A number of students across the University qualify for special examination and assessment arrangements, due to disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health or medical condition.
Examples of such arrangements include:
- extra time
- rest breaks
- use of a computer
- use of a scribe or reader
- examination question papers in large print or on coloured paper
If you wish to discuss special examination and/or assessment arrangements, please read the information below. You should note that to ensure fairness to all candidates, you will be asked to provide supporting documentation to confirm why special arrangements are required.
The deadline for all requests for special arrangements will be four weeks prior to your first examination.
Special Exam Arrangements
Students with specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia)
Students with specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) often qualify for extra time in which to complete examinations and timed assessments. In some cases, students with specific learning difficulties are also allowed to use a computer, scribe or reader 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 Assessor's assessment report to the Disability Advisor (SpLD) in Student Support. Provided that your report is sufficiently recent and contains enough information, they will make recommendations for your University examinations and assessments based upon it.
If your report is more than three years old, or does not contain enough detail, you may be asked to make an appointment for a new assessment. We are able to refer you to an Educational Psychologist and ask you for a contribution of £50 towards an assessment or re-assessment for specific learning difficulties if you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student. Students who wish to be assessed but are concerned about the charge are invited to discuss this with Student Support Services.
If you think you may have specific learning difficulties, but have not yet been formally assessed, you may wish to discuss your concerns with the Disability Advisor in the first instance. You can access Dyslexia Screening at Newton Park and Sion Hill campuses.
If you need special examination and assessment arrangements because of a disability or health condition other than dyslexia or dyspraxia, please contact Student Support to discuss your requirements as soon as possible after commencing your programme of study.
If special arrangements were made for previous examinations you have taken (e.g. at school or college), then it is helpful if you can provide documentation giving details of the arrangements that were put in place.
Student Support will liaise with the Examinations Office to ensure that appropriate provision is made for your University examinations and assessments.
Students with medical or personal issues
If you have medical or personal issues which mean you may need special examination and/or assessment arrangements, please discuss your requirements with Student Support as soon as possible.
Issues for which special arrangements in examinations can be made include:
- Medical conditions whereby students need to take rest breaks and/or stretch/move around
- Medical conditions whereby students are unable to write their examination answers by hand (and so need to use a computer or scribe)
- Medical conditions whereby students need to use the bathroom frequently
- Panic attacks/anxiety
Students who experience unexpected issues immediately before or during their examinations
In the unfortunate event that you experience unexpected medical or other issues immediately before or during your examinations, please alert both Student Support Services and the Examinations Office as soon as possible. If you are still able to sit your examinations, we will try to make special arrangements so that your needs can be accommodated, all requests will be subject to approval by the Deputy Registrar.
If you fall ill on the day of an examination, you should first seek medical help. If your issue means that you are unable to sit your examination(s), or that your performance is badly affected, you should complete an application for mitigating circumstances as soon as you are well enough to do so, and before the published deadline.
Once complete, this form should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org with the appropriate documentation attached.
Where special arrangements are set up in advance for your centrally timetabled examinations, we will write to you about a month or so before they begin to confirm the practical arrangements.