Foundation year - Potentially failed to meet requirements to progress

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I think I have failed to meet the entry requirements to progress. I have been on Plymouth Foundation year Medicine in September. I need an average of at least 60% on each module. I got 59% in a previous module (group work) and I believe I did poor in my exam due to illness. I understand I may get a 61 (to achieve the average percentage pass mark) or above in my exam and scrape it, but what will happen if I fail?

I have been passing on all other modules, but I didn't do well on one of my exams (2 mini essays in 48 hours at home due to COVID). I became sick with wisdom tooth infection during the 48 hour exam period. I understand the uni say if you're fit to turn up to an exam, you were fit enough to take it and if you become unwell during an exam, tell the invigilator and they will mark you absent. The guidelines don't say anything about exams sat at home/COVID adapted. So I didn't have an invigilator/support network to report my sickness too. After my exam, I emailed my tutor. I didn't do this during my exam because I was focused on trying my best and she works part time and it takes a while for a response. I was constantly told by teachers before the exam, don't hand it in late and there wasn't a talk about extenuating circumstances. I started the exam, then fell ill and my quality of work declined. I handed in my exam on time because if I didn't it would defiantly be marked as a pass or if I didn't and my extenuating circumstance form was rejected, it would be marked as a pass. I do have evidence of seeing a dentist and have a prescription for antibiotics.

I'm in the progress of writing an extenuating circumstance form and will email the head of my course.
What typically happens when someone fails a foundation year? Is there anything I can do to help the situation? Can you retake foundation years? Resit exams if you didn't fail, but failed to meet the requirements?

Thank you for any help, I'm really upset and scared I've lost my medicine place.
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unfortunately I don't have any experience/advice about this but i really hope this works out for you.
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Hello,

I think I have failed to meet the entry requirements to progress. I have been on Plymouth Foundation year Medicine in September. I need an average of at least 60% on each module. I got 59% in a previous module (group work) and I believe I did poor in my exam due to illness. I understand I may get a 61 (to achieve the average percentage pass mark) or above in my exam and scrape it, but what will happen if I fail?

I have been passing on all other modules, but I didn't do well on one of my exams (2 mini essays in 48 hours at home due to COVID). I became sick with wisdom tooth infection during the 48 hour exam period. I understand the uni say if you're fit to turn up to an exam, you were fit enough to take it and if you become unwell during an exam, tell the invigilator and they will mark you absent. The guidelines don't say anything about exams sat at home/COVID adapted. So I didn't have an invigilator/support network to report my sickness too. After my exam, I emailed my tutor. I didn't do this during my exam because I was focused on trying my best and she works part time and it takes a while for a response. I was constantly told by teachers before the exam, don't hand it in late and there wasn't a talk about extenuating circumstances. I started the exam, then fell ill and my quality of work declined. I handed in my exam on time because if I didn't it would defiantly be marked as a pass or if I didn't and my extenuating circumstance form was rejected, it would be marked as a pass. I do have evidence of seeing a dentist and have a prescription for antibiotics.

I'm in the progress of writing an extenuating circumstance form and will email the head of my course.
What typically happens when someone fails a foundation year? Is there anything I can do to help the situation? Can you retake foundation years? Resit exams if you didn't fail, but failed to meet the requirements?

Thank you for any help, I'm really upset and scared I've lost my medicine place.
You need to read up on your student handbook and speak to either your personal tutor/academic department about this.

In some cases you may be able to resit, but equally resit grades may be capped which could prevent you from progressing.

At my own uni, we do reject candidates who don't meet the progression requirements, so that's the worst case scenario. But your uni will have it's own specific regulations so you need to speak to them, especially if you have mitigating circumstances, (although you should raise these before receiving your grades).
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