Repeating modules on a part-time basis

Repeating your failed modules on a part-time basis means you won’t be able to proceed to your next year of study until you have successfully completed your part-time studies, which at the earliest would be the start of the 2023-24 Academic Year.

If you choose to repeat your failed modules on a part-time basis, it’s important that you take these factors into account:

  • you will need to attend all relevant classes, lectures and seminars, and undertake all reassessment for the modules you are repeating
  • you will not be able to carry any marks in the modules you are undertaking part-time across from the previous year, even if you performed better
  • your marks will not be capped
  • this will count as one of your three attempts in each modules, unless offered as a ‘First Sit’
  • you will be liable for part-time tuition fees, even if this is as a ‘First Sit’
  • all years of study will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) even where your repeat study is offered as a ‘First Sit’.

If you’re repeating a module, you’ll need to read about the module you will be studying next year very carefully in the module directory – because various factors might have changed, such as:

  • changes to the syllabus, ie. the content of the module
  • the assessment weighting
  • the method and formatting of assessments
  • the term in which the module is running.

Fees

You will need to pay tuition fees for repeating a module part-time, even where this has been offered as a First Sit. These are calculated according to the credit value of the module in relation to the full-time fee.

For the current fees please see the Schedule of Reassessment fees per credit (.pdf)

Enrolling on modules

  • If you decide to repeat your modules on a part-time basis, you will need to take the modules that are core and/or compulsory for your course.
  • If you have been offered to repeat an optional module part-time, you may be able to choose to study a different optional module. Please contact your department to discuss your options.

Before selecting this outcome, we urge all students to read the important information below:

Maximum attempts

The Rules of Assessment state that you will not be granted more than three attempts at a module unless you have accepted extenuating circumstances.

If you fail a module for a third time, and cannot be offered a further attempt, you may have to carry the fail or could be withdrawn from the University.

Maximum study period

You will have a maximum period in which you will need to complete your studies – this is normally the length of your course, plus two years. A repeat period of study will normally count as one of your additional years from your maximum period of study unless offered as a ‘First Sit’ due to accepted extenuating circumstances.

Resubmitting coursework

It’s really important to know that if you take any of the same modules during your period of repeat study, you must not resubmit any work that you’ve previously submitted. This counts as self-plagiarism which is an academic offence and has serious consequences.

To avoid this, you should try to choose different assignment titles next year. However, you must talk to your tutor if the same, or a very similar, assignment title is set. 

Funding

If you need to apply to Student Finance England for funding, please ensure that you explain that you are a full-time student who is attending on a part-time basis. You will be making an incorrect application if you apply as a part-time student.

You are entitled to funding for the length of your course, plus one additional ‘gift’ year minus any previous years of higher education level study. If you have any previous years of higher education study, or this is not your first repeat year then your funding may be affected.

If this applies to you then please see the Funding Team webpage for guidance on repeat funding and applying for compelling personal reasons. You can also email the Funding Team at funding@essex.ac.uk for further advice if required.

Information for sponsored students

If you have a Tier 4 or Student Route visa, please see our immigration webpages to determine what impact your Board of Examiners outcome may have on your visa.

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