Assessment Access Arrangements

If you're disabled, or if you become ill at the time of your assessments, then special arrangements may be made for you.


If you need any adjustments to be made for you so that you can take your assessments then it is your responsibility to let your school know. You also need to contact Disability Services as soon as possible to have a needs assessment. 

The deadlines to submit evidence for any assessment access arrangements (i.e. scheduling and others) are:
  • Friday 23 October (to be in place for January 2021 assessments)
  • Friday 19 February (to be in place for May/June 2021 assessments)

The Disability team will make sure that the Assessment & Progress Team makes appropriate arrangements for you. Please note, if you submit evidence after the above deadlines - the arrangements will not be in place for your next set of assessments, and you will need to talk to your School about mitigating circumstances. 

Arrangements are made on an individual basis and might include things like:

  • extra time
  • rest breaks
  • use of a computer
  • a support worker to assist you as a reader, scribe or prompter. Download the assessment assistants document for more information. 

Once we've been told of your disability, you can review the arrangements that have been made for you via Minerva. To do this:

  1. Log into Student Services
  2. Click on "Examinations"
  3. Select "Examination Arrangements".

Download our checking your assessment access arrangements document for an in-depth guide on assessment access arrangements. 

Late notice

If you have not signed up with Disability Services and sent sufficient evidence by the published deadline, you will not have arrangements in place for the upcoming set of assessments, but they will be in place for all future assessments. For example, if you miss the October deadline, you will not have arrangements in place for the January assessments, but you will for the May/June assessments.

Your assessment access recommendations will still be visible via Minerva, but you will see an entry entitled ‘Not current exam session’ along with the rest of your assessment access recommendations. If you feel you will be disadvantaged by not having arrangements in place, you should talk to your School about the possibility of applying for mitigating circumstances. 


If you're absent from an assessment or believe that your performance in an assessment has been affected by illness or other adverse circumstances, you must provide a written explanation to your parent/teaching school(s) within five working days of the assessment. In the case of illness, this must be accompanied by a full medical certificate from a doctor.

We advise you to check your school's individual mitigating circumstances policy, including deadlines for each semester and where to submit the claim.

Temporary assessment access arrangements due to illness and disability or other reasons

If you need temporary modified assessment access arrangements to be made for you due to illness or disability or another reason, you'll need to submit a request to your parent department with up to date medical evidence (a medical note dated within four weeks before the start of the assessment period).

You'll receive an email from the Assessment & Progress Team once your assessment access arrangements have been made.

Queries about your assessment access arrangements

Check your personal timetable in Minerva.

Once the final assessment timetable has been published, extra time will be shown after the assessment code in brackets. For example, SLSP391001<+15> indicates 15 minutes per hour extra time.

If you have any queries regarding your requirements, email

Please include your student ID number and the module code of your assessment in the email.