Reasonable adjustments in exams
If you have a disability and you require reasonable adjustments in your exams, please attend a drop-in session or make an appointment with Disability Services or the Mental Health team as soon as you can. Following that discussion and with your consent, your Department and the Exams Office will be informed of any adjustments required on disability grounds for examinations.
Types of arrangements may include:
- extra writing time
- use of a PC
- a scribe or amanuensis
- stop the clock rest breaks
- a separate or smaller room
- a reader
You can see more detail about the types of arrangements here.
You must provide evidence in order to support any request for reasonable adjustments in examinations. Examples of appropriate forms of evidence include:
- Post 16 diagnostic report for Specific Learning Differences carried out by a qualified professional with a practicing certificate
- Medical evidence from your GP or other suitable medical professional that states your diagnosis, the impact on your day to day life, any recommendations for exam arrangements and typed and signed on headed paper
- Diagnostic report for ASD
Reasonable adjustments for examinations are not automatically put in place and you must make an appointment with Disability Services or the Mental Health team to discuss your requirements before these can be agreed. Please note that JCQ Form 8's, Individual Learning Plans, letters from your former educational provider and Education, Health and Care Plans are not accepted forms of evidence.
Where a disability is disclosed to us, we will take all reasonable steps to make appropriate adjustments. To ensure there is no potential compromise of academic standards, we will assess each case on an individual basis. Supporting evidence will be held confidentially and in accordance with the GDPR and university policy.
The deadlines for 2018.19 are:
for December, January and March exams: Wednesday 21st November
-for April, May and June exams: Wednesday, 6th March
Disability Services are not able to process any requests for reasonable adjustments in exams outside these agreed Institutional deadlines for the current academic year unless there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that would have prevented students from engaging with us within these deadlines. Any requirements past these deadlines will be processed for examinations in the following academic year. In that instance, students are also advised to liaise with their Departments to discuss submitting mitigating circumstances if relevant.