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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 modules. This applies whether you are not progressing at this stage, or are progressing having failed a non-core module.

1 - Progression Requirements

" 9.1.1   Full-time students must complete modules to a minimum value of 90 credits in each year of their degree in order to be eligible to proceed to the next normal year of their degree programme. This must include all core modules prescribed for the year of study as outlined in the programme specification."
(Taught Degree Regulations 9.1.1, https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/degreeregulations/file133633.pdf)

Students who started their degree in September 2015 or before:

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.
LLB students must pass all 12 course units to be eligible for award.

Students who started their degree in September 2016 and later:

By the end of their studies at SOAS, all undergraduate students must have passed courses to the value of at least 360 credits to be eligible for an Honours degree over 3 years (at least 480 credits in a four-year degree). If they pass only 330 or 300 credits  (420 or 450 credits in a four-year degree), they will be offered a Pass degree.
Students on undergraduate programmes who have achieved a overall module mark between 30 and 39, may be eligible for a condoned fail. The maximum amount of condoned fails that can be awarded over the course of an entire programme is 30 credits. The credits associated with a condoned fail will count towards the credit total for the degree, but the condoned fail mark will be considered when calculating the classification.
There is no LLB Pass degree. Students who have completed 300 credits or more from the approved programme specification but are not eligible for the award of an LLB, may be eligible for the award of the BA Law Pass degree.

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2 - Re-entry options

If you have failed one or more of your modules, you will be automatically re-entered to sit any failed examination and re-submit any failed coursework, provided it is repeatable, at the next available occasion (please see dates below).

Undergraduate students who have failed a module overall, may enter to be re-assessed for that module on no more than two occasions. 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.

The overall mark for any module 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 through SID and you have been informed that this was accepted.

Please see below for further information on:

Re-entry dates and deadlines

  • Following the School Summer exam period:
    • the Late Summer exam period 2019, for Undergraduate non-finalists not due to go on a year abroad only
      • Exam period: 21 to 28 August 2019
      • Coursework submission deadline: 21 August 2019
    • the coming academic year, i.e. 2019/20 for all other students
      • Exam period: 7 May to 3 June 2020 (to be confirmed)
      • Coursework submission deadline: 20 March 2020
  •  Following the Late Summer re-entry period:
    • the coming academic year, i.e. 2019/20 for all students
      • Exam period: 7 May to 3 June 2020 (to be confirmed)
      • Coursework submission deadline: 20 March 2020

Coursework:  

"Students who are resitting failed coursework must complete new coursework for the module and must not re-use assignments which have been submitted previously for that or any other module. Re-using work in this way is known as self-plagiarism and is a breach of the School’s Academic Misconduct Policy. The exception to this will be for Independent Study Projects and postgraduate dissertations which can be revised for resubmission" 
(Taught Degree Regulations 11.12.5, https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/degreeregulations/file133633.pdf).

You will need to contact your Department Office for any further information on essay titles and submission procedures.
Please see deadlines above.

Mitigation and capping:

The overall mark for any course you have been 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 through SID 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 through SID 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.

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 3 - Repeat Study Application

"Where a student has failed all or part of a year of study or wishes to undertake additional new modules to enable a programme transfer, they can apply to repeat the year on either a full-time or part-time basis depending on how many modules they have passed in the previous year or are required to become compliant with their new programme specification."
(Taught Degree Regulations 4.10.1 https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/degreeregulations/file133633.pdf)

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.

To apply to repeat study, please:

  1. Log into SID using your SOAS ID & password (SID can be found via the main SOAS website or MySOAS)
  2. Select 'Request a Service'
  3. Select Enrolment: Programme Changes
  4. Select Repeat Year of Study

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4 - 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.
(Taught Degree Regulations 3.1 https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/degreeregulations/file133633.pdf)

If you are a Home or EU student and are considering transferring to Year 1 to commence a new degree in 2019/20, please contact the Fees Office at fees@soas.ac.uk, to discuss any implication the funding system may have on your decision.

To apply to transfer degree, please:

  1. Log into SID using your SOAS ID & password (SID can be found via the main SOAS website or MySOAS)
  2. Select 'Request a Service'
  3. Select Enrolment: Programme Changes
  4. Select Degree Transfer

Please note that your transfer is not officially approved until your receive confirmation form Registry.

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5 - Withdrawal

You may wish to withdraw permanently from the School. To do so, please:

  1. Log into SID using your SOAS ID & password (SID can be found via the main SOAS website or MySOAS)
  2. Select 'Request a Service'
  3. Select Enrolment: Programme Changes
  4. Select Withdrawn from Programme of Study

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Important Notes

1. Intercollegiate courses

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

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