If you undertook assessment in 2021-22 academic year, but didn’t pass all your modules, these pages outline what the outcome(s) you have been offered mean and provide important information on what you need to do next. These pages are also relevant to students who have been offered any voluntary reassessment.
Reassessment provides you with the opportunity to have another attempt at a module either through resitting exams and resubmitting coursework, or repeating entire modules. Your results page will tell you what you have passed and what you need to retake to allow you to progress to your next year of study or graduate with your award. It will also list any voluntary reassessment you may have been offered and the outcomes that are available to you based on the decision of the Board of Examiners.
The options you have been offered by the Board of Examiners are dependent on your own individual results – so please read this guidance carefully and the information on each outcome you have been offered before making your decision. If you’re not sure what to do next, or if you have any questions, please talk to your departmental staff, who will be happy to help you.
We understand that results time can be difficult or disappointing, and our supportive staff in the student wellbeing service are on-hand to support you throughout this period. You may also wish to contact SU Advice, who provides free expert and independent advice on the University's policies and procedures.
First, it’s important to know that there are variations to the Rules of Assessment for different courses. For example, in some modules, achieving the standard pass mark of 40 may not be sufficient to achieve a pass overall in that module.
During your studies you’ll take a number of modules, which are assessed by coursework (including in-class tests and presentations) and/or exams.
Each module will be made up of units of assessment which will each have their own weighting towards the overall module aggregate. When calculating the module aggregate the marks for all units are combined according to their weightings. For information on module weightings, you can use the Module Directory.
In most cases the pass mark for each module is 40. If your reassessment is capped the maximum mark you can achieve for the affected module, following reassessment, is the pass mark, ie. 40.
All reassessment offered is capped, unless you have been offered an uncapped ‘First Sit’ due to accepted Extenuating Circumstances. Please note, whilst named a ‘First Sit’, this is only in reference to the fact that it does not count as one of your three attempts at reassessment in a module, previous marks and attempts may still appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). For full details on the above and any departmental variations that may apply please see the Rules of Assessment.
If your results show that you have a decision to make on the outcomes you've been offered and/or which reassessment you will be undertaking, there are set deadlines by which you must select your choices on the web results page.
For the September 2022 reassessment period the decision deadline is midnight on Wednesday 5 October.
Please note that this may be different for some courses. Please check the information in your Board of Examiners outcome email or contact your department to confirm your deadline.
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.
If you’re a Final Year student who has not met the eligibility criteria for you full degree and has therefore been offered further reassessment next academic year, the Board of Examiners will meet, generally in July, to assess your results from your coursework and exams reassessments to decide whether or not you’ve passed. If you have passed after this reassessment, and you’re eligible for a degree, you will receive your degree once your results have been confirmed. You will not be eligible to attend Graduation until you have completed this reassessment.
If you chose to accept an alternative award in 2019-20 or 2020-21, eg. an Ordinary Degree or a Diploma of Higher Education, and also undertook further reassessment and passed, you will only graduate with the higher of the two awards.
If you had an accepted extenuating circumstances claim, the action taken by the Board of Examiners will be noted on your results webpage.
If the Board of Examiners decides that your reassessment will be treated as an uncapped ‘First Sit’, due to extenuating circumstances, then your mark will not be capped upon reassessment.
The Rules of Assessment state that you have a maximum of three opportunities to undertake assessment in a module, however, the Board of Examiners can grant additional reassessment attempts where there are accepted extenuating circumstances.
It is essential for your continued progression on your course that you undertake all compulsory reassessment in failed modules that you have been offered. If you have been offered compulsory choice reassessment, it is important that you undertake the minimum number of credits of reassessment offered.
If you have been offered voluntary reassessment, but you’ve decided not to take it, you will retain your current marks. Please note, you are not able to request this reassessment at a later date.
If you choose to undertake any of the voluntary reassessment you have been offered, but then you change your mind, you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so that we can amend your record accordingly.
If you do not undertake the voluntary reassessment you have chosen to undertake and do not let us know in sufficient time, the Board of Examiners will reinstate your previous module mark, however this will show as an attempt at assessment on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).
If you undertake any reassessment, compulsory or voluntary, the number of attempts at your assessment will show on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), even where undertaken as a ‘First Sit', but only the higher mark will be recorded.
If you opt to undertake your voluntary reassessment, but do not undertake it, your HEAR will show your previous assessment mark but will count the missed reassessment as an attempt.
Your academic transcript will be available electronically as part of your Higher Education Achievement Report within five working days of your results being released. If you have been given a choice of outcomes, your HEAR will not update until five working days after you have confirmed your decision. Please note, the HEAR will not update if you are undertaking further reassessment this academic year, ie. over the Summer, until your final marks for this year have been released after the September Resit Boards. We therefore advise that, if you are undertaking Summer reassessment, you take a screenshot of your results page.
