No Academic Disadvantage FAQs

FAQ for Students

This FAQ is designed to answer questions for students who (i) wish to re-sit a module examination or who (ii) have failed a module and are required to repeat it at a Supplemental Examination

Definitions:

  • What is a Repeat?

A Repeat examination is taken by those students who have failed a module during the academic year. As usual, it is taken at the Supplemental Examination (autumn) session which will take place between July 30th and August 13th, 2021. 

Students who fail are automatically registered for the Supplemental Examination and do not need to make a specific application. Students will carry forward marks in any passed elements of Continuous Assessment to the Supplemental Examinations. In the 2020/2021 academic year, marks achieved at the Supplemental Examination will not be capped, nor will there be a fee charged.

 

  • What is a Re-sit? (See further re-sit FAQs below)

A Re-sit examination is taken by those students who have passed a module during the academic year and who wish to re-sit in an attempt to achieve a higher mark. It is taken at the Supplemental Examination (autumn) session and will (i) assess all of the module Learning Outcomes, (ii) fulfil all academic requirements of the module and (iii) constitute 100% of the module marks.  It is not possible to re-sit an individual module element(s) nor to carry forward marks from an individual module element(s) in an attempt to improve a module mark. In some modules (e.g. those with large placement/fieldwork components or similar), it may not be possible to re-sit the module in this current academic year.

Marks achieved at a re-sit will not be capped, nor is there a fee. If a student’s re-sit mark is lower than the original mark achieved, the higher mark from the two attempts will stand. Students wishing to take a re-sit will need to apply to do so online at the SREO Mitigation page.

 

A practical guide with worked examples of Repeat and Re-sit options is available here: No Academic Disadvantage: A Practical Guide (Worked Examples).

FAQs

In the first instance, you should contact the Module Co-ordinator/relevant Academic Department Administrative Office to seek advice on whether your circumstances are eligible for an appropriate accommodation (such as an extension to your assessment submission deadline).

If your circumstances are detrimentally impacted by COVID-19 and cannot be resolved by the School’s/Department’s extenuating circumstances procedures, you can apply for a deferral to the Supplemental Examination (autumn) session or the next academic year (2021/2022) online at the SREO Mitigation page. Students are able to apply for a deferral on grounds other than COVID-19.

The deadline for deferral of Semester 2 examinations has passed. The deadline for application to further defer first attempt Semester 1 or 2 examinations is 19th July 2021. The deadline for application to defer Dissertations (taught Masters) is 6th September 2021.

This will typically be a comparable assessment(s) designed to assess all of the module Learning Outcomes and meet any additional requirements of the module, including those specified by external bodies such as accrediting or regulatory bodies.

Suitable re-sit assessment(s) will be specified by the relevant Head of Department/School in consultation with the Module Co-ordinator. The re-sit assessment is worth 100% of the available module marks; individual module element(s) marks from the first and re-sit attempt cannot be combined in an attempt to generate a higher overall mark.

If your module grade does not improve after a re-sit then the module result you achieved in your first attempt will be used to calculate your final mark and judgement.

No. The module assessment re-sit is provided as an opportunity to improve your overall module grade and not individual pieces of assessment. If you choose the ‘re-sit’ option for a module, you will be expected to complete all elements of the re-sit assessment that are designed for this module. The re-sit assessment format may differ from that originally provided but will assess all learning outcomes.

If you are unhappy with the result of a module that you have passed, then you can apply for a re-sit.  Applications for module re-sits must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 1st July 2021.

Please note that for most programmes, the final approved examination results will be released after the summer examination sessions have concluded.

Result release dates can be found online at the SREO Exams Results page. Your registration profile and all examination results are available through your student portal.

It may not be possible to offer a re-sit option in the current academic year (2020/2021) for modules that have a significant placement or field-work (typically greater than 50% of the module marks).

Students wishing to re-sit a placement or field work module may need to repeat the module in the next academic year, 2021/22, thereby adding an extra year to their studies. For further guidance, please consult with your Module Co-ordinator.

Some disciplines heavily rely on external partners for placement opportunities and owing to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, may not be able to offer a re-sit for an improvement of a module mark where a student has already passed the relevant module.  

If you fail a module at your first attempt, then you will be required to take the module supplemental assessment/examination as outlined in the 2020/2021 Book of Modules. You will be automatically registered for the Supplemental Examination; you may view your registration profile (including any examinations scheduled to the Supplemental Examination session) on your student portal.

For this Academic Year, you can sit the Supplemental Examination/assessment without academic penalty which means your mark will not be capped at the module pass standard, nor will there be a fee.

Details of Supplemental Examination arrangements will be communicated in advance by the Module Co-ordinator.

The Book of Modules lists the requirements for Supplemental Examination for each module. Not all modules will have a Supplemental Examination.  In this year, students wishing to defer their examination in a module where a Supplemental Examination is not available may need to defer to the next academic year (2021/2022) thereby adding an extra year to their studies.  For further guidance, please consult with your Module Co-ordinator.

Yes. As outlined above, if you fail a module then you will be automatically progressed to the Supplemental Examination (autumn) and the mark you achieve will be uncapped. Similarly, if you pass the module but wish to re-sit the module assessment to obtain a better mark you can apply to do so. Details will be available online at the SREO Mitigation page during the appropriate application periods (i.e. following release of spring and Semester 2 results).

Yes. The No Academic Disadvantage Measures apply to modules taught across all Semesters in the 2020/2021 Academic Year.

The Marks and Standards for your programme will fully outline the conditions of your repeat year. If the Marks and Standards indicate that marks you achieve in your repeat year are capped, they will remain capped for the 2020/2021 academic year.

If you have received a sanction arising from a breach of Examination Regulations that results in a Fail judgement for your module, you will be automatically progressed to the Supplemental Examination (autumn) session. The marks you achieve in the Supplemental Examination will be capped.

If you have received a sanction arising from a breach of Examination Regulations but still pass your module, you may not apply to re-sit that module to attempt to achieve a higher mark.

An academic Transcript records the academic achievement of a student at every examination session and applies to all programmes of study, therefore the mark and/or judgement (e.g. Pass, Fail, Absent, Present No Work, Defer, etc. ) achieved by a student will be recorded for every examination session for which the student is registered. Should capping of marks be appropriate, this will be reflected in the total mark and associated judgement achieved by the student.

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