I am worried about the effect of my extenuating circumstances on my final degree classification. Can I submit a claim?
The circumstances where you can submit an extenuating circumstances claim are explained above e.g. coursework deadline extensions, being absent from exams or becoming unwell during exams. There is no system for taking extenuating circumstances into account more generally, as you are expected to interrupt your studies if you are not in a position to study effectively.
However, if you feel that you have had extenuating circumstances during your final year of study, and you have not already had these taken into account through a valid extenuating circumstances claim, it may be worth you submitting a claim to your academic school so that staff are aware of your circumstances.
However, it will not normally be possible for your extenuating circumstances to be compensated for, as you are normally expected to interrupt if your studies are negatively affected by difficult circumstances. In some extremely limited situations, your circumstances may be taken into account if your final mark is on the border between classifications. This is a matter of academic judgement, and happens very rarely. It should not be relied upon, as in nearly all cases, the examination board will take the view that you should have interrupted your studies if you were being affected by extenuating circumstances.
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