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If you took your assessment in 2018/19, but you didn’t pass all your modules, this page outlines what you need to do next in terms of reassessment.

Reassessment means resitting exams and resubmitting coursework in modules you have failed. Your results page will tell you what you need to redo and what you have passed. This is so that you can resit and pass your exams, and have coursework reassessed too if required, so that you can continue on your course and work towards your degree.

The options that you need to take will depend on your own individual results – so please read this guidance carefully. If you’re not sure what to do next, or if you have any questions, please talk to your departmental staff, who will be happy to help you.

We understand that results time can be difficult or disappointing, and supportive staff in our student wellbeing service are on-hand to talk through any other issues you might have. The service is based within the student services hub. You may also want to contact SU Advice, which provides expert and independent advice on the University policies and procedures as a free service to all students.

Some really useful explanations to help you understand more about exams and reassessment

  • General information about reassessment – and how modules are awarded marks

    • First, it’s important to know that there are variations in different departments, for example, just passing a module may not be sufficient to get you the required marks for an overall pass.
    • During your studies you’ll have taken a number of modules. These are assessed by taking exams or handing in coursework – and sometimes both.
    • Each element of assessment can be weighted differently and to work out the module mark the marks you get in all elements of assessment are combined according to their weightings.
    • There are many more details within this that are explained in the rules of assessment, as well as departmental variations.
    • So, in order to work out what the overall result is that you’ve achieved for the whole module, your exam marks and coursework marks are added together and divided – according to the weighting for each element – to get an aggregate score.
    • The pass mark for each module is, in most cases, 40. If the reassessment has been capped you won’t be able to gain any more marks than 40 for the module from your re-sit.

  • How exams or coursework reassessment this summer will affect your Graduation


    If you’re in your final year, you will not be able to attend Graduation in July if the exam board has said you still need to resit your exams and/or resubmit coursework.

    Once you’ve resat your exams and/or resubmitted coursework, the exam board will assess your results in September, and decide whether or not you’ve passed. If you have passed, and you’re eligible for a degree, you will get your degree in September and you’ll be able to attend Graduation the following July.


  • What happens if there are extenuating circumstances


    If the exam board decides that your reassessment will be treated as though it’s the first time you’ve been assessed, because of extenuating circumstances, then the 40-mark grade cap for the module will not apply. The results webpage will show you what decision has been taken in your own individual case.

    The rules of assessment state that you will not be allowed more than three opportunities to take your exams and/or resubmit coursework. So, if you fail your assessment the third time, you probably won’t have another opportunity to do it again. This is unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.


  • Fees you will need to pay for reassessment


    Resitting your exams and/or resubmitting coursework for reassessment costs £50 per module.

    This fee is payable unless the exam board has decided that you should be treated as though it’s the first time you’ve been assessed, because of extenuating circumstances.

    If you are an undergraduate student experiencing financial difficulties, you may be able to apply for the
    Resit Assistance Fund.


  • The importance of compulsory reassessment


    If you have to take compulsory reassessment, it’s really important that you do this. If you don’t, it’s likely that you’ll be required to leave the University. The exam board will not consider permitting you to proceed carrying fails if you have not undertaken the required reassessment.

    If you have been offered a voluntary reassessment of exams and/or coursework, but you’ve decided not to take it, you will retain your current marks only, and you won’t be able to have any reassessment later on.

    If you apply to take voluntary reassessment of exams or coursework, but then you change your mind, the exam board can reinstate your previous module mark. However, you’ll be charged the £50 fee and your higher education achievement report (HEAR) will show that you were absent from your reassessment.


  • Implications for your higher education achievement report (HEAR)


    If you undertake any reassessment, compulsory or voluntary, the number of attempts at your assessment will show on your HEAR but only higher mark will be recorded.

    If you apply to take voluntary reassessment of exams or coursework, but then you change your mind, the exam board can reinstate your previous module mark. However, you’ll be charged the £50 fee and your HEAR will show that you were absent from your reassessment.


Sections

1. Reassessment this summer

The importance of compulsory reassessment

If you have to take compulsory reassessment, it’s really important that you do this. If you don’t, it’s likely that you’ll be required to leave the University. The exam board will not consider permitting you to proceed carrying fails if you have not undertaken the required reassessment.

