Extra time and other concessions Extra time and other concessions

Students who have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health difficulty, long-term medical condition or autism spectrum diagnosis can apply for specific arrangements for their examinations. Typical arrangements include extra time, individual invigilation, use of a computer, rest breaks. The same concessions approved for examinations apply to course tests.

Applications for exam arrangements are made via the Student Support Service Disability and Mental Health Teams.

To apply for an exam concession you must have current and acceptable evidence of your disability, SpLD, mental health, autism spectrum or medical condition.

We do not automatically apply examination concessions provided for earlier study (e.g. A level or prior University study) to your University examinations and course tests.

We also require your written consent to share information with our colleagues in the Assessments Office and Hubs for approval and implementation of the concession.

The University Assessments Officers are responsible for ensuring equity of provision across the University and it is they who decide whether a concession can be approved.

Once approved, the Assessments Officers notify students and their hubs of the concession approved and the period it is approved for.

Students whose conditions are variable or temporary will find that their approval is for one exam or one exam season only and, if their condition persists, they must apply again for subsequent examination series with new medical evidence.

To apply for an exam concession you must have current and acceptable evidence of your disability, SpLD, mental health, autism spectrum or medical condition.

We also require your written consent to share information with our colleagues in the Assessments Office and Hubs for approval and implementation of the concession.

Answers to frequently asked questions about exam concessions are available for your reference.

Examination concessions and the conduct of examinations Examination concessions and the conduct of examinations

General information about the conduct of examinations can be found in this Guide to Students on Conduct in Exams and Course Tests. You should note that all students are allowed to leave the exam room to use the toilet (taking their Campus ID card with them).

If you are ill or there is another adverse event that may affect your examination performance you are advised to sit the examination or course test and report the circumstances to your Learning and Teaching Hub. If you are too ill to attend an examination or become ill during an examination you must go to the University Medical Centre on the day of the examination or, if too ill to do so, immediately inform the Medical Centre so that verification of you condition can be provided.

In the case of both of the above cases you should submit an extenuating circumstances request form.  

Preparing for examinations Preparing for examinations

The Learning and Teaching service have an archive of past papers on their webpages.

The Learning Enhancement Team including specialist SpLD tutors offer group and individual support for revision and exam techniques together with online materials to help you.

You can also meet with your Disability or Mental Health Adviser for guidance on management of examinations. Call 01603 592761 for an appointment.