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Assessment-only students

If you're an assessment-only student and have any questions about what this means for your studies or status at the University, you can find answers to some common questions below.

What is an assessment-only student?

Assessment-only students are students who have reached the end of their course, but still have some outstanding assessments or reassessments to complete. For example, you may have deferred one or more assessments through Exceptional Circumstances and need to complete these assessments in order to achieve your full award. 

How do I know if I'm an assessment-only student?

If you're an assessment-only student, you'll receive email confirmation of this. This email will contain full information on what you need to complete, and how being an assessment-only student will affect your studies.

How does my academic year work if I'm an assessment-only student?

During this time, you don't need to attend timetabled sessions and your eligibility for student funding may be affected. However, you'll still need to complete your outstanding assessments, which will be detailed in your official results email. Although you won't attend any taught sessions during this time, you'll still receive support from your module tutors and your Academic Advisors.

Services and support

To find out what support we offer assessment-only students, please refer to the sections below. You can also contact various services within the University via MyServices for more information.


If you'd like support and information with housing, please get in contact with our Accommodation team for more information about accommodation options and assistance at Bath Spa. You can write to or call the team during our opening hours for more information about accommodation options and assistance at Bath Spa. 


As an assessment-only student, you can access the Careers and Employability service. Book an appointment, attend a workshop or employer event, utilise digital learning resources and search for professional opportunities on MyCareer



As a Bath Spa University registered student, you're provided with a University email address and are required to use this for all email correspondence with the University (e.g. speaking with teaching staff and administrative teams).

You're required to check your email inbox regularly, as the University uses email as the primary method of communication for essential notifications and updates. 

MyBathSpa App

As an assessment-only student, you can download and use the MyBathSpa app, which provides quick links to Bath Spa University services and access to student notifications. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play store or view it in your browser.

Share your feedback

You can share your feedback or ask questions by clicking on the Student Feedback tile on the Bath Spa app. All students with an email address will receive fortnightly all-student emails, a regular library, wellbeing and an IT newsletter. Weekly careers newsletters are optional.

You can also share feedback via Unitu, our online student feedback platform.

Finance and funding

As an assessment-only student, you won't be charged tuition fees and are therefore not eligible to receive Maintenance support.

If you're on a break from your studies, you can't apply to the University Access Fund but we may make exceptions on a case by case basis if the break is from a full-time course and you have no possible means of income. Please contact for further details.


All current students – including assessment-only students - have access to any IT systems that they previously had. If you need IT support, please contact us via MyServices.

Library and Learning Services

As an assessment-only student, you have the same access to Library and Learning Services as all other enrolled students. You'll have full access to our expansive range of digital resources and databases. If you have trouble borrowing or returning books from our Library, please speak to someone at the Newton Park Library reception or use our 24/7 online chat service

Assessment-only students also have full access to support from our Academic Skills service (ASk) and our Subject Librarians.

Students' Union

As an assessment-only student, you have full access to the SU Advice Centre for support on a range of enquiries, including academic matters, housing, and sexual health. You are also able to have an SU Representative in meetings. You can contact the SU Advice Centre by emailing

Assessment-only students can also join societies (competitive memberships are excluded). You can see the full list of societies on the SU website.

Student Wellbeing Services

As an assessment-only student, you can access Student Wellbeing Services, speak with an advisor, ask queries or book appointments via MyWellbeing

Students on a study break are not eligible for DSA funding.

It's important that you inform your provider of study skills and mentoring support at the same time that you request the break from the University.

Once your break has been confirmed, please inform the DSA team that you're on a study break.

You should make sure that your funding is in place before you return to study. Contact the DSA team for advice on any next steps, or get in touch with our Student Wellbeing Services via MyWellbeing.

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