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Years 1 and 2

Reminder about Re-sit exams

For those failing or missing the exam, a resit examination is held in Late August. It is the student's responsibility to check the resit timetable on the Registry's website, find the time and location of the resit exam and ensure they are present for that resit. No formal registration is necessary and 

NB: Students will not be individually notified of the resit date and location of resit exams.

Examination Periods:

All courses in SSPS are assessed in the semester in which they are taught, exams for first-semester courses take place during the December examination period, exams for second semester courses take place during the May examination period.

Registration and notification:

Registration for degree examinations is handled automatically by the University's student record system. You are, however, responsible for checking that the details against your own name are correct. You should do this via the Edinburgh Student Portal around the third or fourth week of semester 1 or 2, as appropriate, and advise your Personal Tutor if there are any discrepancies.  The dates, times and venues of examinations are posted on the University website. Notices are placed around SSPS premises advising students when this information becomes available.

Passing the course:

For all first and second-year courses in Politics, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology and the School half courses, the student must pass the exam in order to pass the course.

Re-sit exams

For those failing or missing the exam, a resit examination is held in Late August. It is the student's responsibility to check the resit timetable on the Registry's website, find the time and location of the resit exam and ensure they are present for that resit. No formal registration is necessary and students will not be individually notified of the resit date and location.

There are two basic situations under which a student would take a re-sit examination:

  • Because special and unforeseen circumstances either prevented them from sitting the exam at the first sitting, or seriously disrupted their performance at the first sitting.  Under these circumstances Exam Boards as advised by Special Circumstances Committees can recommend that the student be allowed to re-sit the exam in August as a "first sitting".  The re-sit mark simply takes the place of the missing exam mark.
  • Because the student failed the exam at the first sitting.  Under these circumstances the student is allowed to re-sit the exam in August as a "second sitting".
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