Alternative Exam Arrangements and Accessibility
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Please contact your school for any further queries, or visit the Disability Services Coronavirus AEA Update webpage.
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
For the Summer assessment period (24 May - 14 June 2021), you must have received a Disability Support Summary or completed the online AEAs form and provided evidence of a disability by midnight (12:00 am GMT) on Monday 22 March 2021. Please do this through the Disabilty Services website.
For the Re-sits and Supplementary assessment period (16 - 26 August 2021), you must have received a Disability Support Summary or completed the online AEAs form and provided evidence of a disability by midnight on Friday 9th July 2021. Please do this through the Disability Services website.
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.
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:
- Complete the Authorisation for the use of a translation dictionary in examinations (Office document, 30kB) and hand to your school administrator.
Access university buildings
Find detailed access information about accessing our university buildings.
Guidelines for staff
Guidance on Reasonable Adjustments (PDF, 133kB) are available.