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The following resources support understanding and application of the Regulations

Before reading the below, students should first check if their Programme has an approved variation or exemption from the MMU Regulations. Where this is the case, course-specific arrangements may be in place which supersedes the information below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 'condonement'?

Condonement is the process by which students at Level 3 (Foundation Year) or Level 4 (1st year of an Undergraduate qualification) can receive a pass for a unit in which they have achieved a marginal fail (35% to 39%). Condonement can be applied in whole units up to a total value of 30 credits. Where condonement can be applied, you will pass the unit and will not be offered the opportunity for re-assessment. The mark recorded on your final transcript of study will be the actual mark achieved.

Condonement can only be applied:

  • Where you have achieved a mark in the marginal fail category (35% to 39%) in whole units;
  • Where the programme’s learning outcomes have been, or may still be, achieved through passes attained (or still possible to attain) in other units;
  • Where there is no programme-specific variation or exemption from the Assessment Regulations in place that prohibits condonement.

Where you are eligible for condonement in more than one unit, the unit with the highest average mark shall receive a condoned pass. All other units with marginal fail marks shall be selected for reassessment.

There is no provision for condonement at levels 5 and 6.


What is the pass mark?

Except where they are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis, the pass mark for all assessments and Units is 40%.

How is my degree classification calculated? (BA/BSc)

MMU operates two degree classification mechanisms. Your final degree classification will be calculated using whichever method is most beneficial to you in terms of overall grade.

Method 1 combines 25% of your weighted average from Level 5 with 75% of your weighted average from Level 6 to create an overall average to be mapped to the following classifications:

Average Classification
70% - 100% 1st
60% - 69% 2.1
50% - 59% 2.2
40% - 49% 3rd

Method 2 only utilises marks from Level 6, with classification awarded based on the following requirements:

Credit profile Minimum overall average Classification
70% or higher in at least 60 credits 68% 1st
60% or higher in at least 60 credits 58% 2.1
50% or higher in at least 60 credits 48% 2.2
40% or higher in at least 120 credits 40% 3rd


What happens if I submit coursework after a deadline?

Non-submission of assessed coursework within the deadline shall indicate non-engagement with assessment. Any work you submit after the deadline shall be marked as 0%, unless you have received an approved application for Exceptional Factors.

What happens if I fail an assessment?

Units are passed based on a weighted average mark calculated from all assessments, so if you fail one assessment you may still pass the unit based on the marks you achieve in other assessments within that unit.

Where your mark for one or more assessment(s) leads to an overall failure of the unit, you will need to be re-assessed in any assessment(s) that you have failed. If you pass the reassessment, the maximum mark you will be able to achieve for the whole unit is 40%.

All students who undertake reassessment are liable to pay a flat fee of £50.

What is 'In-Year Assignment Recovery'?

In-Year Assignment Recovery offers Level 3 and Level 4 students an opportunity to resubmit a failed assessment prior to the summer reassessment period. Full details are available here.

What is the difference between repeating with attendance and repeating without attendance?

Repeat with attendance

If you fail 120 credits at any level (i.e. all units that you undertake) and secure a mark of 20% or greater in at least one unit, you will be required to be repeat with attendance. This means that you must attend classes for the units that you failed, and the maximum mark for any assessment you undertake will be capped at the pass mark (40%). You will need to enrol and pay tuition fees.

If you are receiving a student loan, you may be able to apply to your award agency (e.g. Student Finance England) for additional support for an extra year. Should you have any queries about this process, support is available from the Student Financial Support Team.

If you have failed 90 credits or fewer, you may elect to repeat that unit with attendance on one occasion per unit. In such cases, you will be liable to pay a tuition fee for each unit you enrol on.

Repeat without attendance

If you fail your summer reassessment and are required to repeat without attendance, you will retain access to Moodle, the Library and IT drop-in centres throughout MMU. You will not, however, be required to attend classes. You must still enrol in September as a 'Repeat without Attendance' student.

Can I substitute a failed option?

Yes, if you have failed an optional unit (including a Uniwide Languages unit) this may be substituted for an alternative optional unit. The assessment status of the new optional unit will be the same as that of the original optional unit (i.e. if the substitution takes place after initial assessment, your first assessment in the new optional unit will have the status of a first reassessment and will therefore be subject to a mark cap of 40%.)

Such substitution is permitted on one occasion only throughout the duration of your course.

What is a 'Pass Degree'?

A Pass Degree is a fall-back award for students who do not qualify for the award of a Bachelor's degree with Honours.

Students qualify for a Pass Degree when they have passed 60 out of 120 credits having exhausted all reassessment opportunities.

Pass degrees are awarded without a classification (e.g. 1st, 2.1, etc).

If I leave MMU without completing my degree, am I still entitled to an award?

Most MMU awards provide the opportunity for students leaving the programme prior to completion to receive an 'interim exit award'. The level and title of that award will depend on the credits you have passed. Programme Specifications provide details of the exit awards available for each Programme.

How many times can I resit a failed assessment?

If you have failed to attain an overall pass mark for a unit, you have an automatic right to at least one reassessment in the failed assessment(s).

If you are unsuccessful in this reassessment you are entitled to a second attempt at reassessment, provided you engaged fully with the first. By this, we mean that you:

  • Re-submitted all required items of coursework;
  • AND attended all resit examinations;
  • AND attended or participated in any required reassessment events and / or activities.


When is the summer re-sit period?

The summer reassessment period takes place in mid-August, with re-sit timetables published in mid July.

The summer re-sit period for 2016/17 takes place between 7th - 18th August 2017.

How can I find out my results?

Undergraduate students can access assessment results online via My Results.

Students studying for MMU provision at collaborative partners will receive their results by post.


Further Support

Students having difficulty understanding any aspect of the Assessment Regulations should contact their Faculty Student Support Officer, or the Students' Union Advice Centre - which offers support and guidance in relation to Assessment. Additional support is also available from Student Hubs, or from your Programme/Unit Leader.

Staff should direct queries about the Assessment Regulations to the Centre for Academic Standards & Quality Enhancement (CASQE).