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Exams and assessments

Some students may require exams to be modified to allow them to demonstrate what they have learned. If you want to discuss what modifications might be appropriate for you, come to see the Inclusion Team. You can apply for exam modifications at any time during your studies and the requests are considered three times per year. For information about the deadlines to submit a request, please get in touch with us.

If you want the modifications in place right from the start of your academic year, you need to come to see us before the end of October of the first Semester.  The next deadline is Monday 25th March 2024. We can discuss your needs and complete the documentation. You will need some evidence including a letter from a medical professional confirming your diagnosis. If your needs change, it is your responsibility to inform us and a new form can be completed to reflect the changes. Some examples of exam modifications are:

  • Extra time
  • Use of a computer
  • A smaller room sharing with 2-14 other students
  • Printed material on coloured paper
  • Recorded exam questions

If there is evidence that examinations will further disadvantage you, your department may consider an alternative form of assessment that meets module learning outcomes and the standards of relevant professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Medical Council (GMC). Please discuss this with your tutor. The Inclusion Team will work alongside you and our academic colleagues to investigate the possibility of an alternative assessment.

The University has a duty to be proactive and anticipatory. If you have a disability or health condition and are applying for a professional course, such as a teacher training or a nursing programme, it would be useful to discuss your needs at an early stage with academic staff and we encourage you to contact the Inclusion Team.