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  • Resits and retakes

    We've changed our regulations around resitting assessments and the retaking of modules.

    With effect from 1 September 2019, we will be changing the regulations around resitting assessments and the retaking of modules. 

    Briefly, what has changed?

    • You will no longer need to achieve a minimum mark in an assessment in order to be eligible to resit a failed assessment.
    • If you pass one element of an assessment and fail another, the element you passed will be included in your overall mark and only the mark from the resit element 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 by making a successful application for exceptional circumstances, you will automatically be eligible to resit the assessment. The 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 look out for any instructions on your Student Information pages.

    The mark that you achieve at resit will be capped at the pass mark (40% at Levels 3 to 6 and 50% at Level 7). The only exception to this will be where you have made a successful claim for exceptional circumstances. In this situation, the mark achieved at the resit will 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 go forward to be combined with any capped marks achieved at resit.

    For example, your 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 2 attempts to pass, a first attempt and a resit, in the same way that you did when you studied the module 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.

    Full details of the revised regulations can be found in the Section B of the University Regulations.