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What is an I grade?

An I grade may be awarded to students who find themselves in an immediate crisis situation, coming up to or during an exam or final assessment period, which prevents them from being able to sit or complete their exams, assignments or placements. An immediate crisis can relate to ill-health (including illness due to Covid-19), mental health issues, family bereavement/other family crisis situation or exceptional Covid-19 circumstances.

I grades can only be awarded for full modules, not component parts of modules and therefore do not apply in the case of mid-term assessments.  Your lecturer will be able to advise what alternative arrangements can be made.

Being awarded an I grade means that you will have the opportunity to undertake the assessment(s) over the summer, or to sit exams during the repeat exam period in August, with no academic penalty.  Your grade will not be capped at C3 and you will not be required to pay an additional registration fee.

Being awarded an I grade during annual repeats means that you cannot progress to the next year of your programme. 

In the case of final year students the situation is as follows:-

  • Students awarded autumn semester I grades may be able to graduate but this is not guaranteed. 
  • Students awarded spring semester and summer I grades will not be able to graduate until after the repeat results have been published in September.

The specific requirements to clear an I grade are set at module level and as such will be available from your module leader.  The module leaders have a variety of methods to utilise and these are outlined in section 4.2.3 of the Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures.


IGrade Applications