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Alternative Examination Arrangements

Alternative Exam Arrangements

If you have a disability and you require alternative exam arrangements, please make an appointment with the Disability 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. Any disability related arrangements will be put in place for the duration of your course and you don't have to renew them every year unless you believe your support requirements should be reviewed as a result of a change in your condition or circumstances. In that instance, please contact the Disability Team to discuss any required changes.

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 must provide evidence in order to support any request for alternative exam arrangements. supporting evidence must be in English, typed, on headed paper , dated and signed by a qualified professional. Examples of appropriate forms of evidence include:

  • A comprehensive diagnostic report for Specific Learning Differences carried out by a qualified professional with a practicing certificate
  • A diagnostic report or medical evidence of AS, ADHD, a mental health disability.
  • Medical evidence from your GP or other suitable medical professional that states the nature of the condition, the impact on your studies and any recommendations for alternative exam arrangements.
  • If you don't have any medical evidence of disability you can ask a medical professional to complete this medical evidence form.

Reasonable adjustments for examinations are not automatically put in place if you have declared a disability, you must make an appointment with the Disability 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.

We will take all reasonable steps to make appropriate adjustments in accordance with academic standards and based on individual requirements.

Deadlines 2020/21

The deadlines for 2020/21 are below. Please note that you must engage with the Disability Team no later than the day before these deadlines to ensure arrangements can be put in place on time.

-December to March Examination Period: Thursday 12th November 2020

-April, May and summer Examination Period: Wednesday 3rd March 2021

The deadlines for the MBChB course are:

- year 1 (2020 cohort) : Friday 7th May 2021, 12.00 (BST)

- year 2 : Monday 7th December 2020, 09.00 (BST)

-year 4 : Monday 8th March 2021, 09.00 (BST)

Requests for alterative exam arrangements outside these deadlines will not be accommodated 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 implemented 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.

To make an appointment to discuss your exam arrangements, concerns or queries log in to our online enquiry system, or call us on 024 7657 5570