If you need to resit or retake

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.

If you need to use a further attempt (retake), 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

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 immigrationadvice@uwe.ac.uk.

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. 

Retake costs

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 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.

See the tuition fee policy for details of your financial liability.

Resit results

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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