If you fail to satisfy the examiners at the end of the academic year, you will normally be asked to take further tests. (The main exception to this rule is in the case of designated laboratory modules. If you fail one of these you may be required to withdraw from the University.)
These tests can either be in September or the following summer. They can be as final attempts (Resits) or further first attempts (FFAs). FFAs can be offered to students by the Board of Examiners when there is evidence to explain the first failure and on the basis of a recommendation by the Mitigating Circumstances Panel.
The University runs examinations for most modules in physics and mathematics. They are normally held in the first full week in September. The marks for lecture modules with assessed coursework components (PX149, PX262, PX263, PX265, PX275, PX276, PX382 and PX384), considered by the Examination Boards deciding on students' progression after resits or FFAs, will be the marks obtained in the examination alone (i.e. they will not be combined with the assessed coursework marks).
If you are required to take such tests, you must register for them (usually by the end of July) via the University's website. If you do not register you will not have a seat in the examination hall, or entry in the AEP, for the tests you have been asked to take.
If you are taking any of these tests as a final attempt the University levies a charge, which you must pay if you want your performance to be considered by the Examination Board.
Resits without residence may be offered to you:
- If you fail a FFA in September;
- If you fail the second year in such a way that resitting the second year physics modules, for which there are September resit examinations, would not provide enough evidence to allow you to proceed to the third year;
- If you fail the final year of your course. In this case the Examination Board, considering your marks obtained in the resit examinations, can only consider awarding a Pass degree.
Normally the University will contact you during term 2 to ask if you are planning on taking the tests.
If you fail to meet the criteria for progression from the third year to the fourth year of the MPhys or MMathPhys course, you will normally be treated as a final year student on the corresponding BSc.