Re-entry

taking resits and deferred assessments

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

You will be automatically re-entered for any assessments that have been deferred, discounted or failed providing you have attempts remaining and have not been awarded your degree. Your assessment will be based on the syllabus for which you last received teaching. It is not possible to be assessed on a course or syllabus for which you have not received teaching.

How you will be re-entered and your status will vary on what type of student you are. Expand the relevant section below for more information.

First and Second Year Undergraduate Students

If you have failed or deferred one full unit or less: you will automatically progress into the next year of study. You will be entered to attempt your resit or deferred assessment during the In Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP).

If you have failed or deferred more than one full unit: you cannot normally automatically progress into your next year of study.  You will be entered to attempt your resit or deferred assessment during the IRDAP. The IRDAP allows you to attempt to meet the progression requirements in time for the start of the next academic year. 

What and when is IRDAP?

The IYear Resit and Deferred Assessment Period is a new assessment period for all undergraduate students who fail an overall course or defer an assessment. The IRDAP takes place between 19 August and 27 August. Results from the IRDAP will be released on 21 September.

You must submit/attempt any failed or deferred assessments (such as exams or coursework) during this period. In most cases the assessment format will be the same as the first attempt and will be based on the syllabus you received teaching for.

The LLB

Students on the LLB programme will be re-entered into IRDAP if they are required to resit their courses. Please see the LLB classification scheme for more information on resits.

Will my marks from the IRDAP be capped?

If you have deferred your assessment and are sitting/submitting it for the first time:your mark will not be capped.

If you have failed and are re-sitting/re-submitting an assessment: the overall mark for that course will be capped at a Pass grade for classification purposes.

How does capping work?

If you fail a course overall (by failing or being absent from one or more components) you must resit any failed components of that course during the IRDAP.

In most cases the assessment format will be the same as the first attempt and will be based on the syllabus you received teaching for. The only difference between your first attempt (or absence) and the resit is that your overall mark for the course that the failed assessment belongs to will be capped at a Pass grade.

For example:

  • Student A gets 30% in her/his January exam (a fail mark) but gets 80% in her/his summer exam (a Pass); they achieve an overall mark of 55% (a 2B) in this course which is an overall pass mark and do not need to resit the January exam component. 
  • Student B gets 36% in her/his January exam (a fail mark) and gets 40% in her/his summer exam (a pass mark); they achieve an overall mark of 38% in the course which is an overall fail mark. Therefore, Student B needs to resit her/his January exam. S/he cannot resit the Summer exam as s/he passed this component. S/he sits the January exam in the IRDAP and gets 80%.  Her/his grade for the overall course will be capped at a Pass. 

Finalists: Third Year Undergraduate Students

You will be notified once results have been released if you are not eligible for a degree. The School will also always award the degree as soon as a student becomes eligible according to the relevant classification scheme. 

This may mean even though you have failed a course at the first attempt you may not be provided with a second attempt.

  • if you are in the final year of the programme and have passed enough courses to be eligible to be awarded the degree.

If you are eligible to re-sit or take deferred assessments (i.e. you have attempts remaining), you will be automatically re-entered into the In-Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period.

Exam re-entry

You will be re-entered to sit exams in IRDAP for your deferred/failed courses.

Coursework re-entry

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

Award and Graduation

Following the In-Year Resit and Deferral Assessment Period (IRDAP), if you are eligible for the award of a degree you will be issued with your certificate and official transcripts within approximately 3 weeks following the publication of ratified results (21 September 2020).

You will however need to wait until the following July to attend a graduation ceremony.

Students on Full-time Postgraduate Programmes

You will automatically be re-entered to take any deferred courses (including those which are not assessed by written exam) in the academic year following original assessment.

You will also be automatically re-entered provided that you have attempts remaining. All postgraduate students have a maximum of two attempts to pass a course unit. 

If you are still able to progress you will take the re-entered assessments alongside your normal teaching and assessments. 

If you do not meet the requirements to progress you will take the re-entered assessments as an un-registered student unless you successfully apply for Repeat Teaching

If you choose to retake an assessment after failing, both your resit mark(s) and original fail mark(s) will appear on your transcript and your overall degree classification will be capped at Pass.

