Re-entry (Re-sitting) Exams

Automatic re-entry of deferred, discounted or failed assessments

Continuing students (undergraduate students and students on two-year postgraduate programmes)

You will automatically be re-entered to take any deferred, discounted or failed courses (including those which are not assessed by written exam) in the academic year following original assessment. Your assessment will be based on the syllabus for which you last received teaching. If you are on a two-year postgraduate programme that has progression rules, then you will only be permitted to take resits in the courses required for progression. 

You will be re-entered to sit exams in the ‘normal’ exam period for your deferred/failed courses. Most exams take place in May/June, but some are assessed January (Lent Term Week 0). Therefore if you fail a  Lent Term Week 0 exam you will resit in the following January. If you fail a Summer exam you will resit it in the following May/June. For a full list of courses assessed in January, please refer to the Calendar. The only exceptions to these reassessment timings are LLB Intermediate and Part I reassessments, which are held during the August Law Resit Period.

Coursework deadlines are set by departments.  Contact your department directly with any questions and to find out what you are required to re-submit.  

Continuing students (students on part-time postgraduate programmes)

You will automatically be re-entered to take any deferred, discounted or failed courses (including those which are not assessed by written exam) from your first year in the academic year following the original assessment. You will take these assessments alongside the teaching and assessments for your second year of study and the assessments will be based on the syllabus for which you last received teaching.

You will be re-entered to sit exams in the ‘normal’ exam period for your deferred/failed courses. Most exams take place in May/June, but some are assessed January (Lent Term Week 0). Therefore if you fail a  Lent Term Week 0 exam you will resit in the following January. If you fail a Summer exam you will resit it in the following May/June. For a full list of courses assessed in January, please refer to the Calendar.  

Coursework deadlines are set by departments.  Contact your department directly with any questions and to find out what you are required to re-submit.  

If you do not wish to take all/any resits from your first year, then you should email Registry (registry@lse.ac.uk) so that these resits can be removed from your record. If you do choose to resit after failing assessment  in your first year, then both your resit mark(s) and original fail mark(s) would appear on your transcript but your overall degree classification would be capped at Pass. If you choose to drop resits after you have completed your first year you would be provided with an opportunity to resit them again if required after you have completed your second year of study.

Finalist students or students on one-year postgraduate programmes

You will be notified once results have been released if you are not eligible for a degree. If this is the case, and you are eligible to re-sit or take deferred assessments, you will be automatically re-entered in the same way as continuing students. During this period, you will be classified as an unregistered student

You will be re-entered to sit exams in the ‘normal’ exam period for your deferred/failed courses. Most exams take place in May/June, but some are assessed January (Lent Term Week 0). Therefore if you fail a  Lent Term Week 0 exam you will resit in the following January.  For a full list of courses assessed in January, please refer to the Calendar. The only exceptions to these reassessment timings are LLB Intermediate and Part I reassessments, which are held during the August Law Resit Period.

You may also be required to submit coursework throughout the year and should contact the relevant academic department for details and submission dates.

Unregistered student status

If you are an unregistered student, you will not receive tuition.   All undergraduate students will be contacted by the Repeat Teaching Panel with alternative options.  

International students are also strongly urged to refer to the visa and immigration advice section below. 

As an unregistered student, you will have access to the following:

  • A student ID card
  • The Library and other buildings on campus
  • IT facilities (including your email account)

Although unregistered students can continue to log in to Moodle, the Moodle courses that you were previously enrolled in will roll over for a new academic year during the summer, and it is likely that you will no longer have access to see materials.  You may want to download any relevant information before this change happens.  Academic departments may grant access to the Moodle materials on a case by case basis. Contact the relevant department directly to request access. Be sure to confirm that the information is relevant to the syllabus for the year in which you received teaching, as course materials can change from year to year.

Unregistered students are not typically eligible to live in halls, to apply for a student Oyster card or discounted rail card or to claim council tax exemption. As an unregistered student, you may also find that you are unable to print a certificate of registration from LSE for You to confirm your student status. However, you can email registry@lse.ac.uk to request documentation that states that you are an unregistered student. 

Confirmation of Re-entry 

You will receive email confirmation of those courses for which you have been re-entered from Registry.

