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Choosing the right type of EC claim

There are three different types of EC claim. Each has a different purpose, and it's important you choose the right one for your situation – read the information below and decide which outcome best suits your circumstances.

REMEMBER: You must submit a new claim for each period of assessment – if you have an accepted EC claim for your first sit and have been given a resit opportunity but your circumstances are still affecting you, you must submit a new EC claim for the resit attempt.

Extension

You need an extra 14 calendar days beyond the original assessment deadline to submit your coursework (you can’t get an extension for examinations, time constrained assignments. live presentations or practical assessments).

If you claim for an extension, you are telling us that you intend to submit the work and only require additional time.

FIRST SIT

If you have an accepted extension and submit your work up to 14 calendar days after the official assessment deadline, the grade achieved for your work will be recorded.

If you don’t have an accepted extension and submit your work up to 14 calendar days after the official assessment deadline, the grade will be capped at the minimum pass mark.

Any coursework submitted later than 14 calendar days after the official assessment deadline will be recorded as a ‘non-submission’ or a grade of ‘0’.

COURSEWORK DUE IN THE RESIT PERIOD

If you have an accepted extension and submit your work up to 14 calendar days after the official assessment deadline, the grade achieved for your work will be recorded.

If you don’t have an accepted extension and submit your coursework after the official assessment deadline, it will be recorded as a ‘non-submission’ or a grade of ‘0’.

Deferral

A deferral lets you delay taking the assessment until the next available opportunity which will be considered a ‘first attempt’ with no penalty applied to the grade.

If you claim for a deferral, you are telling us that you won’t submit the work or sit the exam and are asking to submit/sit at the next opportunity.

With an accepted deferral claim, the Progression and Award Board (PAB) will look at your overall academic profile of marks to decide when and if you can retake any assessments that you haven’t passed.

FIRST SIT ASSESSMENTS

With an accepted deferral claim, you will normally be offered the opportunity to retake the assessment(s) during the resit period. But if you’ve not passed many modules, the PAB can decide that you need to retake any failed and deferred modules in the following academic year, which is known as ‘repeating’.

If your accepted deferral claim was for coursework and you are given a resit opportunity, the resit attempt will be treated as a first sit.

ASSESSMENTS DUE IN THE RESIT PERIOD

With an accepted deferral claim for assessment(s) due in the resit period, there are no further resit opportunities in that academic year so you will most likely have to repeat the assessment(s) in the following academic year.

For further information on reassessment regulations can be found in the academic regulations for your programme, which can be found in the ‘Academic Policies’ section of the policies web page https://www.gre.ac.uk/policies/undergraduate-and-postgraduate-taught.

MAKING A DEFERRAL CLAIM COULD ALSO IMPACT OTHER AREAS OF YOUR STUDENT LIFE

  • Graduation: If you’re a final year student and you defer your assessment, you may not be able to complete your degree in that academic year which means that you won’t be able to graduate until the following year.
  • Student Loans: A deferral of assessment may affect your eligibility for Student Loans Company funding. Further information and advice is available on the Student Finance web page.
  • Visa: A deferral of assessment may also affect the conditions of your visa. Further information is available on the International Student Advice web pages.

Impaired performance

An impaired performance claim allows the Progression and Award Board (PAB) to take your circumstances into account when considering your academic profile. An accepted impaired performance claim cannot change your grade.

If you claim for impaired performance, you are telling us that you have submitted your coursework by the original submission deadline or sat an exam but don’t feel the work reflects your previously demonstrated ability on your programme.

FIRST SIT ASSESSMENTS

With an accepted impaired performance claim, if you have achieved a pass grade the PAB will decide whether to offer you another attempt at the assessment to improve the grade - if they feel that the grade you have achieved is of a similar standard to your other grades and will not significantly affect your award classification, they may not feel this is necessary, it is their academic judgement.

If you don’t pass at the first attempt, you may be offered another opportunity and the grade will not be capped. The PAB will decide the timing of any further attempts, which will either be during the resit period or in the next academic year.

ASSESSMENTS DUE IN THE RESIT PERIOD

With an accepted impaired performance claim, if you have achieved a pass grade the PAB will decide whether to offer you another attempt at the assessment to improve the grade - if they feel that the grade you have achieved is of a similar standard to your other grades, they may not feel this is necessary, it is their academic judgement.

With an accepted impaired performance claim for assessment(s) due in the resit period, there are no further resit opportunities in that academic year so you will most likely have to repeat the assessment(s) in the following academic year.