Extensions and Deferrals

Requesting a delayed submission date


Problem meeting your coursework deadline?

If you are unable to meet your coursework deadline due to an unexpected reason (such as a sudden, short term illness) you can request extra time by asking for an ‘extension’. An extension request is made by submitting a Coursework Extension Form no less than two working days prior to the submission deadline. The maximum extension that will be granted is two weeks.

Coursework Extension Form

(Word file download – UH document)

Before requesting an extension, make sure you read the HSK Coursework Extension Guidance. Note that extension time is not automatically granted – there must be genuine reason for your request.

HSK Coursework Extension Guidance

(Online PDF – UH document)

Not fit to attend your exam or submit your coursework?

An extension can help you cope with a short term illness or unexpected problem, but if your situation is more serious or longer term you will need to submit a request for consideration of Serious Adverse Circumstances (SAC) using the Serious Adverse Circumstance Form.  You should also submit a SAC request if you are unexpectedly unfit to sit your exam or submit your coursework on the due day. If your request is granted, your coursework deadline or exam date will usually be extended to the next available submission date.

SAC requests have to be submitted on the right form, to the right place, with the right supporting evidence and at the correct time. Look at the SAC Form, read the Serious Adverse Circumstances Guidance and watch the ‘SAC Explained’ video below to make sure you understand the process fully.

Important: If you are going to submit a SAC request – do not submit your coursework, sit your exam or attend your OSCE! If you do, the only exception is if a medical condition resulted in you being unable to understand that you were unfit to sit or submit. Please use the ‘Exceptions – Doctor’s letter’ below if this is the case.

Serious Adverse Circumstance Form

(Word file download – UH document)

Serious Adverse Circumstances Guidance

(Online PDF – UH document)

Exceptions – Doctor’s letter

(Word file download – UH document)

SAC Explained

(Video tutorial – ASA website resource)

Recommended: Familiarising yourself with the SAC request process will reduce anxiety if you need to submit in the future

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