Exams & Results

Consultation Day

It's important to get feedback on your exam performance from your lecturers when you can. To ensure you get this quality time, Consultation Days have been set up for students to speak with lecturers individually. This is your chance to get advice on how you personally can perform better in exams.

The Consultation Dates for the term 1 are:

  • Monday 17 June from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • Tuesday 18 June from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
  • You are advised to email your lecturer and schedule an appointment.

Review/Recheck of Examination Results

If, as a student, you think that your exam results seem incorrect you can ask for a recheck or a review of your papers after the results have been issued.  We recommend that you should attend consultation with your lecturer before you submit your application. 

Your request must be made to the Examinations Officer on the official application form. Deadline for Recheck Applications is on Wednesday 19 June @ 12 noon   

No fee for a Recheck application.

Examination Related Fees

Repeat Exam or Assessment only

Regardless of the number of modules


Examination Deferral Fee

Per Exam Session, regardless of number of exams


Recheck of Examination Results (per module)


Review of Examination Results

Refundable if Successful


Appeal Outcome of Examination Review


Qualifier Examination

Irrespective of the number of papers


Policy Regarding the Pass by Compensation Rule:

Performance at the first attempt in modules in a given stage may be used to compensate in the same stage, provided no module in the stage has achieved a mark less than 35%.  A pass earned in this way is referred to as a pass by compensation and is credit bearing.

Pass by compensation is permissible in all years.  A pass by compensation does not affect eligibility for an award.

Compensation of a student's performance in a stage can only be applied to enable the student to progress to the next stage or to enable the student to be considered for an award, provided the stage in question is the final stage of an award.

Compensation is applied only to module aggregate marks in modules up to one-third of the credits in the stage, provided double the credit-weighted deficiency of marks is available from within the remaining passed modules, as defined on the Approved Programme Schedule.

Compensation can only occur where the student has achieved a mark >35% and 39%

If I have a query about my exam result, who should I contact?

If your exam results are not available online it may be due to the fact that you are not fully registered and need to pay your outstanding fees.  If you need to pay fees, please contact our Fees Office on +353 (0)74 918 6125 or email admissions.donegal@atu.ie 

If you have any queries on your exam results please contact your relevant school / department:

Faculty of Business +353 (0)74 918 6210 / 918 6206 / 918 6209 or by email: facultyofbusinessadmin.donegal@atu.ie 

Faculty of Engineering & Technology +353 (0)74 918 6410 or by email: cathy.mcgowan@atu.ie or gemma.lynch@atu.ie

Faculty of Science & Health +353 (0)74 918 6310 / 918 6309 or by email: karen.doherty@atu.ie or sarah.bonar@atu.ie

What do the following abbreviations mean on my exam results? 

PS = Pass
AP = Approved to Progress - this mean that you can progress to the next stage carrying the module(s) you were unsuccessful in.
EX = Exemption(s) granted - you are exempt from the subjects which you have passed, ie, above 40% and repeat any subjects under 40%
AB = Absent from examination
FL = Fail – no Exemptions gained at current sitting
EB = Exam Board Decision - please see your Head of Department for further information
DE = Deferral of Result(s) 
I = Deferral of subject - a deferral is granted if you have extenuating circumstances – it means that you will need to sit the exam in the next available exam session.  

What are overall percentages for awards?
Honours Degree:

First Class Honours:  70% - 100%
Second Class Honours Grade 1:  60% - 69%
Second Class Honours Grade 11: 50% - 59%
Pass: 40% - 49%

Ordinary Degree/Higher Certificate:

Distinction:  70% - 100%
Merit 1:  60% - 69%
Merit 2:  50% - 59%
Pass:  40% - 49%.


Calculation of the award classifications shall be based on the Percentage Average with any classification higher than ‘Pass’ normally based on first attempt marks in the final stage of a programme.  For full-time learners all modules in the final stage must be taken in the relevant examination session consistent with the approved Programme Schedule. Where the approved Programme Schedule permits the aggregation of marks from other stages of a programme then the percentage average shall be calculated on the basis of the weighting given to the various stages. In such instances, only the marks obtained in the final stage are required to be first attempt marks.  

