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Missed assessments process

You may use the missed assessments process if you don't submit an assignment or don't attend an examination or other controlled conditions assessment such as a presentation due to the impact of your personal circumstances (formerly known as extenuating circumstances).

How can the missed assessments process help me?

This process can potentially support you in the following ways if your application is accepted:

  • Allow you to resit/retake a failed module where the regulations would not normally permit it. If a retake is permitted you'll need to do all assessments again and a module fee may apply.
  • Permit the mark from a resit or retake to be uncapped (unless previously capped), as defined in the glossary of terms.
  • The Examination Board may accept failure to pass a module when recommending you for an award.

Please note: If you submit a missed assessments application but then choose to do the assessment your application will be rejected.

  • You can't use the missed assessments process to apply for an extension – please see the five working day extensions information instead.
  • If your application is accepted but you still pass the module, the overall module mark will stand and you can't retake it or have your mark adjusted.
  • Having an application accepted will not permit a fee waiver for a retake.

What do I need to know before applying?

Will I need to resit or retake?

All assessments within a module are weighted, so it will depend on which assessment you've had the mark removed for. Sometimes it's still possible to pass a module even where you haven't completed all assessments. However, if you don’t pass the module, then it's likely you'll need to resit or retake.

I am a final year student. Can I graduate with the rest of my cohort?

If the outcome is that you require a resit or a retake then you won't be able to graduate until the Award Ceremony which follows the completion of your award. This means that you'll normally graduate later than the rest of your cohort, depending on the resit schedule for the module.

Will I need to spend another year at university?

It's possible. It will depend on whether you have any modules outstanding at the end of the academic year. Each student’s situation will be different but, in some cases, you’ll need more time to complete your award. If you have any questions, please contact an Information Point.

Will I need to pay more fees?

It's possible. It will depend on whether you have any modules outstanding at the end of the academic year. Each student’s situation will be different, but if you need to repeat modules or repeat a year then this could have fee implications. You are advised to check the Tuition Fee Policy or contact our Fees and Funding Team if you think this might apply to you.

I couldn’t do my first sit because I had personal circumstances? Do I get it back?

No, your next opportunity would be counted as a resit.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form.

On the form you should:

  • describe why your circumstances caused you to miss the assessment(s)
  • make sure enter the correct module code, name and element of assessment eg CW1, EX1
  • state that you are applying because you've missed an assessment.

If you don’t include all of this information it may not be possible to process your application.

If you have any questions about the process please contact an Information Point.

What evidence do I need?

See our personal circumstances evidence guidance for the types of evidence that would be acceptable depending on your situation.

In order for UWE Bristol to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) your supporting evidence will be deleted after a decision has been made about your application. However, a record of the type of evidence received will be recorded so if you make a subsequent application for the same reasons then it isn't likely you’ll be required to provide any further documentation.

When do I submit my application?

You should submit your application as close as possible to the time of the assessment. Where this isn't possible, there are final deadlines for making applications at the end of each assessment period. These are:

  • Postgraduate dissertation modules (for students completing their award): 14:00 on 18 October 2019
  • Health and Applied Sciences (November 2019 exam boards): 14:00 on 01 November 2019
  • Modules completed by the end of assessment period one: 14:00 on 7 February 2020
  • Health and Applied Sciences (March 2020 exam boards): 14:00 on 20 March 2020
  • Health and Applied Sciences (April 2020 exam boards): 14:00 on 24 April 2020
  • Modules completed by the end of assessment period two: 14:00 on 5 June 2020
  • Modules completed by the end of assessment period three: 14:00 on 29 July 2020
  • Modules completed by the end of assessment period four: 14:00 on 14 August 2020

Please note: These deadlines don’t apply to students studying Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) Law programmes.

How will I find out the outcome of my application?

You'll receive an email from an Information Point.


In exceptional circumstances, where you've been prevented from submitting or attending an individual assessment, you may use self-certification to accompany an application under the missed assessments process if you can't provide any other form of evidence.

Self-certification may only be used once during each academic year (a period determined by the programme start date). It may be used to cover one or more assessments which are due to be submitted or taken on the same day.

Self-certification won't be accepted as evidence for:

  • absence from a group assessment
  • a five working day extension/adjustment to a coursework deadline
  • an application relating to a practice placement
  • withdrawing from a module
  • a late personal circumstances application
  • an assessment you have submitted or attended
  • supporting an exceptional request to remove a mark.

Access the self-certification form

Further details about the process

Is it possible to make an application after the final deadline?

Applications received after the final deadline will not be considered unless you can demonstrate that circumstances beyond your control prevented you from disclosing the relevant factors at that time.

Your application must be received no later than ten working days after the formal notification of the Examining Board’s decision.

In exceptional circumstances, if you can demonstrate with the support of suitable evidence that you could not reasonably have been expected to have complied with the University’s regulations, an application submitted after this time frame may be reviewed.

Do I need to make additional applications if my circumstances continue?

If you make an application but your circumstances continue and affect other assessments or examinations, you’ll need to complete a new application if you are unable to attempt them.

You'll also need to apply again for any resits you are unable to attempt, even if you made an application at the first sit. The reason for having to complete a new form is because the University will not make the assumption that you are still affected.

What happens if my missed assessment application isn't accepted?

This shouldn't happen if you submit an application for an acceptable reason with independent evidence corresponding to the period affected and you haven't attempted the assessment.

If in doubt contact an Information Point before the date of your assessment.

If my application isn’t accepted, does this mean I can’t have another go at the module?

Not necessarily. If you’re on your very first ‘go’ at a module (first attempt, first sit), then if you fail you’ll normally be entitled to a resit even if your application is not accepted. If you don’t pass the resit then you would normally be entitled to a retake. Please see the academic regulations for more information.

Can I carry over the marks for any individual elements of assessment from the first sit to the resit?

No. Even if you had a missed assessment application accepted at the first sit, you must still submit/attend all the required elements of assessment at the resit even if you passed some of the work at the first sit.

Any questions?

If you have a question which is not answered above then please contact an Information Point for further guidance.

For further information please see the code of practice and guidance.

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