Apply for a seven-day extension for coursework

Do you need an extension? The grace period may provide enough additional time.

There is normally a grace period following the original hand-in deadline during which you can submit your assignment without penalty if you experience a problem meaning that you cannot meet the deadline. Please see assessment support options for further details.

However, if you experience significant personal difficulties such as the death of a close relative, natural disaster, or are the victim of crime, then you may apply for a seven-day extension. Stringent criteria will be applied in deciding upon whether to grant an extension.

  • An application for a seven-day extension must be made five days in advance of the original deadline. Applications made after this time will be rejected.
  • The seven-day extension period starts from the original deadline, not from the end of the grace period, so if granted the seven-day extension is four additional days to the grace period.
  • There is no grace period at the end of a seven-day extension. If you do not submit your assignment by the end of the seven-day period then a non-submission will be recorded.
  • If a seven-day extension to a deadline is granted, the assessed work can be submitted at any point during the seven-day period and will be counted as on time.
  • In some circumstances it will not be possible for a seven-day extension to be granted, please see exclusions below.


It will not be possible to be granted a seven-day extension for the following:

  • Resit assessments
  • Group work
  • Assessments submitted for marking in a studio by a group of staff at a fixed time (including work for an end-of-term degree show)
  • Practice elements of professional practice modules
  • Practical/skills-based work
  • Where assessments are set up as timed assignments, for example computer-based exams, or examinations
  • Any assessments contributing to the Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Assessments limited by logistical constraints, such as assessments to be completed whilst on a field trip
  • Assessments with a submission date which falls after the Friday before the relevant Field Board. You can view the Field Board dates on the academic year calendar.

There may be other cases where it is not be possible to accommodate a student’s request for an extension depending on the nature of an individual assessment. These will be detailed on the module page on Blackboard.

How to apply

  1. Step 1

    Complete the extension request form (InfoHub login required).

    Provide some verification of the circumstances, for example:

    • Medical certificates or current prescriptions
    • Emails or letters from medical professionals, counsellors, therapists
    • Emails or letters from employers
    • Legal documents, insurance documents
    • Emails or letters from professional bodies.

    Your circumstances may mean it is not possible for you to obtain any of the above forms of verification in the required timescale. If this is the case, a supporting statement from a family member, significant other, work colleague or religious leader would be acceptable provided that the document clearly outlines the circumstances, timescales affected, and the impact on you. Please note that supporting statements from fellow students or members of UWE Bristol staff including lecturers, administrators or advisers should not be requested, and will not be accepted.

    If your statement is not in English, you may be able to use a local authority translation service such as that provided by Bristol City Council.

    Applications submitted without verification of the circumstances will not be accepted.

    Whilst an application for a seven-day extension is under consideration, you should not assume that the extension will be approved. You are strongly advised to continue to plan to submit by the published deadline, or within the three-days grace period (if applicable).

    Please note: you cannot have more than one seven day extension granted for the same piece of work and not all assessment types are eligible for an extension. Please see information above regarding exclusions.

  2. Step 2

    You will receive an email with the outcome of your request to your UWE Bristol email address.

    Please note: Any work that you may have previously submitted for the original deadline or within the grace period will be removed once your seven-day request is approved, so you will need to resubmit to the new deadline.

University of Hartpury students and students at partner institutions

University of Hartpury students

If you are a Hartpury student and wish to apply, you should contact the University of Hartpury Student Advice team to check your local arrangements. Do not use the electronic form on this page.

Students at partner institutions

If you are studying at a partner institution, please contact your institution's administration office/student support team to check your local arrangements. Do not use the electronic form on this page.

Next steps

If your application is not accepted

If your application is not accepted you will be expected to submit your work by the original deadline (or within the three-day grace period). If you are unable to do this then you can speak to a Student Support Adviser for further guidance about the implications of missing an assessment.

Submitting work following an extension

Work granted an approved extension must be submitted before 14:00 on the revised deadline date. 

Submission via Blackboard

When you apply for an extension you will be asked to let us know whether you have already submitted an earlier version of your work via Blackboard.

If you confirm that you have and your extension request is accepted, any earlier electronic versions you submitted on Blackboard will be automatically removed from the system and will not be marked. You must then submit a hard copy of the work by the extended deadline or you will be recorded as a ‘non-submission’.

If you confirm that you have but your extension request is not accepted, you will be marked on the last submission you make on Blackboard (whether this is by the original deadline or within the three-day grace period).

If your assessment is due to be submitted via Blackboard please check the email you receive from us very carefully. You will be given clear instructions on what the extension assignment is called within Blackboard. You must ensure you submit to the right one. It will have the prefix of 'seven day extension for a seven working day extension', or 'reasonable adjustment to deadline for a reasonable adjustment extension'.

Please note, even if you have an extension agreed you will still receive the non-submission emails regarding the original assignment submission.

Hard copy submission

For assessments requiring hard copy submissions, please submit your work as follows unless it is otherwise indicated in the module guide:

  • Frenchay students: In person to the Coursework Hub, Level 1 of A Block
  • Bower Ashton students: In person to room 0C49A
  • Glenside students: In person to room 2B24 or via the general submission box in A block

If you are submitting work by post you must obtain proof of postage (for example, by using Recorded Delivery) noting the date and time of postage. View postal addresses of campuses on the coursework page under the ‘Submission by post’ tab.

Where coursework submission boxes are used there will be one designated for approved extensions. Failure to submit the work in the correct way may result in a ‘non-submission’ being recorded.

You can find guidance on the coursework page about how to submit hard copies of work.

If the module requires that you submit multiple copies of the work (eg two copies of a project or dissertation), please ensure that you do submit all of the required number of copies.

Receiving your marks

Because your work will be submitted after the original deadline, you will not receive your mark until after the rest of your cohort. Once ready, your mark will be available in your myUWE account but you may find you are showing as a non-submission ('NS') until this time.

Please note: anonymous marking will still apply to work submitted under this process. It will be used except for those assessments where it is either impractical or impossible to do so, for example professional practice assessments, a project or a presentation.

Repeated requests

Repeated requests for extensions to deadlines would normally activate a detailed review of a disabled student's current support, or to consider whether a student who does not have reasonable adjustments in place, requires them.


If you have a question which isn't answered above then please contact an Information Point for further guidance.

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