A student in an award stage, who has achieved a minimum of 50 ECTS, will be permitted to repeat the failed module, including any modules failed within the compensation range, without adversely impacting the award classification subject to the following conditions:

The honours classification can be obtained following one (only) further opportunity to repeat the failed module/s;

  • The student has otherwise achieved all of the credits required for the award;
  • The module result will be capped at 40%; and
  • The student’s GPA will be calculated after the students has had the attempt to repeat the failed module/s.


In reviewing the totality of student performance for the purposes of determining an award classification, the Examination Boards will consider the following guidelines:


  • The student is within one percentage point on their overall average of the next grade classification.
  • The student has marks over the new threshold in at least 50% of the credits.
Compensation and Progression Compensation

A candidate who fails to attain the required pass standard in one or two of the modules in an examination may, nevertheless, pass the overall examination by compensation, within the limits set out below:

  • Candidates may only compensate where the total credit value for which compensation is sought does not exceed 20 credits.  The maximum number of modules passed by compensation in year is four.
  • The marks obtained in the examination module(s) being considered for compensation must not be lower than 35%, where the pass standard is 40%.
  • Aggregate excess gross marks above the pass standard obtained in examination modules which have been passed must be at least double the weighted deficiency in the examination module(s) being considered for compensation.  Where 10 credit modules are involved the marks must be weighted to reflect the number of credits.
  • Compensation can only apply where all the examination marks appropriate to a particular semester are achieved at the same sitting, eg, a candidate who has been granted exemptions at a previous examination session, and is presenting in the remaining examination modules in a semester, may not pass the semester by compensation.
  • Compensation may be applied only to enable a candidate to pass in the examination as a whole.  It may not be applied to grant exemptions or additional exemptions.
  • Approved to Progress.  This mean that you can progress to the next stage carrying the module(s) you were unsuccessful in.

Statement of Examination Results/Diploma Supplement

Digital Grademailers (Statements of Examination Results)

Digital Grademailers are an official statement of a student’s grades for a specific term or exam session. They are issued to all students after winter, summer and autumn exam sessions.  Students may download or share these digital documents with other educational institutions or employers.

To log into Digitary CORE:

  1. Go to https://core.digitary.net
  2. Click on the icon highlighted below and select Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyDigital Core
  3. Log in using your student number (Lxxxxx) and your student password.
  4. When you have logged in, you will be prompted to enter a personal email address and password for use with Digitary CORE. You will be sent an email to validate this address.
  5. After validating your personal email, the next time you log into Digitary CORE, use your personal email and password. This login method can be used both while you are a registered student and after you have completed your studies.
What is the European Diploma Supplement? 

New qualifications proliferate worldwide and countries are constantly changing their qualification systems and educational structures.  With an increasing number of mobile citizens seeking fair recognition of their qualifications outside their home countries, the non-recognition and poor evaluation of qualifications is now a global problem.  Since original credentials alone do not always provide sufficient information, it may be difficult to gauge the level and function of a qualification without detailed explanations. The European Diploma Supplement is a response to these challenges. 

It promotes transparency in higher education and fair and informed judgements about qualifications.  It aids graduate mobility and facilitates access to lifelong learning opportunities. It also accommodates rapid changes in qualifications.  ATU Donegal produces the European Diploma Supplement according to a template jointly developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

How Do I Get my Diploma Supplement? 

Students can access their academic documents online through a secure electronic document system.  Students log into the system with their student ID and their password/pin number. The online system can be accessed via the following link: Digitary Student/Graduate Electronic System.  Once logged into the system, you can view documents that are available to you. 

Sample of the ATU Donegal Diploma Supplement Document 
Sample of a Transcript of Results

More Information

ATU Donegal Examinations Office is open Monday to Friday from 2.30 - 5 pm.

Contact the team:
Claire: +353 (0)74 918 6124 

Janet: +353 (0)74 918 6126

Sharon: +353 (0)74 918 6129

Jack: +353 (0)74 918 6132 or

Email: exams.donegal@atu.ie