Exam failure - undergraduates
Failing an exam or assessment can have serious consequences. It could delay you starting the next year or level of your course. It could affect your final degree classification. In some cases it could even cause you to fail your course completely. It is important to understand the university's rules and how these apply to you. This guide provides information about the relevant regulations and what to do in case of a failure.
You can find a copy of the university regulations on progression and exam failure here.
Different rules apply to students on non-modular courses. Check your course handbook for more information and contact Student Advice Centre if you need to speak to an Academic Adviser.
Summary of the regulations
- Each level (or year) of your course is worth 120 credits. You need to pass all modules to automatically pass that level.
- If you have failed a level by no more than 20 credits, you may be awarded a conceded pass. This allows you to start the next level without resitting failed modules.
- You normally will need to have passed core modules to be allowed a conceded pass.
- To get a conceded pass from Level 1 to Level 2, fail grades must be at least 30.
- If you get a conceded pass you can chose to re-sit failed modules
- If you fail the year, you will have to re-sit failed modules before starting the next level. Re-sits are capped at a basic pass of 40
3 year courses
- You need 240 credits in the final exam (Levels 2 & 3 -120 per level) to automatically receive an honours degree. Your degree classification is calculated from your grades in each module
- The university has the discretion to award an honours degree if you obtain 200 credits at Levels 2 & 3, with at least 90 credits being at FHEQ Level 6 (normally L3 modules), and a weighted average grade of at least 39.5
- The university may award a pass degree (i.e. without honours or classification) if you obtain at least 180 credits at Levels 2 & 3, but fail to satisfy the other criteria
4 year courses
- You need 120 credits and an average weighted grade of 49.5 at Level 3 to automatically proceed to Level 4.
- If you have 100 credits and an average weighted grade of 49.5 at Level 3 you may be allowed a conceded pass to Level 4.
- If not allowed to proceed to Level 4, you may be awarded a Bachelor’s degree in accordance with regulations for three year courses, or allowed to re-sit the failed modules.
- You need 360 credits in the Final Exam (years 2, 3, 4) to automatically receive an honours degree. Your classification is based on your grades in each module
- The Examination Board has the discretion to award an honours degree if you obtain 320 credits, at least 90 credits being at FHEQ Level 7 (normally L4 modules), and an average weighted grade of at least 49.5 in the Final Exam
Failing Level 4 Modules
- If you obtain 320 credits at levels 2,3 & 4 but fail to satisfy the other criteria, you may be awarded a Bachelor’s degree, with or without Honours
- If you are not awarded a degree because of failing Level 4 modules you may be allowed to re-sit failed exams once.
For information about re-sits click here