Failing a course may be a setback, but it is not necessarily a disastrous one. Students who have failed can go on to pass re-sits and still graduate with a good degree. The important thing is for you to try to understand why you failed, learn what you can do about it and take action to get back on track.

What should I do if I fail?

Advice if you have failed an assessment

What happens next?

Information about reassessments and resits

How can I prepare for reassessments?

Information and resources to help you prepare for reassessments

How can I manage exam stress?

Tips and advice for managing exam stress and anxiety

What if other issues affected my performance?

Information about mitigating circumstances and appeals

Next Steps: post-results help

Information about our Next Steps service which helps to support you after you receive your exam results

Advice from lecturers

Tips and hints about sitting reassessments from Heriot-Watt lecturers 

Student stories

Advice and help from Heriot-Watt students who have been through reassessments