Personalised exam arrangements

If you're disabled, ill, taking exams abroad or unable to take an exam due to religious observance, then special exam arrangements may be made for you.

Find out what kind of adjustments can be made in order to enable you to sit your exams, and how to notify us if you need to have special arrangements put in place.



Information about what you can do if you are unable to attend exams on Sabbaths, holy days or religious festivals (including Eid), is available on the Religious Observance and exams web site.

Further information relating to Ramadan can be found on the Support and Wellbeing web site. 

Taking exams abroad

Information on eligibility to take your resit exams (or approved further first attempt) abroad, how to apply and charges you may incur are available on the Taking Exams Abroad web site.

If you are a semester 1 exchange student and the University of Leeds exam period in January clashes with your home institution’s teaching patterns, visit the Taking Exams Abroad web site to find out what you need to do to take your exams at your home institution.


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

Find out more about alternative exam arrangements.


    If you are absent from an exam or believe that your performance in an examination or 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 examination. 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 exam arrangements due to illness and disability or other reasons

    If you need temporary modified exam arrangements to be made for you due to illness or disability or another reason then submit a request to your parent school with up to date medical evidence (a medical note dated within four weeks before the start of the exam session).

    You will receive an email from the Exams Team once your exam arrangements have been made.

    Queries about your alternative exam arrangements

    Check your personal timetable in Minerva.

    Once the final timetable with venues has been published, your personal timetable will be updated to include any extra writing time you are entitled to in the duration alongside each exam.  Special Circumstances venues will be indicated with a suffix of "SC" after the room name.

    If you have any queries regarding your exam arrangements contact the Special Circumstances Team. Include your student ID number and the module code of your exam in the email.

      For more information on any of the above, contact the Exams Team.