Failed assessments

Failed assessments

There are many reasons why students fail assignments and exams. Common reasons include:
not liking a particular module, not submitting work on time, difficulties in combining employment and study, insufficient revision, not adhering to submission guidelines, and personal problems. Whatever your particular reason may be; re-assessment provides the opportunity to have another attempt at your work and to pass second time around!

If you have failed an assessment or module you will receive a letter via SOLE from Registry Services informing you of what you need to do. Nursing and Midwifery students will be notified by the Institute of Health and Society (dates will depend on your year and cohort).

You may be asked to contact a Programme Advisor. This can be done either in person at Firstpoint in the Peirson Cenre by emailing:  There are three Programme Advisors and they have a rota which you can access via your SOLE page. The rota indicates which Advisors are available for appointments. Programme Advisors can assist you with changing modules, subjects, or course pathways. They can also advise on how to repeat a module, semester, or year.

If you need to re-take a year you should also contact a Money Adviser, they are available during semester and student vacation times. They can advise on the financial implications of extending your study period. Their contact details are: email or telephone 01905 542551 or you can book an appointment at Firstpoint.  

Students with dyslexia or a disability who need to re-submit work can contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service for advice on academic support during the vacation times. To make an appointment to see an adviser either contact Firstpoint, telephone the Disability and Dyslexia Service on 01905 855531 or email

If you haven’t registered a disability but feel that your academic performance in assessments or exams was affected by a health or disability issue; or if you think that you may be dyslexic, contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service. The Disability and Dyslexia Service can offer screening for dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. They can also advise on eligibility for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and provide guidance and support to any student with a disability.

It is quite common for students to fail assessments and examinations because stress or personal problems have prevented them from studying or from submitting work. Student Services offer free and confidential counselling for all students during semesters and vacation periods. To find out more information or to book an appointment you can either telephone: 01905 855107 or 855417, email or book an appointment through the Firstpoint desk in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre. Counselling offers the opportunity to be listened to by a professionally trained counsellor in a safe, private and uninterrupted place. Common issues raised by students in counselling include: anxiety and stress, academic issues, family and relationship problems, bereavement, low self-esteem and confidence, life transitions and depression.