If you have not received confirmation of re-entry before the relevant exam period (either January or May/June), please contact Registry.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are re-entered for all required course(s); and you are strongly advised to check your re-entry requirements with your department, including with regard to the appropriate exam, dissertation and course work elements.

Re-entry fees and payment 

You will be contacted by Registry with re-entry and payment instructions.  We are unable to accept payment before you have received this email.  A fee of £60 is payable for each full unit paper and £35 for each half unit paper to be re-taken. This fee is only payable by those re-sitting assessments as a second or third attempt. It does not apply to those paying full tuition or repeat tuition fees to the School; to courses where permission has been given to defer an assessment; or to those given permission to re-enter an assessment as a first attempt.

Please note the following:

  • If you do not intend to resit all of your failed assessments this academic session, you must contact Registry prior to making your fee payment.
  • By making the re-entry payment, you are confirming that you will be re-sitting. If at a later date you decide to not re-sit, defer or do not attempt your assessment, your payment is non-refundable. 

Lost or expired LSE cards

If, following re-entry, you have an LSE card that is due to expire before the revised end date of your programme you will need to request a new card online. This takes less than five minutes and replacements are issued free of charge. A new LSE card will not be produced for you automatically, you must request a new card. If you make your order before 16:00 your new card will typically be ready the next working day. LSE cards must be collected in persion, they cannot be posted or collected by third parties. You will need to return your expired card when you collect the new one. 

If you have lost a card that was not due to expire, or if your card has been stolen or damaged, please visit Student ID cards and follow the instructions for requesting a new card. 

Debtors

Although no official results will be released to debtors, automatic re-entry will still apply.

Contact Credit Control with any queries regarding a debt to the school.

General Course Re-entry

General Course students are allowed to re-sit assessments at the next possible opportunity as long as you have failed or been absent from the assessment with good reason. You are not automatically re-entered, so you must notify the General Course Dean of your intention to re-sit by contacting g.c.dean@lse.ac.uk.  If it is agreed, you will receive confirmation of the decision once your request has been considered.

Intercollegiate Re-entry

  • Graduate intercollegiate students who need to re-sit their assessments are required to make their own arrangements for re-entry. Students should contact the Student Services Centre for an 'Admission as an Intercollegiate Student' form. The form should be completed and returned to the School before the deadline of 15 January. 
  • Undergraduate intercollegiate students required to re-sit their examinations will be automatically re-entered for the examination by the School. 

There are no re-entry fees for intercollegiate students.

Regulations

For more information about the regulations specific to your programme, please see Regulations for details.

Visa Guidance: Non-UK/EEA Students with Re-sit Assessments 

All examinations will take place at the School’s London campus. Please note that if you are a non-EEA national, to return to take your exams you will need immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.  The LSE does not permit students to undertake examinations using a General/Tourist Visitor visa.  For further information regarding your visa options, please click here.

If you have already been reported to the UKVI for non-progression, you are expected to return on a Short-term Study visa and not on a Tier 4 visa.  To apply for a Short-term Study visa, you will need a letter from Registry indicating that you are expected to return for assessment and the date from which you can access LSE on-campus facilities. 

You can request a letter following this link: Request a Short-Term Study Visa

If you are non-visa national (ie, you are a citizen of a country with permission to travel to the UK without having previously obtained a visa in your home country) you do not need to apply for a Short-Term Study visa in advance of travelling. However, you must ensure that you are entered under the correct immigration category when you arrive at the UK border (ie, on Short-Term Study permission). If you are entered as a General Visitor / Tourist, you will not be permitted to sit your examinations at LSE. To obtain the correct permission, all you need to do is show a Short-Term Study Visa Letter and ask for a Short-Term Study visa stamp at the immigration desk of your port of entry in the UK. It is advisable to carry this letter in your hand luggage so that it is easily accessible when you arrive at the immigration desk.

Information about Re-taking exams and other information on the ISVAT website. If you require any advice or guidance on making a Short Term Study visa application, please contact the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT)

If you are a 12-month Masters student, your ratified results will be released on 14 November 2016. If you are required to re-sit any of your assessments and any are scheduled in January in lieu of Summer Term, please contact the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) for advice on your options.

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