How To Apply
Please note the application process has changed, and there is no longer an online application form to complete.
A UCL disability adviser will consider your request for special exam arrangements. The first step is to attend a drop-in session, book an individual appointment, or by email. You must provide medical/ diagnostic evidence to support your request.
Requests for special exam arrangements must be agreed by a UCL disability adviser at least 5 weeks before the main examination period. Requests received after 21 March 2018 will not be considered.
Requests for examinations outside the main period or departmental tests must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance.
For the late Summer Assessment period, requests received after 30 July 2018 will not be considered.
If your special exam arrangements have already been approved by UCL for the full duration of your course, then there is no need to re-apply each year.
Sudden illness or accidental injury
In the event of sudden illness or accidental injury we can consider requests which are received at least 7 calendar days prior to the date of the examination. Where requests cannot be submitted in time, students should apply for a deferral to the next normal occasion under the Extenuating Circumstances Regulations.
Please contact us if you need to discuss your individual circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What evidence do I need to provide to support my application?
Please see the following page for guidance on the evidence required for students with a specific learning difficulty.
If you are applying on other grounds you will need to provide us with a letter/report from a qualified medical practitioner e.g. GP, Psychiatrist etc. The documentation must be signed and dated. It must include details of the diagnosis given and provide some general information on how this may impact on your studies and/or daily life.
If you do not provide sufficient evidence we will not be able to consider your application.
- I had special exam arrangements last year, do I need to reapply?
Please check the original letter which was issued stating your exam arrangements. The letter will say whether your arrangements were agreed for the duration of your programme or for session only.
Session only arrangements are only in place for the current academic year, meaning you will need to reapply in subsequent years.
If it says duration of programme you only need to reapply if you have re-enrolled on a different course.
- I do not feel that I can sit my upcoming exams, should I complete this form?
If you want to request a deferral of examinations on the grounds of your health you should not complete this form. Examination deferral requests are handled through the extenuating circumstances procedure.
- I have injured my hand and cannot write, what should I do?
Depending on the nature of your exams and your injury we should be able to make adjustments which will enable you to sit your exams. For example by providing a scribe, the use of a computer or additional writing time.
Please complete the application form and give details on the format of your exams. If you are unsure what you think would work best please contact us for guidance.
- How will I know if my application has been approved?
A letter will be sent to your UCL email account from the Exams Office to inform you of the arrangements which have been agreed for you. The letter will tell you whether these arrangements are for the duration of your programme (which will be the case if you have a condition with stable effects) or whether the arrangements are for the current session only (for effects that are likely to change).
If you do not think that these arrangements are appropriate there is an appeals procedure. Details of this process are given on your award letter.
- I have had a change in circumstances and think my arrangements need review, should I reapply?
Yes, please complete the form and mark “repeat application”.
Please provide updated medical evidence which indicates a change in circumstances/diagnosis and explain why you feel your previous arrangements are no longer sufficient.