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Personal circumstances

The University recognises that significant personal difficulties or circumstances can potentially impact your ability to complete, submit or attend a specific assessment.

Please note: The extenuating circumstances processes are now called personal circumstances.

Processes to help you if you're facing difficult circumstances

I'm experiencing a personal crisis and am unable to submit my assessments on time or sit my scheduled exams

You can contact an Information Point who will put you in touch with specialist support and advice, or you can find out more about how we can help below.

I can't submit my coursework by the deadline

If you can still submit work within 24 hours of the deadline then you could use the 24-hour window.

If you can still submit your work but need a few more days then you could apply for a five working day extension.

If you can still submit your work but need more than five working days and meet specific criteria, eg you're a disabled student, pregnant or a primary carer you may be eligible for a reasonable adjustment.

I won't be able to submit my coursework or sit my exam

I've submitted or attended my assessment, but I shouldn't have done so

I was ill during my exam and couldn't complete it

Who can use these processes?

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students based at UWE Bristol campuses and at UK partner institutions, as well as postgraduate researchers taking taught modules as part of their programme.

  • University Centre Hartpury students: please email the Student Advice team at to check local arrangements.
  • If you're studying at an international partner institution where UWE Bristol regulations apply, please contact your local administration office or email
  • If you're studying on one of the postgraduate Diploma Law programmes − Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) − please refer to your relevant Blackboard pages.

Personal circumstances reasons

View information on acceptable reasons for making an application and when you can use personal circumstances for practice-based modules.

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