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  • Resits and retakes

    In September 2019, we changed the regulations relating to resitting assessments and retaking modules. This page is to set out the key changes - for the benefit of students who joined the University before September 2019 - and to help you interpret the regulations

    Key elements of the resit and retake policy

    • You do not need to achieve a minimum mark in order to be eligible to resit a failed assessment.
    • If you pass one element of the assessment for a module and fail another, only the mark from the element you resit will be capped.
    • If you do not pass a module, you will only have one more opportunity to retake that module.
    • Once you pass an assessment, you cannot resit it; and once you pass a module, you cannot retake it.

    In more detail

    As long as you have attempted the assessment - or told us that you were unable to do so by making a successful application for exceptional circumstances - you will be eligible to resit the assessment, unless you would be unable to retrieve your position through resit because of specific module requirements (see example below). By ‘attempt’, we mean that some work, however minimal, must be submitted for assessment - if you do not submit anything, you will not be eligible for a resit of that assessment component, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

    A reassessment task will normally take the same form as the original assessment, and exam resits will normally take place in April or July. We may need you to confirm that you are intending to attempt your resit, so please look out for instructions on your Student Information pages.

    The mark that you achieve at resit will be capped at the pass mark - this means 40% for modules up to level 6, or 50% at level 7. The only exception to this will be where you have made a successful claim for exceptional circumstances - in that situation, the mark achieved at resit would not be capped.

    If there is more than one element of assessment in your module, and you pass one element and fail another, the full mark for the element of assessment that you pass at first attempt will stand, and be combined with any capped marks achieved at resit to calculate the final module mark.

    Example

    A module is assessed by a piece of coursework worth 50% and an exam worth 50%. You pass the coursework with a mark of 68% but fail the exam. When you retake the exam, you achieve 52%; this mark is capped at 40%. The final module mark will be made up from the 68% you scored for your coursework and the 40% you were awarded for your resit which, in this case, would give you an overall mark of 54%. 

    If you do not pass the module having resat the assessment, you will have only one opportunity to retake the module. An additional fee is charged when you retake a module unless you have made a successful claim for exceptional circumstances. When you retake a module, you will have two attempts to pass, a first attempt and a resit, in the same way that you did when you took the module for the first time. 

    Once you pass an assessment, you will not be entitled to resit that assessment and once you pass a module, you will not be entitled to retake the module. This means that if you pass some assessment components for a module and fail others, but pass the module overall, you are not entitled to resit the failed assessment components.

    Example

    A module has two assessment components, weighted 70% and 30%. You attempt the first component and pass it with a mark of 60%, but you choose not to submit anything for the second assessment. The final module mark is made up of 60% for the higher weighted assignment and 0% for the smaller one, giving an overall mark of 42%. Because the module does not stipulate any minimum requirements (e.g. that both assessments must be passed), then you have already passed the module and you are not entitled to a resit of the assessment you failed through non-submission.

    However, if the module in the example above required both assessments to be passed, you have failed the module, and, because you are not entitled to a resit of the non-submitted assessment, you will have to retake the module. 

    Equally, you are not entitled to resit a failed assessment component if you have irretrievably failed a module.

    Example

    A module has two assessment components, both of which must be passed in order to satisfy professional accreditation requirements. You attempt the first component, and fail it with a mark of 36%, but do not attempt the second component. As noted in the example above, you are not entitled to a resit of the assessment you did not submit at the first sitting, which means you have already failed the module because you cannot retrieve your position through a resit of only one assessment component. You are therefore not entitled to a resit on the first assessment and will have to retake the module.

    The revised regulations are available at: