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Self-certification extensions and specific extensions

Supporting you during these challenging times

We introduced a new self-certification policy at the beginning of the academic year (2020/21) and have made some improvements to the process of requesting a self-certification extension.

To make the self-certification extension request process easier, you will be able to submit your requests on Tabula or on myWBS. You can also continue to request extensions on specific assignments (specific extensions) using your department’s normal extension procedure.

This page offers guidance, clarifies the differences between extensions, and gives examples of how self-certification extensions work. If you have any further questions, please talk to your academic department.


What's the difference between a self-certification extension and a specific extension?

Self-certification extension:

  • Allows you to request an automatic five working day extension to deadline(s), for all eligible assessments* falling within a five-day window (the self-certification period).
  • You normally have two self-certification extension requests per academic year.
  • The extension will be automatically accepted on eligible assignments without the need for academic judgement and independent evidence by your department.
  • This is managed through the Personal Circumstances tab on Tabula or myWBS.

*eligibility for self-certification can vary between assessments, please check with your department.

Specific extension

This is your department’s normal extension procedure for one specific assignment.

  • A request to extend a deadline of an individual assignment by any length - the request may be for more or less than five working days (or for five working days if you have used up your two self-certification extension requests to date).
  • This extension is determined by academic judgement and individual student circumstances, normally with the requirement of independent evidence.
  • Your department will tell you how you ask for an extension via this route. During the Covid-19 restrictions, it may be difficult for you to provide independent evidence to support extension requests and departments will be able to relax these requirements as appropriate.

Which assessments are eligible for self-certification extension requests?

Your departments will decide which assessments are eligible for self-certification. Eligibility for self-certification can vary between assessments, so please check with your department.

Most essay-type assessments should be eligible, however, some may be excluded for valid pedagogic reasons.


How do I request a self-certification extension?

You can request and keep track of your self-certification extension requests through Tabula or myWBS. In Tabula you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to 'My Student Profile' and select 'Personal Circumstances'
  2. You will now see the 'Self-Certification' section and how many self-certifications you have left to request.
  3. To apply, select the 'Self-certify' button and follow the guidance on the following form page.

View the step by step guide explaining the process you need to follow to submit a self-certification extension request.

How far in advance can I apply, and how will it work with single and multiple deadlines?

You will often know in advance that you will need some extra time on an assessment and wish to apply for a self-certification extension. You can self-certify up to five working days before an assessment deadline.

A self-certification extension covers all eligible assignments in a five working day window (the self-certification period). You can see examples of how it affects single and multiple deadlines below.


Single deadline example

  • Monday 22 February: Request your self-certification extension
  • Tuesday 23 February: Day 1 of self-certification.
  • Wednesday 24 February: Day 2 of self-certification.
  • Thursday 25 February: Day 3 of self-certification.
  • Friday 26 February: Day 4 of self-certification.
  • Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February: These are non-working days and do not count.
  • Monday 1 March: Day 5 (last day) of self-certification. Your deadline was due today and is now extended by five working days and due on Monday 8 March.

Multiple deadline example

  • Tuesday 23 February: Request your self-certification extension.
  • Wednesday 24 February: Day 1 of self-certification. Deadline 1 was due and is now extended until Wednesday 3 March.
  • Thursday 25 February: Day 2 of self-certification.
  • Friday 26 February: Day 3 of self-certification. Deadline 2 was due and is now extended until Friday 5 March.
  • Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February: These are non-working days and do not count.
  • Monday 1 March: Day 4 of self-certification. Deadline 3 was due and is now extended until Monday 8 March.
  • Tuesday 2 March: Day 5 (last day) of self-certification.

What do I do if I have used up my self-certification extension requests?

If you have used up your self-certification extension requests, you will need to contact your department in the usual way and request a specific extension.

A specific extension is a request to extend a deadline of an individual assignment by any length (this may be for more or less than five working days, or five working days if you have used up all of your self-certification extension requests).