Retaking exams or modules

Mitigation

Exam attendance and coursework submission are an essential component of most programmes. If you are unable to attend an exam or complete your coursework for any reason, medical or otherwise, you should let your Hub know as soon as possible. They will advise you on the process of applying for mitigation. If you are unable to do this yourself, you may need to ask someone to do so on your behalf.

More information about the support available through this process can be found here.

Resitting without attendance

If you do not pass sufficient credits to progress to your next year of study, you will be required to retake the assessments that you have not passed. Exams can only be retaken at fixed periods and if you are not required to attend until the examination period, you will be deemed to be resitting without attendance.

As you are not required to attend the University is required to withdraw immigration sponsorship during this period. This will mean that your visa is curtailed and you are required to leave the UK.

We will issue you with a new CAS number closer to the resit period and you will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa to return for your exams and complete the remainder of your course. We will contact you to advise you on this process.

Resitting with attendance

Sometimes students are required to repeat a module, multiple modules or an entire year and this will have an impact on your Tier 4 visa.

If you have to repeat term 1+2, or an entire year, you will need to extend your current visa to cover this additional period. It would be best to make an appointment with us at least two months before your current visa expires to help you start preparing for this.

If you have to repeat term 1 only you will not be required to attend the remainder of the year. The university will report this to UKVI and your visa will be curtailed. You will need to leave the UK after term 1 and will need to apply for a new visa in order to return for the following year. We will be able to issue you a CAS number in July to return for the next year (or in June if you need to return for a summer exam).

If you have to repeat term 2 the university will inform UKVI that you are not required in attendance in Term 1. Your visa will be shortened to 60 days from the day we report this (you will be informed by email when the report is made) and will need to leave the UK before the end of this 60 day period. You will need to apply for a new visa in order to return for term 2. We will be able to issue you a new CAS number in November.

Advice and support

The Guild Advice Unit (Exeter) or FXU Advice Service (Cornwall) offers advice on the University’s academic regulations. If you need advice about the implications for your visa contact us.