A student must apply to resit if they are required to

  • Resubmit coursework
  • Repeat a placement
  • Resit an exam outwith the first diet

This includes students covered by extenuating circumstances ie Medical Certificates, Good Cause.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught candidates holding a valid class certificate are permitted a total of three/two opportunities of assessment respectively. For courses at Level 4 and above, including postgraduate taught courses, the timing and format of the resit shall be approved by the Head of the relevant School.  Students must formally apply to enter resit examinations (and must have a valid Class Certificate for the related course(s)). 

Where re-assessment is by re-submission of written work, it must normally be submitted by the first day of the summer diet. However, candidates may be declared as having passed in June if they have completed the required work by then in order to obtain the necessary credits to graduate.

Although the first entry to a prescribed degree assessment for a course may include an element of in-course assessment, this may not always be practicable for the second, or a subsequent, entry.  While the resit result for some courses will be based entirely on the written examination, for others a new element of in-course assessment will be required or the result for the in-course assessment submitted for the first attempt will be carried forward and counted at the resit attempt. Schools are required to provide this information to students in Course Handbooks.

Class Certificates

Any student who wishes to resit after the Class Certificate has expired must contact Registry (undergraduate@abdn.ac.uk) and make a case to have their class certificate extended. This will be passed to the Convener of Students' Progress Committee (CSPC) by the Registry Officer for a decision.

Students who are refused a Class Certificate  or who are deemed withdrawn (C7’d) from a course in the system for monitoring students’ progress, lose the right to appear for any associated end-of-course written examination, including resit exams,  unless they have an appeal against the decision pending

Details of resit fees are available at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/study/reassessment.php

If you have any queries, please email exams@abdn.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1224 273588.

Resit Application

Information for students on reassessment including the deadlines for students to submit their reassessment applications are published on the Infohub website.

Late Applications - December and May exam diets

If a student applies after the deadline:

  • their course registrations cannot be taken into account when creating the exam timetable and their exams may clash. While the School and Registry will try to resolve any clashes, it is not always possible and the student may need to defer the exam to the next diet. This can have an impact on progression.
  • there is no obligation for the School to provide an exam paper for an assessment which has not already been set. The decision whether to provide an exam paper is the responsibility of the Head of School.
  • a late fee is charged. The late fee is not charged for repeat placements or resubmission of work. If a student has good reason to ask for the late fee to be waived, they should email exams@abdn.ac.uk and provide supporting documentation.

No late applications are accepted for the summer resit diet.

Updating Student Record System

Only the Central Timetabling Team can update the Student Record System with re-assessment information. All applications, either via the online store or hard copy, are processed by our team.

Course Code Changes

If a course code has changed between sessions, the student will be registered under the original code. The exam will usually be scheduled alongside the new course code.

If the course has changed half session, a resit exam must be offered in the original diet.

Eligibility to Resit

Undergraduate students (with the exception of level 4) may have up to three attempts to pass a course.

Due to requirements set by the Home Office under UK Border Agency regulations, results recorded as NP, MC, SC and GC reasons are counted as attempts. This applies to both Home and Overseas students.

A student applying for a fourth attempt must contact Registry and seek academic approval. The student should email undergraduate@abdn.ac.uk to present a case for permission to resit a fourth time. This will be passed to the Convener of Students' Progress Committee (CSPC) for a decision.

Class Certificates

Any student who wishes to resit after the Class Certificate has expired must contact Registry (undergraduate@abdn.ac.uk) and make a case to have their class certificate extended. This will be passed to the Convener of Students' Progress Committee (CSPC) by the Registry Officer for a decision.

Level 4 - Summer Resits

At Level 4, schools are not obliged to offer a resit in the Summer examination diet. If a resit application is received for a level 4 course for the Summer resit diet, Registry contacts the School for approval before registering the student for the exam.

Information for Students

Students are advised that they must apply for a resit through:

  • Course guides
  • Infohub website
  • Central Timetabling "Reminder" email
  • Message of the day

The Central Timetabling Team send an email to all registered students who have not successfully completed their first attempt at a course two weeks before the resit deadline, advising them to apply. A further reminder is sent before the Online store closes.

How do students apply?

Students can apply for their resits through the Online store.

If the student has a medical certificate (MC), self certificate (SC) or good cause (GC), they should email the application form to exams@abdn.ac.uk. After the deadline the Online store should be used as a late fee applies.

When can a student resit an exam?

If a student did not pass an exam in the December examination diet, the student can resit this first half session exam either in June/July (summer resit diet) of the same year or the December or June/July (summer resit diet)of the next academic year.

If a student failed an exam in the May examination diet, the student can resit this first half session exam either in June/July (summer resit diet) of the same year or the May or June/July (summer resit diet)of the next academic year.