When your child will sit their exams and get their results, how they progress and what happens if they need to resit.
Our exam cycle
There are three main exam periods for the typical undergraduate student:
Autumn semester examinations
Autumn semester exams are taken in late January or early February.
Results are released to students online in early March.
Spring semester examinations
Spring semester exams are taken in late May or June.
Results are released to students online in early July.
For students who need to retake modules they didn’t pass either in the Autumn or Spring semesters, resit exams are taken during three weeks in August.
Results are released to students online in early September.
Please see the page below for an explanation of how and when your child will receive their results and what they mean.
Resits and repeats
If your child fails a module and has to retake it, they must be available during the three-week August exam period.
Exams cannot be rearranged, including for holiday commitments.
If your child fails a module and has to retake it, the maximum grade they can be awarded for the re-take is 40 at undergraduate level and 50 at postgraduate level.
For medicine and dentistry students the maximum mark is the pass mark for that particular exam/assessment.
If your child is a first year undergraduate student and received a Fail in their exam, they can resit that exam a maximum of twice.
All other students can resit a failed exam once.
Repeating the year
If your child has to repeat the year to re-take failed modules, they can do so via three possible routes:
Repeating externally: students pay to retake the assessment for the module they failed only.
Repeating internally: students attend classes as a registered student to re-take the failed module.
Repeating the whole year: some first year students may be allowed to repeat the entire year and start again.
Absence and extenuating circumstances
If your child experiences exceptional, short-term problems that affect their ability to sit their exams or assessments (for example, bereavement or illness) they should inform their academic department as soon as possible using the form on the page below.
These circumstances may then be considered by the department when their exams/assessments are marked.
Progressing to the next level of study
For your child to automatically progress to the next level of study at undergraduate level (for example, from first year to second year), they need to achieve 120 credits.
Students may be able to progress from first year to second year with 100 credits if they have:
Passed all the core modules; and
Obtained a grade of at least 30 in any failed modules
This will be automatically discussed at the Exam Board and is at the discretion of the examiners.
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