You can access your HEAR and securely share it with others via your GradIntelligence account.
We no longer issue hard copies of students’ transcripts as standard. Please contact email@example.com should you require further assistance.
Your electronic award certificate will be available on your GradIntelligence account, alongside your HEAR, within five working days of your award being conferred. If you have been given a choice of outcomes, this will be available five working days after you have confirmed your decision.
You will also receive a hard copy award certificate.
The Graduation and Awards Team will contact all graduates via their Essex emails to confirm where their certificate should be posted. If you do not confirm your address by the deadline stated by the Graduation and Awards Team when they contact you, your certificate will be posted to your home address on MyEssex.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further assistance.
We are very pleased to confirm that we are running Spring Graduation Ceremonies between Monday 27 and Friday 31 March 2023. All graduates who achieve their award during the September reassessment period will be contacted in November with information 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 email@example.com should you have any queries in the meantime.
The Board of Examiners applies the Rules of Assessment and makes decisions based on academic grounds. It is not always possible for a sponsored student to choose some of the academic options given by the Board due to the immigration rules, regulations and guidance. It is your responsibility to check our immigration pages for guidance on how possible outcomes may affect your visa.
If you complete your course earlier than expected then the University will be required to report this to the UK Home Office, which may mean your visa will expire early. The International Services Team will email you when a report is made to the UK Home Office to advise you further. In the meantime, if you require advice, please contact our International Student Advisors by completing the online immigration enquiry form.
As a student sponsor, the University must comply with all Home Office requirements. Please read our immigration guidance on Board of Examiner decisions. If it is recommended or you would like clarification before making your choice, please contact our International Services team.
We understand that results time can be disappointing and that this can be a difficult time if you’ll be leaving the University before the anticipated end of your studies.
It’s really important that you access our range of student support services, so you have the right information to weigh-up the options and decide on your next steps.
You may decide that you want to continue your studies at another institution. Your Higher Education Achievement Record provides a record of your achievements at our University, which you can make available to another institution.
If you are repeating the year or repeating modules on a part-time basis you will be able to register online in the normal manner.
If you are undertaking reassessment without attendance, you will be registered automatically.
Find out more about registration.
If you are entitled to the Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England, this will cover the tuition for the ordinary duration of your course, plus one additional year (known as a ‘gift year’), minus any previous years of study at Higher Education level.
You will be eligible for tuition fee funding for a repeat year or part-time repeat, where you have not yet used your additional year of funding or had previous Higher Education funding prior to your current course. If you have previously studied at Higher Education level or already used your additional year of funding, you will need to fund your own tuition fees during any repeated studies, ie. a repeat year or if repeating modules on a part-time basis.
When funding is affected by previous study, you will not be able to get a tuition fee loan but should still be able to access the maintenance loan and additional grants such as the Parents Learning Allowance, Disabled Student Allowance etc as usual.
There is an exception to the previous study rules, which is if you have had extenuating circumstances for not completing a year of study. If this applies to you, you can write to Student Finance England to request an additional year of funding. Student Finance call this ‘compelling personal reasons’. You need to write a letter to explain how the compelling personal reasons have affected your studies and submit supporting evidence. UK Home funded students can submit this request via their online account, EU students need to post it. If your request is successful your tuition fee loan will be reinstated.
You only need to submit a ‘Compelling personal reasons’ request if you have already used your ‘gift year’ or have studied previously.
Please contact the Funding Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further advice on Compelling Personal Reasons if required.
If you are undertaking reassessment without attendance, you will not be fully registered or liable for tuition fees, you’ll only need to pay the relevant resit costs and therefore this will not count as a year’s funding entitlement. As such you will not be eligible for any funding from Student Finance England as they generally only provide support for students in attendance.
Any student who is in debt to the University will normally be required to pay the debt before registering for the next academic year. If you are unable to pay the debt, you should contact the Student Services Hub.
You can request to change your course via the Student Request Portal - where you can also find out more about:
If the Board of Examiners require you or have offered you the option to change course and continue your studies and you select this outcome, you will not need to request a course change to action this, it will automatically be actioned for you. For information on course changes due to Board of Examiners outcomes please see the relevant pages which will be linked to on your web results outcome page.
For further information, see the changing course webpages.
If you are considering making an appeal against a decision made by the Board of Examiners, it’s important to be aware that there are limited grounds and strict deadlines for submitting an appeal. Check the deadlines as soon as possible on the appeals webpage.
You can also contact the SU Advice team for support with completing your appeal at email@example.com.
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