  • Summer reassessment: exam resits

    If you need to resit any exam, a member of the Exams Office will be in touch with you by email – so please make sure you check your Essex email regularly.

    We will aim to publish the exam resit timetable by 2 August 2019 but if you haven’t heard from the Exams Office by this date, please email us at examsacs@essex.ac.uk

  • Summer reassessment: coursework resubmission


    • If you need to submit new coursework, your department will be in touch with you with further details about what you will need to do.
    • If you haven’t heard from your department within the next few weeks you must contact them. If for some reason you do not get a response, please email examboards@essex.ac.uk.
    • If your department asks you to send a hard copy, instead of a copy by email or via FASER, please make sure you send your work via tracked or signed-for postage if you’re sending it from within the UK.
    • The deadline for submitting your coursework 22 August 2019 unless your department has set a different date for a final year project – see below.
    • Your department will also give you a precise time – this is the final deadline – and there will not be any extension beyond this time.
    • If you’re unable to submit coursework on time, University rules about the late submission of coursework will apply.

    Final year projects

    If you’re a final year student who needs to resubmit final year coursework please contact your department as soon as possible to find out exactly what areas of the project you need to work on for your re-submission.

    Your department will advise you if they are setting a different deadline to the one given above.

    Three chances

    The rules of assessment state that you will not be allowed more than three opportunities to sit your exams and/or resubmit coursework. So, if you fail your assessment the third time, you probably won’t have another opportunity to do it again. This is unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.


2. Repeating a year

Compulsory or core modules

  • If you’ve been offered the chance to repeat the whole year, you’ll have to take the modules that are compulsory for your course.
  • These may be the same modules you’ve studied this year, or they may be different ones, depending on whether your department has changed the structure of the degree.
  • You will be able to choose different optional modules if you want to.
  • If you want to repeat the year on a different course, you must discuss this with your department immediately – as this may not be possible.

Enrolling on modules

  • If you’re repeating the year as a full-time student, you will be able to use the online module enrolment system, eNROL, to select your optional modules for next year before the start of the new academic year.
  • If you’re retaking a module, please don’t assume that everything will be the same as it was this year; there may be changes to the content or the way the module is assessed.
  • You’ll need to read about the module you will be studying next year very carefully – because the content and form/mode of assessment might have changed.
  • If you’re repeating the year, you will not be able to carry any grades across from the previous year, even if you performed better.
  • If you’re repeating the whole year, the 40-mark cap for the module doesn’t apply.
  • When you repeat your year, you mustn’t resubmit any work that you’ve previously submitted. This is an academic offence that will have serious consequences. Instead, consider choosing different assignment titles for the repeated year. It’s important to talk to your tutor if the same, or a very similar, assignment title is set.
  • You will not be able to have more than three opportunities to be assessed for a module, according to rules of assessment. This means if you fail your assessment a third time, you will not be offered the chance to be reassessed again. The only exception to this rule is if you have extenuating circumstances that have been accepted and actioned by the exam board.
  • There is a maximum period during which you can complete your studies – usually the length of your course, plus two years. Repeating the year will count as one of these attempts and will count as one of your additional years from your maximum period of study.

Three chances

The rules of assessment state that you will not be allowed more than three opportunities to sit your exams and/or resubmit coursework. So, if you fail your assessment the third time, you probably won’t have another opportunity to do it again. This is unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.

Fees

You’ll need to pay full tuition fees again for repeating the year. View next year’s fees.

Funding

If you are a home/EU student receiving a tuition fee loan you may be affected by repeat funding rules. If this is your first repeat year and you have no previous higher education study then the repeat year would be classed, as your ‘gift’ year and your funding would not be affected. However if this is not your first repeat, or you have previous higher education study, then you may not receive funding for your repeat year. Please see the Funding Team webpage for guidance on repeat funding and applying for compelling personal reasons. You can also email the Funding Team funding@essex.ac.uk for further advice if required

Period to complete your studies

You will have a maximum period in which you will need to complete your studies – this is normally the length of the course, plus two years. A repeat period of study will count as one of your additional years from your maximum period of study.

