Fit to Sit

Ever felt unwell or did an emergency happen on the day of your exam...? Sometimes the unexpected happens and therefore it is really important to know what steps to take should this ever happen to you.

You have probably heard this before that PREPARATION is key when getting ready to take your next exam, but the unexpected can unsettle you and even more so when you are unsure of what to do next.

What does 'Fit to Sit' mean?

Before starting your exam or submitting coursework, you are asked to sign a 'Fit to Sit' declaration, which states that you are mentally and physically ready to sit the exam. Therefore, any attempt to try and get another chance to do the exam because you were unwell or something happened is extremely unlikely because you have agreed that you are ready to sit the exam by signing the 'Fit to Sit' declaration.

Ultimately, our message to you is that if you start to feel unwell or a serious incident occurs that is likely to affect your ability to take the exam, then you should seriously consider whether you are fully prepared to sit the assessment. Warning! You will still need to provide evidence to support this decision not to sit the exam.

You may wish to become familiar with the University's Fit to Sit Policy available here.

CHECKLIST - What do I do next?

If you decide that you are unable to sit the exam, you will need to do the following:

  • Inform your Programme Leader or Student Manager on the day if possible. Do this by email and get a read receipt to confirm that they have seen it. You can use this as evidence.
  • If you are feeling ill, go and see your GP as soon as you can, preferably on the day and obtain written evidence from them of your appointment, what was diagnosed and if medication was prescribed. You will need to use this as evidence.
  • Then follow the procedure to submit a Mitigating Circumstances application making sure that the application is received by the ORC within 10 working days of your exam.

Download the Mitigating Circumstances Form

If you have any questions on the Fit to Sit policy, get in touch with the Independent Advisors who will be able to offer you support & guidance.