Mitigation

The mitigation process exists to support you if you encounter unexpected circumstances that impact on your ability to prepare for, or to sit, an examination.

Waiver of capping of marks for Repeat examinations

This category applies to the following;

Students who due to mitigating circumstances have failed to achieve a Pass standard in a module at the first examination/assessment attempt and consequently are required to repeat that examination/assessment.

Students who have been granted a Waiver of capping of Marks for a Repeat examination / assessment who, due to mitigating circumstances, fail to achieve a pass standard or were unable to present for examination at that repeat sitting.

Students who may also need to apply for a retrospective waiver of capping relating to marks achieved in a Repeat examination/assessment in a previous academic year.

Students who believe that their first attempt examination/assessment performance was negatively impacted upon by mitigating circumstances and wish to forego the pass mark achieved and retake the examination/assessment for full marks at the Supplemental or Repeat year examination. If you are in this category of student, you can apply for a Waiver of capping of Marks for a Supplemental/Repeat year examination in the 2 week period after your final results for examinations for your academic year have been released. (For the majority of students, this is when Semester 2 (Summer) results are released. You cannot apply for a waiver of capping when Semester 1 results are released.)

 

A successful application for a waiver of capping will guarantee that the marks achieved at the Supplemental/Repeat year examination/assessment are NOT capped at Pass standard.

 

Who cannot apply for a Waiver of capping of Marks?

Students sanctioned for a breach of examination regulations in respect of a particular module are not eligible for a waiver of capping for that module.

 

When can I apply for a Waiver of capping of Marks?

You can apply for a Waiver of capping of Marks for a Supplemental/Repeat year examination in the 2 week period after your final results for examinations for your academic year have been released. (For the majority of students, this is when Semester 2 (Summer) results are released. Semester 1 results are only provisional until finalised at the Summer Examination Boards. You cannot apply for a waiver of capping when Semester 1 results are released.)

Result release dates

 

For information on mitigating circumstances/grounds,what you need to apply for a waiver of capping and other relevant information see Mitigation – What to consider before applying.

 

How do I apply for a Waiver of Capping of Marks?

Please note that the online Waiver of capping of Marks application form is unavailable presently.

If you wish to apply for a Waiver of capping of marks or have any questions regarding the process, please log in at Submit a Query.  Enter your Student Type, select Examinations, then select Mitigation - Waiver of Capping of Marks Query and detail your issue in the space provided. 

 

How long does it take for a Waiver of Capping of Marks application to be processed?

Applications will be processed as quickly as possible. However, it can take 15 working days following submission of the application form for a decision to be communicated to the applicant. 

Deferral of Module Examinations / Assessments

Who can apply to defer examinations/assessments?

Students who encounter circumstances which impact on their ability to prepare for or complete a module examination/assessment can apply to defer that examination/ assessment until the supplemental examination season or a repeat year.

A successful deferral application will guarantee that the marks achieved at the supplemental/repeat year examination/assessment are NOT capped at pass standard.

Who cannot apply to defer a module/examination?

A student repeating a module due to a breach of examination regulations is not eligible to apply to defer that particular module for uncapped marks.

A student repeating a module and not eligible for full marks.

A student cannot normally apply to defer a module where the deadline for submission of work for an assessment has passed or where the examination date has passed.(In this case, a Waiver of capping of Marks may be a possibility).

For information on mitigating circumstances/grounds, what you need to apply to defer and other relevant information see Mitigation – What to consider before applying.

When can I apply to defer a Module Examination/Assessment? 

Upcoming deadlines for submission of Examination deferral applications for students registered for the 2022/23 Academic Year are as follows:

Examination Date
Winter 2022 examinations Friday 18 November 2022  
Dissertations (Taught Masters) Spring Board 2023 Monday 16 January 2023
Spring 2023 examinations Friday 17 February 2023
Final Medical examinations Monday 27 March 2023
Summer 2023 examinations Friday 7 April 2023
Autumn 2023 FIRST ATTEMPT examinations Friday 14 July 2023
Dissertations (Taught Masters) Autumn 2023 Friday 30th June 2023
Dissertations (Taught Masters) Winter Board 2023 Monday 4 September 2023

How can I apply to defer my examinations?

For students registered for the 2022/23 Academic year, the online form to defer modules/examinations is available here

Please note that the deadline of 18th November to apply to defer Semester 1 modules has now passed. You will now be unable to use the online form to apply to defer these.

If you have any question regarding deferring, accessing or completing the Deferral Application form, please log in at Submit a QueryEnter your Student Type, select Examinations, then select Mitigation - Module/Examination Deferrals Query and make your request in the space provided.

Note: 

  • If you require a 'short' extension to an assignment/thesis, please contact your lecturer/supervisor to agree a revised date.
  • Applications for a partial deferral will be considered in exceptional cases only.
  • If you decide you wish to defer the entire academic year, please apply to the relevant College for a Leave of Absence.
  • Applications will be processed as quickly as possible and we will aim to communicate the outcome of your application to you no later than 15 working days following submission of your application.

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