External/Carried Module Resits

If you have any remaining resit opportunities for failed modules, you may be able to retake them as carried modules in the following session, either as an external candidate or alongside your other modules if you have progressed to the next year of study.

Information about your student status and access to facilities as an external student can be found and downloaded in the External Student Guidance PDF. You should first check your eligibility, and you'll also need to find out about how and when to apply, how much your resit will cost and when it is likely to take place. 

External Candidates are only expected to attend University to resit on-campus examinations and assessments.

Unless granted first attempt resits (through mitigation), resit marks are capped at the pass mark (a mark of 40 for Undergraduates and a mark of 50 for Postgraduates), and students are expected to pay a resit fee.


Any resit has to be taken at the next opportunity, and failure to do so will result in the loss of an attempt. Marks for modules which are not taken will be classified as Absent.

If you are a finalist who needs to take carried module resits in the following year, you will resit as an external candidate.

If you are not a finalist, you will either progress to the next year of study whilst taking carried modules, or you will be required to be external for the year, and will therefore defer entry to the next year of study.  Whether or not you can progress will depend on if any of the modules you are resitting are Pass For Progression (PFP) modules and therefore you need to pass them before you can progress.  If you are resitting a lot of modules, you may also be required to be external, as the resit workload would be too high when combined with a full-year of study.

For guidance on whether you are eligible to resit please contact your parent school.  If unsure who to contact see the School Contacts webpage.  


If you started your programme of study before the academic year 2016/2017 you are permitted three attempts to pass a module; the first attempt plus up to two resits.  If you started your programme of study during or after the academic year 2016/2017 you are permitted two attempts to pass a module; the first attempt and one resit.

An exception to this rule is International Foundation year students who studied their foundation year in academic year 2015/2016. These students will continue under the old regulations and will be permitted three attempts to pass a module; the first attempt plus up to two resits.

Undergraduate students who have resit opportunities remaining after the August resit period may retake failed modules in the following academic year.


Postgraduate students are permitted two attempts to pass a module; the first attempt and one resit.

Students who have resit opportunities remaining may be permitted one final attempt as an external candidate in the following academic year.

First attempts

A first attempt resit is a further opportunity to achieve a true mark (not capped at a pass mark as a resit is).  If you accept the opportunity to re-sit as a first attempt, your original mark will be expunged and your result for the re-sit will apply, even if it is lower than your original mark. 

First attempt resits are usually granted due to mitigating circumstances.  For help and support with the mitigating circumstances process please contact your school.  More information on mitigating circumstances as well as contact details for schools can be found on the Mitigating Circumstances Guidance webpage. 

How to apply

Apply via the Results and Resit Application page (available through Minerva).

First attempt resits

If you have been granted a first attempt resit, you will need to confirm with your parent school if you wish to take it. You do not need to apply online.  If unsure who to contact you can find details on the School Contacts webpage.

Exceptional attempt resits

If you have been granted an exceptional resit attempt due to mitigation, such as a third attempt (or a fourth attempt if you started prior to the session 2016/2017), you will not be able to apply online.  You should contact your school to confirm you wish to resit.  If unsure who to contact you can find details on the School Contacts webpage.

When to apply

The application page is available at different times of the year. To apply to resit in 2023, the dates are as follows:

  • When August resit marks are published, Undergraduate students and Postgraduates who who have been awarded (or were due for award) following external resits, will be able to apply online from Wednesday 14 September 2022. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 October 2022. 

  • When final Postgraduate marks and classifications are published, Postgraduate students will be able to apply online from Thursday 24 November 2022. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 November 2022.

Late resit applications

After the deadline to apply has passed, if you still wish to resit, you must contact your parent school.  Information on who to contact can be found on the School Contacts webpage.  Late resit applications are subject to an incresed administration fee of £100.

Resit fees

Resit fees are:

  • £2.00 per credit (ie £20.00 for a 10 credit module), plus
  • £50.00 administration fee. This is a one-off fee, which is the same regardless of how many modules you take.

This table shows the calculation for the different credit amounts:

Module Credits Calculation: £2 per module credit plus £50 admin fee
5 £60
10 £70
15 £80
20 £90
25 £100
30 £110
35 £120
40 £130
45 £140
50 £150
55 £160
60 £170
65 £180
70 £190
75 £200
80 £210
85 £220
90 £230
95 £240
100 £250
105 £260
110 £270
115 £280
120 £290
125 £300
130 £310
135 £320
140 £330
145 £340
150 £350
155 £360
160 £370
165 £380
170 £390
175 £400
180 £410

The fee is charged for the whole amount of module credits regardless of which, how many, or what format of component(s) you resit.  For 120-credit Year Abroad or Study in Industry modules, the fee will be charged as a 20-credit module.

Resit fees will be charged to your University account after the deadline for resit applications has passed.  You will receive a statement of fees by email and must pay immediately.  Failure to pay will result in late payment administration charges of £20 per month until the debt is repaid in full.  For further information, visit this webpage How to Pay (a link to the How to Pay webpage will also be available in the statement of fees document).

If you have any queries about why you have been charged a fee you can contact the Assessment & Progress Team using the email address: Examinations@Leeds.ac.uk.  If you have any queries about payment methods or late fees see the Finance Contact Details webpage for who to contact.

Resit assessment dates

You must take assessments when the module is next offered: 

  • Semester 1 module resits take place in January
  • Semester 2 module resits take place in May/June.

Unfortunately, it isn't possible to find out the exact date of an assessment before you apply. This is because we write the timetable once we know which modules students have applied for. You should check the assessment timetable publication dates webpage to find out when the assessment timetables will be published.

As long as you apply by the deadline, you will be able to view your individual timetable (available through Minerva) once it has been published.  You can also view the timetable online through the Timetable by Module webpage.

When you view your timetable check that you have been entered for the appropriate assessments, and tell the Assessment & Progress Team immediately about any discrepancies.  Contact the team using the email address Examinations@leeds.ac.uk remembering to include your full name and student ID number in your email.

Assessed-work deadlines

Contact your school directly to find out the deadlines for submitting assessed work.

Cancelling a resit application

Email the Assessment & Progress Team (using the email address Examinations@leeds.ac.uk) to cancel a resit application.  Remember to include your full name, student ID number and module codes of the resits you wish to cancel.

You may only cancel up until the start of the relevant assessment period. After this, your application will stand and any resit fees will still be charged. You will lose an attempt if you do not take the resit.