Undergraduate Reassessment FAQ

NB: This information does not cover Impaired Performance.  If you feel that your performance has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to make use of the University’s Impaired Performance procedures.  Details are available at:
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/student/exams/ip/index.htm

 

  1. Am I allowed to retake my exams or resubmit my coursework?
  2. How do I Pass a Part?
  3. How do I achieve credit in a module?
  4. What is the minimum module mark?
  5. Which modules can I resit?
  6. What are my Programme Regulations?
  7. So, if I have failed to pass my part – and have a number of modules in which I didn’t get credit – could I choose to be reassessed in them all?
  8. If I choose not to take a module but then do not pass the ones I have chosen, can I then go back and take the modules I opted not to originally take?
  9. I think I can do better than I did first-time-around, can I be reassessed in modules when I already have credit?
  10. What happens if I fail my reassessment – can I take a module again?
  11. What happens if my reassessment mark is lower than my first attempt?
  12. What happens if I don’t turn up for my reassessment?
  13. When do I need to register for reassessment?
  14. Can I change my mind about which reassessment I take?
  15. How much does reassessment cost?
  16. What is the difference between reassessment with and without attendance?
  17. My friend has been given different advice to me – why?
  18. I had to do some resits last year. Why is this advice very different from that which I was given last time?
  19. To whom do I speak in my department?
  20. I’m a Part-Time Student, does all of this apply to me?
  21. Where can I find out more information?




1.         Am I allowed to retake my exams or resubmit my coursework?

Undergraduate students who have failed to Pass their Current Part (year of programme) are allowed to take reassessment.  You cannot progress to the next Part until you have passed (See ‘How do I Pass a Part?’ below). This means that you cannot resit modules while studying for the next Part of your degree or taking an Industrial Placement.
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2.         How do I Pass a Part?

Students usually need to have accumulated 100 credits (see  ‘How do I achieve credit in a module?’ below) and achieved the minimum module mark (see ‘What is the minimum module mark?’  below) in all modules but this may vary on some programmes (see ‘What are my programme regulations?’ below). Achieving credit in a module is different to achieving a minimum module mark.
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3.         How do I achieve credit in a module?

Achieving credit in a module is different to achieving a minimum module mark. Students usually need to have obtained a mark of 40% or more in order to have achieved credit in a module but this may vary on some programmes (see  ‘What are my programme regulations?’ below).
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4.         What is the minimum module mark?

Achieving a minimum module mark in a module is different to achieving credit. The minimum module mark varies according to your programme of study.  The University minimum module mark is 20% but a number of departments have chosen to set the minimum module mark at 30%.  Undergraduate Masters programmes are likely to have minimum module marks higher than 30% (see ‘What are my programme regulations?’ below).
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5.         Which modules can I resit?

You can resit any modules in which you have not gained credit (see ‘How do I achieve credit in a module?’ above) or where you have failed to meet module mark requirements set out in your Programme Regulations (such as minimum mark or minimum average mark).
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6.         What are my Programme Regulations?

Each programme at Loughborough University has its own regulations in addition to the University Regulations. For example, Programme Regulations may specify a minimum overall average for your part, a minimum mark in one or more specified modules, a minimum mark in unspecified modules up to a specified total modular weight or a minimum average mark across a group of specified modules.

Programme Regulations may be found here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/lps/progspec/year/0809/index.htm

University Regulations may be found here:http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/index.htm

University Reassessment Regulations may be found here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/current/20/index.htm#rights

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7.         So, if I have failed to pass my part – and have a number of modules in which I didn’t get credit – could I choose to be reassessed in them all?

Yes, you can choose to be reassessed in all of the modules  that have prevented you from passing the Part. However, it may be wise to be reassessed in the minimum number of modules you need as this means you can focus your revision more effectively.  You should also bear in mind that, if taking reassessment in the SAP, you may not have ready access to your tutors or to the academic library.
Reassessment marks are usually capped at 40% (or higher, in line with some Programme Regulations) so you may not be able to increase your marks significantly. The University would usually advise you to concentrate your efforts only on the modules you NEED to re-take; you should speak to your department about your best options.
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8.         If I choose not to take a module but then do not pass the ones I have chosen, can I then go back and take the modules I opted not to originally take?

