academic advice

Progression decisions

A Progression Decision is made by the University at the end of each academic year. It determines how the student will progress to the next level of study. It may decide, for example, that a student can progress to the next level, that they can retake some modules in part-time mode, or that they cannot continue on their course. You will receive an email from the University signposting you to your record and some information on what you should do next. 

Once the Progression Board has made its decision, the only option available to students who are unhappy with their progression decision is to submit an appeal against it.

I have received my progression decision. What does it mean?

Progression code

Progression outcome

Next steps


“Cannot continue”

An FN progression decision means that the student has failed most/all of their modules in the year and their academics have decided that they should not be allowed to continue on their course.


This decision means that you will not be able to reenrol on this course in the future. If you want to switch to a different course, you will need to wait a year before enrolling on this new course.

If you wish to continue on your course, you will need to appeal this decision before you will be allowed to do so.


“Forced part time”

Students who are given these decisions have usually failed more than one module in that academic year. They are required to move to part-time study so that they can complete their outstanding module(s) at that level before being allowed to progress to the next one. Unless extenuation has been granted at all prior sits, these modules will be capped at the pass mark.

These decisions are rarely overturned. However, depending on the course and module, your decision may be changed if, for example, you can show that an administrative error led to you failing one or more of your modules.


You should still submit a late extenuation appeal if you were experiencing extenuating circumstances during the year and have not already had extenuation granted on all of your components (both initial and resit). If successful, this will ensure that your repeat modules are uncapped.


“Repeat year”

Generally given to students who have failed most/all of their modules in the year but have had extenuating circumstances granted on most/all of their modules. Module results will not be capped under this decision, regardless of prior extenuation.

These decisions are also rarely overturned, but may be if, for example, you can show that an administrative error led to you failing one of more of your modules. As a result, you may be allowed to resit your failed modules in part-time mode instead.



Can I appeal my progression decision?

You will need to fill in an appeals form on the Student Appeals website within 10 working days of receiving your progression decision. You can submit an appeal after this deadline, but it becomes much more difficult to have it accepted.

You will need to demonstrate a valid reason for your appeal that is recognised by the university. The four grounds of appeal and an explanation for each can be found on our appeals page.

If you are still unsure of which grounds apply to you after reading this, please contact the Students’ Union for further advice by filling in a contact form here.

How do I complete the appeals form?

Personal Details

This section asks you for your personal details, then asks you if you are submitting an appeal or a complaint. Select ‘appeal’, and this will open the remainder of the form.

Appeal Details

Firstly, you will need to add each of the modules affected by the progression decision separately, filling out every section:

- Click +ADD and fill in all the relevant details.

- For your component code, just put ‘N/A’ or ‘all’.

- In ‘Grade or Award’ you should put your progression decision code (FN, PF etc.).

- The grounds will be whichever grounds best fits your overall appeal claim.

Once you have filled in the information for a module, click +ADD at the bottom of the page. You will then be returned to the form, and you will be able to add the rest of your modules.

Are you submitting a late appeal?

If you are submitting your appeal within the 10 working day window, click no.

If your appeal is after this deadline, you will need to click yes and explain why this is the case in the box that will appear. Please note that not knowing the regulations is not an acceptable reason for submitting a late appeal, and nor is waiting for a response from the SU.

Please provide details of your appeal

Where it asks you to provide details of your appeal, this is where you should provide more information about your appeal grounds.

Any supporting evidence you have should be uploaded using the button at the bottom of the appeals form. You can email any additional files to

If you would like one of our advisers to provide feedback on your draft responses, please email them to and complete our Contact Form.

Do not miss the deadline to submit your appeal because you are waiting on a response from us. University of East London will not accept that as a reason for submitting late and the Students’ Union expects all students to take responsibility for ensuring that their appeal is submitted on time.


What happens next?

The appeal will initially be referred to the Complaints and Appeals team, who will assess whether the appeal meets the grounds stated. After this:

- You may be referred to a different procedure, such as a complaint.

- Your appeal may be rejected because it is not made under permissible grounds or it is out of time without reasonable justification.

- Your appeal may be moved to formal consideration.

If your appeal is moved to formal consideration, it will then be sent to the relevant school. You will receive your outcome once the school has considered all of the relevant details. After this:

- You may have the chance to resit the relevant component uncapped.

- Your progression decision may be amended (note that a decision to readmit a student may not be possible if too many teaching weeks have been missed, so you may be required to defer for a year).

- You may be allowed to continue on the course, retaking the failed module in the next academic year if permissible.

- Your appeal may be dismissed.

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