Information relevant to students registered on undergraduate programmes and affected by COVID-19 can be found below. 

Accordion FAQs

Interruptions of study

I’m currently on interruption of study – what do I need to do?

You don’t need to do anything.

Your student record will be updated 4 weeks before you are due to return to your studies, which will enable to you re-enrol via My Imperial. If you cannot access My Imperial, please contact the Registry systems team who will be able to help you.

If you are due to return from an interruption that was taken for health reasons, or you are due to return from a suspension, then your department will be in touch with you to discuss this as we may need evidence to show that you are fit to resume your studies.

If you haven’t heard from your department by 4 weeks before your planned return date from a health interruption or a suspension, please contact your departmental administrator.

Please note that an interruption of studies usually lasts for a full year.

Remote Assessment

We are delivering all written examinations remotely. This includes all formal written examinations in the Summer Term. Where it is not possible to deliver exams remotely they will be rescheduled. There are some exceptions in place for students on the MBBS programme. The Faculty of Medicine will contact you directly about these.

Do you have questions about how online assessments are being done at Imperial? Our FAQS on online assessments has lots of specific guidance, including equipment, resits, and wellbeing support.

Please see the latest policy documents on remote assessments (pdf)

Safety Net Policy

What is the Safety Net Policy?

The new policy means that if you pass the year, your remote assessments will not have a negative impact on your overall degree result. However, if you perform well, they can bring your average grade up.

How will my marks for this year be calculated?

Your marks will initially be calculated based on the results of all your assessments this academic year. Exam boards will compare these marks across students from your cohort and with marks from previous years. As usual, mark adjustments and scaling will be applied if appropriate. This process will result in a set of module marks for the 2019-20 academic year for each student, which are combined to give an average mark for the year.

This average mark is then combined with the degree weighted marks from your previous years of study (if applicable) to produce a degree weighted average mark.

The safety net will then be applied to individual students as appropriate.

I’m a first year undergraduate (not MBBS or iBSc) - how will it apply to me?

Your first year results are worth 7.5% of your overall degree. Your mark from this year will be recorded as it is at the end of the process above. At the end of your degree, your first year marks will either contribute 7.5% to your degree classification, or 0% - whichever is better.

I’m an undergraduate in my second or third year (not in my final year and not MBBS or iBSc) - how will it apply to me?

Your mark from this year will be recorded as either your average mark for the year as calculated by the process above, or your degree weighted average mark across all assessments up until 13 March 2020 – whichever is better.

Your confirmed marks from this year will be combined with previous and future years’ marks as normal to determine your degree classification at the end of your degree.

I’m a final year undergraduate (not MBBS or iBSc) - how will it apply to me?

Your mark from this year will be recorded as either your average mark for the year as calculated by the process above, or your degree weighted average mark across all assessments up until 13 March 2020 – whichever is better.

For programmes with a substantial coursework component, if a significant amount of the work was completed before 13 March 2020, your coursework mark will be included in your degree weighted average mark across all assessments up until 13 March 2020, regardless of when the deadline is. If a significant amount of the work was completed after 13 March 2020, your coursework mark will only be included in your average mark for the year as calculated by the process above.

If you’re not sure how your coursework mark will be classified, please contact your department.

I’m an MBBS undergraduate - how will it apply to me?

The MBBS programme must comply with the requirements laid out by its regulator, the General Medical Council (GMC), who set standards for students and doctors. This means that unfortunately we are not able to apply the Safety Net Policy to MBBS students.

However, you can submit mitigating circumstances if appropriate. We encourage you to discuss your individual circumstances and any concerns you may have with your Senior Tutor as soon as possible.

I’m an iBSc student – how will it apply to me?

For students on a one year programme who do not have enough marks recorded before 13 March 2020 to use, your department will aim to award you an average mark for the year based on the process above. We are exploring other options where this is not possible or appropriate.

Do I need to do anything to have the Safety Net Policy applied to my marks?

No. Your department will consider each individual student’s marks and will apply the policy where appropriate.

How can I access more detail about the policy?

You can view the full Safety Net Policy.

What happens if I don’t pass the year?

You will have the right to resit assessments as usual. We are working on how resits will take place this year.