Repeats or Resits

How your Tier 4 visa status will be affected by repeating modules or resitting exams.

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 (for UG students & PGT students on a 2 year Masters ONLY)

Undergraduate resits/repeats

If you're resitting in summer, you won't be affected unless you're unsuccessful in those exams.

Repeat with attendance

If you haven't achieved enough credits to progress to the next level of your course, we may recommended to repeat 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 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.

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 curtailment of your visa.
  • You must apply for a Short-Term Student visa if you need to return to the UK for your exams.

If you wish to sit your exams in your home country, please visit the page below.

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 apply for a Short-Term Student Visa to return for the resits.

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

Postgraduate resits

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 1 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 2 year Masters, you must leave the UK during the time you are not attending classes.

Visa implications:

If your CAS was issued for a 1 year course -

  • Your visa should be valid until March, and therefore cover resit exams in the autumn semester.
  • If you are repeating spring semester modules with attendance, you can extend your Tier 4 visa inside the UK to cover these.
  • If you are resitting your spring semester modules without attendance, you will need to leave the UK before your visa expires, and apply for a Short-Term Student visa from outside the UK 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 or apply for a Short-Term Student Visa to re-enter the UK and re-submit in person.

If your CAS was issued for a 2 year course - 

  • We will report your absence to the Home Office, resulting in the curtailment of your visa.
  • You must apply for a Short-Term Student visa from outside the UK if you need to return to the UK for your exams.
  • If you only have to re-submit your dissertation, 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. 

If you wish to sit your resit exams in your home country, please visit the page below.

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 apply for a Short-Term Student Visa to return for the resits.

See also

Contact International Student Support