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Options for Non-Finalist Undergraduate Students

Please find below the options open to you if you have been informed that you:

  1. May progress, but have failed a non-core course
  2. May not progress

1 - May progress to the next year of your programme, but have failed a non-core course

You may choose to be re-assessed in your failed course(s). Please note: 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.

Option 1: Late Summer re-assessment (only available to BA/ BSc Year 1 students not due to go on a year abroad in 2014/15, and LLB Year 1 and Year 2)

You will be eligible for Late Summer re-assessment, if you have an overall mark of 20-39% in a course, were absent from the May/June 2014 exam with approved good cause or were unable to submit course work with approved good cause. If good cause was approved by the Exam Board this will show as 'NRGC' on your results breakdown on Online Student Services.

If you are unsure what re-entry options are open to you, please consult the Re-entry Regulations. Marks for re-assessments are subject to capping at 40% unless the Exam Board deemed non-submission of course work or absence from an examination was with good cause.

If you wish to enter for Late Summer re-assessment, you must confirm this by email to exams@soas.ac.uk no later than Friday 1 August, detailing the course(s) and assessment(s) for which you wish to re-enter.

Exams will be held between Thursday 28 August and Wednesday 3 September 2014 (excluding the weekend). The deadline for submission of course work is 28 August 2014.

Option 2: Re-assessment during 2014/15 (available for all students unless on a year abroad)

If you choose not to enter for re-assessment in the Late Summer period or are not be eligible to do so, you may re-enter for assessment, if eligible, in the 2014/15 academic year without re-attending the course. If you are unsure what re-entry options are open to you, please consult the Re-entry Regulations. Marks for re-assessments are subject to capping at 40% unless the Exam Board deemed non-submission of course work or absence from an examination was with good cause.

Exams will be held in May/June 2015 and the deadline for course work re-submission will be Friday 20 March 2015. If you wish to enter for re-assessment during 2014/15, you must confirm this by email to exams@soas.ac.uk no later than 17 September 2014, detailing the course(s) and assessment(s) for which you wish to re-enter.

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 been granted 'NRGC' for any element, in which case you may re-enter for assessment for that element only, provided it is deemed repeatable.

2 - May not progress to the next year of your programme

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. If you may not proceed, some of the following options may be open to you.

Option 1: Late Summer re-assessment (only available to Year 1 students not due to go on a year abroad in 2014/15)

You will be eligible for Late Summer re-assessment, if you have an overall mark of 20-39% in a course, were absent from the May/ June 2014 exam with approved good cause or were unable to submit course work with approved good cause. If good cause was approved by the Exam Board this will show as 'NRGC' on your results breakdown on Online Student Services.
If you are unsure what re-entry options are open to you, please consult the Re-entry Regulations. Marks for re-assessments are subject to capping at 40% unless the Exam Board deemed non-submission of course work or absence from an examination was with good cause.

If you wish to enter for re-assessment during the Late Summer period, you must confirm this by email to exams@soas.ac.uk no later than Friday 1 August, detailing the course(s) and assessment(s) for which you wish to re-enter.
Exams will be held between Thursday 28 August and Wednesday 3 September 2014 (excluding the weekend). The deadline for submission of course work is 28 August 2014.

Option 2 - Re-enter for assessment in 2014/15, without attending classes 

If you are not eligible to progress to the next year of your degree and wish to re-enter for assessment in 2014/15, without attending classes, you may apply to take a 'Leave of Absence' from your degree in 2014/15 i.e. take a year out from full-time study. Please consult the Re-entry Regulations to be sure that you may re-enter for failed assessments without repeating  courses. You will not be permitted to attend lectures or other classes during this period. 
Exams will be held in May/ June 2015 and the deadline for course work re-submission will be Friday 20 March 2015.

Marks will be carried forward from 2013/14 if you do not re-enter for an assessment or are not eligible to do so. Course overall marks following re-entry are subject to capping at 40% except where the Exam Board has approved good cause.

If you wish to enter for re-assessment during 2014/15 and take leave of absence, you must confirm this by email to exams@soas.ac.uk no later than 17 September 2014, detailing the course(s) and assessment(s) for which you wish to re-enter. 

Option 3 Repeat failed courses (Part-time)

You may apply for enrolment as a part-time intermitting student to follow failed courses only. This option should be considered only if you have failed one or two courses. Permission to enrol as a part-time student is not granted automatically.

Marks for repeated courses will count towards your degree in full (i.e. with no capping of marks).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. Please note that you must complete your degree within the relevant time limit for completion - see Regulation 12.7 of the BA Bsc LLB regs 2013-14 - text and index (pdf; 137kb) , page 15.

If you wish to apply to enrol as a part-time student, you will need to complete a Repeat Course of Study (Part-time) application form (see right-hand menu).  Your completed form must reach Registry by 17 September 2014 to ensure that it is processed well in time for the start of the academic year. Before completing the form, please read the notes on the form carefully.

Option 4 Repeat year of study (Full-time)

You may apply to return in September 2014 to repeat the year of study of your current degree and re-enter all assessments for failed courses. Permission to repeat the year of study is not granted automatically and some courses are not taught every year. If you are successful in the assessments in 2014/15, you may proceed to the next year of study in September 2015. This option is suitable only for candidates who have failed the majority of courses in 2013/14.

Marks for repeated courses will count towards your degree in full (i.e. with no capping of marks).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. Please note that you must complete your degree within the relevant time limit for completion - see Regulation 12.7 of the BA Bsc LLB regs 2013-14 - text and index (pdf; 137kb) , page 15.

If you wish to apply to repeat the year of study, you will need to complete a Repeat Year of Study Form (Full Time) (msword; 86kb) . Your completed form must reach Registry by 17 September 2014 to ensure that it is processed well in time for the start of the academic year. Before completing the form, please read the notes on the form carefully.   

Option 5 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 12.6 of the page 83).
If you are a Home or EU student and are considering transferring to Year 1 to commence a new degree in 2014/15, please contact the Fees Office at fees@soas.ac.uk, to discuss any implication the new funding system may have on your decision.

If you wish to apply to transfer degree, please contact exams@soas.ac.uk for an application form. The completed form must reach Registry by 17 September 2014 to ensure that it is processed well in time for the start of the academic year. Before completing the form, please read the notes on the form carefully. 
If approved, you will receive confirmation from the Registry via email to your SOAS account. Please note that your transfer is not officially approved until your receive this email.

Option 6 Withdrawal

You may withdraw permanently from the School. To do so, complete a Withdrawal Form (msword; 121kb) .

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. To re-enter for assessment, Students must inform the Exams Office of their intentions by the published deadline above. The right to re-enter failed assessments does not confer the right to re-attend classes or receive tuition.

3. Failure to act

If you do not inform the Examinations Office of your intentions by 17 September 2014, the School will regard your registration as having lapsed. You will still retain the right to re-enter for failed assessments where applicable - see above.