Resits and retake information
Guidance for if you need to resit or retake an assessment or module.
If you need to resit or retake
If you do not pass a module at the first sit, you will normally get an automatic resit. If you need to resit a module, you will be assessed again for the entire component/s you have not passed, even if you passed some of the work at the first sit and even if you had a missed assessments or exceptional removal of marks application accepted. You do not need to pay for a resit.
A retake is when you study a whole module for a second time because you have taken it previously but have not passed it yet. As you will be retaking the module in a different academic year, the assessment is likely to be different. You will not be able to retake a module if you’ve already passed it.
If you need to use a further attempt, you will have to redo all assessments and pay for the whole module again. No marks can be carried over from one attempt to the next, even if a missed assessments or exceptional removal of marks application has been accepted.
If you have a resit, this is shown in your academic record using a code. For example:
- 1RA – This is your first attempt at the module and you need to resit component A
- 1RB – This is your first attempt at the module and you need to resit component B
- 1RALL – This is your first attempt at the module and you need to resit all components.
If the code starts with a ‘2’, that means it is your second attempt at the module. A ‘3’ would mean your third attempt and so on.
Potential implications of uncapped resits
Resits are primarily opportunities for students who have failed the original assessment or who were unavailable at the first sit, e.g. due to illness.
You should be aware that if you are resitting an assignment, the academic support and access to specialist facilities are likely to be limited during the resit period.
There are several risks involved in not submitting to the initial deadline or having to re-sit later in the year. These risks may increase with the number of re-sit assignments you may need to undertake, including:
- Relearning module information – The module may have run many months before, so you may need to relearn module information without the support of module leader and peers
- Unplanned re-sits – If you fail any other assignments during the year you may end up with multiple re-sit assignments at once
- No additional sit if you fail – You will need to retake the module if you fail at the re-sit
- Impact on progression – If you fail too many modules at the re-sit period you may need to retake the year of study
- Cost – If you fail the re-sit you will need to pay for the cost of retaking the module. See the section on retake cost below for further details.
- Late graduation – If you are a final year student you won't be able to graduate until the Graduation Ceremony which follows the completion of your award. This means that you'll normally graduate later than the rest of your cohort if you are resitting and retaking, depending on the resit schedule for the module
- Further study – You may not be able to progress onto further study (at UWE or other institutions) if you are undertaking a summer re-sit and haven’t completed your course in time
- Visa implications – If you undertake assessments within the resit schedule, you may not receive your results before your CAS expires. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with our Immigration Advice Service at email@example.com.
The University does not charge students to take a resit. Charges for retakes will depend on your individual situation.
The fee implications for retaking a module as well as details of your financial liability are set out in the University tuition fee policy.
Fee levels are determined based on a number of factors including the fee regime in force at your initial registration on a programme of study (subject to any annual changes which will be outlined in the fee policy). You will be asked to agree to the terms of the policy as part of the registration process at the start of each year of study. If you do have to pay to retake a module, it will be because there are still costs associated with retaking a module even if you have studied it before. These include:
- teaching, supervision, assessment and feedback
- use of university facilities eg the Library, computer rooms, laboratories, software
- provision of module materials
- administrative services eg registration and examinations.
Academic support for resits
If you do need to utilise the re-sit period, there will be study support available to you. While you will not be able to receive support from module leaders you will be able to access other resources such as Blackboard resources, pre-recorded sessions, study skills workshops and library study support over summer.
More information on study support outside of your course.
There may be some exceptions where limited support and access may be available to you.
Academic revision session
Modules will normally provide one academic revision session for the main assessment deadline. This session could occur individually or be combined across modules where appropriate. It could involve a timetabled session, a pre-recorded video or the review of draft work. The module leader will determine the type of revision session offered.
Resitting students will have full access to all the learning materials from the original delivery. There may be an additional revision session but this is at the discretion of the module leader.
Refresher session for practical tasks
Where the module has a university-based practice task which requires a level of competence in specific equipment or software, one refresher session may be offered for the main assessment deadline. This may run alongside or instead of the academic revision session, based on the judgment of the module leader. No new skills will be taught during this session and only established skills taught earlier in the academic year can be used for this period.
Resitting students will have full access to all the learning materials from the original delivery, but no additional refresher sessions for practical tasks.
Limited access to specialist equipment
Resitting students may have limited access to specialist space and equipment that form part of the module. Any access restrictions to specialist equipment/facilities during the resit period will be communicated to students via Blackboard and access cannot be guaranteed. The decision will be determined at programme level in close collaboration with technical teams, and ultimately depend on room and equipment availability. Furthermore, access to specialist facilities may only be available to complete work, rather than starting new work, depending on the nature of the resit. Module leaders will be able to advise.
Additional meeting with your project supervisor
Students resitting projects/dissertations may be able to access to one additional meeting with their project supervisor during the resit period, however this is not guaranteed. The support is designed to support students to act on the feedback from the first attempt. Students will be responsible for contacting their supervisors to arrange this supervisory meeting.
You should receive the outcome of your resits by the official results publication dates.
You can access your results through your myUWE account. If you need help understanding them, you may find our guidance on modules and marks terminology helpful.
If you haven't passed all your resits
If you receive the decision "Refer", it could have an impact on your programme of study. This could mean that you cannot continue on a failed module.
For undergraduate students, following the publication of results a programme of study for 2022/2023 academic year will be selected for you. You will see your programme of study when your timetable is published. See student timetable publication dates.
For postgraduate students, please contact your Programme Leader to discuss your retake module options.
If you've failed your award
If you receive the decision of "Failed Award", you won't be able to continue on your award. We'll contact you as soon as possible after your results have been published to confirm your result. This will be in the form of a letter emailed to your UWE Bristol email account.
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