Assessment and exam arrangements: summer 2021

There are some important changes to how we are organising exams and assessments this summer.

Every course has its own pattern of assessments. The detailed information is available 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.

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.

Reassessment period

The reassessment period in the academic year 2020-21 is:

  • Monday 16 to Thursday 26 August

Most exams and timed assessments are scheduled during this 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. The standard deadline for outstanding coursework requirements is Monday 16 August. No extensions are possible after Thursday 26 August.

Wherever possible, we advise you to:

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


All exams are online this year.

There are a few exceptions in some practical subjects. Your school will tell you if there are any course-specific arrangements like this.

Some schools will run timed online exams where you will need to submit your answer by a specified deadline.

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

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.

The deadline to submit requests for the reassessment period has already passed. The deadline for the reassessment period was 12 July. Find out more about Alternative Exam Arrangements.

Timed assessments

Some schools are running timed assessments instead of or as well as online exams and coursework. These are usually 7 days.

Exam timetables

Exam timetables were published on Monday 2 August. You were sent an email with a link to 'SLS Exam Timetables'. Log in with your student number to get your personal timetable.

This 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.

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.

The reassessment period is Monday 16 to Thursday 26 August and you need to complete any resits or deferred assessments during this period. The last submission date for academic work in the 2020/21 academic year is Thursday 26 August except for postgraduate dissertations. If, during this 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.

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.

We have put in place a range of measures to cover this year’s particular arrangements. However, we recognise that some of you will need to make us aware of additional circumstances which have affected your studies.

These may or may not be related to coronavirus. 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

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.

What to do at the end of a timed assessment

Submission deadline

  • The submission deadline will be available on the Blackboard page for your unit.
  • You must submit your timed assessment by this date or it will be treated as a non-submission.

We strongly advise you to give yourself enough time to upload your work to the submission point before the deadline.

Timed assessments already allow a set number of days to complete your work and upload it. This is normally 7, plus 2 extra days for students with alternative exam arrangements.

Technical difficulties

If you have a technical difficulty uploading your answers:

If technical difficulties prevent you from completing the assessment before it ends, tell the school office that owns the unit before the submission deadline has passed. 

Missed deadline

If you have missed the deadline, you will need to complete an extenuating circumstances form (EC) to explain what has happened.

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