Clearing 2021

Carry 15 failed credits from your trailed reassessment and undertake reassessment in 30 trailed credits only

If you have been offered this outcome, this means that you have passed your current year of study but have been given further reassessment opportunities in your previously trailed credits. This outcomes gives you the option to carry 15 failed credits (referred to as condonement in the rules of assessment) and undertake reassessment over the summer in the other 30 failed credits from the modules you trailed from 2019-20. You will have no further reassessment opportunities in the 15 failed credits that you carry. It’s important that you understand the implications of carrying 15 failed credits towards your overall degree.

You can only fail a maximum of 30 credits of non-core modules across your whole honours degree. Please read the relevant section below for further information on the implications of carrying failed credits.

Year Two student not already carrying other failed credits from Year One

  • If you fail more than 15 non-core credits in the rest of your degree (including in your trailed summer reassessment), following all available assessment attempts, you will no longer be eligible for an honours degree; however, the Board of Examiners would consider whether you are eligible for an exit award.
  • Marks in Year One do not count towards your final degree mark and classification; however, marks from all years of study, including your current year, will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), as will any failed credits.

Year Two students already carrying15 other failed credits from Year One

  • If you decide to carry 15 failed credits from the Year One modules you have trailed into your Year Two studies, this would mean that you are carrying a total of 30 failed credits across your Year One modules.
  • If you fail any further credits (either in your Final Year or in your trailed summer reassessment), following all available assessment attempts, you will not be eligible for an honours degree; however, the Board of Examiners would consider whether you are eligible for an exit award. This means you must pass all your summer reassessment to progress and remain eligible for an honours degree.
  • Marks in Year One do not count towards your final degree mark and classification; however, marks from all years of study, including your current year, will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), as will any failed credits.

Final Year students who passed 120 credits in Year One and are not already carrying other failed credits from Year Two

  • If you decide to carry 15 failed credits from the Year Two modules you have trailed into your Final Year, you will still be eligible for an honours degree, provided you do not fail more than 15 credits in the rest of your degree.
  • If you fail more than 15 additional credits from your summer reassessment in your trailed modules, following all available assessment attempts, you will not be eligible for an honours degree; however, the Board of Examiners would consider whether you are eligible for an exit award.
  • The degree classification rules are based on your degree mark and the number of credits within a given class. Having a mark below a pass mark could lower your overall degree mark. See the full rules of assessment.

Final Year students already carrying 15 failed credits from either Year One or Year Two

  • If you decide to carry 15 failed credits from the Year Two modules you have trailed into your Final Year, this would mean that you are carrying a total of 30 failed credits across your Year One and Two modules. You will still be eligible for an honours degree, provided you meet future progression and award requirements. However, you cannot fail anything else in the rest of your degree (either in your Final Year or in your trailed summer reassessment).
  • If you fail any further credits, following all available assessment attempts, you will not be eligible for an honours degree; however, the Board of Examiners would consider whether you are eligible for an exit award.
  • The degree classification rules are based on the degree mark and number of credits within a given class. Having a mark below a pass mark could lower your overall degree mark. See the full rules of assessment.

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

Reassessment fees

Reassessment in a module costs £50. In the 2020-21 academic year, all reassessment offered as a 'First Sit' is free of charge, unless otherwise specified.

If you have to undertake reassessment due to an Academic Offence or are already in capped mode, you may be charged for this reassessment even if offered as a 'First Sit'.

 

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 2021-22 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.

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.

Please note, the majority of all exams in the 2021-22 academic year will be online examinations.

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, your coursework will be take across the 2021-22 Academic Year alongside the modules standard assessment.
  • Students trailing coursework reassessment into their next Academic year will undertake all coursework reassessment in the Autumn Term with this due for submission by January 2022.
  • 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. This year all reassessment is being offered as ‘First Sits’ so this will not count as one of your three attempts, however this will still show as an attempt on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

Information for Final Year students

If you’re a Final Year student and have been offered further reassessment, the Board of Examiners will assess your results next Academic Year once you’ve completed your reassessment to decide whether or not you’ve passed. If you have passed, and you’re eligible for a degree, you will receive your degree once your results have been confirmed.

If you chose to take an alternative award in 2019-20 or in Summer 2021, e.g. an Ordinary Degree or a Diploma of Higher Education, and also undertook further reassessment and passed, you will graduate with the higher of the two awards.

As a consequence of public health actions to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we had to take the very painful decision to postpone our Summer 2020 and 2021 Graduation ceremonies. We are very pleased to confirm that, if restrictions are lifted as expected, we plan to run ceremonies graduation ceremonies in 2022.

We will contact all eligible graduates with more information nearer the time about when their ceremony will be and how to book. Please ensure your external email address is up to date in MyEssex so we can stay in touch. All updates will also be published on our graduation website . Please contact graduation@essex.ac.uk should you have any queries in the meantime.

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