# Apply for an Extension or Deferral
If you consider yourself unable to attempt an assessment – or to meet an assessment deadline – due to extenuating personal circumstances, you may submit an Extenuating Circumstance Request (ECR) for:
- An extension to an assessment deadline (maximum 5 working days, a longer extension is not permitted), or
- A deferred attempt at the assessment, to take place at the next suitable assessment period.
(opens new window) . Simply click on your campus at the bottom of the page, which will direct you to a new page, and look for the "Extenuating Circumstances Form".
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Extensions & Deferrals
An extension is permission to hand in a piece of assessed work after the published hand-in date without incurring a penalty. If their circumstances are such that an extension would not be sufficient or they feel that despite being granted an extension their performance in a piece of coursework could be seriously impaired, they may apply for a deferral of the coursework assessment.
To qualify for an extension the student must have mitigating circumstances which are unexpected and/or exceptional.
If you are asked to advise a student on applying for an extension please follow these steps:
Step 1: Refer the student to the guide ‘ Extensions & Deferrals ' page on the Student Portal.
Step 2: Having read this advice and if the student feels there are grounds for an extension, they can make an application via the Extensions & Deferrals page.
Step 3: After consideration, the student will be notified via e-mail of the decision whether or not to grant an extension. If successful, they will be given a new submission date. If rejected, the student can appeal within two working days, but must provide new third-party evidence which will have not been considered previously.
Step 4: The Module Leader will be notified by the Faculty Registry of all successful extension applications relating to your module. Providing the student meets the new extended deadline, they will be awarded full marks for the work submitted. Work submitted after the extended hand-in date should receive a mark of zero.
A deferral is permission to delay an attempt at a particular assessment until after the relevant assessment board has met. A deferral normally involves a new but equivalent assessment task. In the case of an unseen written examination, the deferred attempt will take place at the next scheduled examination period. If you are asked to advise a student on applying for a deferral please follow these steps:
Step 2: Having read this advice and if the student feels there are grounds for a deferral, they can apply via the Extensions & Deferrals Page.
Step 3: After consideration, the student will be notified via e-mail of the decision whether or not to grant a deferral. If successful, they will be informed of the next opportunity to attempt the assessment. If rejected, the student can appeal within seven working days, but must provide new third-party evidence which will have not been considered previously.
- Deferrals and Extensions (Registry)