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Exams and assessments

Resit opportunities

If you fail a module on the first attempt you may be entitled to a second attempt as a resit. You need to have completed module assessments and failed to be able to resit.

If the University has approved a claim for mitigating circumstances during your assessment period and you have failed an examination, you will be eligible for a resit (which may be a first sit if appropriate).

First Year Undergraduate Students

  • We will offer further first sit and resit opportunities (expected to be held in September) for all failed core modules required for progression into year 2. Departments will inform you in due course of the required core modules that need to be passed. In addition, you should be reassured, that any student who has achieved passes in all required core modules and who has achieved an overall average mark of 40 but has not passed other modules totalling the required credits to progress, may still be permitted to proceed, where the Board of Examiners is satisfied that the candidate’s performance demonstrates sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in modules relevant to the degree programme to justify progression. There may be some courses accredited by external professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, known as PSRB’s (e.g. Medicine, Engineering, Degree Apprenticeships) where these rules may be different. If this is the case Departments will inform you over the next few weeks. 

Intermediate Year Undergraduate Students

  • As last year, we will continue to offer further first sit and resit opportunities in the September resit period for intermediate year students if you have failed modules and have mitigation or if you do not meet the requirements to progress to the next year of study. 

Final Year Undergraduate Students

  • We will continue to offer further first sit and resit opportunities in the September resit period for final year students if you have failed modules and have mitigation or if you do not meet the requirements to graduate.

 

Examination Boards

First Year Undergraduate Students

  • Examination Boards have discretion to allow progression where students have missing marks due to medical reasons and this will continue to be applied this year.

Intermediate Year Undergraduate Students

  • Examination Boards have discretion to allow progression where students have missing marks due to medical reasons and this will continue to be applied this year.

Final Year Undergraduate Students

  • To ensure student outcomes are consistent with that of previous pre-Covid years, Examination Boards will analyse the distribution of marks across modules and, where appropriate, will be able to make adjustments at the module level to ensure comparability of outcomes.
  • Examination boards have discretion to adjust classification outcomes for students where there is evidence that mitigating circumstances have impacted on performance.
  • A continued guarantee that for students graduating in 2020/21 their final graduating degree classification will not be adversely affected by the rapid move to online assessment and teaching arrangements taken between 13/3/20 - 4/10/20 of the 2019/20 academic year. This was ensured through the introduction of the graduate benchmark in 2020 which departments will calculate at final year Exam Boards in 2020/21.

All years

  • If you have submitted an assessment late, but have appropriate mitigation (e.g. if there was a failing in IT or there was a need for childcare which affected submission, or other Covid related issues), it is possible that through the Mitigating Circumstances process, a recommendation can be made to Examination Boards that any late penalties be removed.
  • Lack of or failings in IT equipment (including broadband capability) are included as legitimate mitigation claims. Specific time in on-line examinations will be provided to cover any issues with IT equipment. Issues with accommodation which impacts study, the need to prioritise childcare or other issues arising due to lockdown are also legitimate mitigating circumstances. Examination boards can remove late penalties if required through mitigation.