Exam result FAQs

Information relating to exam results, resits exams, repeating, funding, advice and support.

FAQ list

Result release dates can be found on our Exams webpage. Your results will be released on KentVision.

The University has a dedicated resit period during which resit examinations will be scheduled. You should ensure that you are available for the entirety of this period; the detailed exam timetable will be released in late July. Please see more information about resit dates and registration information.

All other reassessment information is held by Divisions. Please refer to Moodle for details of reassessment requirements for all modules.

Resitting means to retake an exam. Fees for resitting have been waived for 2022.

Resubmitting means to re-do and resubmit a piece of work. You will not receive any further tuition for that module in either case. Fees for resubmitting work have been waived for 2022.

Repeating means that you need to attend all lectures and seminars and follow the full assessment requirements. You will also need to pay tuition fees. Tuition fee costs are calculated on the number of credits you repeat - please contact the Income Office for more details.

Every module has a predetermined reassessment method which is published in the module specification. This will be either like-for-like, meaning each of the failed components will be reassessed or 100% reassessment, meaning that all the previous marks obtained will be disregarded and the module will be reassessed by an examination, coursework or a project (as detailed in the module specification), which will constitute 100% of the marks for that module. Each failed module will require you to undertake a specific task that will be listed on the Moodle.

If you are not able, or do not wish, to take up the opportunity of resitting/resubmitting the modules in August, you may choose to repeat the failed credits. You should note that if you do elect to repeat rather than undertake resits/resubmissions in August, you will not be able to proceed to your next stage of study until you have retrieved all of your failed credits. If you opt to repeat, your final module marks will be capped at the pass mark unless otherwise stated. You are advised to check with your funding provider or the University’s Financial Aid Office regarding financial support before confirming your intention to repeat. If you decide that you wish to repeat rather than resit or resubmit, please email your Division within ten days of your results being published. 

You must contact your Division for details of your resit tasks and deadlines. It is your responsibility to keep in touch with your Division and ensure you know what is required by when to retrieve the failed credit.  

You will be notified in writing of the decision of the Examination Board; this letter will be available on KentVision. The outcome will be one of the following:

  • You may be offered a further opportunity to resit/resubmit the failed credits in May/June of the following year, in which case you would be required to withdraw from the University in the intervening period. You would not be permitted to attend the University or receive any tuition.
  • You may be offered the opportunity to repeat the failed credits. Please read the FAQ regarding funding.
  • You may not be offered a further opportunity to resit or repeat, but be required to leave the University permanently, in which case your student status would be cancelled.

In all cases, your Divisional Student Support Officer or Academic Advisor will be able to give more specific guidance on your case.

You are permitted two* attempts to retrieve failed credits. Your letter will clearly state if this is your final opportunity.
*You should note that if you are a postgraduate student who is referred in the dissertation element of a taught postgraduate programme you may resubmit the dissertation on one occasion only.  

If you are unable to repeat your failed modules, you may be permitted to resit/resubmit in May/June of the next academic year and withdraw from the University in the intervening period. Please note that there are some modules which are not available to resit, and must be repeated. These include, but are not limited to, science modules involving practical and laboratory sessions. You will not receive tuition or support in the intervening period and accordingly, do not pay tuition fees nor resit fees. You should discuss this with your Division to ensure this is the best option for you. If you decide that you wish to resit or resubmit rather than repeat, please email your Division within ten days of your results being published. 

If you are applying for funding via the Student Loans Company, please ensure that you update your application to show the correct stage of study and fee. Login to your Student Loans account and select ‘Change Your Application’ to make any amendments that are required. If you are repeating less than 120 credits, you are classed as a full time student, studying on a part time basis, and you should complete a full time application form. If you have any queries regarding your fees, please contact the University’s Income Office.   

