Changes to summer exam times and the referral threshold

29 April 2016

The University is making two changes that will affect students taking exams this summer.

  • The first change is to the academic calendar – when exams for referrals and deferrals will be held.
  • The second change is to the referral threshold for students who do not pass exams or coursework.

1. Changes to the academic calendar – referral/deferral examination period

The examination period for referrals and deferrals will be extended for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

These exams will start on Thursday 7 July and will last up to and including Friday 15 July. No examinations will be held on Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July, however. During this period, examinations will start at either 10am, 2pm or 6pm.

This means exams will start a day earlier than previously stated in the academic calendar and the new times include Friday evenings.

Your examination(s) could be held at any University campus (Regent, Marylebone, Cavendish or Harrow). Find full details of University site locations here.

As a reminder, the final deadline for undergraduate and postgraduate referral/deferral coursework is Monday 11 July 2016.

2. Changes to the undergraduate academic regulations – referral threshold

The regulations state that if a student fails a module with an overall module mark of at least 30%, the Subject Board may decide to permit one referral in all or specified parts of the module. A referral is a re-sit / re-assessment of the failed assessments during the summer referral period. However where a student fails a module with an overall module mark of less than 30% the student is not eligible for this referral opportunity, and must instead retake the whole module, often with attendance, the following academic year.

However, in respect of modules at Levels 3, 4 and 5, the University is removing this 30% threshold for referral eligibility. You can check which level your modules are using SRS Web if in doubt.

You can read the current handbook of academic regulations on the University’s website.

What this means for you

Removing the referral threshold means that, should you fail a module, and regardless of the overall module mark you achieve, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your failed assessments sooner, during the summer referral period. You will avoid having to wait until next year and, if you pass the module at the referral opportunity, you will be able to focus on your new modules in the next academic year.

Therefore, if you fail a module at Level 3, 4 or 5 in June 2016, you will be offered a referral opportunity in the failed assessments. You will be expected to undertake this referral in the July referral period.

Note that this will only apply if you are taking this module at the first attempt or at retake, and if there are no other regulatory grounds preventing your re-assessment. If you are already currently taking this module as a referral and you fail, you will not be entitled to a further referral, regardless of the mark you achieve, and the normal regulations will apply.

If you are offered a referral opportunity but choose not to submit coursework or attend an examination in respect of that referral, this will count as an attempt and normal course regulations will apply.

Publication of results

Results will be published by Thursday 16 June 2016 via SRS Web. You must check your SRS Web for confirmation of your module results.

Further information

Please contact your Faculty Registry if you have questions or would like to know more detail.


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