Arrangements for exams and assessment
If you have a disability, temporary medical condition or injury that will
affect your performance in examinations, you can apply for individual exam
arrangements by completing our
application form (.pdf).
Arrangements vary depending on your requirements and supporting evidence but
- extra time for writing or rest breaks
- advising the marker of your specific learning difficulties or autistic spectrum condition
- a computer
- someone to write/read for you
- exam papers in suitable format (eg braille, large print)
- a separate room
- special furniture
Applying for arrangements
There are two deadlines each academic year for exam arrangements:
- 31 October for December/January examinations
- 31 January for May/June examinations
After these deadlines, there is no guarantee that we can put arrangements in place until the next academic year (or the September resit period if you are required to undertake reassessment).
If you have a diagnosis of a Specific Learning Difference or medical condition after these deadlines please to discuss exam arrangements and we will be able to advise on when these can be in place.
If you have an injury which means you will not be able to take your exams unless you have exam arrangements in place, please to discuss individual exam arrangements.
The intention is that arrangements should enable you to meet the expected
learning outcomes and to compensate for the restriction imposed by any
disability without affecting the validity of the examination.
There is no need to reapply each year if you are on an existing course. If
you have started a new course eg. a postgraduate course or have transferred to a
different scheme, please contact
us so we can check if arrangements are in place.
Methods of assessment vary, although most courses are assessed on written
course work such as essays as well as examinations. Some subjects also require
practical, fieldwork or study abroad. If you wish to discuss access to
assessment, please contact us.