Change course, carrying failed credits and trailing failed credits

If you have been offered the opportunity to change course and proceed to the next year carrying your failed credits, this is because:

  • you failed credits in core module(s) which you cannot carry on your current course but which are not core on the alternative course you have been offered;
  • you are in your first year of either an Integrated Masters course or a 4-year course which includes a year abroad and you have not achieved a year mark of at least 50; or
  • you are in your Second Year of a 4-year course and cannot process to your Year Abroad or Placement Year next year.

Choosing this outcome means you can proceed to the next year on the alternative course carrying 15 failed non-core credits, known as condonement under the Rules of Assessment, and simultaneously undertaking reassessment in the other 15 non-core credits you have failed, this is known as trailing reassessment.. This trailed reassessment will be undertaken by January 2023.

You will only be offered this outcome where you have failed two 15 credit modules and, if you decide to accept this outcome, you will need to decide which module you would like to trail and which you would like to condone. You will not be able to undertake further reassessment in the module you decide to carry the fails in.

It’s important that you understand the implications of progressing to the next year of your studies trailing reassessment in failed modules. Trailing reassessment means you will need to attend and undertake the assessment for all of your next year of study, as well as taking reassessment in your failed modules you have trailed from the previous year. It might be a better route for you to choose another reassessment option, such as repeating the year.

All trailed reassessment will be considered at the Summer meeting of the Board of Examiners, and any further reassessment offered will take place in the Summer reassessment period. If you are proceeding to your Final Year in October 2022, this means that, if you don’t pass your trailed reassessments and have to undertake further reassessment to achieve your full award, you may not be able to graduate in July 2023.

If you select this option, you will automatically be transferred onto the new course listed on your results page prior to the start of the 2022-23 academic year, you do not need to submit a change of course form for this change to take place. It may be possible for you to be considered to change to other courses within your department where you meet the course specific requirements to do so. If this is something you would like to consider, please contact your department directly. Any decisions involving trailing failed modules should not be taken lightly and you are strongly advised to discuss this with your department or SU Advice before making your decision.

For further information on carrying and trailing credits and their impact on your further studies, please see the relevant outcome pages linked below:

Before selecting this outcome, we urge all students to read the important information below:

Check any changes with your department

You are responsible for checking with your department as to whether the syllabus or assessment for the modules you’ll be reassessed in are due to change next year.

If there are any changes, your department will be able to confirm whether you’ll be reassessed on the old or new syllabus.

Exam reassessment

If you need to undertake reassessment in any exams this will be noted on your results page alongside when this examination will take place.

If you are undertaking reassessment without attendance in an exam in 2022-23 this will take place in the main Summer exam period unless you are trailing your reassessment alongside progressing to your next year of study. Students trailing reassessment into their next Academic Year will undertake any exam reassessment in the January exam period.

In the 2022-23 academic year we will be returning to holding in-person examinations for the majority of our modules, although some may remain remote. Details on whether a module will be holding in-person or remote examinations can be found on the Module Directory.

Information on when exam timetables will be released and the dates of the exam periods will be updated on the exam dates and timetables page shortly.

Coursework reassessment

  • If you need to submit new coursework, your department will be in touch with you with further details about what you will need to do and to confirm your deadline.
  • If you are resubmitting coursework reassessment without attendance in the 2022-23 academic year, your coursework will be undertaken across the year alongside the modules standard assessment.
  • Students trailing or reassessing in previously trailed coursework reassessment in the 2022-23 academic year will undertake all coursework reassessment in the Autumn Term with this due for submission by January 2023.
  • Your department will confirm the deadline date and time for your resubmissions.
  • If you’re unable to submit coursework on time, University rules about the late submission of coursework will apply.
  • Please note, the details of your new coursework reassessment will be sent to you by your department. It’s important that you do not create your own coursework titles or reuse previous coursework titles, as these won’t be accepted by your department.

Final year projects

If you’re a Final Year student who needs to resubmit final year coursework, please contact your department as soon as possible to find out exactly what areas of the project you need to work on for your resubmission.

Maximum attempts

The Rules of Assessment state that you will not be granted more than three attempts at a module unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.

If you fail a module for a third time, and cannot be offered a further attempt, you may have to carry the fail or could be withdrawn from the University.

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