Assessment Support



Personal Circumstances (PCs)

What should you do if you have failed to attend an exam or hand in a piece of coursework due to unforeseen personal circumstances, or became ill during an exam?

If you are ill or something has happened in your personal life that has affected your ability to attend an exam or submit a piece of coursework, you should follow the 'missed assessments' process.

This should normally be submitted before the assessment, but if this is not possible then as soon as possible after the assessment, and you MUST include evidence of your personal circumstances.

Exam boards can only consider the effect of illness or personal problems on your work if you ask them to, and using the correct University procedure.

Exceptionally, if you attended an exam or submitted a piece of coursework, and subsequently feel that doing so was not the right decision, then you could consider following the 'exceptional removal of a mark' process.

Please note: if you submit a missed assessments application but also submit your work/attend the exam, your application will be rejected.

If you would like any further information or advice about personal circumstances, contact the Students' Union Advice Centre.



If you need more time to submit a piece of coursework you can apply for a five working day extension as an alternative to using the missed assessments procedure. You need to apply no later than two working days before the deadline, and ensure you meet the criteria for requesting an extension. You must complete the required form and provide documentary evidence.


Late Work

If you miss a submission deadline you have a 24 hour window to submit the work, but you will receive a penalty.

The university has a submission deadline of 2pm which applies across all faculties. You should manage your time effectively and work towards this deadline.

If, however, you miss the deadline then you will be able to submit work up to 24 hours after the deadline, BUT, it will receive a penalty!

Levels 0 - 3; the highest mark you can receive is 40%

Level M: the highest mark you can receive is 50%

It is therefore important that you DO NOT rely on this! Work submitted after the 24 hours deadline will receive a mark of zero.

Where the module requires work to be submitted as a hard copy, students are strongly encouraged to submit work by hand, but work can posted in too. It is important that you have evidence of the time/date you submitted the work - the evidence must show the work was posted before 2pm on the date of submission. It is a student's responsibility to ensure the work has been received by the faculty.