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FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:07:12

dc has failed a module. Unsure what happens next.

booksandchoc Thu 18-Aug-16 20:08:20

What year is he in? He will probably just have to resit the module, fitting it into all modules in his next year

Lj8893 Thu 18-Aug-16 20:10:49

Will they get a chance to resit it?

Every university and every course is different but on my course you resit a module over the summer.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:11:02

First year. Meeting didn't sound hopeful but obviously I wasn't there so I don't know.

YorkieDorkie Thu 18-Aug-16 20:16:05

They can usually result for a bare pass. Does his first year count?

YorkieDorkie Thu 18-Aug-16 20:16:21

Ugh. **resit

Diglet Thu 18-Aug-16 20:19:08

Do you mean that he has just failed the resit?

How much by? The information should be on the website but maybe only if accessed by the students.

clio7788 Thu 18-Aug-16 20:20:27

Was this a summer resit module? A PP is right that there's usually a resit period, but many unis have already had their resit periods. Do you know how much your DC failed by? Cos usually narrow misses on one module can be given a waiver. And if it can't, then there might be a possibility to trail the module, as in do the exam/coursework next year alongside 2nd year modules - though sometimes that also isn't possible, especially if it's a degree that is regulated by a professional body. Also - sounds basic but has your dc had a letter or email from the uni telling them what happens next? It will tell them what to do as they may well have a right of appeal on any decisions made by a resit board.

TL;DR is it might not be that bad.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:24:33

First year doesn't count. University decides if resit allowed but looks like they will refuse as course gets harder. Can see what they mean tbh. Failed by one mark. Other grades 2.1's and one 2.2.

What happens next I really don't know but am feeling very depressed.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:26:13

No letter yet but will get one soon.

JennyHolzersGhost Thu 18-Aug-16 20:31:23

What does your DC say OP? Do they feel there was a specific reason for this particular course not to go well? Or are they finding it all a bit challenging? If they got a 2:1 and 2:2 in other courses then it doesn't sound as though they're incapable.

clio7788 Thu 18-Aug-16 20:31:45

It might depend what the module is - if it's a core one, I can see them wanting it to be passed before going into 2nd year. But 1 mark is very, very close - and it would be very punitive to make him resit on account of that.

clio7788 Thu 18-Aug-16 20:35:20

And all degrees get harder in the second year - that's not a reason to keep someone back for the sake of 1 mark!! Especially as it is out of step with the rest of your dc's performance. Unis won't re-Mark like A-levels will, but the uni regs should have some wiggle room. And even if they say no to a resit, your dc should contact the student union asap for advice on appealing it.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:36:05

Core module. Needs to be passed. Met with the teacher of that module and understands what went wrong & has been revising but it looks like it will be to no avail.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:37:12

Asked about an appeal but dc said that their decision is final. Is this not the case?

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:38:36

Not that we actually have a decision letter yet. Feeling so helpless.

clio7788 Thu 18-Aug-16 20:48:09

Decisions on marks are final, but there is usually an opportunity to appeal on the decision about what happens next in situations like this (and the letter/email will have the details of this).

Appeals are usually on technical grounds (did the Uni mess something up) or if your dc was ill or had a mitigating circumstance of some sort, and the exam board didn't know about it. The SU should have some sort of advice centre who will be able to help - it's cold comfort but your dc won't be the first or the last student in this situation.

And it is truly crap having to wait for the info to come through, both for you and dc.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 20:53:34

No university mess up (apart from a painfully slow process). No mitigating circumstances.

Sorry to depress you. Just can't stop thinking about it.

clio7788 Thu 18-Aug-16 21:07:28

It really does hang on what the letter offers option-wise. At my uni, we might let a student who was otherwise strong trail one module so narrowly failed; that might be what they offer here. Or, if they insist on your dc taking the year to redo the module, we let students repeat (so attend all classes) or withdraw temporarily, coming back to do the exams/coursework the next summer without having to attend.

Not at all: have some flowers, OP. I really hope they let your DC what their options are soon.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 21:18:09

OK. Will await the letter. It is helpful to talk things over.

DoctorDoctor Thu 18-Aug-16 21:27:58

So is this the first and only time they've failed this module? It seems very odd to me not to get even one resit. That isn't, in my experience, a matter for individual departments to decide case by case: the overall university regulations have to apply (it wouldn't be fair otherwise). I would go onto the university's website and look for their regulations on assessment and progression - they should be publicly available (at mine they are) and a read of those might be helpful. I'm sorry to suggest this, but it may also be that your DC has been entirely honest with you so it's worth keeping that in mind when you talk to them more. Hope you can get to the bottom of it all.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 21:34:39

Only taken it once but did miss first time round due to illness. So maybe this one result is counted as a resit?

Definitely very honest child. No worries on that point. Most painfully honest person I know.

The regulations on the website confused me.

titchy Thu 18-Aug-16 21:38:28

Oh so it is a resit then. Did he provide evidence that he was ill at the first attempt? If he did and that evidence was accepted then this attempt should count as his first and he can resit.

If he didn't provide evidence or it wasn't accepted then that might well be it. Has he got in touch with the Student Union? They are usually helpful and knowledgeable.

DoctorDoctor Thu 18-Aug-16 21:40:23

Did they submit a medical note when they were ill first time? If you do that you can take the resit but get the full credit, as if you were doing it on the original date. If not, did they speak to tutors about being ill and missing the first go?

If they didn't do any of that, then yes, this will probably have been counted as their resit.

FeelingQuiteLow Thu 18-Aug-16 21:41:54

Yes - doctors letter. No problems at the time. I suppose it is a fuzzy area as to whether this is first attempt or resit?

Sorry to ramble but I'm a bit upset and overwhelmed. Powerless to do anything as it is up to student and university.

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