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This page provides a wealth of information about your assessment results, reassessments, deferred assessments and the appeals process. If you require further information contact the Assessment and Awards Team.

Release of results

  • When will I receive my results?

    You should receive provisional marks and feedback, for both examinations and coursework, within 20 working days (which excludes weekends, public holidays and periods of University closure only) of submission. Provisional results are then approved by the University Assessment Board when you are either at a progression point e.g. having finished level 4 (Year 1) to see if you can progress to level 5 (Year 2); at an award point or if there is an issue that needs attention e.g. a fail mark where reassessment needs to be offered or if a valid Extenuating Circumstances claim has been made etc.

    Therefore, unless there is an issue with a mark you will receive your confirmed results once a year when you reach a progression point. For many students this will be in July before you are due to commence a new year/level of study. If you are a part-time student who does not reach a progression point on an annual basis your results will be released in July of each year.

    Postgraduate students do not have progression points as all study is usually at level 7. Unless there are any issues that need attention e.g. a fail mark where reassessment needs to offered or if a valid Extenuating Circumstances claim has been made etc. you will receive your confirmed marks annually in October or at your award point, whichever comes first.

    Confirmed results will be released, where applicable, on or before the following dates:

    University Assessment Board and results release dates

  • How will I receive my results?

    Your provisional marks and feedback will be returned to you by your module tutor and may be published via grade centre in Blackboard.

    Confirmed results will be emailed as part of an attachment called a ‘Statement of Results’ to your formal student email account and to any other email address that is held on record for you. It is therefore very important that you check your emails regularly. Additionally, once results have been released they will also be available for you to view on ICON.

    Results will NOT be posted to students - you will be advised on your transcript of results as to your status;

    • You are not qualified to continue on your course
    • You are eligible to continue on course for a Pass / Ordinary degree
    • You have failed a module but are eligible to continue on course with a condoned mark.
    • You are required to complete outstanding reassessments as a Reassessment without Attendance student.
    • You have been granted a repeat year of study.
  • What happens if I do not submit for my first reassessment?

    For undergraduate students, if you do not submit a first reassessment, you will forfeit your right to a second reassessment opportunity. This means you will have a confirmed failure in that module.

    Postgraduate students only have one reassessment opportunity and, therefore, non-submission of reassessment would result in confirmed failure in that module. Further information on what is meant by a Reassessment without Attendance.

  • What does it mean when I have a Confirmed Failure in the Module?

    A confirmed failure (CF) is a failure of a module that cannot be recovered. This means that there are no more opportunities of reassessment available to you.

    This could either be because:

    • Reassessment opportunities have been exhausted
    • Non-submission at first reassessment
    • A decision of the Malpractice Panel

    A confirmed failure can mean different things depending on what stage of the course you are at.

    • At Level 4 this could result in discontinuation from the course.
    • At Level 5, 20 credits of confirmed failure could result in progression to Level 6 for a maximum award of an Ordinary degree (without honours). More than 20 credits of confirmed failure could lead to discontinuation from the course.
    • At Level 6, less than 60 credits of confirmed failure may lead to you being awarded an Ordinary degree. More than 60 credits may lead to discontinuation with no award, or an exit award if one is available on your course of study.
    • At postgraduate level this may lead to discontinuation from the course, however you could leave with an exit award if you have the necessary credit and if one is available on your course of study.

    Students on professional courses i.e. nursing/midwifery/radiography/occupational therapy and social work are not permitted to continue on course with confirmed fails in any modules. Students who have confirmed fails will be discontinued from their course of study and may be eligible for an exit award if enough credits have been attained.

  • What if I have an exam as part of my outstanding Reassessment?

    You will be notified of any resit examinations via email and/or  ICON. Examinations will normally take place at the campus or site where you are registered and you will be sent details by email from the Assessment and Awards Team with appropriate notice.

  • What is my reassessment entitlement?

    For undergraduates, when a module has been failed with a mark of usually less than 40%, reassessment is offered in the failed element(s). Unless prohibited by a professional body, two opportunities of reassessment are available in every module or stated differently in the programme validation. However, you should be aware that if you fail to submit for a first reassessment you will forfeit your right to a second reassessment attempt which will result in a confirmed failure in the module.

    For postgraduates, when a module has been failed with a mark of usually less than 50%, reassessment is offered in the failed element(s). Reassessment at postgraduate level is limited to one reassessment opportunity.

