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Required to resit exams or repeat modules

If you fail part of your course and are required to resit exams or repeat modules then this could have a serious impact on your immigration status.

This is because you may be required to resit exams or repeat modules as an external student, and will not be complying with the conditions of your student visa as you will not be attending your course.

If there are more than 60 days between the start of the next academic period and the date you are next required to attend, then the university is required by law to report this to the Home Office. If this happens your leave will be curtailed and you will be advised to leave the UK.


Example: If you fail part of your course in June 2013 and are required to resit exams as an external student in May 2014; there would be more than 60 days between the start of the next academic period (which would be September 2013) and the date of your resit exams in May 2014. In this situation this information would be reported by the university to the Home office. Your leave would be curtailed and you would be advised to leave the UK.

For more extensive information on this topic for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, please click on the link below to download a guidance note: