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In-Year Assignment Recovery

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In-Year Assignment Recovery enables students to rework and resubmit a failed assignment during the academic year, rather than wait until the summer resit period.

The below information is not applicable to students at the Cheshire Campus, for whom tailored In-Year Assignment Recovery terms specific to that Campus apply. Students should consult the bespoke Assessment Regulations for Cheshire Campus provision for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is In-Year Assignment Recovery

In-Year Assignment Recovery offers Level 3 and Level 4 students - including those at collaborative partners - the opportunity to undertake reassessment at an earlier point in the academic year, making best use of feedback to improve on an original submission. The choice of whether to undertake early reassessment is yours.

The scheme is open to all Level 3 and Level 4 students who receive a mark of less than 40%, or who have received a mark of 0 for non-submission for an assignment with a deadline within the approved eligibility period.

In cases where it is not possible to rework an original assignment – such as practical assessments or group work – an alternative assignment will be provided that tests the same learning outcomes as the original.

How does work submitted under the scheme contribute towards my final unit mark

At the end of the year, your marks will be looked at by an Assessment Board. If you achieve an average of over 40% for the unit taking your first attempt at the assignment into consideration, the second attempt (under the in-year scheme) will not be used. It will only be taken into account if you fail to achieve an average of 40% across the full unit. Should this be the case, then the work submitted under the scheme will be classed as a first reassessment and the mark you receive for it will be combined with your mark(s) for further assessment(s) in the unit. If this gives a calculated unit mark of 40% or higher, you will secure a pass in the unit, although your overall mark for the unit will be capped at 40%.

Marks and feedback will normally be returned by your unit leader within four weeks of the re-submission deadline. If you resubmit under the scheme and you do not secure a weighted average of 40% or more across the unit, you will be entitled to one further reassessment opportunity during the summer period.

What are the deadlines for submitting work?

If your original assignment deadline was on or before 8th February 2019, the reassessment assignment will be provided to you no later than 8th March 2019. The re-submission deadline for this piece of work is 5th April 2019.

Students who have been issued with a new submission dates on or before 8th February due to approved Exceptional Factors claims will be eligible to participate in the scheme in the event of failure to attain the pass mark / non-submission. In such cases, the above deadlines shall apply.

Original submission deadlines: Student provided with assignment task by: Re-submission Date:
On or before Friday 8 February 2019 Friday 8 March 2019 Friday 5 April 2019

Seperate deadlines apply for students on programmes with non-standard term dates. For further information, please contact your Programme Leader.

How do I take part in the scheme?

There is no requirement to formally ‘opt-in’ to the scheme. If you wish to participate, you should meet with your unit tutor (or designated member of support staff), who will be able to advise you of the reassessment task. This assignment should be submitted via the normal submission process (i.e. coursework receipting or online) in advance of the deadline above.

Do I need to opt out of the scheme?

NO: Students who do not wish to participate in the scheme do not have to notify the University of their decision. Where students do not re-submit work under the scheme and do not ultimately secure a weighted unit average of 40%, reassessment will take place during the standard resit period in July 2019.

What do I need to consider when making a decision about In-Year Assignment Recovery?

Eligible students are encouraged to seek advice from the relevant Student Experience Tutor/Programme Support Tutor before making a decision about participation in the scheme. However, whilst staff can offer guidance and support, students must ultimately decide for themselves whether or not to participate in the scheme.

Factors that you will need to be take into account when making this decision include:


The most significant factor to consider is the potential impact of in-year assignment recovery on your workload. It is vital that you are confident that carrying reassessment assignments will not impact upon your ability to complete upcoming assignments. This is particularly important if you are making use of in-year assignment recovery for multiple units or assignments. If you are in doubt about upcoming deadlines, you should seek further guidance from your Student Experience Tutor or Unit Leader.

Margin of failure and weighting of assessment

In cases where you have failed the assignment by a small margin, or where the failed assignment contributes 30% or less of your overall unit mark, you should balance making use of in-year assignment recovery against the potential of achieving a mark in your second element of assessment that would enable you to secure a weighted unit average of 40% or higher. In instances where the failure is as a result of non-submission, this is unlikely to be applicable.

What support is available?

If you are eligible for the in-year assignment recovery scheme because you have received a mark of less than 40% for an original assignment, you can arrange to meet with your Student Experience Tutor/Programme Support Tutor to discuss the options available to you.

If you are eligible for the in-year assignment recovery scheme because you did not submit an original assignment, you will be contacted directly by a member of academic staff to discuss the reasons for your non-submission and the options that are available to you. During this meeting there will be an opportunity to identify and plan any additional support you require to submit work for reassessment under the scheme.

Further advice and guidance on the scheme is also available from The Union Advice Centre or the relevant Student Support Officer.

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.