What if I have failed a module?

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A fail can be due to:

  • not meeting the minimum overall pass criteria for the module after taking your referral
  • not making a valid attempt at all assessment tasks after taking your referral
  • academic misconduct

You will be able to retake the module on one occasion only and will be contacted by your Student Services team*. For more information please refer to regulations 5, 8 and 9 of the Standard Assessment Regulations.

You will be able to progress from one level to the next carrying up to 20 credits of failure. If you have failed more than 20 credits you will be unable to progress to the next level of study. For more information relating to progression rules please refer to regulation 7 of the Standard Assessment Regulations.

* Unless there are Professional, Regulatory or Statutory Body requirements which prevent this. Exemptions from Standard Assessment Regulations will be stated in your course documentation.

If you fail a core module after retaking

If you fail a module twice you will not be able to continue on your course. You will have to withdraw or investigate if it is possible to transfer to a different course. Leaving higher education before completing your intended qualification can seem like a real set back, but it is important to remember that there can be many routes to getting a job or qualification and many other ways to meet people and gain valuable life experience. You might want to consider other positive alternatives to higher education, such as employment, training or apprenticeships. Or you might want to explore your options for continuing to study at another university, either now or at a later date.

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