Requirements for passing the HES/FHS gateway

Requirements for passing

The HES/FHS gateway is made of two blocks. Each block weighs a given number of ECTS credits. Each block contains several subjects. Each subject weighs a given number of ECTS credits. The complete HES/FHS gateway weighs from 57 to 60 ECTS credits.

A block is passed (and thus all the credits associated with the block are acquired) when all the subjects it contains have been examined at least once and the weighted average of the block is 4,00 or above.

Failed subjects (final grade below 4,00) in a failed block may only be repeated once, in the academic year following the failed exam. Passed subjects (final grade 4,00 or above) and failed subjects in a passed block may not be repeated.

To pass the HES/FHS gateway, a student must:

  • have acquired at least 30 credits at the end of the second semester of the HES/FHS gateway and
  • have acquired all the required credits at the end of the fourth semester of the HES/FHS gateway.


What happens if I do not attend an exam ?

An exam missed without a valid motive is graded NA (not acquired). This counts as a failed attempt to pass the subject. For subjects evaluated by means of several tests, missed tests are graded 0,00 and the final grade is calculated normally. Should that final grade be below 1,00, the subject is graded NA as well.

A block cannot be passed if one or more subjects in that block are graded NA. These subjects must be repeated for the NA to be replaced by an actual grade. In the case of an NA at a second attempt, the block is definitely failed. This leads to the definitive failure of the HES/FHS gateway.

When can I repeat a subject I have failed?

You may only repeat a failed subject during the academic year immediately after the year of the failed first attempt at that subject. Once that deadline has passed, the result of the first attempt is final.

The result of the second attempt replaces that of the first attempt and becomes final, even when it is below that of the first attempt. It is not possible to keep the first result after the second attempt.

Can I start the Master’s cycle without having completed the HES/FHS gateway?

Yes, but only provided that:

  • you have acquried 30 ECTS credits or more in the HES/FHS gateway and
  • you have not definitely failed the HES/FHS gateway.

The period when you have started your Master’s cycle and not yet completed the HES/FHS gateway counts for the maximum duration of both your HES/FHS gateway and Master’s cycle. Some subjects in the Master’s cycle may have prerequisites, in which case you will not be able to register for these subjects until you have taken all their prerequisites.