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Supplementary Assessment


The majority of re-sit or deferral (taking the assessment as though for the first time) assessments take place during August and early September. Students will receive a written invitation from their faculty team to re-sit nominated assessments during June or July. Students must then respond by the deadline given confirming whether or not they will take the assessment, and will need to pay the required fee when instructed.

Full details will be given provided by your faculty team. If you are expecting to re-sit and have not received notification by the middle of July, it is strongly recommended that you contact your faculty by phone to check your status. Failure to receive notification because your address details are not up to date will not be considered as a special case.


Referral – The term Referral is used when you have not met the pass criteria of a module and have to undertake re-assessment before the start of the next academic year in order to progress to the next stage of your course or gain your final award.

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

Taking Your Exams Off Campus

The University of Southampton campuses are Highfield, Avenue, Boldrewood, Winchester School of Art, Southampton General Hospital, National Oceanography Centre and Malaysia.

You may take in-person assessment(s) off campus, please refer to the information below before completing your 'Off campus application form'

Venues to be used for hosting Off Campus assessments

University of Southampton Malaysia (UOSM)
A British Council
for USA/Canada please email

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 assessment period and ask them if it is possible for them to host the assessment for you. If they say yes, find out who will be arranging these assessment(s) (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’.

Please find the Off Campus Application Form here, you will need to download and complete the form using Adobe Acrobat on a PC. All applications must be completed and submitted by no later than 1700 (UK time) on Sunday 24 July 2022.


Payment must be made on our online store from Friday 1 July 2022 to Friday 16 September 2022.

The University charges £20 per in-person referral assessment, up to the maximum payment of £100 (even if you are sitting 5 or more assessments)

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 in-person assessment 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 assessment(s) and it is payable directly to UOSM. Please email for further information.

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

Please note if you miss the deadline to pay you will receive an invoice


This fee applies if you are:

How to pay

Please use our store by clicking Online Store and then search for 'referral fee'.

If you have any questions, please email

Once you have read and understood all the above, please use the link below to make your request

Contact details


Telephone: +44 (0) 2380 59 5922


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