Applying for Special Consideration (Levels 1 and 2)

Applying for Special Consideration (Levels 1 and 2)

If you feel that you have been disadvantaged during your studies by circumstances that were outside of your control (such as an unexpected medical condition, a family bereavement or reasons relating to the impact of COVID-19) you may wish to apply for these factors to be considered.

The outcome of your application will be decided by the Convener of the Students’ Progress Committee (SPC Convener) for your area of study.

You can appeal to the SPC Convener if you do not have enough credits to progress into the next year of your degree / into the Honours programme or if you have already had a repeat attempt at the year. You may be allowed either:

  • To remain in study and enter the next year of your / another degree in September;
  • To enter the Honours programme of your / another degree in September;
  • To remain in study and have a third attempt at the year.

You should think carefully about whether you want to enter the next year of your degree while missing courses. If you are given permission to do this, you will still be expected to make up any outstanding courses and credits alongside your studies next year. This may mean you have an unmanageable workload and this may cause even more issues with your studies.

If you decide to apply for special consideration you will need to complete this form and return it to your relevant Registry Officer no later than 5pm, Monday 7th September 2020. You should include as much supporting evidence as you are able to (this may be a medical note, academic letter of support, etc.). Your Registry Officer will then be in contact with you in relation to your application as soon as they can.

How will I know if the Convener has decided to allow me to progress?
Students will be emailed outlining the decision of the SPC Convener and the options available to them.  Please check your University email account regularly from 14 September 2020 onwards. 

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

If your application is unsuccessful then your status, as outlined in our Credit Point Calculator, will remain unchanged.

If you are involuntarily withdrawn from study as a result of an unsuccessful application you will still be able to take any available reassessments. You can also apply to come back to study at a later date once you have made up any missing courses. 

You have the right to appeal the decision made by the SPC Convener if you feel that they did not act impartially, follow the correct procedures or you have suffered material disadvantage as a result of the decision. We will send you information about how to make an appeal if your application is unsuccessful.