No, you may not. The Credit Framework clearly specifies that degree classifications are to be based on the original mark achieved (or the capped mark if the module was resat). The only exception to this is where students are permitted a deferral for reasons of extenuation where the final mark(s) achieved for the affected module(s) are significantly out of line with the final marks achieved for the unaffected modules.  

You may choose to repeat different modules as long as your programme requirements are met.  If a module you have been asked to repeat is not running in the 2022/23 academic year, you must take advice from your Division in order to select an alternative module. If you are resitting/resubmitting not in attendance you may not change your modules.

Under exceptional circumstances this may be possible. Where you have failed fewer than 25% of the credits for your programme, the Board of Examiners may allow you to proceed to the next stage of the programme, providing you pass the previously failed modules at the next opportunity. This option, known as "trailing", is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners and is usually only considered after the August resits. If you are permitted to trail credits in this way, it will be specifically stated on your results letter. If you are allowed to trail credits and then fail them for a third time you will be required to withdraw from your course regardless of how good your results are at the following stage.  

No, every care is taken to ensure that marks used to classify degree awards are complete and correct. Exam papers are marked anonymously and are then second marked and scrutinised by an internal moderator. Additionally, final results are agreed by External Examiners who have a broad remit which includes scrutiny of all papers set to ensure that the questions and marking is fair and represents a true reflection of a student's achievement. Details of how marks are awarded and assessed may be found in the Credit Framework for Taught Programmes. The University is determined not to disadvantage students when implementing regulatory changes and will ensure that students achieve the best results possible in accordance with all conventions available.  

Please refer to the University’s Examination Feedback Policy.

Referral as a penalised attempt means you have been given the opportunity to undertake further assessment to try and retrieve the credit from any modules you have failed. The final module mark will be capped at the pass mark of 40% for Undergraduate modules and 50% for Postgraduate modules, which means that even if you achieve a result higher than this, your final module mark will still show as the pass mark on your transcript.

Deferrals as an unpenalised attempt are offered where you have failed due to illness or other mitigating circumstances. The previous attempt will be disregarded and the resit attempt will be considered as if it was the first time that you had attempted the module. If you are sitting as for the first time, your final module mark will not be capped.

If you are sitting for the second time, the previous attempt will be disregarded and you will be permitted to retrieve the credits with a capped mark but without incurring a further reduction in the number of permitted attempts. Your final module mark will be capped.      

You should contact your Academic Advisor for specific academic advice. You may also find the information on the Student Learning Advisory Service website helpful. Should you have more general questions about support, your Divisional Student Support Officer can help.

If you have any concerns, worries or issues regarding your results or what to do next please contact the Kent Union Advice Centre or Medway's Greenwich Students' Union for support.

If you would like to talk to someone about the impact of this outcome on your career plans, the Careers and Employability Service provides 1-2-1 bookable appointments.

You are strongly advised to seek a speedy resolution directly with your Division in the first instance. You should contact the Division's Office of the Board of Examiners which made the decision that requires investigation and clarification. You should do so within five working days from the date when the full transcript of your results following a Board of Examiners meeting is first made available to you on KentVision.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your informal resolution attempt, you may wish to make a formal academic appeal against the recommendation of the Board of Examiners. You should aim to submit your formal appeal within five working days of the outcome from the Division. You have a maximum period of 15 working days from the publication of your results to enter the formal appeals process.

More information can be found about appeals, appeal FAQs, the appeal form and who to contact.

To view your marks for a trailing modules please use the 'My Marks' functionality on the student portal in KentVision.

Transcripts are an official record of a student's academic achievement whilst studying at the University and include a breakdown of all modules taken and results attained for a specific programme of study.

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) provides a single comprehensive record of a student's achievements, including verified extra curricular activities, prizes and employability awards, voluntary work and offices held in student union clubs and societies. Please note that HEARs will not be available to graduates from 2021 onwards. Our video explains how to read your HEAR

The University has a dedicated webpage for updates regarding Covid-19.

For any other queries, please contact the exams team.

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