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Personalised Assessment Arrangements

Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA)

What is Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA)?

The purpose of Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA) is to provide an environment that gives all students an equal opportunity for assessment.

How to apply?

If you have a diagnosed Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) or a medical condition that may affect your performance in written exams, you can apply for PAA via your Student Records. 

Supporting documents 

All PAA applicants are required to provide supporting evidence confirming their SpLD or medical condition and recommendations. All documents must be dated and signed by their author. More information can be found at the following links:

Specific Learning Difficulties
Medical Conditions


There are strict deadlines for each examination period. We ask that you apply and submit your supporting evidence via Student Records by the appropriate deadline below: 

 Examination Period Application Deadline
 Period 1:    7 January - 11 January 2019  Friday 2 November 2018
 Period 2:    29 April - 31 May 2019  Friday 22 February 2019
 Period 3:    5 August - 16 August 2019  Friday 12 July 2019

All applications for PAA received after the deadline will be held on file until the following examination period. 

Deadlines for exams/assessments held outside of the main Examination Periods

If the first exam/assessment for which you require personalised assessment arrangements is outside of the main Examination Periods, then you must submit your completed application at least 3 weeks prior to the date of your exam

Exceptions to deadlines

Due to the complexity of processing applications and arranging PAA examinations we are generally unable to make any exceptions to the above deadlines. 

If you have incurred an accidental injury or acute illness after the prescribed deadline, we suggest that you discuss the options for your examinations with your course department or personal tutor.

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to grant arrangements for anyone suffering from an accidental injury or acute illness occurred after the deadline due to the steps involved in processing individual applications and the time constraints of the examination period.


Guidance and examination information for PAA

For more information on PAA, including types of arrangements, how these arrangements work in examinations and where PAA examinations take place, please see our guidance document:

Guidance for Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA)

PAA Examination Candidate Instruction Sheet

How to apply to sit examinations at an Alternative Venue?

More information on how to apply to sit your written examination at an alternative venue can be found at this link:

Alternative Venue Arrangements

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