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What to expect

Information to help you before, during and after your exams

Information to help you before, during and after your exams, from planning your revision to getting your results, and what to do if you're ill.

In response to the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation, we've had to make some reasonable changes to our assessment practices and our Examination and Assessment Regulations. These changes will take into account the impact the Coronavirus outbreak may be having on your ability to study and finish assessment during the final weeks of this academic year. For more information about how this affects you, please read this article 'Changes to Examinations and Assessments in response to COVID-19'.

If you have any queries relating to these changes, please contact your Personal Tutor for further advice and support.

The information about exams below relates to normal conditions. This information is for reference only and does not relate to the current year while examinations and assessments are affected by the coronavirus situation

Before your exams

Exam periods:

The exam period runs from Monday 6 January 2020 to Friday 17 January 2020.

The exam period runs from Monday 11 May 2020 to Friday 5 June 2020 (also called the 1st attempt assessment period)

The exam period runs from Monday 6 July 2020 to Friday 24 July 2020 (also known as the 2nd attempt assessment period)

Finding your exam timetable

Your timetable for 1st attempt assessments (May to June exams) will be available in March. Your timetable for 2nd attempt assessments (July exams) will be available in June.

You'll receive your exam timetable in My Port in the same format as your term time calendar.

Finding your exam venue

It's your responsibility to make yourself familiar with the location and venue of your exam. Some subjects hold exams over more than 1 venue.

Check My Port carefully in good time before your examination. It's a good idea to prepare by testing out the journey to your exam venue.

During your exams

Exam conduct

It's your responsibility to behave in an appropriate manner during your exam. There are severe penalties for students who misbehave and/or break examination rules.


  • be on time – at least 15 minutes before the exam starts
  • bring formal identification with a photograph (e.g. passport, photo driving licence, national ID card)
  • remain seated
  • follow the invigilator's instructions put your hand up if you need help
  • bring drinking water (in a clear bottle)
  • go to the restroom before the exam


  • speak during the exam (unless it's with the invigilator)
  • bring portable electronic devices into the exam (e.g. mobile, tablet, laptop, activity trackers)
  • bring food or drink into the exam
  • leave the room (wait until the end of the exam)

Exams rules and regulations

Exam absence

If you attend an exam, it's assumed you are fit to sit it. You can't complain afterwards that you were unwell and that this affected your exam performance.

If you're unwell or unable to attend and complete an exam, it's best not to sit it. Instead, you should apply for an 'extenuating circumstances' certificate.

Start or track your extenuating services application

After your exams

Getting your results

Login to My Port to find your exam or assessment marks for individual units.

We'll keep these marks on record as part of your academic transcript.

Academic appeals

If you're unhappy with the decision made by the exam officers, you have the option to lodge an appeal, but first get advice about whether your expectations are realistic.

For more information, read our full guide to making an academic appeal.

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