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Final year Failure

Hey guys,
Just to preface things, I am a final year product design student at Nottingham Trent University. I was meant to graduate this year, but after failing a single module, I have been asked to repeat the module the next year, meaning it delays my graduation by a whole YEAR for a single module.

I am seeking advice on my options and general guidance on the topic.

Here are the additional details.

Last month I was sent an email informing me of a notice of ‘Fail and Repeat’, of the major module in our course. This very short and incredibly vague email just notified me of the module failure, how much it would cost to repeat (10,400 POUNDS), and informed me of the option to appeal the decision. No reason why I failed, no feedback left, nothing, that was the entire email.

To make things worse, this repeat module would place a cap of a low 3rd on my grade, meaning that no matter how hard I try in the next year, it amounts to absolutely nothing, I’ll be wasting a whole year of my life to only just pass.

Then came the process of having to actually figure out why I failed. Instead of the information/feedback being handed to me upon notice of failure, it took me a week to find out the reasoning. During that time of sheer confusion and panic, I spent ages trying to find the people in charge and liaising with them on a date to discuss the failure. With the egregious price I pay as an international student, you’d expect this information to be immediately available. Not to mention how incredibly dodgy and greedy it is to include the pricing of the repeat module BEFORE I even receive a reason for why I failed.

Of course I appealed immediately, the pricing and capping of the grades are outrageous. I completely understand that I failed and that is entirely my fault, sure, but asking me to waste a whole year on a single module and achieve the lowest passing grade is such a spit on the face. In the meantime, I can’t work full-time jobs, and have to continue paying for living and accommodation expenses in an expensive country, severely hurting my finances and prospective job applications.

I was informed in those meetings that due to the project's size, there is no way it could be done over the summer, and thus warrants me staying back for a whole year to complete it. The module is 5 months long and runs alongside a minor project too, which I have already passed. Realistically speaking, this should take about 3 months to complete. Adding on to the fact that from September to December the module isn’t running, there will be a significant portion of the year where I have absolutely nothing to do.

Yup, I’m repeating a whole year for about 3 months worth of work.

Of course there is a lot that I left out, I won't be name-dropping here to keep myself anonymous, for obvious reasons, but the sheer lack of empathy and overall unprofessionalism displayed by certain staff members and administrators is entirely worth warranting a name-drop. Please feel free to message me and ask for more details.

I’m honestly still enraged and depressed, seeing all my friends graduate around me while I am held back a year over 1 project is so frustrating. I want to know what options I have available to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

Thank you.
(edited 1 year ago)
It feels completely unfair that they did that, the cap on the grade sounds extremely *****y, why do they do that that if you are paying over 10k for this?
I don't know if it is possible for you to appeal the grade? Maybe taking it further somehow? I don't know which university this is but sounds like they are completely unprofessional and money-grabbing.
Feel free to send me a message if you want
Reply 2
Original post by Wonderland2000
It feels completely unfair that they did that, the cap on the grade sounds extremely *****y, why do they do that that if you are paying over 10k for this?
I don't know if it is possible for you to appeal the grade? Maybe taking it further somehow? I don't know which university this is but sounds like they are completely unprofessional and money-grabbing.
Feel free to send me a message if you want


It's Nottingham Trent Uni.
It is very money-grabbing, they could never justify why the price of a single module is worth more than the fees of a home-status student combined.
I've tried appealing, but the appeal goes back to the people who marked it, so to no surprise, it was rejected immediately.

Thanks for the response. I'll send over a message, once my account gets verified. Much appreciated.
(edited 1 year ago)
It’s more just a unique unfortunate circumstance then money grabbing, unfortunately very few final year students fail so the module not being run is unfortunate (I would at least request a free resit) generally most students are entitled to one of these, maybe speak to your SU.

It’s painful that they cant do a summer resit that would be much more preferable, but i can understand them not running a module for 1 student.

The other thing is only this module should be capped at 40% not the whole degree, I would also query this.
Reply 4
Original post by mnot
It’s more just a unique unfortunate circumstance then money grabbing, unfortunately very few final year students fail so the module not being run is unfortunate (I would at least request a free resit) generally most students are entitled to one of these, maybe speak to your SU.

It’s painful that they cant do a summer resit that would be much more preferable, but i can understand them not running a module for 1 student.

The other thing is only this module should be capped at 40% not the whole degree, I would also query this.

I get that it most likely is just unfortunate circumstances, it's just the manner in which it was dealt with by faculty that makes it seem money-grabbing. I did request for a resit but I was informed that since the module takes place over a period of 5 months, I won't be able to resit it over the summer. Although this module is also entirely self-directed, so they won't need to rerun classes for it.

I have been trying very hard to get them to remove the capping, but they are claiming that since I've already done it once, it would give me an unfair advantage over other students. I understand that, but I don't think it's justifiable to place such a low cap on it.

Thank you for the response, much appreciated.
Drop out? :rolleyes:
Original post by Anon-NTU
I get that it most likely is just unfortunate circumstances, it's just the manner in which it was dealt with by faculty that makes it seem money-grabbing. I did request for a resit but I was informed that since the module takes place over a period of 5 months, I won't be able to resit it over the summer. Although this module is also entirely self-directed, so they won't need to rerun classes for it.

I have been trying very hard to get them to remove the capping, but they are claiming that since I've already done it once, it would give me an unfair advantage over other students. I understand that, but I don't think it's justifiable to place such a low cap on it.

Thank you for the response, much appreciated.


The first problem is more administrative, it might be possible for you to retake as an individual student, but to formally run a module Its a little more complex (this sounds like a dissertation, I must admit this is unusual to not allow a summer module).

the capped module at 40% is standard practice at most UK universities. It will dictated by academic regulations.

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