Repeats or Resits

This page outlines how your Tier 4 visa status will be affected if you are required to repeat modules or take re-sit exams during or at the end of your course.

Where you are a taught student needing to repeat modules, our self-help tool can explain how your visa will be affected.

Repeat Study Self-Help Tool

Undergraduate Resits/Repeats

Where you are required to take summer resits you will not be affected unless you are unsuccessful in those examinations.

Repeat with Attendance

Where you have not achieved enough credits to progress to the next level of your course, you may be recommended to repeat the period of study “with attendance”.

This means you will have to re-register to repeat a period of study as an internal candidate.

Visa implications:

  • You may need to extend your visa if your current Tier 4 visa does not cover the duration of the course/exam.
  • You may be affected by academic progression and the time limits attached to your visa.

You should familiarise yourself with your time limits and the academic progression requirements on the pages below:

Resit without Attendance

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

Visa Implications:

  • The University will report your absence to the Home Office, resulting in the curtailment of your visa.
  • Where you wish to return to the UK specifically for your exams, you will need to apply for a Short-Term Student visa.
  • Where you wish to take your exams in your home country, please visit the page below.

Resit at the End of your Course

  • Where you are required to take your resits after your visa expiration and course end date, you must leave the UK and apply for a Short-Term Student Visa to return for the resits.
  • Students are only allowed to remain in the UK if they are resitting their course internally.

Postgraduate Resits

Resit Without Attendance

  • Where you are required to resit exams or re-submit your dissertation, you will be resitting “without attendance”.
  • This means you are registered as an external candidate and will need to leave the UK during the time you are not attending classes.

Visa implications:

  • The University will report your absence to the Home Office, resulting in the curtailment of your visa.
  • Where you are required to return to the UK to take your resits, you will need to apply for a short-term student visa from outside the UK.
  • Where you wish to take your resits in your home country, please visit the page below.
  • Where you are required to re-submit your dissertation only, you must leave the UK and re-submit online or apply for a Short-Term Student Visa to re-enter the UK and re-submit in person.

Resit at the End of Your Course

  • Where you are required to take your resits after your visa expiration and course end date, you must leave the UK and apply for a Short-Term Student Visa to return for the resits.

See also:

Contact International Student Support