If things go wrong

In most cases, if you fail a module you’ll be given one or two further attempts to pass.

If you fail a clinical placement it may depend on the circumstances which led you to fail, as to whether you can have a second or third attempt.

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You may not need to return to the same placement and may be able to transfer your failed learning objectives to your next placement. Rules for this differ from course to course, so you should speak to your personal tutor.

Support from tutors

In all cases you should seek support from tutors to:

Be positive and keep in mind that your university will want you to succeed and continue on the course.

“The key to being successful a second time is to seek out and make the most of the feedback and extra support that you will be given.”

Elizabeth Lee-Woolf, academic lead for the student experience and senior academic adviser, University of Manchester

Other sources of support

Speak to other students and if possible set up peer support groups to practise clinical procedures or talk through essay topics.

If your university has a mentor system you may be able to get help from a student in the years above your course.

Other sources of support include:

Tips and alternative ideas 

See the boxes below for tips to help if you've changed your mind and for other careers and courses to consider.


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