Frequently asked questions about undergraduate results

If you have a question regarding your results you are not alone. In order to help you get the answer you need when you need them, we've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions and answered them below. 

If you have valid extenuating circumstances, further regulations apply. These are not covered below. Further information on the academic regulations, including those in respect of extenuating circumstances, can be found in the student handbook.

If you can't find the answers you need or you are still unsure in any way please do contact your faculty office/partner institution.

What is the pass mark for an undergraduate module?

The pass mark for a module is 40 per cent with no minimum requirement for the element.*

*Some modules are part of an accredited programme and may have different requirements. For non-standard pass marks refer to your Student Programme Handbook, published on your programme DLE site.

I have passed but I think I could do much better. Can I have an opportunity to improve the mark?

No, modules that have been achieved cannot be retaken.

Can I appeal against the mark I have been given?

You cannot ‘dispute’ a mark which has been awarded. There are mechanisms in place to ensure quality and standards of marking, involving both internal and external academics.

What you can do is ask for feedback as to why the mark you have been awarded is not what you were expecting – hopefully once the feedback sheets have been released this will answer any queries you have, but if not, you are welcome to ask for additional feedback.

What is a compensated pass?

If one of your modules has a CP next to it on your transcript, the Assessment Award Board has awarded you a compensated pass. Further information on compensation, and the full detail on this additional measure of the Safety Net, can be found in our 2020-21 Teaching and Learning FAQs. 

I have failed some modules but have not been allowed to undertake reassessment and have been advised that I must withdraw from the programme. Why can’t I have another attempt?

There are a number of reasons why an Award Assessment Board may take the decision not to allow any further attempts at a module. For example you may have reached the maximum period of registration or had the maximum number of attempts at a module.

In some cases where students have been warned about poor engagement with the programme and there is a record of a lack of attendance, the Award Assessment Board may decide that it is not in your best interests to continue with your studies.

My transcript indicates I have been referred in one or more modules and I don’t understand what the module decision code means?

A three-letter code beginning with R next to one or more elements is a referral code which means you must complete further assessment in that element for the corresponding module. An element is coursework, examination, practice, in-class test or pass/fail assessment. 

The other two letters indicate whether the referral is as a same S or next N attempt, and how the element will be reassessed (A: specified assessment, C: coursework, E: examination, P: practice, T: in-class test).

For example:

RNC against coursework means: 

  • R – you have been referred in that coursework.
  • N – this will be regarded as your next attempt.
  • C – you must complete reassessment by coursework. 

RNC against examination means:

  • R – you have been referred in the examination.
  • N – this will be regarded as your next attempt.
  • C – you must complete reassessment by coursework (even though the original element was an examination).

I have a lot of referred coursework to do over the summer as well as referred exams. Do I have to complete all the referred work during the summer?

If you have up to 80 credits not achieved in this academic year, you will have been offered the opportunity to redeem these modules normally over the summer. If you do not feel academically able to complete the referred work during the summer referral period you can request a repeat of the modules not achieved during the next academic year. 

This would involve you returning to the same stage in September and taking only the modules not achieved next year in their entirety. You should take into consideration the financial implications of this decision as you will be charged a tuition fee for each module you repeat. If you would like to repeat all your non-achieved modules instead of taking them during the summer referred period, please contact your faculty by the deadline given with your transcript of results.

Please be aware that you will not be allowed to take a combination of referral and repeat.

What happens if I do not achieve any of the modules I have been referred in?

Any modules not achieved during the referred period will normally be required to be taken as repeat modules during the next academic year. 

All new stage 1 students will only be allowed a maximum of two attempts at a module (some foundation level modules and modules that are part of a professionally accredited programme may already only allow two attempts). If you do not achieve a module at the final attempt, you will not be able to continue on your current programme of study.

Students commencing their programmes prior to 2018-19 will retain a maximum of three attempts at a module. 

What mark will I receive for the referred assessment I am taking?

You will receive the actual mark for any element taken for a second or third time but the overall module mark will be capped at the pass mark which is normally 40 per cent.

Please be aware that marks for referred assessments may be lower than previous attempts. In all circumstances the new marks must stand.

I have valid extenuating circumstances for missing an assessment, but have not been asked to undertake reassessment.

If you have passed (or have a compensated pass), we do not require you to undertake reassessment.

If you have valid extenuating circumstances covering non-attendance or non-submission of an assessment, and would like to be reassessed, please contact your faculty by the appeal deadline.

I have been told I may not proceed to the next stage and must repeat the failed modules next year. Why can’t I retake these during the Summer? 

The maximum number of credits a student can be referred in during the summer of the current academic year is 80 credits. If you fail more than 80 credits you are required to repeat the failed modules the following academic year.

My transcript indicates I have failed one or more modules and will have to repeat them next academic year. I don’t understand what the module decision code means?

A three-letter code beginning with F next to one or more modules indicates that you must repeat the module. The other two letters indicate whether the attempt is as a same S or next N attempt, and what needs to be repeated (O: all elements S: specified elements).

In most cases you will be required to repeat all elements even if previously passed.

For example:

FNO means:

  • F – you must repeat with attendance over another academic year.
  • N – this will be regarded as your next attempt.
  • O – you must repeat all elements of the module.

FNS means:

  • F – you must repeat with attendance over another academic year.
  • N – this will be regarded as your next attempt.
  • S – you must repeat the specified elements.

Please consult the Academic Regulations for details of precisely how the aggregate percentage mark is calculated.

For the 2020-21 academic year due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on teaching, learning and assessment the regulations around the calculation of your final aggregate mark may have changed. Please consult the student FAQs: 2020/21 academic year and the temporary amendments to University academic regulations and policy and procedures for 2020-21.

To be awarded an honours degree you should have passed 360 credits of which at least 120 are at level 5 and a further 120 at level 6 or above.

The honours classification is initially based on your aggregate percentage mark. The regulations changed in 2014/2015 to include level 4, 5 and 6 marks in the aggregate percentage calculation. Please consult the Academic Regulations for details of precisely how the aggregate percentage mark is calculated.

If your aggregate percentage mark falls within the boundaries below, you will be entitled to that award:          

First class honours 70% or above
Second class honours, upper division 60% - 69%
Second class honours, lower division 50% - 59%
Third class honours 40% - 49%

If your aggregate percentage mark is not more than 3.0 percentage points below a classification band then the following alternative classification methods are used:

  • you will be awarded the higher classification if your level 6 aggregate mark is in the higher classification band
  • you will be awarded the higher classification if more than half of your level 5 and 6 credits are in the higher classification band. Each level 6 credit is double weighted (compared with a level 5 credit) for this purpose.

NB  Students on a non-standard degree such as an MUndergraduate degree should consult with their Programme Manager for details of the classification formula.

I have been awarded an ordinary degree, however there is no indication of the classification.

To be awarded an ordinary degree you should have passed 320 credits of which at least 80 are at level 6 and a further 120 at level 5 or above. 

The degree is not classified but a degree with commendation will be awarded to a student who achieves an aggregate percentage mark of 60 per cent or above and a degree with distinction will be awarded to a student who achieves an aggregate percentage mark of 70 per cent or above.