Exceptional removal of a mark process
You may apply for the exceptional removal of a mark process on the grounds of your personal circumstances if your decision making was affected, or if you fell ill in an exam and were unable to finish it.
Eligibility to apply
If your circumstances affected your judgement to the extent that you were unable to determine that you shouldn't have done the assessment. For example:
- your or a close family member's chronic medical condition/s (including mental health)
- death of a close family member or significant other
- acute personal crisis at the time of the assessment.
If you attended an assessment taking place under controlled conditions but were taken ill during the event and were unable to complete the assessment.
How to apply
Please complete the application form.
If you're applying on the basis that your judgement was affected you should:
- describe the circumstances and their impact on you, including how your judgement was affected at the time of the assessment
- make sure you enter the correct module code, name and element of assessment eg CW1, EX1
- state that you're applying to have a mark removed.
If you're applying on the basis that you were taken ill during a controlled conditions assessment you should:
- describe the circumstances and why they meant you were unable to complete the assessment
- state that you're applying to have a mark removed.
You'll receive an email from an Information Point with the outcome of your application.
When to apply
You should submit your application as close as soon as possible after the assessment. Where this isn't possible, the final deadlines for making applications at the end of each assessment period are:
- Postgraduate dissertation modules (for students completing their award): 14:00 on 18 October 2019
- Health and Applied Sciences (November 2019 exam boards): 14:00 on 01 November 2019
- Modules completed by the end of assessment period one: 14:00 on 7 February 2020
- Health and Applied Sciences (March 2020 exam boards): 14:00 on 20 March 2020
- Health and Applied Sciences (April 2020 exam boards): 14:00 on 24 April 2020
- Modules completed by the end of assessment period two: 14:00 on 5 June 2020
- Modules completed by the end of assessment period three: 14:00 on 29 July 2020
- Modules completed by the end of assessment period four: 14:00 on 14 August 2020
Please note: These deadlines don't apply to students studying Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) Law programmes.
Applications received after the final deadline won't be considered unless you can demonstrate that circumstances beyond your control prevented you from disclosing the relevant factors at that time.
Your late application must be received no later than ten working days after the formal notification of the Examination Board’s decision.
In exceptional circumstances, if you can demonstrate with the support of suitable evidence that you could not reasonably have complied with the University’s regulations, an application submitted after this time frame may be reviewed.
If your application is accepted
If your application is accepted, your mark for the assessment will be removed and replaced by a non-submission (NS).
If your mark is removed and you don't pass a module the Examination Board could:
- allow you to resit/retake a failed module where the regulations would not normally permit it. If a retake is permitted, you'll need to do all assessments again and a module fee may apply
- permit the mark from a resit or retake to be uncapped (unless previously capped), as defined in the glossary of terms
- accept failure to pass a module when recommending you for an award.
If your mark is removed but you still pass the module, you can't resit or retake it.
If your application is accepted but you still pass the module, the overall module mark will stand and you can't retake it or have your mark adjusted.
Having an application accepted won't permit a fee waiver for a retake.
If your application isn't accepted
If your application isn’t accepted then your mark for the assessment will be retained.
If you’re on your very first ‘go’ at a module (first attempt, first sit), then if you fail you'll normally be entitled to a resit even if your application isn't accepted. If you don’t pass the resit then you would normally be entitled to a retake. Please see the academic regulations for more information.
Resits or retakes
All assessments within a module are weighted, so whether you have to resit or retake will depend on which assessment you have had the mark removed for. Sometimes it's still possible to pass a module even where you have not completed all assessments. However, if you don’t pass the module, then it's likely you'll need to resit or retake.
Even if you had an exceptional removal of a mark application accepted at the first sit, you must still submit/attend all the required elements of assessment at the resit even if you passed some of the work at the first sit.
If you couldn’t do your first sit because of personal circumstances, then your next opportunity would be counted as a resit.
If you have any modules outstanding at the end of the academic year, then you may need to spend another year at university. This may also have fee applications. You're advised to check the Tuition Fee Policy or contact our Fees and Funding Team if you think this might apply to you.