  • What is the Maximum mark I can receive if I’ve had a reassessment in a module?

    At undergraduate level all reassessed modules will usually be capped at 40%.

    For postgraduates the maximum mark is usually 50%.

    If the module is assessed by more than one element the marks for reassessment will be aggregated to any original passed elements.

    The pass mark is the maximum that can be achieved for modules with any element in reassessment.

  • What will happen as a result of a valid EC claim?

    If your claim for extenuating circumstances has been deemed valid, there are a number of likely outcomes:

    If you have passed the module, you may be offered the opportunity to void the mark and take the assessment again as for the first time (this is called ‘deferred assessment’ and the mark will not be capped at 40% for undergraduate students or 50% for postgraduate students).  Please note that even if the new mark is lower than the original mark, it will stand.

    If you have passed the module and do not wish to take the assessment again you must contact the assessment team within 10 working days of receiving your results to accept the mark.

    If you have failed the module and have a mark below 40% for undergraduate study or 50% for postgraduate study, the mark will be voided and you will be offered a deferred assessment.

    Depending on your EC claim and the details completed in the EC form there may be some instances when you may receive a valid EC outcome for one element of assessment within a module but not another.  In such cases, where both elements of assessment have been failed, it is standard practice for the earlier assessment attempt to be offered first as the outcome of this assessment may impact on the potential requirement for the remaining assessment to be undertaken. EC claims and impact on assessment offered.

  • When can I appeal?

    An appeal may be made in circumstances where a student’s performance in examinations or assessment has been adversely affected by serious matters beyond his or her control. The circumstances or grounds of an appeal are strictly limited to:

    • Material, administrative error or procedural irregularity, which has affected your results.
    • The production of significant new evidence concerning  which for good reason had not been made available to the Boards of Examiners at a University Assessment Board.
    • Unfair treatment or discrimination alleged as part of the assessment process which for good reason had not been considered previously under the .

    Appeals must be submitted within TEN working days of the publication of your results.

    Disagreement with any mark or grade will not constitute grounds for an appeal. Complaints outside this definition should be made through ICON.

    For more information, continue reading down this page.

  • What happens if I don’t have enough credits to progress?

    If you have failed to gain the required credits, and have reassessment opportunities available in the remaining modules, you will be made a Reassessment without Attendance status student.

Information for students with reassessment / deferred assessment

Please read this information carefully in conjunction with your Statement of Results that has been emailed to you and is also available in the ‘My Course’ page in ICON. Please refer to the academic regulations

  • Reassessment

    If you have failed a module(s), this is shown as a grade of F on your Statement of Results sent to you by email or on the ICON. You will also find the requirements for reassessment there. 

    The maximum mark recordable for a module successfully passed on reassessment is 40% (50% for postgraduate). 

    Most undergraduate programmes allow two reassessment opportunities unless professional body requirements only allow one, or if a student fails to attempt their first reassessment opportunity, in which case they will forfeit their second attempt. Postgraduate programmes only allow a single reassessment opportunity.

    Action YOU need to take: 

    All coursework must be submitted. If submitting a paper copy this should be presented with a signed coversheet by 4.00pm on the date stated in your Statement of Results and on ICON. This must be submitted to your local Programme Administration Office at the campus/site where you are registered. 
    If you are submitting by post then you must use RECORDED DELIVERY to ensure proof of postage and post by 4.00pm on the deadline date. If submitting electronically please see your relevant module and/or programme Blackboard site for further details. Please note that the 3 day late submission rule does not apply to reassessment.
    If you have an exam as part of your reassessment this will take place at the campus/site where you are registered and details of any resit examinations will be sent to you by email. The exam period is fixed and no alternative arrangements will be made.

Coursework titles for reassessment

As part of your reassessment you may need to complete the coursework to a new title. These new titles can be found on Blackboard in the ‘Reassessment’ tab at the top right hand corner of the Blackboard front page. If you have any difficulties finding your reassessment title, please contact your course/module tutor.

  • Deferred Assessment

    Your Statement of Results and ICON will show if you have been offered to defer assessment that may have already been undertaken or may be incomplete. This may be due to, for example, granting of valid extenuating circumstances or other valid reasons. You will be required to submit outstanding coursework or to sit the exam as for the first time (i.e. for a full rather than capped mark). Any coursework will be to the original title.

