Clearing 2021

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

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

  • If you decide to carry 30 failed credits from the Year One modules you have trailed into your Year Two studies, you will still be eligible for an honours degree, provided you meet future progression and award requirements.
  • If you fail any further credits, including the further summer reassessment in your 15 trailed 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.
  • Marks in Year One do not count towards the 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 trailing Year Two modules

  • If you pass everything from your summer reassessment you will be eligible for your full honours degree.
  • If you fail the further reassessment in your 15 trailed credits, following all available assessment attempts, you would 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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