What happens if I retake a module?

Please note: This page does not relate to the no detriment retake approach which is available to support students as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For information on the no detriment retake, please see My Hallam.


Retaking a module means that:

  • You must take all the learning and assessment activities in the module again
  • As you will be taking additional time to complete your award, you need to be aware of its maximum duration
  • No marks from your previous registration on the module will be carried forward
  • The overall module mark will be capped at the pass mark
  • If you fail a core or elective module after retake this would normally mean that you will have to withdraw from the course
  • You may be charged a fee, published by your Faculty
  • You have the same reassessment opportunities as at the first registration (see regulation 3.1)

If you fail a core module you must take the same module again.

If you fail an elective module, you may:

  • retake the same module on one occasion only, or
  • substitute the module with another elective module, where one is available, on one occasion only. This is your retake.

If you choose to substitute a module with a different elective module, your module mark will still be capped at the minimum pass mark. No further substitutions are permitted.

If the module is no longer available (e.g. due to the course being revalidated), a replacement module may be studied as directed by your Faculty.

This will be treated as a retake and will be subject to all regulations relating to retake modules. Capping of the module will still apply.

If a replacement module cannot be studied, you will need to renegotiate your programme of study.

Decisions about taking a replacement module or renegotiating your programme require discussion and agreement with the course team.

The module/s you have failed will be added to your timetable for next year, if this isn't possible due to module/s being unavailable you will be contacted to make alternative arrangements.

  • You will receive an email inviting you to re-enrol for the new academic year; your fees will be confirmed at enrolment.
  • You should check your timetable at the start of the new academic year to ensure that all your modules have been included. If they are not you must contact Hallam Help immediately.

Retaking the year may have implications for your current and future funding and you are strongly advised to contact Student Finance England.

If you have to study modules on a part-time basis (i.e taking less than 120 credits for a full-time undergraduate student), you will be charged a pro-rata fee. You will remain on the full time course but will a part-time mode of attendance.

Retaking modules may have an impact on your visa.

You should book an appointment with an International Experience Adviser to discuss this.

Please contact Hallam Help on 0114 225 2222 and arrange an appointment.

The Student Advice Centre at the Students' Union can be contacted for information and individual advice about the effects of repeat study on your funding, fee support, housing and benefits. The advice is free, confidential and impartial, as the Students' Union operates independently of the University.

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