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Repeating the year


Students who have not met the pass criteria in their assessment are often given the opportunity to retake the year. This is broken down into two categories:

Repeat Year Attending – Repeating the year and attending lectures therefore paying tuition fees. All modules will be re-sat/deferred even if some were passed first time.

Repeat Year Not Attending – Repeating the year externally therefore not attending lectures and do not pay tuition fees. IT and other services are still available. Only failed modules will be re-sat/deferred.


Re-sit – Re-sitting the required examination module(s) in the year you are repeating.

Deferral – A Deferred examination is the sitting of an exam at a time other than the original scheduled time/date. Due to some special considerations, you may be sitting the exam under mitigated circumstances; this is when your faculty have agreed you are re-sitting your exam as if for the first time.

Sitting off campus

If you are a Repeat Year Not Attending student, it might be possible to sit your exams off campus, please read the following information:

If you do not want to sit your exam(s) on University of Southampton (UOS) campuses (Avenue Campus, Highfield Campus, Boldrewood, Winchester, Southampton General or the National Oceanography Centre) during this exam period, you can choose to sit off campus at the following places:

Please note, there is a deadline to apply and fees involved, read the whole webpage for this information. Take the following steps if you wish to sit off campus:

Step 1) Contact the venue you are intending to sit at, provide them with the date ranges of the exam period and ask them if it is possible for them to host the exams for you. If they say yes, find out who will be arranging these exams (a representative) and ask for their contact details, you will need; their name, telephone number and email. Note this has to be a specific person, so we can liaise with them, it cannot be generic details from their website.

Step 2) Once you have gained the above required details, you can fill in the ‘Taking your Exams Off Campus Application form’ which can be found at the end of this page. Please complete and submit the form by Thursday 7 November 2019.


Repeat Year Attending student: You are not required to pay examination fees because you are paying tuition fees.

Repeat Year Not Attending: There are different types of fees, please see below:-

On campus:

Re-sit – £20 per exam up to the maximum payment of £100 (even if you are sitting 5 or more exams) across Semester 1 and 2. Not payable if absent for your exam(s).

Deferral – No payment required. 

Off Campus:

Re-sit – £20 per exam up to the maximum of 5 (max payment £100) across Semester 1 and 2. This is not payable if you are absent for your examination(s).

Deferral – No examination fee required, however the off campus fee still applies.

Off Campus Administration fees

University of Southampton (UOS) - £415 at a British Council/other institution payable to University of Southampton (UOS). This is a one off payment for Semester 1 and Semester 2. This is still payable if you are absent for your examination(s).

British Council fees - if you are sitting at a British Council/other institution, additional fees may be involved. Please contact your representative at the venue directly for this information. This is not payable to UOS.

University of Southampton Malaysia (UOSM) -100RM per exam if you are a UOSM student or 250RM per exam if you are a non UOSM student. This fee is still payable if you are absent for your examination(s) and it is payable directly to UOSM. Please email for further information.

Please note if you sit your examination at UOSM you are also required to pay the re-sit fee of £20 per exam (up to the maximum of £100). This fee is payable directly to the University of Southampton.

How to pay:

The £20 and £415 fee can be paid via the Online Store: please type ‘Referral’ in the search facility. You will be able to pay for your Semester 1 and Semester 2 exams from Tuesday 1 October 2019 until Friday 19 June 2020.  

If you are sitting exams off campus at UOSM please email for information on how to pay.

Important Dates and Information

Off Campus Application Form 

Please complete and submit the Taking your Exams Off Campus Application form by Thursday 7 November 2019. You will find the link at the end of this page. 

Examination Fees

Re-sit fees

£20 payment deadline - Friday 19 June 2020

Off Campus Administration Fee

£415 payment deadline if you are sitting exams off campus – Friday 19 June 2020.

Exam dates and timetables 

Semester 1 Exams: Monday 13 January to Friday 24 January 2020 (but possibly including Saturdays 18 and 25 January).

Semester 2 Exams: Monday 18 May - Friday 5 June 2020 (excluding Bank Holiday Monday 25 May but possibly including Saturdays 23 May and 30 May)

Supplementary Exams: Monday 17 August - Friday 28 August 2020 (possibly including Saturday 22 August)

Timetables will be published on the following dates:-

Semester 1 Exams : The Generic timetable will be published no later than Friday 22 November 2019 click here (subject to change which we don’t have control over)

Students’ personal timetable available on SUSSED no later than Monday 16 December 2019

Semester 2 Exams:  The Generic timetable will be published no later than Wednesday 1 April 2020 click here (subject to change which we don't have control over)

Students' personal timetable available on SUSSED no later than Monday 27 April 2020

Supplementary Exams: The Generic timetable - this will be published no later than Tuesday 28 July 2020 click here (subject to change which we don't have control over) 

Students personal timetable available on SUSSED - no later than Friday 7 August 2020

Deadlines for applications and payments 

Off campus application form for Semester 1 and 2 exams - Thursday 7 November 2019

Off campus application form for Supplementary exams - Monday 13 July 2020

Examination fees for Supplementary Exams

The re-sit fees and off campus fees apply. Please see the section above for information.

Payment deadline for Supplementary exams 2020 - Friday 11 September 2020

Contact details


Telephone: +44 (0) 2380 59 5922 

Please click the button below to be directed to the Taking Your Exams Off Campus Application Form.

Taking Your Exams Off Campus Application Form
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