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Re-sitting out of attendance

Re-sitting out of attendance

If you have not passed enough modules to progress into the next academic year of your course, you will normally be required to re-sit failed modules at the next available opportunity, which is usually in August. If you pass these re-sits, you will be able to progress into the next academic year in September. 

What if I am not able to do the August re-sits?

If you feel that the reason you failed some modules was due to issues which will not be resolved before the August re-sits, for example ongoing ill-health, you could apply under the Extenuating Circumstances policy for permission to be absent from the August exams, and to defer your re-sits until January and May of the next academic year. 

This means you would be ‘out of attendance’ for a year. You are not normally required to participate in your studies while you are re-sitting out of attendance.

Very rarely, if a student has health or other personal issues which means that they cannot undertake re-sits the following academic year, QMUL may give permission for a second consecutive year of re-sitting out of attendance. 

How will I manage my academic work while re-sitting out of attendance?

If you are worried about how to remain engaged with your studies while you are out of attendance, check with your academic school whether you can contact your Personal Adviser, Tutor or Student Support Officer for help planning your revision and for feedback about what caused you to fail last time. You could also check whether the QMUL learning development team could help you plan your revision. See the later section of this advice guide, Practicalities during a period of interruption or re-sitting out of attendance for more information on what QMUL facilities you can use if you are out of attendance. 

What if I want to re-take modules in attendance? 

This is only approved in extremely limited circumstances. If you feel that you should be given an opportunity to attend your classes again (re-taking in attendance), you should contact your academic school immediately to discuss this. If your school does not approve this you will need to make a formal academic appeal to challenge this decision. However, most appeals on this basis are not successful, as students are expected to have arranged an interruption of studies if they are not fit enough to engage with their studies or sit exams. For more information about academic appeals see the information on the Registry website.  

If you would like advice about whether you have grounds to appeal, contact Annie Mitchell, Academic Adviser at the Students’ Union.  

How do I fund a period of re-sitting out of attendance? 

For advice about the financial options available to you, see the later section of this advice guide, How will I support myself financially?

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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