Re-taking a period of study in attendance
Why might I need to re-take a period of study?
Re-taking a period of study in attendance is only offered in very limited circumstances, as students are expected to interrupt their studies if they are not fit to engage with their studies effectively.
However, if you have an extenuating circumstances claim approved by Queen Mary University of London, you might be granted a re-take in attendance as part of your claim. For more information about Queen Mary University of London’s extenuating circumstances claim process, see our advice guide Extenuating Circumstances.
If you are granted a re-take in attendance, you must make sure that you have enough funding for this, as you will usually have to pay tuition fees and living costs for the extra period of time.
Medical and Dental students are usually required to re-take the whole academic year in attendance if they have interrupted their studies or need to re-sit exams.
What about my tuition fees?
What about my funding?
You must make sure that you have sufficient funds to pay for your tuition fees and maintenance costs for your extra period of study.
If you are sponsored by your government or other organisation, check that they will continue to fund you for this. If not, you must find alternative funds to pay for your tuition fees and maintenance costs for the extra period of time.
What about my immigration permission (‘visa’)?
If your immigration permission is long enough for you to complete your studies, you don’t need to do anything.
If your immigration permission is not long enough to complete your studies, you need to check if you can now complete your studies within the relevant time limit, which is normally five academic years. If you will not have enough time remaining, please contact a Welfare Adviser about your options.
If your re-take will mean you will need more time in the UK, you will need to make a Tier 4 (General) Student immigration application for the additional time that you will need. For your application you will need a new Confirmation of Acceptance of studies (CAS). You must apply for a CAS from the Academic Registry. You should be able to apply for your new CAS through MySIS after your student record has been updated to reflect your new expected completion date.
Remember you must also meet the Tier 4 visa requirements including the financial requirements.
If you will be applying for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission, we have produced an advice guide, “Applying for Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission” and video guides to help you apply. You can find these resources on the Advice and Counselling Service website.
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