Repeating the year, Transferring & Withdrawal
If you are a full-time student, in order to be granted permission by the Assessment Board to progress from one level to the next you’ll ideally need to:
Obtain 120 credits at that level and pass all mandatory modules.
Haven’t achieved these? Don’t panic! You may still be able to progress or repeat the year.
There are three types of modules:
Mandatory - these are modules which are central to the programme of study, and therefore students must take and pass them in order to meet the requirements of the award.
Requisite - these are modules that students must take as part of their programme of study (for example because there is no optionality built into the programme at that level), but it is not compulsory that they pass the module (i.e. if they fail the module, they may be able to take an alternative module within the validated programme to make up the credit deficit).
Optional - these are modules which students can select to complete as part of their overall programme of study. It is not compulsory that students pass the module (i.e. if they fail the module, they may be able to take an alternative module within the validated programme to make up the credit deficit).
In order to progress to the next level of your Degree, you will need to pass all mandatory and requisite modules. If you fail any of these you can resubmit or retake exams, but your mark will be capped at a pass (40%).
If you failed any optional modules, you may be able to progress onto the next year, however you will be expected to take these modules alongside your new modules. If this is the case, make sure you contact your course leader for more information.
Repeating the year
You may be able to repeat the year. If you do wish to repeat the year, you will have to contact your course leader and course administrator. You will need to provide evidence showing that extenuation circumstances have prevented you from successfully completing your academic year.
You might be able to carry on the results you have already obtained, However, this is decided by the Assessment Board. If you need any help and guidance the Students’ Union can help you through the process.
You may feel that you have picked the wrong course, instead of withdrawing you may be able to transfer onto a course better suited to you. If this is the case, you can request a transfer. However, there are things you may need to consider:
- Do you meet the requirements for the new course? If not, you will not be allowed on the new course.
- The transfer needs to be approved by the course leader/ head of department of the new course. You will need to contact them and arrange an interview.
- You may need to repeat your first year of study again; this means your back up year of funding will be depleted.
- You may need to contact student finance.
Once you have considered all your options and have decided you do want to transfer course, you will need to request a transfer to a different course via OASIS on MySuffolk. The process can take a few weeks depending on the time of year and once completed will automatically update your OASIS and Learn.
Withdrawing from your course
There are many reason why students withdraw from their courses. It is strongly advised that you speak with your Personal Tutor and the Student Union before you apply for withdrawal.
There are alternatives from withdrawal, such as intercalation, where you can take up to a year’s worth of leave, without damaging your grades.
To apply for intercalation you will need to apply for it through OASIS and submit evidence as to why you want to intercalate. All applications are considered individually and you should hear back in writing if your application has been successful.
Should you decide to withdraw, it is strongly advised that you contact your course leader and the Students Union prior to leaving. We are always trying to improve the student experience and your input is invaluable to us.