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Options for Non-Finalist Undergraduate Students

Please see information below if you have been informed that you have failed one or more of your courses. This applies whether you are not progressing at this stage, or are progressing having failed a non-core module.

Under the undergraduate regulations, students may proceed to the next year of their degree only if they pass all core courses and pass courses to the value of at least three course units in total.

By the end of their studies at SOAS BA/BSc students must have passed courses to the value of at least 11 course units to be eligible for an Honours degree over 3 years (at least 14 units in a four-year degree). If they pass only 10 or 10.5 units (13 or 13.5 units in a four-year degree), they will be offered a Pass degree instead.
LLB students must pass all 12 course units to be eligible for award.

1 - Re-entry options

You will be automatically re-entered for any failed element of assessment for your failed course(s) at the next available opportunity (please see dates below). You will not be permitted to attend classes in 2016/17.
The opportunity to resit is subject to a student remaining within their time limit for completion of the degree, unless there are accepted mitigating circumstances.

  • Following the School Summer exam period:
    • the Late Summer exam period 2016, for Undergraduate non-finalists not due to go on a year abroad only
      • Exam period: 24 to 31 August 2016
      • Coursework submission deadline: 24 August 2016
    • the coming academic year, i.e. 2016/17 for all other students.
      • Exam period: 10 May to 6 June 2017 (to be confirmed).
      • Coursework submission deadline: 24 March 2017
  •  Following the Late Summer re-entry period:
    • the coming academic year, i.e. May/ June 2017 exam period for all students.
      • Exam period: 10 May to 6 June 2017 (to be confirmed).
      • Coursework submission deadline: 24 March 2017

The overall mark for any course you have re-entered for will be capped at 40%, unless your absence from an examination and/ or non-submission of course work was deemed to be with good cause, i.e. you submitted evidence of mitigating circumstances to the relevant Faculty Office and you have been informed that this was accepted. This will show as NRGC next to the relevant element of assessment on the Online Student Services.

Please note that if you have already passed a course, you cannot be re-assessed in any element to improve your overall mark unless you have approved mitigation for any element (i.e. you submitted evidence of mitigating circumstances to the relevant Faculty Office and you have been informed that this was accepted), in which case you may re-enter for assessment for that element only, provided it is deemed repeatable.

 2 - Repeat Study Application

You may not repeat any course that you have already passed and you must follow any courses that are core and/ or compulsory for your programme.

"If the application to repeat the year is accepted due to mitigating circumstances then the marks for modules taken in the repeat year will not be capped at the minimum pass mark"
(Reg. 4.10.4, http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/degreeregulations/file105434.pdf)

  • If repeating on a full-time basis, you may repeat the courses you took in 2015/16 (subject to availability), take new courses or a mixture of the two. Normal tuition fees will apply if you choose to apply to re-take courses.
    Please note that you may choose this option only if you have the right of examination re-entry left. Re-attending a course does not give you rights of examination re-entry over and above to which you are entitled by virtue of your degree registration.
  • If repeating on a part-time basis, you must repeat courses you failed in 2015/16, (subject to availability).
    Please note that you may choose this option only if you have the right of examination re-entry left. Re-attending a course does not give you rights of examination re-entry over and above to which you are entitled by virtue of your degree registration.

If you wish to apply to repeat courses(s) in 2016/17, please complete the appropriate form on the right hand side and attach it to an enquiry through SID by 31 August 2016. Please read carefully the explanatory notes before submitting the form for consideration.

3 - Transfer to another degree at SOAS

You may apply to another degree at SOAS. However, the opportunity to transfer is limited and you should not assume that your application will necessarily be granted. The system of core courses which must be passed in certain years of degrees may mean that your application, if granted, entails an extension of your course of study. You must complete your degree within the relevant time limit for completion (see Regulation 3.1 at http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/degreeregulations/file105434.pdf , page 7).
If you are a Home or EU student and are considering transferring to Year 1 to commence a new degree in 2016/17, please contact the Fees Office at fees@soas.ac.uk, to discuss any implication the funding system may have on your decision.

If you wish to apply to transfer degree, you must submit a Degree Transfer (Returning Taught Students) application form available through SID. Please click on Request a Service, select the category of Enrolment Programme Changes and then complete the online form provided. 
Please note that your transfer is not officially approved until your receive confirmation form Registry.

4 - Withdrawal

You may withdraw permanently from the School. To do so, complete a withdrawal form (please see right-hand side menu) .

 

Important Notes

1. Intercollegiate courses

Courses examined at institutions outside the School are subject to the examination entry and re-entry arrangements in force at the institution concerned.

2. Right of re-entry to failed assessment

Students have the right under the Degree Regulations for BA and BSc students of SOAS, University of London  to re-enter for failed assessments on failed courses only. Re-entry is normally permitted on the next two assessment occasions. The right to re-enter failed assessments does not confer the right to re-attend classes or receive tuition.