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5.6 Remedying Failure: Resits and Further First Attempts

Pass Mark

Students entering in or before the 19/20 academic year The pass mark for all modules is 40%

Students entering in or after the 20/21 academic year The pass mark for level 1, 2 and 3 modules is 40%. The pass mark for level 4+ modules (including XX9XX modules) is 50%. The pass mark for these modules is 50% irrespective of the year in which the module is sat.

Failed Modules

Students entering in or before the 20/21 academic year

If you have failed one or more modules you will be not be required (or able) to take another attempt unless;

  • You have not met progression requirements
  • You have accepted mitigating circumstances and the examining board deems that it is in your best interests to be offered another attempt.

It is not permitted to take further attempts if you have met progression requirements and do not have mitigating circumstances or if you have already proceeded to the next year of study (e.g. you cannot take a second year module as an additional attempt alongside your third year modules).

The examining board for your year will decide the examinations (and sometimes assessed work) that you are able to take. The examining board will consider how your performance in further attempts will affect your ability to meet progression requirement and they may not offer all failed modules as further attempts.

Further Attempts

A further attempt at a module may be classified as a resit, where the mark is capped at 40%, or a further first attempt where the mark is not capped.

Resit marks for ST-modules are usually calculated based on the examination ONLY with coursework marks not taken into account when calculating the module mark. This usually works in your favour as students who have failed the examination tend to have failed the coursework and calculating a resit mark from 100% examination enables you to focus on passing the examination without being burdened with coursework in addition.

Some modules, usually those with a high coursework weighting, will be reassessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Each module has an entry in the module catalogue which states the reassessment method.

Further first attempt marks for ST-modules are usually calculated based on the examination and the original coursework submission. If the original coursework was affected by accepted mitigating circumstances the Board of Examiners may choose to offer a further attempt at the coursework component or calculate the module mark based on the examination only.

Students entering in or before the 20/21 academic year

A student who does not meet progression requirements after a further first attempt is usually offered one more attempt as a resit. The highest mark from the original attempt or further first attempt or 40% capped resit mark is used on transcripts, for the calculation of year marks and in determining progression and classification. Only one resit attempt is offered for each module and students who have not met progression requirements after resits are required to withdraw. Students who have passed their first year are likely to be eligible for an exit qualification.

First Year

First year students who are eligible for further attempts will be offered the opportunity to take the final examination before the start of the next academic year. These examinations are usually around the first week of September and you should not plan any work or holiday during this period.

You will be informed by the First Year Board of Examiners about any examinations or assessed work that you are required to take.

First Year Boards of Examiners are typically re-convened during the penultimate week of September annually (precise dates are set out in the Committee Timetable) to consider the performance of students from Summer Term and September examinations where additional tests have been taken. The options open to these Boards are set out in Regulation 8 but, in summary, the Boards may take the following typical decisions:

  1. To resolve that students be permitted to proceed to the second year of an Honours course;

  2. To resolve that students be required to withdraw from their course of study.

Intermediate Year

Students entering in or before the 20/21 academic year

Students who are not permitted to proceed and do not have accepted mitigating circumstances are offered the opportunity to take failed modules the following academic year as resit without residence. It is not permitted for students in this category to be offered further attempts before the next academic year.

Students who do have accepted mitigating circumstances may be offered the opportunity to take failed modules before the start of the next academic year. Some modules are not available as a further attempt in September and will not be offered. In these cases the mitigating circumstances will be considered when determining the final degree classification.

Final Year

Students entering in or before the 20/21 academic year

Final year students with mitigating circumstances, or who have failed to meet degree requirements, may be offered reassessments in the September examination period.

Graduation will be delayed until after the September examination board.

Attendance at September Examinations

University requirements are that all students must return to Warwick University to sit their examinations. The examinations office are able to offer some facilities for students whose home residence is in China/Hong Kong/India to sit September examinations in Hong Kong or New Delhi, which may be more convenient for such students. Please note, however, that these facilities are limited and therefore they cannot guarantee such arrangements for all possibly eligible students; available places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that it is your own responsibility to book any overnight accommodation you may require during the September examination period. The University offers overnight accommodation, which can be booked by visiting the accommodation website via the link below. Accommodation will be offered on a first-come first-served basis as there is a limited number of rooms available.