Type A extension (24 hours)

  • The University offers students a 24-hour extension for ‘deadline’ (coursework) assessments in case you encounter any short-term resolvable problems in the run up to assignment submission.  

    What do I need to do?

    You will need to tell us if you need to use the 24 hour (Type A) extension by submitting the Exceptional Circumstances Application Form (accessed from the Exceptional Circumstances website) and selecting the ‘Type A extension’ option. You can only apply for a Type A extension within 24 hours of the assessment deadline. By telling us that you are using the Type A extension, we will recognise that you have engaged with the University’s processes in relation to the assessment in question and you will have an additional 24 hours from the original deadline to submit your work. Please check the final deadline for extensions on the website or with your module leader as the 24 hour extension cannot go beyond this date.

    You will not have to provide any evidence to support your use of the Type A extension. If you already have an extension as part of an Inclusive Support Plan, your 24 hour extension will run from this deadline. Please check the final deadline for extensions on the website or with your module leader as the 24 hour extension cannot go beyond this date.

    Please do not use the Type A extension if you believe that your circumstances mean that a 24 hour extension will not be sufficient. Once you have applied for the Type A extension, it is very unlikely that any further extensions will be given (or practically could be processed in the necessary timeframe) unless your circumstances change significantly after applying for the Type A extension.

    If you do believe that you will need longer than 24 hours to complete and submit your assignment, then you need to apply for a Type B or Type C extension and you can find out the details of that in the Guide to the Exceptional Circumstances Procedure (for those studying at one of our partner colleges, please follow your college’s Exceptional Circumstances process).

    For clarity, the 24 hour Type A extension is only to be used for deadline assessments you still have to complete; it cannot be used for modules that you have already received your final result for. Also, it cannot be used for event assessments, e.g. assessments taken under controlled and timed conditions such as exams, tests and presentations. If you cannot attempt one of these, you must self-certify using the Type B extension option on the Exceptional Circumstances Application Form.

    Please inform your Module Leader if you have applied to use the 24 hour Type A extension.

    What can I not do?

    Multiple applications

    You cannot use a Type A more than once for each assignment. 

    You cannot self certify for more than 7 days, so if you later apply for a Type B extension, the maximum extension you could have is 7 days. If you need any more, you would need to apply for Type C, with evidence.

    You cannot add a Type A request after the outcome of a Type C. If you need more than the extension granted, you would need to apply for another Type C.

    Repeated use of the 24 hour Type A extension

    If you use the 24 hour Type A extension repeatedly, we are likely to contact you to explore any underlying problems that are stopping you from meeting your deadlines.