Clearing 2021

Repeating a year on a different course

If you choose to repeat the year on a different course, it’s important that you take these factors into account:

  • you will not be able to carry any marks across from the previous year, even if you performed better
  • you will be re-registered onto the same year of study on your new course and will need to undertake all tuition and assessment
  • you will automatically be moved onto your new course of study; you do not need to request a change of course
  • your marks will not be capped
  • will count as one of your three attempts in each module, unless offered as a ‘First Sit’. In the academic year 2020-21 all repeat years will be offered as 'First Sits’
  • you will be liable for the tuition fees for a full year of study, even if this is as a 'First Sit’
  • all years of study will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), even where your repeat year is offered as a ‘First Sit’.

Not sure what to do?

If you have been given the choice to repeat a year on a different course or to undertake reassessment to remain on your current course and you’re not sure which to choose, then you should speak to the departments who run these courses as soon as possible to discuss your options.

It’s important to remember that marks from all years of study, including your current year, will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report, as will any failed credits.

Fees

You will have to pay tuition fees in full again for repeating the year.

Enrolling on modules

  • If you’ve been offered the chance to repeat a year, you’ll have to take the modules that are core and/or compulsory for your course.
  • These may be the same modules you’ve studied this year, or they may be different ones.
  • You will need to select your optional modules on the online module enrolment system, eNROL, before the start of the new academic year. You may choose different optional modules if you want to. If you’re retaking a module, please don’t assume that everything will be the same as it was this year; there may be changes to the content or the way the module is assessed – you can check this in the module directory.
  • Where you are undertaking the same modules, you will not be able to use previously submitted work but will need to write new assignments. Resubmitting previously submitted work counts as self-plagiarism and is an academic offence. We therefore would advise that where possible you select questions on different topics for your assignments to help avoid this issue and you may wish to consider undertaking different optional modules.
Before selecting this outcome, we urge all students to read the important information below.

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).

Resubmitting coursework

It’s really important to know that if you take any of the same modules during your period of repeat study, you must not resubmit any work that you’ve previously submitted. This counts as self-plagiarism which is an academic offence and has serious consequences.

To avoid this, you should try to choose different assignment titles next year. However, you must talk to your tutor if the same, or a very similar, assignment title is set. 

Maximum study period

You will have a maximum period in which you will need to complete your studies – this is normally the length of your course, plus two years.

A repeat period of study will normally count as one of your additional years from your maximum period of study unless offered as a 'First Sit' due to accepted extenuating circumstances.

All repeat years in the academic year 2021-22 are being offered as 'First Sits' and so will not count towards your maximum study period.

Funding for repeat year

If you are receiving a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England you may be affected by repeat funding rules.

If this is your first repeat year and you have no previous higher education study, then the repeat year would be classed as your ‘gift’ year and your repeat year will be funded.

However, if this is not your first repeat, or you have previous higher education study, you may not receive funding for your repeat year.

Please see our funding guidance on repeat funding and applying for compelling personal reasons. You can also email the Funding Team at  funding@essex.ac.uk for further advice if required.

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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