The deferral of assessments is for addressing sudden and unexpected extenuating circumstances that may affect a student’s ability to undertake assessments. Before applying for a deferral of assessment, students should seek advice from their Faculty’s Student Advice Centre, Module Leader or Personal Tutor.  

Deferring assessments may impact on your academic progression, so it is important for you to discuss your situation with your Personal Tutor prior to submitting any deferral requests. 

Students with prolonged chronic illnesses or disabilities should contact the Disability Support and Advice team in Student and Academic Services or their Personal Tutor for personalised advice, which might include individual arrangements in examinations. Please note, the deferral of assessments is not an appropriate nor standard measure in respect of permanent or long-term conditions. 

Detailed information can be found in Chapter 5 of the General Regulations and Procedures Affecting Students.  

Further advice can be found here Deferral & extensions ( 

Apprenticeship Students – To apply for a deferral, apprenticeship students should please complete the Deferral Application paperwork and send it to Requests submitted through this onlne form cannot be considered.

Deadlines for Requests 2022/2023

Requests need to be submitted prior to the assessment deadline as stated in the regulations. 

There is no such thing as a ‘retrospective deferral’.   

For postgraduate examinations that fall outside the main examination periods (May/August), the deadline for requests will be 14 calendar days from the date of the exam concerned .

We aim to respond to all deferral requests within three weeks of the application being made, however please note that during busy periods this may, on occassion, take slightly longer.


How do I request a deferral? 

To apply for a deferral, you will need to complete the deferral form Deferral Request Form ) by the relevant deadlines. 

Examples of evidence can be found in the following link  Deferral & extensions ( If you are having difficulties obtaining evidence, please contact Business and Law Student Advice Centre on T: 0116 2577243. 

How will I be notified of the decision? 

We will notify students of their outcome by email.

We aim to respond to all requests within two to three weeks of submission, however this timescale can depend on the number of requests we receive in any given month.

Any other questions 

If you have any other questions please contact the Business and Law Student Advice Centre in-person, by email on, or by calling 0116 257 7243.