Extenuating circumstances eligibility

Completing your form

Before you start, please be aware that you will need to provide:

  • your UWE Bristol student registration number
  • your programme title
  • the title/s and code/s of the affected modules
  • details of the affected assessment (including dates)
  • your evidence in an emailable format (the total file size should be below 2Mb).

Please complete the extenuating circumstances application form.

On the form you should:

  • Describe the difficulty you have had, including the dates of relevant events.
  • Describe the impact on your studies.
  • Make sure you have entered the correct module code, name and element of assessment eg CW1, EX1.

Send us your evidence

Once you've completed the extenuating circumstances application form, we will email your university email account to let you know we've received your application.

You must reply to this email and attach supporting evidence of the problem you're describing.

Acceptable types of evidence

If you are applying because you fell ill during an assessment taking place under controlled conditions:

  • You need to provide independent evidence of your medical condition.
  • This may also be supported by the examination invigilator or academic staff responsible for the assessment.

If you are applying on the basis of impaired judgement due to mental health difficulties, bereavement or a chronic medical condition:

  • The evidence must relate directly to you not a family member or friend etc.
  • Medical evidence must state the whole period when you were unfit to study. Providing evidence of an existing medical condition with hospital appointment letters, prescriptions or medicine boxes alone would not be deemed sufficient to demonstrate impaired judgement.
  • A doctor's note for a seriously ill relative would not allow a claim to be approved. Evidence confirming the impact on you during the period relating to the assessment would be required.
  • Evidence for bereavement may include a death certificate, an order of service or a newspaper announcement. In addition, regardless of the type of relationship the impact of the death on you needs to be clearly explained.
  • Please note: self-certification will not be accepted as evidence to support any application made on the grounds of impaired judgement.


We know understanding the extenuating circumstances process can be difficult so if you need any advice completing the form or you have questions about your supporting evidence, please contact an Information Point.

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