What should I do if I fail?

Firstly, remember students who have failed can go on to pass re-sits and still graduate with a good degree. However, if you have failed an assessment: 

  1. Try and get some support with how you are feeling, from friends, family, or from university services. This could be simply getting in touch with your personal tutor, the counselling service or The Advice Hub. 
  2. Failing doesn’t make you a failure. It simply means that you have not met the standard on this particular exam at this particular time. Resist the urge to generalise, self-criticise or catastrophize (when we begin to think that everything is ruined).
  3. Sometimes there is good reason why you did not perform as well as expected. If this is the case contact your Personal Tutor, the Counselling service, your GP (if due to a health reason) or the Student Union Advice Hub as soon as possible. The sooner you do this the more possibility there will be of taking any mitigating circumstances into account.
  4. Reach out. There are many methods and approaches to help manage exam stress and anxiety and the Wellbeing Service hold drop-in sessions and workshops before and during the exam period. You can also contact the Student Success Advisors who are recent Heriot-Watt graduates and have been in the position you are in. Using their experience of sitting exams, they can give you helpful advice and tips. 

Key information

Student Success Team

Student Success Advisors

Student Union Advice Hub

+44 131 451 4535