What is Deferral?

The School defines Deferral as the postponement of a student’s formal assessment for a specified period, as approved by the Board of Examiners in recognition of proven mitigating circumstances affecting the student’s work or its assessment.


Deferrals are normally granted as a result of an upheld request for Serious Adverse Circumstances. Assessment may normally be deferred until after the end of semester B of the current academic year, or until the next academic year. If you have a deferral until next academic year, this may affect your ability to progress to the next level of study, as you need to pass a certain number of credits in order to progress from one level to the next. If you are unsure how a deferral may affect your progression, ask your Programme Leader or consult your Programme Specifications for information about the number of credits that you need to achieve in order to progress to the next level of study.

A deferral opportunity is indicated by the following Statue Codes: DEFC, DEFE, DEFB.

(Note the last letter C, E, or B indicate Deferral for either Coursework, Examination or Both.)

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