Within this section we provide guidance around reassessment.

What is In-module Retrieval?

In-module retrieval (IMR) is a process whereby you have an opportunity to rework a piece of coursework that you have submitted which has achieved a mark below the minimum pass mark.

IMR is only available if you submit coursework at the first attempt opportunity. This means it is not available if you are submitting work at the reassessment opportunity (referral or deferral).  This includes students with Learning Contracts who have been granted an extended deadline to the reassessment period. The IMR attempt gives you an opportunity to understand how using feedback from your original attempt can improve your work and will have benefits across other modules and in your future studies.

The IMR attempt is usually completed within a short time-frame following feedback and the reworked coursework that you submit will receive a mark capped at the minimum pass mark. You will not receive further feedback on the IMR attempt, only a mark.

Requests to Repeat an Assessment Attempt and Requests to Extend a Submission Deadline are not available at IMR attempts – this is because IMR takes place within a short space of time after the original submission deadline and your marks must be processed in time for the Assessment Board.

You can decide whether or not you want to engage with the IMR attempt. Whilst is it an opportunity for you to quickly retrieve a failed mark, it is recognised that undertaking in-module retrieval will increase your workload at a time when you may be struggling to meet the requirements of assessment on a number of modules.  If you decide not to engage with the IMR attempt or if you do engage but still do not achieve a pass mark, you will still have your referral opportunity.

Referral/Deferral assessment

Referrals – You will be referred in a module when you do not achieve the minimum module pass mark. For most undergraduate modules this is 40%. For most postgraduate modules this is 50%. Some modules have a different pass mark or stipulate a minimum threshold mark for each assessment task – this will be indicated on the module descriptor.  If you pass your referral, the assessment task will be capped at the minimum pass mark. Your referral will normally take place during the reassessment period in July, unless specified differently for your course.

Deferrals – You will be deferred in a module when your request to repeat an assessment attempt has been accepted due to extenuating circumstances you have reported to us. You have the opportunity to take the assessment task that was affected by the circumstances as if for the first time, i.e. your mark will not be capped (unless you are already at referral stage). A deferral will only be given where you have not passed the module. Your deferral will normally take place during the reassessment period in July, unless specified differently for your course.

Who can I talk to about my results? – For any queries about module marks, speak to your tutor or module leader.  If you are not able to speak to either of these, please contact your Student Services Team.

Where do I access my referred / deferred coursework? – Your reassessment work will be made available via the relevant Blackboard module site within an area entitled “Reassessment”. If you are having difficulties finding the reassessment work, you should contact your Module Leader. The reassessment submission deadline will normally take place during the reassessment period in July, unless specified differently for your course. Assessment grades and meanings provide guidance on understanding referral/deferral codes used on your results transcript.

Reassessment submission dates

Assessment Statement – If you are referred or deferred in a task, the date for this will be shown in your Assessment Statement as soon as these marks have progressed through the University assessment boards. This can be accessed via MyStudent Record

Blackboard Calendar  If you are referred or deferred in a task, the date for the re-assessment will be shown in the calendar.

Reassessment examination schedule

The examination schedule is available via your Timetables channel on the My SHU tab. It is also available via the Assessment Channel Link. It is important that you check the dates, times and venues of your referred/deferred examinations and confirm your attendance as soon as the timetable becomes available.  If any information is missing or incorrect on your timetable, please contact the University Examination Service as soon as possible.

Trailing reassessment into the next year

In some circumstances, you may be allowed to take referrals/deferrals during the next year of study alongside the next level.  See Regulation 7.1 of the Standard Assessment Regulations. The reassessment timing for completing continuing reassessments trailing into the next year is the following January. Only final year students have an opportunity to complete reassessment by mid-October in order to achieve an award and attend the University Graduation Ceremony in November. See Assessment grades and meanings for your reference.


Compensation applies to levels 4, 5 and 6 only. Compensation is automatically applied once you have made an initial attempt at all modules on the level (i.e. 120 credits). If you subsequently meet the profile for compensation after completing reassessment, compensation will be applied at that point. The profile for compensation which allows you to progress from one complete level to the next or to exit with an award is that you:

  • achieve 40% or more on the complete level overall, including referred modules and;
  • make a valid attempt at all assessment tasks and;
  • achieve 30% or more in each referred module up to a maximum of 20 credits.

If you achieve the profile for compensation (Regulation 6), any compensated modules will be changed to a grade of CP (Compensated Pass) and your student transcript will show credit in the module. Check your course handbook to see if your course or any modules are exempt from compensation due to professional and statutory body requirements