Repeating or resitting exams and assessments

How your Student or Tier 4 visa status will be affected by repeating modules or resitting exams, and what your results mean.

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Repeats or resits?

If you're a taught student and you need to repeat modules, please use our self-help tool to find out how this will affect your visa.

Repeat study self-help tool

If you need to formally repeat studies, whether for a semester or year, you should read the information online here (student login required) and complete an application form. You should then receive further advice about how any repeat study period may impact on your visa status as part of this process.


Undergraduate resits and repeats

Repeat with attendance

If you haven't achieved enough credits to progress to the next level of your course, we may recommend repeating the period of study with attendance.

This means you'll have to re-register to repeat a period of study in Sheffield as an internal candidate.

Visa implications
  • You may need to extend your visa if your current Student or Tier 4 visa doesn't cover the duration of the course/exam.
  • You may be affected by academic progression and the time limits attached to your visa.
  • You will need to request a new CAS to make a new Student visa application in future, usually around 3 months before your current visa expires.

Resit without attendance

If you're unable to progress to the next level of your course and decide to resit exams only, you will be resitting without attendance.

This means you'll be registered as an external candidate and will have to leave the UK during the time you are not attending classes.

Visa implications
  • We will report your absence to the Home Office, resulting in the cancellation of your visa.
  • If you have exams in person during your repeat year you should obtain a Visit visa
  • Alternatively you can find out more about sitting exams overseas (student login required)
  • You must apply for a new Student visa to continue your course if you are progressing to the next academic year. You cannot resume studies on your previous Tier 4/Student visa. You must request a new CAS and use this to apply for a new Student visa in good time before the next academic year starts.

Find out more about sitting exams overseas

Resit at the end of your course

If you have to take a resit exam after your visa expiration and course end date, you must leave the UK and obtain a Visit visa to return for the resits.

You're only allowed to remain in the UK if you're resitting their course internally.

Find out more about Visitor Visas


Postgraduate resits and repeats

Repeat with attendance

If you need to repeat a semester or the year in full then you'll have to re-register to repeat a period of study in Sheffield as an internal candidate.

Visa implications

  • You may need to extend your visa if your current Student or Tier 4 visa doesn't cover the duration of the repeat period or your amended course end date.
  • If so, you will need to request a new CAS to make a new Student visa application in future, usually around 3 months before your current visa expires.

Resit without attendance

If you have to resit exams or re-submit your dissertation, you will be resitting without attendance.

If your CAS was issued for a one-year Masters, this means you're registered as an external candidate during your "wrap-up" period between the course end date on your CAS and the date your visa expires.

If your CAS was issued for a two-year Masters, you must leave the UK during the time you are not attending classes.

Visa implications (one year masters course)

  • Your visa should be valid until January, and therefore may not cover all resit exams in the autumn semester. If your Student visa does not cover these exams, you would need to leave the UK and return with a Visit visa if you are sitting the exams in the UK.
  • If you are resitting your spring semester modules without attendance, you will need to leave the UK before your visa expires and obtain a Visit visa if you need to return to the UK for your exams.
  • If you have to re-submit your dissertation, you must leave the UK before your visa expires and re-submit online.

Visa implications ( two year masters course)

·        We will report your absence to the Home Office, resulting in the cancellation of your visa. You must leave the UK during the time you are not attending classes.

  • If you have exams in person during your repeat year you should obtain a Visit visa
  • Alternatively you can find out more about sitting exams overseas (student login required)
  • You must apply for a new Student visa to continue your course if you are progressing to the next academic year. You cannot resume studies on your previous Tier 4/Student visa. You must request a new CAS and use this to apply for a new Student visa in good time before the next academic year starts.

Resit at the end of your course

If you have to take a resit exam after your visa expiration and course end date, you must leave the UK and obtain a Visit visa to return for the resits.


Eligibility to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route

To be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration you must successfully complete your course and receive your final results before your Student visa expires. If you have to repeat studies your eligibility for the Graduate visa may be impacted.

If you resit studies without attendance then you may be unlikely to receive your repeat results in time to apply for the Graduate visa before your current visa expires. You should contact your department and ask when your repeat results will be released to check this. As you will be resitting without attendance and do not require visa sponsorship to study in the UK we will not issue a further CAS for you to extend your current visa.

If you repeat studies with attendance then you may be able to extend your Student visa to give you more time to receive your results before your visa expires. However this may still not be sufficient for you to receive your final results in time. You should contact your department and ask when your repeat results will be released, and contact ISSAC to check if your new visa would cover this or not.


Resit exam results

What your exam results mean and how they will impact your visa.

Continuing undergraduates

Pass (P/M), Continuing (C) or Permitted to Proceed Carrying Fails (PC/MC)

You can continue at University as long as you have a valid visa.

Fail (F) or Not Assessed (NA)

You must contact your department to discuss whether to re-register to repeat a period of study as an internal candidate, known as repeating with attendance, or resit your exams as an external candidate, known as resitting without attendance.

Fail (FN)

Please contact International Student Support for advice.

Fail (WD)

You're no longer a student at the University.

You will receive an email from International Student Support with further information. You must leave the UK before your visa cancellation date.

If you intend to study at another University, you should contact them for immigration advice.

Final year undergraduates

Fail (Final) or NA (Final)

You must contact your department to discuss whether to re-register to repeat a period of study as an internal candidate, known as repeating with attendance, or resit your exams as an external candidate, known as resitting without attendance.

Fail (WD)

You're no longer a student at the University.

You will receive an email from International Student Support with further information. You must leave the UK before your visa cancellation date.

If you intend to study at another University, you should contact them for immigration advice.

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