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Examination and Assessments

If you are a student with a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia), mental health difficulty or long-term medical condition, you may qualify for reasonable adjustments to examination and/or assessments to minimise the impact of your disability.

Reasonable adjustments can only be implemented in additional arrangements rooms, which are usually shared classrooms. Individual rooms may also be allocated where necessary e.g. for students who use a scribe.

Please note that according to the University’s “fit to sit policy”: A student who sits an examination and/or submits assessed assignments on the required date is deemed to be declaring that s/he is fit to be assessed.


I have a specific learning difficulty e.g. Dyslexia or Dyspraxia

If you have (or think you have) a specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia, you may qualify for examination and assessment arrangements. In most cases, students with specific learning difficulties qualify for extra time in which to complete examinations and timed assessments. Students can also qualify for the use of a computer. Human support e.g. a scribe or reader can be provided if required and is usually funded through the Disabled Students Allowances.

Where appropriate, students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties are also commonly entitled to place a sticker on exam work so that they are not penalised for poor spelling and grammar in examinations.

If you have already been formally diagnosed as having specific learning difficulties, please provide a copy of your Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher assessment report to Student Development and Well-being. You will be invited to a confidential one-to-one appointment with a Learning Support Adviser to discuss your examination and assessment arrangements.

If you think you may have specific learning difficulties, but have not yet been formally assessed, please contact Student Development and Well-being for further advice and guidance.


I have a long-term medical condition

If you need reasonable adjustments for exams or assessments due to a long-term medical condition, please contact Student Development and Well-being. Depending on the impact of the condition you may be entitled to:

  • Rest breaks and/or stretch/move around during the examination;
  • Use of a computer or scribe;


Special circumstances or illness

In the unfortunate event that you experience illness or other problems immediately before or during your examinations, please contact the Examinations team as soon as possible.

If you fall ill on the day of an examination, you should obtain a medical note and submit this to the examinations team and the faculty office as soon as possible.

Useful links:

Complaints and Appeals Procedure

Universal Assessment Regulations