Access Statements recommend reasonable adjustments so that your studies aren’t disadvantaged by a disability, learning difficulty or long-term health condition. They ensure that our staff have all the information they need to support you.
There is an expectation that recommendations in Access Statements should reflect a student's normal way of working. However, the arrangements you receive will be individual to you and will depend on your normal way of working and the medical evidence you provide. All recommendations must maintain the integrity of the exam.
Examples of standard Access Statement recommendations for exams include (but are not limited to):
- additional time allowances
- “stop the clock” rest breaks
- food and drink
- use of a PC
- smaller / personal rooms
- a reader and / or scribe
- a bespoke chair with lumbar support
- a reading and / or writing slope
- a foot and / or wrist rest
- an operator chair
- an adjustable-height desk.
All requests or recommendations from third parties – from adjustments to arrangements for exams – need to be supported by appropriate documentary evidence of a disability. If you have a disability, learning difficulty or long-term health condition, please remember that it’s your responsibility to provide this evidence.
Dyslexia access requirements
If you are dyslexic and your assessment report recommends the use of a PC, scribe, or reader in exams, you must confirm your exam arrangements with us before your Access Statement is agreed. It’s important that you attend a dyslexia advice session to discuss this further, and qualify the kind of support you require.
Please note that we are unable to include recommendations that are not detailed in your evidence regarding a scribe, reader, extra time and rest breaks.
Deadlines for exam adjustments
Please be aware that the NTU Exams team observe deadlines for notification of students requiring additional exam arrangements, such as extra time. To have these adjustments in place for the January and end-of-year exams, you must provide sufficient evidence of a diagnosis, confirm your examination arrangements and have an Access Statement in place prior to exam deadlines.
Please see the exam web pages for important information, such as the deadline dates for the submission of individual exam arrangements and your responsibilities as a student.
Any adjustments recommended after published exam deadlines will not be implemented until the following exam period. Further information is available on our exam pages.
How do I set up my exam adjustments?
If you have an Access Statement in place detailing exam arrangements, the Exams team will put these in place for you. These will appear on your personal exam timetable around two weeks before a formal exam. They are not visible to anyone other than yourself.
Further useful information
We provide a range of support and resources to help you manage your finances while you're studying at NTU.
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
You may be eligible to receive the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). This can be used to cover extra costs that might arise during your studies on account of a disability, health or learning condition.