Tier 4 students

The exam board applies the rules of assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a Tier 4 student to choose some of the academic options given by the board due to the Immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages to find out what will happen to your Tier 4 leave for each of the possible outcomes you’ve been offered. As a Tier 4 sponsor the University must comply with all the Home Office requirements. You should contact our International Services team if recommended to or you would like clarification before making your choice. Please read our guidance about this.

3. Repeating a year on a different course

If you decide to repeat a year on a different course instead of being reassessed it’s important that you take these factors into account:

Your new department may set certain conditions before you’re admitted onto the new course.

  • Passing your current year - For example you may need to pass your current year before you’re transferred to take the next year. In which case, this would involve you taking a summer reassessment. If this is the case, make sure you select the summer reassessment option.
  • Repeating the whole year - Or, if you have been offered the chance to repeat the whole year, then you’ll need to contact your new department and check whether they’re willing to accept you on your new course in October rather than making you repeat the year on your original course.

Not sure what to do?

If you’re not sure whether to transfer onto a new and different course, or remain on your current course, then you should choose to have a summer reassessment. Because then you’ll have your resit marks, so you’ll be able to make a more informed decision in September.

Remember, marks from all years of study, including your current year, will appear on your transcript.

If you will be re-taking a module you’ve just failed as part of your new course this will count as another attempt at the assessment.

Three chances

The rules of assessment state that you will not be allowed more than three opportunities to sit your exams and/or resubmit coursework. So, if you fail your assessment the third time, you probably won’t have another opportunity to do it again. This is unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.

Resubmitting coursework

It’s really important to know that if you take any of the same modules during your period of repeat study, you must not resubmit any work that you’ve previously submitted. This is an academic offence and has serious consequences. To avoid this, you should try to choose different assignment titles next year. However, you must talk to your tutor if the same, or a very similar, assignment title is set.

Period to complete your studies

You will have a maximum period in which you will need to complete your studies – this is normally the length of the course, plus two years. A repeat period of study, in order to change your course, will count as one of your additional years from your maximum period of study.

Fees

You will have to pay tuition fees in full again for repeating the year.

Notifying student finance

If you are a UK or EU student and you receive a tuition fee loan or a maintenance loan and grant, you will need to inform Student Finance of your change in circumstances. If you have any previous years of higher education study, or this is not your first repeat year then your funding may be affected. You are entitled to funding for the length of your course, plus one additional ‘gift’ year minus any previous years of study. If this applies to you then please see the guidance on repeat study and compelling personal reasons on the Funding Team webpage. You can also email the Funding Team funding@essex.ac.uk for further advice if required.

Tier 4 students

The exam board applies the rules of assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a Tier 4 student to choose some of the academic options given by the board due to the Immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages to find out what will happen to your Tier 4 leave for each of the possible outcomes you’ve been offered.

As a Tier 4 sponsor the University must comply with all the Home Office requirements. You should contact our International Services team if recommended to or you would like clarification before making your choice. Please read our guidance about this.

4. Reassessment without attendance

Missing or ‘intermitting’ a year

If you have decided to be reassessed without attendance, you won’t be able to carry on with any other studies, because you can’t be reassessed and take new modules at the same time.

Resitting exams or coursework without attendance is classed as ‘intermitting’ until returning the next academic year. So, that means you won’t attend any classes. If you have exams to resit, you should return to the University only at the times when you need to resit your exams. If you take reassessment without attendance your marks for the module will be capped at 40.

Three chances

The rules of assessment state that you will not be allowed more than three opportunities to sit your exams and/or resubmit coursework. So, if you fail your assessment the third time, you probably won’t have another opportunity to do it again. This is unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.

Check any changes with your department

You are responsible for checking with your department as to whether the syllabus or assessment for the modules you’ll be reassessed for are due to change next year. If there are any changes, your department will be able to confirm whether you’ll be reassessed on the old or new syllabus.

Submitting coursework

If you have to submit coursework, you’ll receive further details about assignments by email from your department, and submissions deadlines, by email. If you don’t receive this email get in touch with your department.

Period to complete your studies

You will have a maximum period in which you will need to complete your studies – this is normally the length of the course, plus two years. Intermitting to take reassessment will count as one of your additional years from your maximum period of study.

Access to IT, email and library services

Despite being away for a year, you will still have access to:

  • University computing facilities – please check your Essex email account regularly, including changing your password when prompted.
  • Library services – you will have online access to a restricted set of e-resources which you can access remotely, and you will be able to borrow up to five books at a time.

Fees

You will need to pay the £50 fee per module for reassessment. This fee is payable unless the exam board has decided that you should be treated as though it’s the first time you’ve been assessed, because of accepted extenuating circumstances.

Funding

If you are in receipt of funding from Student Finance you would not be eligible for a tuition fee loan or maintenance loan, and would need to fund your own tuition fees and living costs.

Accommodation

If you have a place in University accommodation for the next academic year, unfortunately you won’t be allowed to retain it because you’ll be away for the year. To discuss this, and to get your deposit refunded, please contact the Accommodation Office in the Student Services Hub.

Tier 4 students: final year and non-final year

The exam board applies the rules of assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a Tier 4 student to choose some of the academic options given by the board due to the immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages to find out what will happen to your Tier 4 leave for each of the possible outcomes you’ve been offered.

As a Tier 4 sponsor the University must comply with all the Home Office requirements. You should contact our International Services team if recommended to or you would like clarification before making your choice. Please read our guidance about this. If you're a Tier 4 student, you cannot remain in the UK during a period of intermission. Please see our intermission web pages.

5. Repeating modules on a part-time basis

If you decide to repeat modules on a part-time basis you will still need to attend the relevant classes, lectures and seminars, and you will be assessed per module as specified by the exam board.

Repeating modules part-time means you won’t be able to carry on with any other studies, because you can’t be reassessed and take new modules at the same time.

If you’re retaking a module, please don’t assume that everything will be the same as it was this year.

You’ll need to read about the module you will be studying next year very carefully – because various factors might have changed, such as:

  • Changes to the syllabus
  • The assessment weighting
  • The method of assessment
  • The format of the exam
  • Which term the module is running – you can check this in the module directory

Three chances

The rules of assessment state that you will not be allowed more than three opportunities to sit your exams and/or resubmit coursework. So, if you fail your assessment the third time, you probably won’t have another opportunity to do it again. This is unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.

Period to complete your studies

You will have a maximum period in which to complete your studies – this is normally the length of your course, plus two years. Repeating modules on a part-time basis will count as one of these additional years from your maximum period of study.

Resubmitting coursework

You’re not allowed to submit any coursework that you’ve already submitted. This is an academic offence and has serious consequences. To avoid this, you should try to choose different assignment titles next year. However, you must talk to your tutor if the same, or a very similar, assignment title is set.

Fees

You will need to pay a fee for resitting a module. These are calculated according to the credit value in relation to the full-time fee.

Funding

If you need to apply to Student Finance England for funding, please ensure that you explain that you are a full-time student who is attending on a part-time basis. You will be making an incorrect application if you apply as a part-time student. If you have any previous years of higher education study, or this is not your first repeat year then your funding may be affected. You are entitled to funding for the length of your course, plus one additional ‘gift’ year minus any previous years of study. If this applies to you then please see the Funding Team webpage for guidance on repeat funding and applying for compelling personal reasons. You can also email the Funding Team at funding@essex.ac.uk for further advice if required.

Tier 4 students

The exam board applies the rules of assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a Tier 4 student to choose some of the academic options given by the board due to the Immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages to find out what will happen to your Tier 4 leave for each of the possible outcomes you’ve been offered.

As a Tier 4 sponsor the University must comply with all the Home Office requirements. You should contact our International Services team if recommended to or you would like clarification before making your choice. Please read our guidance about this.

6. Proceeding to the next stage carrying 15 failed credits

It’s important that you understand the implications of having failed 15 credits towards your overall degree.

  • Students in Year One


    • You can only fail a maximum of 30 credits’ worth of non-core components across your whole degree, so you if you fail more than 15 non-core credits in future you will not be permitted to proceed to the final year or graduate.
    • As you have not achieved 120 credits in Year One then you will not be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education should you decide to withdraw from your studies without successfully completing Year Two.
    • Fails in Year One do not count towards the final degree classification.

