RESITS AND RETAKES
WHO SHOULD I TALK TO?
First, consult with your Course Leader or Course Administrator for advice.
Further Education students should speak to their Course Leader. Assessment regulations for FE courses at the University are determined in part by the awarding body and as such they differ from course to course. You are also welcome to visit the Students’ Union.
WHAT IS THE PASS MARK?
An overall unit mark of 40%+ constitutes a Pass. A mark of 0-39.99% is considered a Fail.
I GOT LESS THAN 40% — WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Credit can be “retrieved” from a failed unit by either ‘Resit (PG and UG students) or ‘Retake’ (UG students only) subject to the conditions set out in the Common Credit Framework (CCF).
Postgraduate students are permitted two attempts at any unit. Undergraduate students are permitted at least 2 and up to a maximum of 4 attempts, including retake, but must meet certain criteria (set out in the CCF) in order to be eligible for maximum number of attempts.
Resits are completed before the next academic year, thus allowing students to continue to the next year of study if passed, whereas Retakes are usually offered if you fail more than 60 credits or as a result of failing a resit. Retakes are completed in the next academic year, so deferring your next stage of study.
RESIT (4.6 of the Common Credit Framework)
If you’ve failed an assessment, a Resit gives the student an opportunity to retrieve the failed assessment component(s) before the start of the next academic year.
A Resit will only be offered after the Main Board of Examiners meeting at the end of the year, and where all of the following conditions are met:
- where the reassessment can be undertaken during the designated Resit Period as stated in the academic calendar and thus completed before the start of the next academic year;
- where the student has failed no more than 50% of the credit for the Stage upon which the student was registered during that academic year.
Where at least one of these conditions is not met, a Retake will be offered instead.
Resit Tasks must be completed by the end of the ‘Resit Period’. If you don’t know when this is, ask your Course Leader, Administrator, or the Students’ Union.
Remember, you may not submit for assessment any piece of work which has previously been assessed, whether following failure in the same unit, or for a different unit, except where specifically required to resubmit that piece of work as part of your Resit task.
If you are struggling to understand what you need to do to so that the resit piece of work will get the required 40%, book an appointment with the Learning Development Tutor. You can find the contact details for the learning Development Tutor at your campus on UCA’s library webpage, or you can book an appointment at the Gateway desk in the library.
You do not have to pay extra tuition fees for the Resit Period, but the University reserves the right to charge for administration, and your Head of School may impose a materials charge.
If you pass your Resit Task(s), the mark awarded for the unit will be capped at the minimum pass mark which is 40%. If you fail one of the Resit Tasks, then the highest mark you will be able to achieve for a unit is 39%. If you get a lower mark on your Resit Tasks, then the higher previous mark will stand. If you fail the resit, you maybe eligible for Retake.
RETAKE (4.7 of the Common Credit Framework)
A Retake gives the student an opportunity to retrieve the failed unit(s) during the next academic year, and requires the student to repeat the unit in its entirety, with attendance, including all assessment components that may have already been passed. The student will be liable for the appropriate tuition fees.
A student may be eligible for a Retake in any of these situations:
- where the unit has been failed at the Resit Board of Examiners;
- where the unit has been deferred at the Resit Board following failure at the Main Board;
- where the student has failed more than 50% of the credit for which the student was registered that academic year.
A student will only be permitted a maximum of one Retake opportunity per unit.
You may not submit for assessment any piece of work which has previously been assessed, whether following failure in the same unit, or for a different unit, except where specifically required to resubmit that piece of work as part of their Resit task. Marks achieved the last time you sat the unit will not be carried forward.
Following failure at final attempt, your studies will be terminated, though you may be eligible for an exit award depending on the amount of credits you have achieved up until the point of failure.
Last updated 08/06/16
Information correct at the time of publishing