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Off-campus assessments

It’s possible to take some assessments under controlled conditions away from UWE Bristol campuses. You must meet the criteria as outlined below.

The application deadline for exams on other dates is four weeks before the exam date.

The cost of holding an exam overseas is £350 per module, plus any local administration costs charged by the British Council. Find out about sitting an exam overseas.


Assessments under controlled conditions, including examinations, will normally take place on a University campus or at a venue determined by the University for the whole cohort of students taking that assessment, including at the University's partner institutions.

It is your responsibility to attend examinations and assessments under controlled conditions. No student shall have the right to take any assessment off campus and permission to do so is at the discretion of the University.

First sit examinations should be held at the University of the West of England or an approved academic partner.


Permission to take an examination off campus may be granted only in the following circumstances:

a. Where the assessment is the resit and where it can be arranged at a British Council Office, or

b. Where the assessment is the resit for students participating in an academic exchange, and it can be arranged at one of the other institutions participating in the exchange, or

c. Where you are involved in national or international elite/high-performance sporting/or other activities at that level, or a unique career-enhancing opportunity approved by the University and where the assessment may be invigilated by responsible individuals approved by the University (eg staff from their national governing body of sport).

Assessments under controlled conditions taken off campus have security implications and the associated administrative costs are considerable.

Acceptable circumstances

If you are away from the UK on the date of the resit examination you may exceptionally be permitted to take the examination off campus if:

a. you are paying an international rate fee and are a final year student whose permanent home address is outside of the UK and who would only need to return to take a resit

b. you are on a University approved placement outside of the UK which is linked to a credit bearing module and have been allowed to proceed to the placement with the requirement to complete the resits during the placement

c. you are an exchange student participating in an academic exchange arrangement.

Non-acceptable circumstances

You will not be permitted to take an examination overseas in the following circumstances:

a. You are resident in the UK but are out of the country on holiday or for domestic reasons

b. For individual convenience

c. You are undertaking an internship which does not fall into the criteria in 2.b

Apply to take an exam off-campus

If you meet the above criteria, please complete our off-campus examination request form.

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