Will my situation be better?
Looking forward at the year ahead and taking in to consideration your situation now and what additional support might be put in place for you, do you think this coming year will give you a better chance to perform to your best academic ability?
The delivery of your course will be different.
It's worth considering what the "new normal" way of life and delivery will be next year and whether they will suit you. As yet we do not know how EA will run individual courses, but it is likley that some teaching will remain online, with some small group learning opportunities if government restrictions allow.
COVID-19 by itself may not be a valid reason for an appeal or repeat year.
COVID-19 and associated restrictions may not be reason enough for UEA to accept your application to repeat the year without additional factors specific to you. This is because everyone has gone through uncertainty and disruption over the past 18 months. If COVID-19 is your reason for asking for the repeat of the year, you will need to explain in your extenuating circumstance form why your situation is different to others and why you have been particularly affected.
Should I make the request now or see how I do in my reassessments?
If you have not passed coursework and exams and have been sent to reassessment, you could wait and see how you get on in your reassessments before making the decision.
However, if you take your reassessments and fail them you are likely to be withdrawn from the course.(This doesn’t apply to those taking delayed first attempts in August). If you are withdrawn from the course you will need to make an academic appeal against withdrawal in order to request to repeat the year. It might be better to request a repeat year or appeal now and ask for a delayed first sit, if you have grounds. The appeal process takes 4-6 weeks and if you wait to appeal until you get resit results, there may not be time for you to go through the appeal process following withdrawal from the course to enable you to start studying again in September if you appeal is upheld.
If you find yourself in this situation you may be looking at taking a break in studies before you are able to return in 2022.
While this may seem worrying, we're not looking make anyone unduly concerned. We want you to be as informed as possible in order to make the best possible decisions.
If you feel, based upon your current situation, you are unlikely to perform at your best in this upcoming assessment period and would like to repeat the year then this is an option you should consider. To have a chance of starting a repeat year this September, you would need to start the process of requesting it before the resits.
Can you afford a repeat year?
If you are studying with the financial support of Student Finance in terms of receiving Tuition Fee and Maintenance loans, and you have never repeated a year, you should receive a further year's funding.
Eligibility for student finances is worked as follows:
length of course + 1 additional year – previous study (HE study regardless of whether Student Finance was taken or not) = funding available.
Johnny is in his 3rd year of a Drama degree. He is in his final year and hasn’t repeated a year before but has requested to. For him the calculation would be:
3 years (length of course) + 1 additional years – 3 years (the three years study he has just completed) = 1 years available funding.
Jess was also studying Drama and in her 3rd year but she had completed a year of Biology before switching to Drama. For her the calculation would be:
3 years (length of course) + 1 additional years – 4 years (the 3 years study she has just completed on the Drama course and the 1 year doing Biology) = 0 years available funding.