Proceeding to the next year trailing 15 credits

If you have been given the option to trail failed credits, this means you can progress to your next year of studies and simultaneously undertake reassessment in your failed current year modules, known as trailing reassessment. This trailed reassessment will be undertaken by January 2023.

You can only be considered for trailing up to 30 non-core credits of reassessment. If you have previously carried any failed credits, these will be deducted from the amount of credits of reassessment you are eligible to trail, eg. if you are in your Second Year and previously carried 15 failed credits in your First Year, you can only trail the reassessment in a maximum of 15 non-core credits. Furthermore, trailing is only permitted where you have failed a module, you cannot trail reassessment in modules you have passed.

It’s important that you understand the implications of progressing to the next year of your course trailing reassessment in failed modules. Trailing reassessment means you will need to attend and undertake the assessments for all of your next year of study, as well as undertaking 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 reassessment to achieve your full award, you may not be able to graduate in July 2023.

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.

Please read the relevant information on trailing below:

Trailing 15 credits from Year One into Year Two

  • You can only fail up to a maximum of 30 credits’ worth of non-core modules across your whole degree.
  • If you have not achieved 120 credits in Year One, following reassessment, then you will not be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education should you decide to withdraw from your studies without successfully completing further credits in Year Two.
  • Marks in Year One do not count towards your final degree classification.
  • If you pass the 15 trailed credits, following reassessment, you will still be eligible for an honours degree, provided you meet future progression and award requirements.
  • If you fail the 15 trailed credits, following all available assessment attempts, you will still be eligible for an honours degree, provided you meet future progression and award requirements. However, you will not be able to fail more than 15 credits in the rest of your degree.

Trailing 15 credits from Year Two with 120 credits passed in Year One 

You can only fail up to a maximum of 30 credits’ worth of non-core modules across your whole degree. This means:

  • if you pass the 15 trailed credits, following reassessment, you will still be eligible for an honours degree, provided you meet future progression and award requirements.
  • if you fail the 15 trailed credits, following all available assessment attempts, 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.

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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