Resits and supplementary assessments

If you are unable to progress to the next stage of your studies, the exam board may offer you another opportunity to successfully complete assessments for units that you have not passed.

Some units are must-pass. For these units, you must obtain the credit points by achieving the pass mark and any additional criteria. Passing the unit is required to demonstrate that you are able to meet the intended learning outcomes for the programme. The unit cannot be compensated. 

Any must-pass units will be listed in the programme catalogue entry for your programme and year of study.

This outcome is an appealable decision.

Full details of the regulations:

  • section 30 for undergraduate modular programmes, paragraph 30.7 onwards
  • section 31 for undergraduate non-modular professional programmes, paragraph 31.8 onwards
  • section 38 for postgraduate taught programmes, paragraph 38.8 onwards.

You cannot not retake assessments in units with a total value of more than 80 credit points in the reassessment period. You may instead do a supplementary year to complete assessment for the outstanding units.

Deadlines and timetable for the reassessment period

The dates of the reassessment period are listed on the University key dates web page. Dates may vary for certain programmes, particularly postgraduate or professional programmes and the International Foundation Programme. Your school will inform you in this case.

You will be able to view reassessment details in the View assessment details screen in eVision.

Reassessment attempts

If you are required to do a reassessment, you will see ‘resit’ or ‘supplementary’ next to the mark for the original assessment.  

If you are given are assessment as a second or third attempt because you have previously failed the unit, your unit mark will be capped at the pass mark. 

If you are permitted a supplementary reassessment, for example if you have validated exceptional circumstances, your attempt number stays the same: 

  • If you were on your first attempt, you will stay on your first attempt and your unit mark will not be capped. 
  • If you were on your second or third attempt, you will stay on that attempt and your unit mark will be capped.
  • In this case, your mark from the most recent assessment will supersede the original assessment mark. 

Your reassessment details will provide due dates for each assessment. For example, if an assessment is available for five days, the information in eVision will only show the end date. 

Full details of required reassessments will be given on the relevant unit’s Blackboard site.

Tuition fees

There are no additional tuition fees for resits or supplementary assessments that are taken in the same academic year they were first failed or missed.


If you are a Student visa holder and resits or supplementary assessments will change your course end date, seek advice from Student Visas about how this may impact you.

Please be aware that Student visas are not automatically extended.

Changes to study may also affect your eligibility for the Graduate Route.

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