  • Students in Year Two


    • If you pass everything next year you will be able to graduate. However, if you fail more than 15 credits next year you will not be eligible for an honours’ degree, because you cannot fail more than 30 non-core credits across the whole degree. However, you could be considered for a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education. The exam board would also have to decide whether you could be offered reassessment in your failed final year module(s).
    • The degree classification rules are based on students having a specified degree mark and 120 credits in a given class. Having a mark below a pass mark could lower your overall degree mark. See the full rules of assessment.

7. Proceeding to the next stage carrying 30 failed credits

It’s important that you understand the implications of having failed 30 credits towards your overall degree.

  • Students in Year One


    • You can only fail a maximum of 30 credits’ worth of non-core components across your whole degree, so you cannot be permitted to proceed to the final year or graduate if you fail anything else in future.
    • As you have not achieved 120 credits in Year One then you will not be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education should you decide to withdraw from your studies without successfully completing Year Two.
    • Fails in Year One do not count towards the final degree classification.

  • Students in Year Two


    • If you pass everything next year you would be able to graduate. However, if you fail anything next year you would not be eligible for an honours degree because students cannot fail more than 30 non-core credits across the whole degree. However, you could be considered for a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education. The exam board would also have to decide whether you could be offered reassessment in your failed final year module(s).
    • The degree classification rules are based on students having a specified degree mark and 120 credits in a given class. Having a mark below a pass mark could lower your overall degree mark. See the full rules of assessment.

8. Leaving the University with a Diploma of Higher Education

The Diploma is awarded to students in recognition of the credits you have achieved. This is a level 5 qualification and is not at the same level as an Honours degree which is a level 6 qualification.

  • Implications for Graduation

    If you have been awarded a Diploma of Higher Education you may still attend a Graduation ceremony.

    Results published in June/July

    If the results web page shows that the exam board has offered you a choice of either leaving with a Diploma of Higher Education or doing reassessment then you will only be able to attend the July ceremony if you have:

    • already booked your Graduation tickets
    • confirmed before 5 July 2019 that you wish to leave with the Diploma and not take any resits

    If you already know that you don’t want to take any resits, and you wish to graduate with your Diploma this July, please confirm online immediately via the results webpage.

    If we can update your record by 5 July 2019 you will be able to graduate this year. After this deadline has passed, you will be invited to the Graduation ceremony next July.

    If you would like to receive your award certificate before then, please contact the Graduation Office. Please note, however, if you are in debt to the University then you will not be able to receive your award certificate or any official documentation, until you have paid the debt in full.

    If you do want to resit your exams then you will not attend Graduation this year, but will be eligible to attend next year. You will need to contact the Graduation Office to arrange for a refund on the booking you have made.

    Exam results published in September

    If the results web page shows that the exam board has offered you the choice of leaving with a Diploma of Higher Education, you will be invited to the Graduation ceremony in July next year.

    If you would like to receive your certificate before then, please contact the Graduation Office.

    Please note, however, if you are in debt to the University then you will not be able to receive your award certificate or any official documentation, until you have paid the debt in full.

  • International students

    If, by gaining this award, you complete your course earlier than expected then the University will be required to report this to the UK Home Office, which may mean your visa will expire early. The International Service Team will email you when a report is made to the UK Home Office to advise you further. In the meantime, if you require advice please contact our International Student Advisors by completing the online immigration enquiry form.

9. Leaving the University with a Certificate of Higher Education

The Certificate is awarded to students in recognition of the credits you have achieved. This is a level 4 qualification and is not at the same level as an Honours degree which is a level 6 qualification.

  • Implications for Graduation for final year students


    • If you have been awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, you are not entitled to attend Graduation. This is because the University only allows students to go to Graduation if they have been awarded the minimum of a Diploma. However, you will receive a certificate and your higher education achievement report (HEAR) in recognition of the credits you have achieved at the Higher Education level. You will therefore need to contact the Graduation Office to arrange a refund on any booking you have made.
    • If the results web page shows that the exam board has offered you a choice of either leaving with a Certificate of Higher Education or undertaking reassessment, then you need to make your choice and confirm online immediately via the results web page.
    • Please note, however, if you are in debt to the University then you will not be able to receive your award certificate or any official documentation, until you have paid the debt in full.

