Swansea University

6. Coursework/In-year Assessment

Extenuating Circumstances Affecting Coursework or In-year Assessment

The consideration of extenuating circumstances affecting coursework or in-year assessment will be undertaken by the College responsible for delivering the module to which the affected coursework contributes.  In taking decisions, Colleges will be guided by principles 2, 3 and 4 contained in this policy.  College procedures for considering extenuating circumstances affecting coursework or in-year assessment will be published by the College.  The procedures will include deadlines for the submitting of extenuating circumstances, the procedures and timeframe for the College consideration of any submissions and notification of the outcomes to students.

The College Special Circumstances Committee or appropriate Committee will determine one of the following:

  • a valid claim has been made and agree upon one of the following options:
  • award an extension to the submission deadline
  • waive a late penalty
  • offer a further attempt (uncapped or capped, as appropriate) at the next available assessment point

Where none of the above courses of action is appropriate due to the nature of the assessment, the College Special Circumstances Committee or appropriate Committee may:

  • allow a small element of coursework or in-year assessment to be disregarded, with the final mark(s) being recalculated from the remaining elements of coursework or in-year assessment; or
  • accommodate those situations where one component of the module is missing by allowing for the final mark(s) to be recalculated from the remaining module component(s); or
  • recommend to the Examining Board some other action to be undertaken
  • conclude that there are no or insufficient grounds for the student’s claim.

Extenuating circumstances affecting the submission of the directed independent learning, for taught master's students, are dealt with through separate procedures.

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