Clearing 2021

Reassessment without attendance

If you have decided to be reassessed without attendance, you won’t be able to proceed to your next year of study until you have successfully undertaken your reassessment. The earliest you would be able to proceed to your next year of study would be at the start of the 2022-23 Academic Year. This means you will be classed as ‘intermitting’ and will not be able to attend any classes. Whilst intermitting you will automatically be registered as a partially registered student and will have access to all facilities including MyEssex, your email and the Library.

Reassessments undertaken without attendance are as capped resits, meaning your marks will be capped at 40, unless you have been granted a 'First Sit'. All reassessment offered in the 2020-21 academic year will be as a 'First Sit' and so will not be capped unless you are already taking the module in capped mode or have an Academic Offence penalty imposed.

Mix and match your reassessement

In your Board of Examiners Outcome email, you may have been offered the opportunity to mix and match your reassessment in the next Academic Year.

This is due to some of your modules not being available to study part-time in the next academic year, meaning we were unable to offer you the opportunity to repeat all of your failed modules on a part-time basis.

However, where it is possible to repeat some of your failed modules part-time, these will have been listed in your Board of Examiners Outcome email.

If you choose to undertake these listed modules on a part-time basis, you will still need to undertake reassessment without attendance in your other failed modules. Before making this decision we strongly advise you read our information on repeating modules on a part-time basis.

If you would like to repeat your available modules on a part-time basis whilst undertaking reassessment without attendance in your other failed modules, please email as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 6 October to let us know that this is your chosen outcome.

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.

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'.


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 reasssessments

  • 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).

Access to IT, email and library services

Despite being a partially registered student, you will still have access to:

  • University computing facilities – please check your Essex email account regularly, including changing your password when prompted
  • library services – you will have online access to a restricted set of e-resources which you can access remotely, and you will be able to borrow up to five books at a time.
  • guidance and support from the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service or SU Advice


As you would be registered as ‘intermitting’, you will not be eligible for a tuition fee loan or maintenance loan from Student Finance England and would need to fund your own reassessment fees and living costs.


If you have a place in University accommodation for the next academic year, unfortunately you won’t be allowed to retain it because you’ll be away for the year. To discuss this, and to get your deposit refunded, please contact the Accommodation Office in the Student Services Hub.

Information for sponsored students

If you have a Tier 4 or Student Route visa, please see our immigration webpages to determine what impact your Board of Examiners outcome may have on your visa.

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