For various reasons some students do not earn sufficient credits to progress to their next stage. Students who have fully attempted their stage, but earned fewer than 50 credits will be set up as Repeat Stage 1 students. This does not necessarily involve repeating the full academic year, but is considered a separate attempt to make up the outstanding credits and move toward Stage 2. There are many ways this Repeat Stage can be planned. Therefore it is important that support and advice are sought early. There may also be fees and grants implications so contact the Student Desk in time to find out all you need to know about fees and grants before you decide how to make up missing credit.

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Repeats and Resits

You can choose to focus on remediating your failed modules in your Repeat Stage through Resits/Repeats. If you are having difficulty with understanding   a particular subject, your first step is to contact the relevant module co-ordinators in relation to their specific modules or contact the relevant Schools for academic advice on the subject as a whole. Engaging with the school and availing of their academic supports can help you achieve your goals.

Substitution and Progression Requirements

You may also  have the option of taking up a new subject rather than remediating the failed modules again, however, certain limitations apply with respect to allowable subject combinations, eligibility as well as availability of spaces. For that reason, it is important that you contact the Office before making any changes. We can explain what alternative subjects might be available and how to go about substituting the original modules failed. Please be aware that this may incur additional fees. This is important: whatever approach you take, ensuring you meet subject Progression Requirements is a key objective. The Office can help you to work out progression requirements.

‘Next Stage’ Module Advice

Being a Repeat Stage student may allow you to take some of your ‘Next Stage’ modules while completing outstanding modules from Stage 1. If you are thinking about taking on some ‘Next Stage’ modules it is very important that you contact us in the Office for guidance in the first instance. We can advise you on balancing your workload, navigating Stage 2 subject requirements via the Course Search and help you with referrals to Schools for specific academic advice as appropriate.

It is important that you carefully plan and seek advice when taking ‘Next Stage’ modules otherwise you may end up in a cycle of failed modules and remediation. If you have been invited to talk to our Progression Manager and Associate Dean please do engage, turn up for your meeting and let us help you put a plan in place for your studies.

In Difficulty? Your Options:

We are also aware that students often face personal challenges, and there are support services available of which you can avail. Your Student Advisers are there to offer help and advice. We also have an Extenuating Circumstances policy which enables circumstances outside of students’ control to be taken into account when assessing their work.

Mid-Year Progression and Leave of Absence:

With the right support and choices students may be able to move to Stage 2 after Semester 1 as a ‘Mid-year Progressor’, if they wish. Others who complete outstanding Stage 1 requirements by the end of Semester 1 opt to take a Leave of Absence for Semester 2; this leaves them well positioned for their return in the following September.

Other frequently asked questions:

Why does my registration status say Stage 1 (Repeat)?

Your registration status is Stage 1 (Repeat) because you have not yet obtained the minimum 50-credit requirement to progress to Stage 2.
PLEASE NOTE: You are required to complete 60 credits in Stage 1 for your degree but you may progress to Stage 2 with 50 credits.

When should I choose a start time for registration?

Stage 1 (Repeat) students will choose a start time at the end of Augst - refer to Key Dates for further details.

When should I start to choose my modules?

Module registration for Stage 1 (Repeat) students begins from 30 August 2018. Check your UCD Connect e-mail account for your Start Time for module registration.

Must I attend orientation?

No. Orientation is compulsory for incoming Stage 1 (CAO) students only.

How do I know whether I have to resit or repeat a module?

In general, modules which you attempted in Semester 2 2017-2018 will offer a resit in Semester 1 of the 2018-2019 academic year. A resit is usually just one assessment which you must complete in order to pass the module. Always check with the relevant School about the format of the resit assessment. Do not assume that it will be an examination at the end of Semester 1. It might be an in-semester assignment and you must complete the assessment by the deadline set by the School. However, if the module’s timetable has changed and the module is being offered in Semester 1 2018-2019, then you must fully repeat the module. Repeating the module implies re-engaging with all components of the module including attendance. If the failed module was attempted prior to Semester 2 2017-2018, then you must always repeat the module. You will find information on the remediation of failed modules in each module descriptor under the section, ‘What happens if I fail’? You will find this information on the Course Search. PLEASE NOTE: When accessing Course Search, click on the Undergraduate tab under 2018/19 Programmes, then on Arts & Humanities and then onto BA. Further information on Resits and Repeats can be found by clicking here.

Must I register to tutorials?

If you are repeating a module or if you have substituted a failed module and the module has tutorials, you are required to register and attend tutorials. The vast majority of modules will have associated tutorials. Attendance and participation will contribute towards your grade for the module, so you must register for them.

What fees will I have to pay for resits/repeats or substitutions?

Information on fees is available by clicking here!


Please, Just Ask us

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