  • International students

    If, by gaining this award, you complete your course earlier than expected then the University will be required to report this to the UK Home Office, which may mean your visa will expire early. The International Service Team will email you when a report is made to the UK Home Office to advise you further. In the meantime, if you require advice please contact our International Student Advisors by completing the online immigration enquiry form.

10. Graduating this year and returning for reassessment

It’s important to remember that marks from all years of study, including your current year, will appear on your HEAR – and, if you have failed credits they will be listed on your HEAR.

In which case, you might be thinking about whether it’s worth resitting exams, or submitting new coursework, to turn failed marks into passes – even though you may have already passed your degree.

If this may affect you, it’s important to weigh-up some of the pros and cons of reassessment. Is raising the aggregate value of a module to a pass mark likely to have much of a positive impact on your overall degree result, for example?

In some cases, raising a module aggregate from a fail to a third-class mark might mean you get a better degree classification – but in most cases it will not change the overall classification.

If you find yourself in this situation, talk to staff in your department about the likely outcome of re-taking an exam, and read below the useful points to consider.

If you are a Law student on a Qualifying Law degree you should also read the specific advice on the implications for your award.

  • Useful points to consider when deciding to go through with reassessment after Graduating


    • If you choose to be reassessed, you can still graduate in July as long as you’re not in debt to the University.
    • If you pass the reassessment, the maximum mark you’ll receive for the module is 40 – a third-class degree mark – because of ‘capped’ marks and the way the pass mark for each aggregated module is calculated. The only exception is when the exam board agrees to this being uncapped due to extenuating circumstances.
    • You don’t have to take this reassessment if you don’t want to.
    • You must take the reassessment this summer and re-sits will take place early in September. It will not be possible to delay your reassessment.
    • If you fail the reassessment, you will not be given another opportunity to take it next year. Please note, it is not possible to have three attempts at the assessment in cases where students can graduate.
    • The mark you received in June will be reinstated if it’s higher than the mark you receive in September.
    • You cannot be reassessed in any failed modules that you took in previous academic years.
    • If you had an academic offences penalty applied to the module in which you are being offered reassessment, the penalty will still be applied following reassessment.
    • An exam board will be held in September. A replacement transcript and a degree certificate will be issued in cases where the results have changed after reassessment.
    • You will not be invited to another degree ceremony next year, even if your result has changed.
    • So, for all the above reasons, make sure you read the undergraduate rules of assessment and discuss any queries with your department if you’re not sure what to do.

    Fees

    The fee for reassessment is £50 per module. This fee is payable unless the exam board has decided that you should be treated as though it’s the first time you’ve been assessed, because of extenuating circumstances.

    Tier 4 students

    Most students should have a Tier 4 visa that expires after the reassessment period. However, if you leave the UK after your course is complete but before reassessment you will not be able to use that visa to re-enter the UK and will have to apply for new entry clearance in a different category to return for reassessment. We recommend you seek immigration advice from our International Services Team by completing the online immigration enquiry form.

    The deadline for making your choice is Wednesday 24 July 2019 after which it will not be possible to take the reassessment.


  • Reassessment involving examinations/tests

    If you need to resit any exams, the Exams Office will contact you over the summer regarding your timetable, so make sure you check your Essex email account regularly.

  • Reassessment involving coursework/projects


    • If you need to submit coursework, your department will be in touch with you with further details about what you will need to do.
    • If you haven’t heard from your department within the next few weeks you must contact them. If for some reason you do not get a response, please email examboards@essex.ac.uk.
    • If your department asks you to send a hard copy, instead of a copy by email or a submission via FASER, please make sure you send your work via tracked or signed-for postage if you’re sending it from within the UK.
    • The deadline for submitting your coursework is 22 August 2019 unless your department has set a different date for a final year project – see below.
    • Your department will also give you a precise time – this is the final deadline – and there will not be any extension beyond this time.
    • If you’re unable to submit coursework on time, University rules about the late submission of coursework will apply.

11. If you decide to graduate with a fail on a Qualifying Law degree

If you fail optional modules to the value of 30 credits
  • You will be eligible for a Qualifying Law Degree on the point of graduating; however, you may wish to return to resit your failed modules in order to retrieve the fail mark. If you are unsure if the module you have failed is optional in relation to the Qualifying Law Degree, please contact the School of Law for clarification.
If you fail compulsory modules to the value of 30 credits
  • If you choose to graduate and return for voluntary reassessment, you will not be deemed to have obtained a Qualifying Law Degree unless the assessment is passed. If you pass the reassessment, we will then notify the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, via the Joint Academic Stage Board, that you have met the requirements for a Qualifying Law Degree.
  • If you choose to graduate and return for voluntary reassessment, you will only be allowed one attempt at reassessment, not three as is the case with other module assessments. This means that if you fail the reassessment, you will be offered no further resits and you will not be eligible for a Qualifying Law Degree.
  • If you wish to be eligible for the maximum number of attempts, i.e. if you have only failed the module once to date, you may choose not to graduate in the summer, and then resit the module in September.
  • If you choose to resit without graduating, then you will be eligible for the maximum amount of reassessment allowed. This means that if you are unsuccessful at the resit attempt in September and have only had two attempts at the module, you will be offered one further resit attempt in the next relevant examination period.
  • If you wish to choose this option, please email examboards@essex.ac.uk by 4 July 2019 stating your name, registration number and course, and confirm that you wish to choose to resit in September rather than graduating in the summer. This means that you will not be eligible to attend graduation in July 2019.
  • Please note that if you chose the option above – i.e. to not graduate and take a resit – and you fail the resit, even though you may be entitled to a third attempt you are still bound by another requirement of a Qualifying Law Degree which is that you must graduate within the permissible maximum period of time.
  • All requirements of a Qualifying Law Degree are set out within the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority website.
  • If you’re unsure of which option to take, or if you have questions about the requirements of the Qualifying Law Degree, please contact the School of Law for guidance.

12. Leaving or withdrawing from the University

We understand that exam time can disappointing. If you’ll be leaving the University before the anticipated end of your studies, this can be a difficult time.

But you won’t be the first student in this position and help and support is available to you. It’s really important that you access our range of student support services, so you have the right information to weigh-up the options and decide on your next steps. Our friendly and supportive student wellbeing team is on-hand to talk through any issues you might have. The service is based within the student services hub.

You may also want to contact SU Advice, which provides expert and independent advice on the University policies and procedures as a free service to all students. Other good points of contact to talk through your next steps are your departmental adviser, and the University’s careers services.

You may decide that you want to continue your studies at another institution. Your Higher Education Achievement Record provides a record of your achievements at our University, which you can make available to another institution.

Tier 4 students

The exam board applies the rules of assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a Tier 4 student to choose some of the academic options given by the board due to the immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages to find out what will happen to your Tier 4 leave for each of the possible outcomes you’ve been offered.

As a Tier 4 sponsor the University must comply with all the Home Office requirements. You should contact our International Services team if recommended to or you would like clarification before making your choice. Please read our guidance about this.

Short-term students

If you have a short-term student visa you must leave the UK as soon as you stop studying.

13. General Information

  • Decision deadlines


    There are set deadlines for decisions that are made by the exam board about progressing to the next stage of your degree. For 2019 these are:

    • Decisions about choices offered by the Exam Board: 2 October 2019

  • Taking resits abroad

    If you have to resit, or you choose to resit an exam in September, you are allowed to take these resits at an approved overseas institution if you cannot take them at Essex.

    However, no student has the automatic right to take resits in another institution; this process requires special approval, and is discretionary, and it is not allowed if you are abroad on holiday, or if you are an International Diploma student.

    Taking resits away from the University is not allowed during any other time of the year.

    Further information can the found via the Exams Office.

  • Registering for next year

    If you are repeating a year, or a module, as a full-time student attending on a part-time basis you may be able to register online. If you are undertaking reassessment without attendance, you will be registered automatically.

    Find out more about registration.

