10. When can I retake my coursework or exams?
Special Assessment Period (SAP)
The University provides a reassessment period each year in August/early September called the Special Assessment Period, or SAP.
Dates for the SAP exams period can be found in the Student Handbook. Coursework components can also normally be reassessed during August. You will be provided with the details and deadlines for any SAP reassessment coursework shortly after you submit your reassessment registration form. If you do not receive this information within two weeks, you should contact your School. If the type of assessment means that it is not possible to retake the component during SAP, this will be indicated in your reassessment guidance and also listed in the Module Specification.
You can undertake a maximum of 60 credits of reassessments in the Special Assessment Period.
SAP reassessments must be taken without attendance.
Next Academic Year (NAY)
The alternative to taking your reassessments in SAP is to do them in the next academic year (NAY). If you need or choose to take more than 60 credits of reassessments, you MUST take your reassessments in the NAY. You would normally be expected to take your reassessments either entirely in SAP or entirely in the NAY; you cannot split them over both periods.
You cannot do reassessments in modules from one Part whilst studying modules in the next Part of your degree programme or doing your Placement Year (Part I) so, taking your reassessments in the NAY will normally mean you delay your graduation. You should also consider the financial implications of extending your studies by a year.
Unlike taking your reassessments in SAP, you will normally have the option to take the module either WITH or WITHOUT attendance. Some modules require students to take the module with attendance, for example modules with a group-work requirement, where there is practical work or project work.
11. What does with/without attendance mean?
Attendance in this context means tuition. If you are undertaking reassessment with attendance, you are expected to attend all timetabled classes/teaching events for the module, i.e. lectures, tutorials, labs, etc.
If you take reassessment without attendance, you will not normally be required, expected or allowed to attend any timetabled classes/teaching events, although there may be coursework assessments that require you to attend for practical sessions, class tests, presentations, etc. You will need to attend and sit any exams.
Whilst undertaking reassessment without attendance, you will still be able to access University facilities such as Learn and the Library but you will have either no or very limited access to support from module tutors and will largely be expected to study on your own.
12. What University facilities can I use during the summer to prepare for reassessment in the Special Assessment Period (SAP)?
During SAP, the Pilkington Library is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 20:00, with help and assistance available from library staff if required. Quiet or silent study areas are available and it is also possible to book rooms and booths suitable for group working. The library also has 250 PCs available for use.
The Maths Learning Support Centre (MLSC) in the Schofield building is open during SAP for free one-to-one drop-in support with mathematics or statistics. Specific opening dates and times are published on the MLSC website in the run-up to SAP.
All 24/7 IT labs are available for use during SAP. Information about labs, PC availability and access to particular pieces of software can be found on the IT Services website. Certain IT facilities within Schools are restricted to students of that School. If you require access to discipline-specific IT systems and software within your School, you should check availability with your School administration team
Short-term accommodation is available on campus during the summer. Details can be found on the Student Accommodation Centre’s website.
13. I have failed over 60 credits; can I do my reassessments in the Special Assessment Period (SAP)?
No, you can only take 60 credits of reassessments in the Special Assessment Period. If you need more than 60 credits, then you MUST do your reassessments in the next academic year (NAY), see Q10.
14. I will be overseas during the summer; do I need to return for the Special Assessment Period (SAP)?
If you are an international student and have returned home for the summer, the University may allow you to take examinations in your home country. This would normally be at a British Council Office or at a comparative local University and you will need to pay an additional fee to them to cover the invigilation and their costs. You should contact your School administration team as soon as possible to discuss whether this is possible.
UK/EU students will be expected to take reassessments in Loughborough.
15. When do I have to confirm my reassessment choices and what happens if I miss the deadline?
You must submit your reassessment form by the following deadlines:
- Forms generated after the summer programme boards: 29 July 2020.
- Forms generated after the Special Assessment Period (SAP) boards: 2 October 2020.
If you do not submit your form by the deadline, it may not be possible to take the reassessments you have selected, or take them in the period you have chosen. You will also be charged a late registration fee of £100 unless there were circumstances beyond your control.
If you have passed the Part but offered Repeat Attempts, you will be deemed to have declined your reassessment rights and rolled forward into the next Part of your programme if you do not respond by the deadline.