Type B and Type D (Self-certification)

  • Self–certification is an opportunity for you to tell us that you were unexpectedly not able to sit the event assessment. You may, for example, have been unexpectedly unwell with a self-limiting illness such as vomiting and diarrhoea or migraine, where you do not need to seek medical attention. You do not need to provide the University with evidence of the unexpected event.

    *Please note, from 1 February 2022, students will not be able to self-certify by using Type B requests more than twice within one academic year. If you have exceptional circumstances again and require an extension, or cannot take an event assessment, you will need to apply via Type C, providing a full explanation and evidence

    What do I need to do?

    You will need to tell us that you are self-certifying on the exceptional circumstances pages of Student Information on the day of your assessment. By telling us that you are self-certifying, we will recognise that you have engaged with the University’s processes in relation to that assessment.

    Type D application- For examined event assessments, you may get a resit (uncapped) or a retake of the module (with access to the full range of marks) if the affected assessment was a resit.

    Type B application- For non-examined event assessments, your module leader will rearrange the assessment. Sometimes this may not be possible until the resit period. You will have access to the full range of marks.

    How many times can I self-certify

    We expect that most students will never need to self–certify during the course of their studies as chances of being too unwell to sit an assessment on a particular day, for example, are low. 

    If you do need to self-certify, it is on the understanding that it is a one-off situation and we will record that you have self-certified. Please note, from 1 February 2022, students will not be able to self-certify by using Type B requests more than twice within one academic year. If you have exceptional circumstances again and require an extension, or cannot take an event assessment, you will need to apply via Type C, providing a full explanation and evidence

    Self-certification is not intended to be used repeatedly to “put off” sitting assessments.  Postponing an assessment means you may have to take it alongside other assessments and it may mean you only get one chance to take the assessment within the module period. Sometimes it might be better to take the assessment now if you are well enough.  Please speak to someone, e.g. your student support co-ordinator to help you decide what is the best option.