing transcripts. It is divided into three sub-sections.
The first shows any University, Faculty or professional body/organisation prizes that you may have won.
The second shows any additional awards conferred on you by the University outside your academic programme. At Sunderland there is one award which will be included in this category: The Sunderland Professional Award (SPA). This award gives you the opportunity to put together a portfolio of achievement that includes both activities covered by the HEAR and those outside it, and to use the portfolio to demonstrate reflection and learning in an application for the Professional Award.
The third will show other activities outside your curriculum, which have been verified by the University. This allows you to demonstrate a wide range of activities and achievements, from volunteering to enterprise, from being a student representative to holding office in student sports and social activities, and more.
The achievements that the University will include in the HEAR are:
- Being a student representative
- Being a student Ambassador
- Holding office in the Student Union
- Holding office in a sports club or society
- Volunteering (where you have volunteered through an opportunity made available by the University on Opportunities Online)
- Working on an internship or paid project arranged by the University and outside your programme of study
- Engagement with the Futures Programme (the University’s programme of employability and skills development, including masterclasses, enterprise education, mentoring and CV and interview preparation)
- Being nominated for, and participating in, the Leading Lights programme
- Engaging in student enterprise through the Hatchery programme
The University will collect information on student participation in these opportunities, and feed that into your HEAR. You should not need to notify the University separately of your participation for it to appear on the HEAR.
As your HEAR is produced, you will have the right to ask for any particular achievement to be dropped from your HEAR if you do not wish it to appear there.
We only include activities in, or arranged through, the University which we can verify, and which aren’t certificated elsewhere. This means that we won’t include awards like the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as you receive separate certification for that from the body that awards it. We also won’t include external employment.
7. Certification of your HEAR.
This is where the HEAR is ‘signed’ to indicate that it is an official document of the University.
8. Information on the national higher education system.
Because the HEAR is meant to be easily understood across Europe and the rest of the world, this section explains the context of the UK’s higher education system, and is a nationally-agreed statement common across all HEARs produced in UK higher education.