Assessment and exam arrangements

Every course has its own pattern of assessments. You can find detailed information in your unit handbooks and on Blackboard.

Some of you will have exams and other timed assessments, others may only have coursework assignments with specified submission deadlines. 

Some exams will take place on campus in exam rooms (unless you are registered as studying online). Other exams will take place online, either as open book exams, or with ‘proctoring’ (online invigilation) arrangements. 

Assessment support options

Get advice and guidance on deadline extensions, extenuating circumstances and what to do if you are absent from teaching or exams: view assessment support options.

Preparing for online exams and timed assessments

  • Take time to review the advice available in our online and open book exams resource.  It looks at how to prepare and revise effectively for exams and what to do on the day.
  • Check out our other study skills resources including advice about studying from home.
  • Give yourself enough time to submit your work by the deadline in case you have any difficulties in electronic submission. Use the practice opportunities if your school provides them.
  • Ensure you can access your assessment wherever you are studying or email: if you have any concerns about doing this.

Timing of exams and assessments

Most exams and timed assessments are scheduled during the assessment period

Your school will tell you if there are variations specific to your programme of study.

The short reassessment period in August is for resits and for students who were unable to take exams or timed assessments at the scheduled time. 

Wherever possible, we advise you to:

  • take exams and timed assessments at the scheduled time, and
  • submit coursework by the normal deadline.

If, during the reassessment period, you are unable for any reason to: 

  • complete all timed assessments and exams or,
  • submit any outstanding work

you may not be able to: 

  • graduate this year or,
  • progress to the next year of study when the next academic year starts in September. 


Some schools will run timed online exams where you will need to submit your answer by a specified deadline. Some exams will take place on campus is exam rooms (unless you are registered as studying online). 

Some online exams will have proctoring (online invigilation) arrangements. Your school will tell you if your exam will be proctored.  

Arrangements for your exam will be on the Blackboard page for your unit.

Timed assessments

Some schools are running timed assessments instead of or as well as exams and coursework. These are usually 4 days. 

Your school will tell you how long you should expect to spend on each assessment. This will normally be a number of hours. 

Exam timetables

You will be sent an email with a link to 'SLS Exam Timetables'. Log in to get your personal timetable. If you think an exam is missing from your timetable, please contact your school.

Your exam timetable will include details of timed online exams. It will not include details of timed assessments or other coursework requirements. Your schools will inform you about any timed assessments and you can view assessment details in eVision.

Plan your time

You may find you have more than one timed assessment in a single week. If this is the case:

  • Plan your time during the week so you can spend the recommended time on each assessment.
  • Remember that you may also have one or more exams.

Assessment support options including extenuating circumstances

Special arrangements are in place if you fall ill before or during an exam or timed assessment, or if you are unable to start or complete an exam.

Find out when it might be appropriate to submit an extenuating circumstance.

Find out more about our assessment support and how to submit extenuating circumstances

Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs)

Your school will tell you your submission deadline if you have accepted alternative exam arrangements. You must submit your request for AEAs before the deadline.

Find out more about Alternative Exam Arrangements.

Academic integrity

We expect you to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. We take it very seriously and will take action if we detect any academic misconduct. Find out how to avoid it and what action may be taken. Academic misconduct includes:

  1. plagiarism
  2. collusion
  3. contract cheating

Wellbeing and other support

We have a range of support available to you during the assessment period and throughout the year:

  • Your school office can answer specific queries about the arrangements for your assessments.
  • Your personal tutor or the school's senior tutor can support your progress through the year.
  • Our mental health and wellbeing services offer help and guidance if you are experiencing challenges, or want some extra support.
  • If you need wellbeing and mental health support, request wellbeing support.

Assessment support options

Advice and guidance on deadline extensions, extenuating circumstances and what to do if you are absent from teaching or exams.

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