Extenuating Circumstances

If you experience circumstances that may affect your ability to perform in assessments you may be able to apply for Extenuating Circumstances. The key principle of these regulations is to provide equality for all students in relation to the assessments they are required to undertake during their course. The University aims to ensure that a student who has proven extenuating circumstances is not unfairly disadvantaged as a result; at the same time, students with extenuating circumstances will not be disproportionately advantaged over other students.

For copies of the Extenuating Circumstances Form and guidance please contact the Advice Zone at your campus or visit Advice Zone Online.

For further information on the University's course of action should you have any questions relating to the current COVID-19 situation, please click on the relevant link:



If you are a student and have Covid-19 symptoms, or you are unable to submit an assessment on time due to disruption caused by coronavirus, you can self-certificate for 14 days. These claims will require you to complete a Covid 19 self-certification form and extenuating circumstances claim form.

  • Extenuating Circumstances Regulations and Procedure 2019 - 2020 English | Cymraeg

Previous years' regulations are available on request from the Student Casework Unit. Please email: studentcasework@southwales.ac.uk.

  • Request for Review of an Extenuating Circumstances/ Interruption of Studies Decision Form EnglishCymraeg
  • Guidance Notes for Request for a Review of an Extenuating Circumstances/ Interruption of Studies Decision  English Cymraeg

The following are key changes to the student casework regulations for the 2019/20 academic year. 

  • The creation of separate Regulations and Procedures
  • The inclusion of reference to apprentices of the University
  • Clarification that the self-certification procedure is for short-form illness only and that the illness must have occurred no more than one week prior to, and/or including, the week in which the assessment is due
  • The introduction of a process for considering claims for long-standing conditions that are subject to flare-ups
  • Amendment to the composition of the Extenuating Circumstances Board