Request a coursework extension

How to request a coursework extension if you are unable to meet one or more coursework due dates.

When to request an extension

You can only request an extension if the coursework due date has not passed. More information about coursework extensions.

If the due date has passed, read the guidance on extenuating circumstances.

Coursework due date extensions

Coursework covers assignments which are set some time before a specified due date. This is usually a few weeks but can be longer. Coursework is different from exams, timed assessments and practical assessments such as presentations, lab-based practicals and so on.

Because coursework submission deadlines are set some time in advance, you should plan your work so that submission is not delayed by a short-term circumstance such as a minor illness or other short disruption to your study.  Extensions are not permitted in these circumstances.

Your School will only be able to consider extension requests, submitted before the deadline, where you can show that a circumstance has had a significant and disproportionate effect on your ability to submit the coursework by the deadline.  If your circumstance does not have a significant impact, or if you would be unable to provide the evidence which would normally be expected in support, you should not apply for an extension.  

If you experience short-term illness: please note that the Student Health Service and other doctors will only be able to provide medical evidence if your illness is still apparent and needs treatment.  Normally, doctors will not certificate medical conditions which are shorter than a week in duration.  To protect the NHS, you should only approach a doctor if you need treatment.

If you need to request an extension because you are suffering from COVID-19, you should submit the confirmation of your infection. This may be the result of a PCR testthe record in your NHS app, or the formal notification by email or text of a positive COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test if you do not use the NHS app.  You should not need to approach a doctor solely to seek evidence to support your extension request. 

You may not be required to provide evidence if your extension request relates to an ongoing circumstance about which you have previously submitted evidence (such as a flare-up of an existing condition). If you suffer a bereavement following the death of a close relative or friend, we will not normally require evidence. If you are the victim of a crime which significantly disrupts your work you should provide evidence such as a police incident report or, if this is not readily available, contact the Student Wellbeing Service or the School's Senior Tutor for advice. 

You should also weigh the benefits of an extension against the risk of it impacting your ongoing studies.

Aim to submit your extension request at least 1 working day before the submission time or you may not receive the outcome in time. Work to your current due date until the school has approved an extension.

How to request an extension

If you are a student in one of the following schools:

  • Bristol Dental School
  • Bristol Medical School (undergraduate courses excluding intercalated)
  • Bristol Veterinary School
  • School of Chemistry

contact your school to request an extension.

All other students should use the Coursework Extension Form.

Help with the Coursework Extension Form

You can talk to your personal tutor or senior tutor about your extension request, or contact your school.

Complete the form

Be clear and concise but give as much information as possible about why your ability to submit your work by the due date has been affected.

If an assessment you are requesting an extension for does not appear in the list of available extensions, contact the school that owns the unit.

Complete the form

Upload evidence

When possible, only submit your form once you have all the evidence ready. If you need to submit evidence at a later date, contact the school that owns the unit.

You can upload up to 5 documents with file types JPEG, JPG or PDF.

You cannot remove files from the submission once uploaded so make sure you select the correct documents.

To upload evidence

  1. Select Browse and Upload Evidence:
    • To upload a file from your computer:
      1. Select Browse for file
      2. Select a JPEG, JPG or PDF file
      3. Select Open
      4. File status will show as Awaiting Upload
      5. Enter a Name for the file
      6. Enter a keyword for the file from the list at the top of the page
      7. Select Upload
      8. Check the file status is Successfully Uploaded
    • To use evidence already uploaded
      1. Select My Documents
      2. Select View to download and view the evidence before you select it
      3. Select Select to add the evidence to your submission
      4. File status will show as Awaiting Upload
      5. Select Upload
      6. Check the file status is Successfully Uploaded
  2. When you have uploaded all your evidence check the file status is Successfully Uploaded for all files
  3. Select Close

Read the guidance on supporting evidence.

What happens next

Your extension request will be reviewed by the school that owns the unit. You will receive an email either:

  • approving your requested extension
  • approving a different due date to the one you requested
  • declining your request for an extension.

If you submit your extension request close to the submission time on the due date you may not receive the outcome in time. You should work to your current due date until the school has approved an extension.

If your extension request is declined

You should submit your work by the original due date or as soon as you can. Work submitted after the due date will receive a late penalty which reduces the mark for the assessment depending on how long after the due date it is handed in. Read the University regulations on penalties.

View your assessment due dates

The assessment due date on Blackboard will not change if you have been given an extension. Check your assessment due dates including extended due dates in eVision.

Blackboard automatically marks anything submitted after the original deadline as 'late', but this will not affect your mark if you have submitted on or before your extended deadline.

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