Self-Certification Request

This type of request can be approved on two occasions per academic year (only) without professional evidence if something short-term, unexpected, out of the ordinary and beyond your control happens that effects your ability to complete your assessment.

You can only use this to request: 

  • A 7 day extension to your coursework deadline


  • The chance to take your examination or time-specific assessment at the next available opportunity.

Do not use this form if you have already had two Self-Certification requests approved in your current academic year of study. If you have, you will need to complete an Evidenced-Based Extension Request.

To see more details about what can and cannot be offered as an outcome, please see here.

You must submit your request no later than your assessment deadline or date. If you submit after this, it will be declined and you would need to submit an Evidenced-Based Extension Request if you still wish to request an extension or the chance to take your examination/time-specific assessment. 

Criteria for making a Self-Certification request

This is designed for issues of a very short-term nature (i.e. affecting you for no more than a week) which occur just before, or at the time of your assessment deadline or date. You therefore cannot submit it more than 14 days before your assessment deadline or date.

To make this request, your situation must be:

  • exceptional (i.e. beyond the normal challenges faced by students);
  • unexpected (i.e. you could not have anticipated it); and
  • beyond your control

If your issue will last for longer, you may need to make an Evidenced-Based Extension Request or require longer-term support (such as a Negotiated Learning Plan). You should contact your Programme Team or a Student Support and Wellbeing Adviser for advice about which support route will best suit you.

Acceptable reasons for making a Self-Certification request are:

  • Short term illness e.g. flu, gastroenteritis, serious emergency dental problem
  • Recent bereavement
  • Exceptional and unexpected caring responsibilities (e.g. illness of child, parent, sibling, spouse or partner)
  • Exceptional family crisis (e.g. major illness of relative or partner, divorce or separation)
  • An unexpected issue related to pregnancy, maternity or paternity
  • Serious or significant personal incident (e.g. house fire, homelessness, unexpected house move, direct experience of natural disaster)

If your reason is not listed above, you should speak to your Programme Team as soon as possible for advice. Please also read: Reasons for which Extenuating Circumstances (of any type) cannot be approved.

Please note: Self-Certification is not an automatic right, for it to be approved you must have an acceptable reason, apply on time and not have exhausted your request opportunities for this type in your current academic year.

Important Information to know before you make your request

For coursework, it is important to continue with your work and submit it as soon as you can and do not wait for a response, because:

  • If your request is approved, the new submission date will be 7 days from your original deadline, not from the date you receive the decision. If you submit after the new deadline you have been given, your work will be subject to late penalties (as normal) unless you have made (and had approved) an Evidence-Based Extension request to further extend your deadline.
  • If your request is not approved, submitting your work as soon as possible will minimise the late penalty you receive if you submit after your deadline.

To make sure this is the right type of Extenuating Circumstance request for you, please see the following guidance:

Completing the request form

You will need to complete the word form below and will need:

  • Your student ID number (this can be found on your Smartcard)
  • All relevant module titles and codes (module codes start with the letter 'M' and are a maximum of 9 digits in length; these can be found on the Module Blackboard or in your Programme Handbook)
  • Your assessment deadline(s) or date(s)

You should submit this form by email to the following location, depending on the Faculty in which your programme sits:

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities: To your Programme’s Administrator
  • Faculty of Education: To your Programme’s Administrator
  • Faculty of Health & Wellbeing: To
  • Faculty of Social & Applied Sciences: To your Programme’s Administrator

If you are a combined honours student you should send your form to the administrators for each subject. If you are unsure where to send your form, please check your module blackboard, Programme Handbook or ask the i-zone.

Download the self-certification request form

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Last edited: 01/11/2017 09:47:00