Referrals

Academic Year 2014-15

If you are eligible for a referral this year, you will be contacted and asked to confirm if you wish to take up the referral: you will then be given the exact date.

The Provisional Dates for those students sitting referrals in September 2015 will be advertised in the due course of time. 

Please read the relevant section below whether you are a Mathematics student, or from another department.

Mathematics Students

In general, you cannot re-sit any exam you have failed until the next year. However, if you have narrowly failed an examination then under certain circumstances you may be offered a referral, i.e. a chance to pass the module with a bare pass mark.

1. Criteria to be given a referral

If:

(i) you are not graduating this year;

(ii) you have already passed at least 2.5 units (year 1), at least 6 units in total (year 2) or at least 10 units in total (year 3 MSci); and

(iii) you already have enough units to progress or you would have enough if you passed all possible referrals;

then you will be offered a referral on any module in which your mark is within the referral band. The referral band is 30 - 39% for Mathematics modules: it is 35 - 39% for modules from most other departments (including ECON1604 and ECON2601). The marks for both the exam alone and the overall mark have to be in the referral range.

2. Structure of referrals

If you are offered and accept a referral, then you are required to work on the module over the summer and take an exam at UCL during September (or if this is not possible late July). The examination will be the same examination as the main examination you took in May (you will be able to find it on the Maths website), and will be sat under examination conditions. If you achieve at least 60% on this exam, then you will be awarded the minimum pass mark (40%) and the half-unit for that module. You then of course cannot retake that module. If you refuse the referral, or fail to meet the criterion, then your fail mark remains and you retain the possibility of retaking that module next year (if this is your first attempt).

3. Arrangements and dates

If you are eligible for a referral you will be contacted by e-mail (on your UCL e-mail account) during the period Thursday 25 June - Friday 10 July 2015. It is your responsibility to check your UCL e-mail account regularly and to make sure that you pick up and respond to any message about referrals in good time. In particular if you are not going to be in the UK you should ensure that you have your up-to-date password to access your account.

Referrals will take place during the week of 1 - 4 September 2015. It is your responsibility to make yourself available for examinations during this referral week.

If visa problems or other serious problems mean that you cannot take referrals during this week it may be possible to re-arrange your referral(s) for 29-31 July 2015: if this is the case, you must contact the Departmental Tutor promptly after you receive the referral information to obtain permission for this.

4. Overseas students and visas

If you are an overseas student whose visa expires during the summer and you think it is possible you may have a referral you should seek advice early on how to deal with any possible visa problems. If your progress is dependent on passing a referral the college will not be able to certify your progression and issue a new CAS number until you have passed your referral. It is not possible to arrange for referrals to take place in a location outside UCL.

5. Advice on referrals

In general you are advised to take up the offer of a referral, even if you can progress without it. It is true that the resit gives you the opportunity of getting a higher mark (there is no penalty on re-sits) but most students find it difficult to prepare for a resit at the same time as the current year's examinations. You are welcome to discuss this with the Departmental Tutor, Dr Mark Roberts (m.l.roberts AT ucl.ac.uk)

Students Studying Other Degrees

If you are a student from another department and are taking a Mathematics module, you may be offered a referral if you narrowly fail this modules. The exact conditions under which you will be offered a referral depend on your home department, but you must certainly meet the following conditions:

(i) you are not graduating this year

(ii) you have a mark within the referral range of 30 - 39% for the module

(iii) you have the possibility of progressing to the next year of the course if you pass all available referrals.

The arrangements for referrals in Mathematics modules are as follows:

If you are offered and accept a referral, then you are required to work on the module over the summer and take an exam at UCL during 1 - 4 September 2015. The examination will be the same examination as the main examination you took in May (you will be able to find it on the Maths web-page), and will be sat under examination conditions. If you achieve at least 60% on this exam, then you will be awarded the minimum pass mark (40%) and the half-unit for that module. You then of course cannot retake that module. If you refuse the referral, or fail to meet the criterion, then your fail mark remains and you retain the possibility of retaking that module next year (if this is your first attempt).

It is your responsibility to make sure that you can be contacted about referrals if necessary (we will use your UCL e-mail address), and to make yourself available for examinations during this referral period.

If visa problems or other serious problems mean that you cannot take referrals during this week it may be possible to re-arrange your referral(s) for 29 - 31 July 2015: if this is the case, you must contact the Mathematics Departmental Tutor promptly after you receive the referral information to obtain permission for this.

We will contact you by e-mail if you are eligible for a referral. If you think you should be eligible and have not been contacted, please let the Mathematics Departmental Tutor, Dr Roberts, know (m.l.roberts AT ucl.ac.uk).

Arrangements for referrals in modules from other departments may be different.

The papers for 2014-15 Exams will be available to download close to the time of referrals. The exam papers for the modules for which a referral was offered in year 2013-14 can be downloaded here:

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