No, once you have decided not to take reassessment in a module, you cannot change your mind following unsuccessful reassessment in other modules. You only get one opportunity to take reassessment per part. If you opt not to take reassessment in a module and are subsequently unsuccessful in your chosen module(s), you will not be entitled to then take the unselected module(s) in the future.
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9.         I think I can do better than I did first-time-around, can I be reassessed in modules when I already have credit?

No, you can only be reassessed in modules in which you have not gained credit (see ‘How do I achieve credit in a module?’ above) or where you have failed to meet module mark requirements (see ‘What is the minimum module mark?’ above) set out in your Programme Regulations (such as minimum mark or minimum average mark).  Remember - reassessment marks are capped at 40% (or higher, in line with some Programme Regulations).
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10.         What happens if I fail my reassessment – can I take a module again?

No – you are only allowed two attempts at a module.  If you fail a Part twice your studies may be terminated.
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11.       What happens if my reassessment mark is lower than my first attempt?

The reassessment mark is your final mark even if it is less than your first attempt.  For Parts B, C and D: the capped reassessment mark will be the one that counts towards your degree. If you retake more modules than you need to, you could risk getting a lower overall mark. In certain circumstances taking reassessment and getting a lower mark could reduce your amount of credit and lead to your studies being terminated. For this reason it is important to think carefully about the reassessment choices you make: don’t take reassessment just because you can!
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12.       What happens if I don’t turn up for my reassessment?

If you don’t attend an exam (or submit coursework) you will be marked absent and receive 0% (zero percent). If this reduces your overall module mark to below the minimum module mark or means that you have failed to accumulate 100 credits, this could mean that your studies will be terminated.  Therefore it is essential that you only register for reassessments that you intend to take.  Registering for everything may be unwise as your second mark will always be the one that counts towards your degree (see ‘What happens if my reassessment mark is lower than my first attempt?’ above).
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13.       When do I need to register for reassessment?

The University will publish a date by when you must register for reassessment. This will be communicated to you on your reassessment form.  If you don’t register by this date you will have to pay a late registration fee of £100 and you may not be able to register until the following year.
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14.       Can I change my mind about which reassessment I take?

The University will publish a date by when you must register for reassessment. This will be communicated to you on your reassessment form.  After this date you will not be able to change your options and will be marked absent and receive 0% (zero percent) if you do not attend an exam (or submit coursework). For this reason you should think carefully about which reassessment modules you choose.
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15.       How much does reassessment cost?

Please see the current Reassessment Fees here.

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16.       What is the difference between reassessment with and without attendance?

If you take reassessment in the next academic year you may have the option of taking your reassessment either with or without attendance.

WITH Attendance means that you are expected to physically attend lecturers, tutorials, etc. and can access significant advice/support from tutors.

WITHOUT Attendance means that you do not have to attend the University and can simply resit your exams or submit your coursework at the end of Semester 1 or Semester 2. You can an still access university facilities (such as the library or learn) and you may need to take in-class tests on learn.
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17.       My friend has been given different advice to me – why?

Your friend may not be on the same programme of study as you and might be affected by different Programme Regulations. Alternatively your friend may have achieved credit in different modules to you. It is unlikely that you have been given incorrect advice but you can check with your department at any time.
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18.       I had to do some resits last year. Why is this advice very different from that which I was given last time?

The reassessment regulations have changed for the 2008/09 academic year onwards – you should base your reassessment plans on the information contained on this page.
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19.       To whom do I speak in my department?

Your department will issue guidance about your reassessment on your Reassessment Form. If you would like further advice you may wish to speak to one of your tutors or your departmental administrator.

There will be contact details for your department on your Reassessment Form. You can also find out who’s who in your departmental by looking at your departmental webpages, here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/

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20.       I’m a Part-Time Student, does all of this apply to me?

If you are a Part-Time student or an incoming Erasmus student you can take reassessment in modules in which you have failed to gain credit.
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21.       Where can I find out more information?

Further information is available from your department and the University Regulations.


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