Alternative Exam Arrangements and Accessibility

Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs)

Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs) are any reasonable adjustments made to an exam assessment where the standard exam arrangements will put you at a disadvantage because of a disability, health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

Contact Disability Services to apply for AEAs.

If Disability Services recommend AEAs for you, they will send a Disability Support Summary (DSS) to your academic school and to you, and tell the Exams Office what AEAs you need.

Deadlines for getting AEAs in place

There are deadlines for getting AEAs in place:

  • For exams taking place in the January 2019 exam period, you must have applied to Disability Services for AEAs and submitted evidence of a disability by 16 November 2018
  • For exams taking place in the Summer 2019 exam period, you must have applied to Disability Services for AEAs and submitted evidence of a disability by 22 February 2019
  • For exams taking place in the August-September 2019 exam period, you must have applied to Disability Services for AEAs and submitted evidence of a disability by 19 July 2019

If you miss the deadlines, it may not be possible to put AEAs in place and you may have to submit Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) instead. Be sure to make early contact with Disability Services if you need alternative exams arrangements.

Access university buildings

Find detailed access information about accessing our university buildings.

Guidelines for staff

Guidance on Reasonable Adjustments (PDF, 133kB)‌ are available.

Using computers in exams

Disability Services will include using a computer for exams in your DSS if they agree this as a reasonable adjustment.

There will be no access to the Internet or calculation facilities. If you are doing an exam which allows the use of a calculator you can bring your own approved calculator to the exam.

Scripts will be printed after your exam. All scripts must contain your candidate number and the title of the exam.

All printed scripts will be inserted into a University exam script booklet. The cover of the script book should be completed by you according to instructions on the script book.

AEAs for temporary injuries, illness and pregnancy

Disablity Servcies has guidance for students who are injured, ill or pregnant.

Using a translation dictionary in exams

If your first language is not English, you might be given permission to use a translation dictionary in your exam. You are not allowed to use an electronic translation device in any exam.

If your school allows the use of a translation dictionary:

If you have any queries about the process for authorisation of the use of translation dictionaries in examinations please contact

You must display the authorisation form on your desk or you will have the material confiscated and a report will be sent to your School/Faculty.

Accessibility requirements

If you have any other specific accessibility requirements not covered in the DisabledGo link, please contact your School Disability Coordinator or Disability Services.

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