Information for undergraduates

Special circumstances

Special circumstances can sometimes affect a student's performance in following a course, in producing coursework or in completing examinations.

The University is committed to supporting you during your studies. If there is a situation beyond your control that you feel may have an adverse impact on your academic performance, please talk to your personal tutor and/or Student Support. They may advise applying for a coursework extension and/or for special circumstances.

From this academic year 2020/21, you’ll be able to submit a Special Circumstances application via a dedicated Extensions and Special Circumstances (ESC) service. Please do make sure to speak your problems through with your personal tutor and the Student Support before submitting a form.

December 2020 

Please submit any Special Circumstances forms before you leave for the Christmas break if at all possible, the final deadline for submitting forms is Thursday 14th January.

All forms must be submitted via the Extensions and Special Circumstances (ESC) service.

Please note other schools may have earlier deadlines for receiving Special Circumstances forms.

Within HCA marks for the following courses will be confirmed at the January exam boards and Special Circumstances relating to these courses must be submitted for consideration at this point.

  • All semester 1 pre-honours courses
  • All courses for semester 1 only visiting students
  • The following honours courses:
    • ANHI10034 Custodians of Empire: The Praetorian Guard
    • ANHI10061 Sparta and Crete: Classical Greek Society Beyond Athens
    • ANHI10085 Childhood and Youth in Ancient Rome
    • ARCA10003 Human Origins
    • ARCA10065 Archaeology in Practice
    • ARCA10083 Here comes the war: conflict archaeology and the human past
    • ARCA10086 GIS for Archaeologists
    • ARCA10088 The Archaeology and History of Egypt: the Early Dynastic until the end of the Middle Kingdom (c. 3100-1650 BC)
    • ARCA10091 Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Basics and Beyond
    • ARCA10093 The Archaeology of Iron Age Europe: Hillforts, Burials and Landscapes
    • CLGE10006 Year Abroad Work for Degrees in Modern European Languages and Classics (for 2019/2020)
    • CLTR10009 Troy after the Fall
    • CLTR10020 Roman Satire
    • CLTR10024 Poetry and Culture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
    • ECSH10063 Energy, environment and security: energy policy in Britain, France and the United States since 1974
    • ECSH10087 Tradition and Transformation in the Chinese Economy, 1842-1949
    • ECSH10091 London Life in the Eighteenth Century: Society and Culture
    • ECSH10094 Time, Economics and Resource Allocation in Britain 1930-1990
    • GREE10017 Greek 1Ha
    • GREE10027 Greek 2Ha
    • HIST10039 India 1700 - 1947: Raj, Rebellion and Ryot
    • HIST10116 Black Nationalism in America
    • HIST10117 The American South since the Civil War
    • HIST10197 Intellectual History from Antiquity to the Renaissance
    • HIST10257 Intellectual History from Montesquieu to Marx
    • HIST10337 Revolutionary Russia, 1861-1921
    • HIST10362 The Great Irish Famine 1845-1852: Hunger, Modernity and Exile
    • HIST10378 The Continental Commitment: British Foreign Policy toward Europe in the Era of the Great War
    • HIST10418 Politics and Power in Post-Colonial East Africa
    • HIST10426 Historical Skills and Methods I
    • HIST10427 The Marxist Imagination in Europe, c.1950-present
    • HIST10428 The kings in the north: Scotland in the early Middle Ages
    • HIST10432 Body and Power in Colonial Africa
    • HIST10447 Mapping Nature, Territories and Cross-Cultural Encounter
    • HIST10458 Indigenous Peoples and Revolution in Modern Latin America
    • HIST10467 Pictures and Propaganda: The Printed Image in England, 1500-1700
    • LATI10004 Latin Satire
    • LATI10017 Latin 1Ha
    • LATI10030 Latin 2Ha
    • SCHI10005 Kings and Kindreds: Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the Later Middle Ages
    • SCHI10074 The Swinging Sixties? Exploring Culture and Society in Britain, c. 1956-1974
    • SCHI10077 From Covenanting Revolution to Jacobite Rebellion: Scottish Politics, 1638-1747

Special Circumstances

The Special circumstances explained webpage gives full details of the process.

You must submit a Special Circumstances application on the new Special Circumstances form, available at the bottom of the Special circumstances explained page and below.

 Special Circumstances form (73.06 KB Word)

Please note especially that:

  • A special circumstance is an exceptional situation outside of your control which has had an adverse impact on your studies. This circumstance has resulted in underperformance in an assessment or non-attendance/non-submission for a scheduled assessment.
  • We will ask you to provide an account of the circumstances with your application, and- most importantly- information about how the circumstances affected your performance in assessment. Wherever possible, you should also provide further evidence with your application. 
  • If your special circumstances are accepted: This will then be passed onto the Board of Examiners, who will take this into account when deciding what action to take in regard to your assessment. They will decide what the most appropriate outcome is for you. Your School will contact you within one week of the meeting of the Board of Examiners to inform you of the outcome of the special circumstances request.