    Action YOU need to take: 

    If you have already completed the assessment, and are happy with the mark achieved and therefore do not wish to take up the deferred option, you must inform the assessment team within 10 working days of the release of your results otherwise you must submit all coursework. If submitting a paper copy this should be presented with a signed coversheet by 4.00 pm on the date stated in your Statement of Results and on ICON. This must be submitted to your local Programme Administration Office. If you are submitting by post then you must use RECORDED DELIVERY to ensure proof of postage and post by 4.00 pm on the deadline date. If submitting electronically please see your relevant module and/or programme Blackboard site for further details. Please note that the 3 day late submission rule does not apply to deferred assessment.

    If you have an exam as part of your deferred assessment this will take place at the campus/site where you are registered and details of any such exams will be emailed to you. The exam period is fixed and no alternative arrangements will be made.
  • Reassessment/deferred assessment submission deadlines

    Information on deadline dates for reassessment and deferred assessment can be found in your transcript. Please note that some submission deadlines fall shortly after University vacation periods. Remember to check your submission deadline date carefully and if you need support do make sure you seek this as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of success. Please do not leave assessment preparation to the last minute. Please do not leave assessment preparation to the last minute. Find information on available Student Support.

  • Resit/deferred placements (Education students)

    Any Education student who has been notified that they have either a deferred or resit placement should view information here. Resit placements may incur a financial cost.

  • Extenuating Circumstances (ECs)

    If there are any extenuating circumstances that prevent you from either sitting examinations or submitting coursework for deferred assessment or reassessment by the due date, you must, as soon as possible, submit an EC claim to your local Programme Administration office (PAd) or the Assessment and Awards Team.

    For more information and to download an EC form, see Extenuating Circumstances.

    When a student receives an ‘EC valid outcome’ the board will usually offer a student an opportunity to void the mark and take the assessment again as for the first time (this is called ‘deferred assessment’). If you have received a ‘EC valid outcome’ but have passed the module and wish to keep your original mark please send an email to assessment@cumbria.ac.uk stating that you wish to accept your original mark and do not wish to take up the offer of another attempt at the assessment within 10 working days of the release of results.
    In some instances a student may receive a valid EC outcome for one element of assessment within a module but not another due to the circumstances of the EC claim. In such cases, where both elements of assessment have been failed, it is standard practice for the earlier assessment attempt to be offered first as the outcome of this assessment may impact on the potential requirement for the remaining assessment to be undertaken. You can  view some scenarios here which should help to make this clear. If you have any queries regarding whether you should be attempting reassessment or deferred assessment contact the Assessment team.

  • Progression and reassessment for undergraduate students

    If you have reassessment to complete you will see this in your Statement of Results and in ICON. The Academic Regulations only allow students to progress to the next year (level) of study when they have achieved sufficient credit.

    For more information, see Progression and Reassessment.

  • Condoned marks (CD)

    If CD appears next to a mark in the Confirmed Grade column in your Statement of Results and in ICON this signifies that the mark has been condoned by the University Assessment Board.

    For more information, see .

  • Assessment contract

    If your Statement of Results shows that an Assessment Contract is required you will be contacted by a member of your course team to arrange a meeting where you will complete the contract.

    For more information, see Assessment Contract.

  • Reassessment without Attendance status

    If your Statement of Results shows your status as Reassessment without Attendance status this means you have insufficient credit to progress to the next level of your course and is usually because you have outstanding reassessments due to failure in modules.

    For more information, see Reassessment without Attendance status.

Your right to Appeal

You have the right to make an appeal against a decision of the University Assessment Board if you have grounds to do so, and within 10 working days of the official release date of results.

  • Academic Appeals

    An Academic Appeal is a request for reconsideration of a decision made by the University Assessment Board.

    An appeal enables you (where there are valid grounds) to request that a decision about an assessment outcome is reconsidered.

    All appeals will be dealt with confidentially, unless disclosure is necessary to progress the appeal.

    In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 the information you provide for an academic appeal will be treated as confidential and will only be disclosed:

    1. in order to progress an appeal or to comply with university procedures. For further information, please see the Academic Procedures and Processes within the Academic Regulations.
    2. if information you have provided gives reasonable belief that there is a concern regarding the safety of the individual or others

    Further information about the Data Protection Act is available here. On this page you will also find details of University of Cumbria and UCSU data sharing agreement.