  • Visa information for international students

    The exam board applies the rules of assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a Tier 4 student to choose some of the academic options given by the board due to the Immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages to find out what will happen to your Tier 4 leave for each of the possible outcomes you’ve been offered. As a Tier 4 sponsor the University must comply with all the Home Office requirements. Please read our guidance on Tier 4 exam boards decisions and if recommended to or you would like clarification before making your choice you should contact our International Services team, via the “ask us a question” section of the immigration pages.

  • Funding issues for Home/EU students

    Tuition fees

    As a UK or an EU student, it’s likely that you’re eligible for a tuition fee loan for the full duration of your course, plus one additional repeat year, minus any previous full or part years of study at Higher Education-level.

    If you haven’t previously studied at Higher Education-level prior to beginning your current degree course, and you have not previously repeated a year, you should be eligible for a tuition fee loan in your repeat year.

    If you have previously studied at Higher Education-level, or have previously repeated a year, you will need to fund your own tuition fees during your repeat year.

    If you are undertaking reassessment without attendance, then you will not be fully registered and this will not count as a year’s funding entitlement.

    Maintenance loan and grant

    If you’re a UK student it’s likely you’re eligible for government funding for the full duration of your course, plus one additional repeat year, minus any previous full or part years of study at Higher Education-level.

    If you have not previously studied at Higher Education-level prior to beginning your current degree course, and you have not previously repeated a year, you should be eligible for full support.

    If you have previously studied at Higher Education-level, or have previously repeated a year, you may still be eligible for some Maintenance loan funds, plus any supplementary grants, such as Parent’s Learning Allowance, Disabled Students’ Allowance, but you would not receive a maintenance grant, if you are normally eligible.

    In exceptional situations, known as ‘compelling personal reasons’ Student Finance England may grant you a tuition fee loan, and full support for UK students, even if you have studied previously.

    We advise you to contact Student Finance England, by letter, reiterating your ‘compelling personal reasons’ and asking that you be considered for full funding.

    We will only give Student Finance England an outline of problems that might have affected your work, and we will not forward any extenuating circumstances forms or evidence.

    If you do not wish us to provide this information, please email the Assessment Team, at examboards@essex.ac.uk as soon as possible. However, if you decline your consent, you should be aware that Student Finance England may be unable to grant you this exceptional funding.

    Any student who is in debt to the University will normally be required to pay the debt before registering for the next academic year. If you are unable to pay the debt, you should contact your Student Services Hub.

    Useful links:


  • Changing course

    You can request to change your course via theStudent Request Portal - where you can also find out more about:

    • requesting a special syllabus
    • intermitting
    • withdrawing

14. Appeals

If you are considering making an appeal against a decision made by the exam board, it’s important to be aware that there are limited grounds for appeal, and strict deadlines for submitting an appeal. Check the deadlines as soon as possible on the appeals webpage.

You can also contact the SU Advice team about your appeal by completing the online appeal enquiry form.

Please note that the SU Advice team operates on reduced hours during the vacation period.

15. Information for Law students on Qualifying Law Degrees

  • If you are a Law student you should note that the Professional Statutory Body limits the number of reassessments permitted, modules that can be failed, and the length of time in which a student can complete an accredited course. Therefore, you should talk to the School of Law about the possible implications of these factors if you change course.
  • If you proceed to your next stage of study with the fail in a compulsory Law society module, known as a Foundation of Knowledge subject, this failure will prevent you from obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree without a successful application for exemption to the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.
  • The lack of a Qualifying Law Degree will affect you if you are hoping to qualify as a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales. Please contact the Undergraduate Director in the School of Law for more information.
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority has strict requirements for students wanting to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree, and one of them is that students complete their degree in no more than the length of the qualification, plus two years. So, if you have a four-year degree, you must complete it within six years if you wish to practice Law in England and Wales.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements do not apply to you if you do not plan to practice Law in England or Wales.

You should also talk to the School of Law about the implications of changing course.

16. Contact us

If you have a query about your marks, please contact your department first. For all other queries, please email the Assessment Team at examboards@essex.ac.uk making sure you include your full name, registration number and department.

We aim to respond to all emails within five working days.

Updated May 2019.