A module is failed if:
(i) The work submitted for an assessment component is not of a high enough standard to
warrant an overall mark of at least 40% for the module.
(ii) Work has not been submitted for the module assessments. If a student fails to submit an
assignment, a mark of NS will be recorded.
(iii) The student has committed academic offences and a penalty of failing the module has
If a student fails a module, the appropriate option from the following will apply:
When a student does not pass an assessment component at the first attempt they may be offered the opportunity to submit further work to achieve a pass standard. If the referral work is of a pass standard the work will be marked at 40%.
(a) Entitlement to referral:
Students who attain 35-39% in the overall module mark at the first attempt are normally entitled to one referral opportunity in each of the assessment components marked below 40% provided the student has submitted work for every element of assessment in the module.
If a student achieves an overall module mark of 34% or less and all elements of assessment have been attempted a referral in the module is at the discretion of the Assessment Board.
Any and all entitlements to referral can be removed following a proven academic offence or a decision taken by the University Assessment Board for Exceptional Circumstances, or if special conditions apply to meet the requirements of an external agency.
(b) The mark awarded for an assessment following referral:
- The highest mark that can be awarded for a referred assessment component is 40%. If that mark is achieved, it replaces the original fail mark on the student’s marks profile.
- A referral mark of less than 40% will also replace the original mark unless it is lower than the mark obtained at the first attempt.
The student’s marks profile will show both the first and second attempt marks.
(c) Recalculation of the module mark following referral:
Following re-assessment, the overall module mark is recalculated using the marks recorded for the referred assessments (if higher than the first attempt mark) and the standing marks in the assessment components which were passed at the first attempt.
If a student fails the initial referral attempt (s)he normally has the opportunity to retake the module in the next available session.
If a student has failed a module (mark below 40%) at the first attempt, including any referral opportunity, there is normally an entitlement to re-enrol for, and retake, the module in full once more. Retaking necessitates attendance and requires completion of all the assessments. Any assessment marks from the previous attempt at the module cannot be carried forward.
If a student fails the module, including the referral opportunity on the second attempt there is no automatic entitlement to a further attempt. The offer of a third attempt is at the discretion of the Assessment Board, and will only be made if there are compelling reasons to support that decision.
Students may only attempt a module in its entirety a maximum of three times, subject to additional requirements of relevant professional bodies, external agencies or University Assessment Board for Exceptional Circumstances.
The maximum overall mark available for a retaken module is 40%.