Exam re-entry

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. Therefore, if you fail a January exam you will resit in the following January. If you fail a Summer exam you will resit it in the following Summer.

Coursework re-entry

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

Cancelling re-entry

If you do not wish to take all/any resits, then you should contact the Results and Awards Team so that these resits can be removed from your record. If you choose to cancel resits you will not be provided with an opportunity to resit them again. You will not be permitted to cancel a resit as a result of a bad fail mark or an absence.

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.

If you choose to retake an assessment after failing   in your first year, then both your resit mark(s) and original fail mark(s) will appear on your transcript but your overall degree classification would be capped at Pass. 

Exam re-entry

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. Therefore, if you fail a January exam you will resit in the following January. If you fail a Summer exam you will resit it in the following Summer.

Coursework re-entry

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

Cancelling re-entry

If you do not wish to take all/any resits from your first year, then you should contact the Results and Awards Team so that these resits can be removed from your record. If you choose to cancel 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.

Finalists: Students on One Year Postgraduate Programmes or the Second Year of a Two Year Postgraduate Programme

You will be notified once results have been released if you are not eligible for a degree. The School will also always award the degree as soon as a student becomes eligible according to the relevant classification scheme. 

This may mean even though you have failed a course at the first attempt you may not be provided with a second attempt, if you are a postgraduate student and you have achieved enough marks to achieve a Pass degree or to compensate a good fail.

If you are eligible to re-sit or take deferred assessments (i.e. you have attempts remaining), you will be automatically re-entered.

Exam re-entry

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 in January. Therefore, if you fail a January exam you will resit in the following January. If you fail a Summer exam you will resit in the following Summer.

Coursework re-entry

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

Postgraduate Students Submitting Early Dissertations

In certain circumstances, postgraduate students can submit their dissertations early in order to be awarded in July.

Please note, if your programme’s graduation ceremony is in December, you cannot attend July graduation ceremonies. This is to ensure that you attend a ceremony where your programme is represented.

If you are not sure when your programme graduation ceremony takes place, please submit an enquiry.

If you have any questions regarding your award, please submit an enquiry.

General Course Students

General Course students are allowed to re-sit assessments in the In-Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period as long as you have failed or been absent from the assessment with good reason.

You are not automatically re-entered, you will receive an email from the Results and Awards Team asking if you’d like to be re-entered. If it is agreed, you will receive confirmation of the decision once your request has been considered.

Intercollegiate Students

  • 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.

The process  of re-entry and some frequently asked questions are laid out below, please expand the relevant section for more information. 

Confirmation of Re-entry

You will receive email confirmation of those courses for which you have been re-entered from the Results and Awards Team. This will be sent to your LSE e-mail address before the relevant assessment period. Re-entry confirmation will be sent out in July for assessments due to be taken during IRDAP, and in November for all other assessments.

If you do not receive re-entry confirmation but think you should have, please contact the Results and Awards Team.

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.

Unregistered Student Status

If you are an unregistered student (i.e. you were not able to progress or were a finalist) you will not receive tuition and will take the re-entered assessment as a private candidate. 

If you feel you would benefit from Repeat Teaching this option may be available in certain circumstances.

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

  • eligible to live in halls
  • apply for a student Oyster card or discounted rail card
  • claim council tax exemption. 

Re-entry Fees and Payment

A fee of £60 is payable for each full unit course and £35 for each half unit course 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 the Results team 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.

Make a re-entry payment

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 replacement for an expired card free of charge. A new LSE card will not be produced for you automatically, you must request a new card.  

You can find information about how to replace lost, stolen and damaged cards at LSE Cards.

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

Guidance For Non UK/EEA/EU Students

All exams 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.  LSE does not permit students to undertake examinations using a General/Tourist Visitor visa.  For further information regarding your visa options, please check the Immigration Advice webpages.

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  indicating that you are expected to return for assessment and the date from which you can access LSE on-campus facilities. 

Request a Short Term Study Study Letter

If you are non-visa national (i.e. 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.

If you need further advice please contact the International Student Visa Advice Team.

If you are a 12-month Masters student, your ratified results will be released on 18 November 2019. 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 for advice on your options.

For more information about the regulations specific to your programme, please check the LSE Calendar.

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