Extenuating Circumstances

Are extenuating circumstances outside of your academic study affecting your ability to get work in or attend taught sessions?

I have been experiencing personal problems that have been affecting my work, what should I do?

If you feel that extenuating circumstances outside of your academic study are affecting your ability to get work in or attend taught sessions then you should inform your programme. You may need to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Request and submit it if necessary. The relevant forms and policy can be found HERE this explains what circumstances are usually considered as extenuating circumstances and how the programme will treat this information.

A new exceptional Extenuating Circumstances process will operate in response to Covid-19 until further notice where:

  • You can apply for a self-certification extension for up to 21 days.
  • You don’t need to provide evidence – you only need to submit the form.
  • You can have as many self-certification extensions as you need - it doesn’t matter if you have already had 2 this year. 
  • You can access long term support if you feel you need longer than a 21 day extension through a Temporary Learning Agreement (TLA).
  • If you only need 1 or 2 extra days for your coursework, there is a ‘grace period’ of 48 hours. Just submit your coursework in the normal way. You won’t receive any late penalties. 


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