Missed assessments process

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Important update: We have applied personal circumstances to all students, covering all assessments due from Wednesday 18 March 2020 onwards. No evidence will be required. You don't need to do anything. Read our coronavirus guidance.

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Missed assessment process

You may use the missed assessments process if you don't submit an assignment or don't attend an examination or other controlled conditions assessment such as a presentation due to the impact of your personal circumstances.

The missed assessments process can support you by:

  • allowing 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.
  • permitting the mark from a resit or retake to be uncapped (unless previously capped), as defined in the glossary of terms.
  • the Examination Board may accept failure to pass a module when recommending you for an award.

Things to consider:

  • If you submit a missed assessments application but then choose to do the assessment your application will be rejected.
  • You can't use the missed assessments process to apply for an extension – please see the five working day extensions information instead.
  • 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 will not permit a fee waiver for a retake.
  • 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 is not 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.

How to apply

We have applied personal circumstances to all students, covering all assessments due from Wednesday 18 March 2020 onwards. No evidence will be required. You don't need to do anything.

When you are able to submit an application form you should:

  • describe why your circumstances caused you to miss the assessment(s)
  • make sure enter the correct module code, name and element of assessment eg CW1, EX1
  • state that you are applying because you've missed an assessment.

If you don’t include all of this information it may not be possible to process your application.

If you have any questions about the process please contact an Information Point.

See our personal circumstances evidence guidance for the types of evidence that would be acceptable depending on your situation.

In order for UWE Bristol to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) your supporting evidence will be deleted after a decision has been made about your application. However, a record of the type of evidence received will be recorded so if you make a subsequent application for the same reasons then it isn't likely you’ll be required to provide any further documentation.


In exceptional circumstances, where you've been prevented from submitting or attending an individual assessment, you may use self-certification to accompany an application under the missed assessments process if you can't provide any other form of evidence.

Self-certification may only be used once during each academic year (a period determined by the programme start date). It may be used to cover one or more assessments which are due to be submitted or taken on the same day.

Self-certification won't be accepted as evidence for:

  • absence from a group assessment
  • a five working day extension/adjustment to a coursework deadline
  • an application relating to a practice placement
  • withdrawing from a module
  • a late personal circumstances application
  • an assessment you have submitted or attended
  • supporting an exceptional request to remove a mark.

Access the self-certification form

When to apply

You should submit your application as close as possible to the time of the assessment. Where this isn't possible, there are final deadlines for making applications at the end of each assessment period. These 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 will not be considered unless you can demonstrate that circumstances beyond your control prevented you from disclosing the relevant factors at that time.

Your application must be received no later than ten working days after the formal notification of the Examining Board’s decision.

In exceptional circumstances, if you can demonstrate with the support of suitable evidence that you could not reasonably have been expected to have complied with the University’s regulations, an application submitted after this time frame may be reviewed.

Making additional applications

If you make an application but your circumstances continue and affect other assessments or examinations, you’ll need to complete a new application if you are unable to attempt them.

You'll also need to apply again for any resits you are unable to attempt, even if you made an application at the first sit. The reason for having to complete a new form is because the University will not make the assumption that you are still affected.

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.

Resits and retake information


If you have a question which isn't answered above then please contact an Information Point for further guidance.

For further information, please see the code of practice and guidance.