    An appeal can be made by any student who is enrolled at a course of study at the University of Cumbria or by recent graduates if within the stipulated timescale.

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  • How do I submit an appeal?

    .You must make an appeal in writing via an  identifying the grounds for appeal and you must provide relevant dated documentary independent evidence to the Secretary to the Appeals Panel via the Assessment Office within ten working days of the publication of your results. Forms submitted outside of this timeline will be deemed to be invalid and will not be progressed.

  • What do I need to consider when submitting an appeal on grounds of Extenuating cirumstances?

    .An appeal submitted on the grounds of extenuating circumstances (ECs) will be reviewed by the EC panel at stage 1 of the appeal process.  The EC panel will be looking for an explanation as to why you did not submit an EC claim at the appropriate time of submission under the EC procedures.  The EC panel will also be looking for independent evidence to verify these circumstances.  A good reason would be if, for example, you had been incapacitated at the time you should have submitted an EC claim.  Ignorance of the EC procedure will not be classed as an acceptable reason.

  • Can I attend my course if I am appealing?

    .If you have submitted an appeal and it is being progressed, you have the right to continue with your programme, provided that: you have sufficient credit to progress, you are not in debt to the University and you have satisfied fitness to practice procedures until such time as a decision has been reached. Students on professional courses such as midwifery and nursing are not able to undertake any placement activity whilst an appeal is ongoing, placements can resume if an appeal is upheld. This right is designed solely to ensure that a student whose appeal is upheld is not academically disadvantaged and it should not be interpreted as acceptance of a failed student on a subsequent stage of the programme.

  • How is an appeal different to a complaint?

    .An Academic Appeal enables you (where there are grounds) to request that a decision about an assessment outcome is reconsidered. This differs to the Complaints Procedure which is concerned with the quality of delivery of programmes and services. If you feel you have been treated unfairly or discriminated against, or that the quality of delivery of your programme has affected the outcome of an assessment, you need to use the Student Complaints Procedure as soon as possible. If you submit an Academic Appeal and you reference quality of delivery as a reason, your appeal will be deferred until the complaint has been investigated. The outcome of the complaint may impact on the outcome of the Academic Appeal.

  • Where can I get support with submitting an appeal?

    The Students’ Union are able to provide advice and assistance on the content of your appeal.
    The  are responsible for the administration of the appeal and can help with queries relating to submission of the form or progress of the appeal.

  • What constitutes 'documentary evidence'?

    .The following are examples of documents that may be considered as evidence:

    • Medical certificate
    • Hospital/doctor’s letter
    • Solicitor’s letter
    • Death Certificate

    Documentary evidence must be independently verifiable and therefore letters from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Students must keep their Personal Tutor informed of any adverse personal circumstances. Where circumstances are of a nature that verifiable evidence is not available and your course tutor or personal tutor is aware of your situation they may provide a letter of support as evidence on your behalf. Newspaper articles, copies of internet pages or photographs (of any nature) will not be considered as verified evidence unless such documents directly link you to the circumstances/news stories being discussed.

    Where medical evidence is supplied it must include dates, time frame and a medical opinion about the likely effect of illness on your ability to study for and/or submit for assessment.
    Any information submitted as part of an academic appeal and/or extenuating circumstances claim which subsequently is identified as fraudulent will be disregarded from the purpose of the EC/appeal.  If you submit fraudulent information you may be referred for consideration under the Adjudication Procedure and/or Disciplinary Procedure or Fitness for Professional Practise Procedure.

  • What happens if I don't fill in the form in full or don't provide documentary evidence?

    .Your claim may be deemed invalid if you fail to provide enough information or evidence for the panel to consider your case. It is essential that you include module codes, titles and submission dates on your form and submit supporting documentary, independent evidence with your claim. You must also give a clear and concise explanation about how your circumstances have impacted on your study which has led to your claim for extenuating circumstances.

    In exceptional cases, if you are incapacitated (either due to a physical or mental illness) and therefore not able to complete the EC form yourself, the form may be completed on your behalf by a member of staff (eg Personal Tutor, Programme Leader). However, it is your responsibility to contact the member of staff and ask them to do this for you.

  • Where can I find out further information on appeals?

    Click here to see Appendix 5 of the Academic Regulations which relates to the Academic Appeals process..

Queries

If you have any queries about your assessment position after reading this information, please consult your Course Tutor or the Assessment Team.