City has published updated advice for its students and staff on the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Last updated: 19 Oct 2020 10:41am

Exam timetable

Please make sure you check the timetable carefully and regularly before your examination(s).

We understand that a move to alternative assessments, and different arrangements to face-to-face examinations, is a change to what you were expecting and it may be challenging for some students. The University is committed to supporting you during this time and has created a Assessments Student Guide to answer some of your questions.

The examination timetable

  • The January exam timetable will be published here by 5pm on Friday 20th November 2020. Exams take place Monday 4th – Friday 15th January 2021.
  • The May exam timetable will be published here by 5pm on Friday 19th March 2021. Exams take place Tuesday 4th – Friday 28th May 2021.
  • The August exam timetable will be published here by 5pm on Friday 16th July 2021. Exams take place 9 – 20 August 2021.

You may have other alternative assessments that fall within and outside of this period, including coursework submissions. More guidance will be provided by your Course Office.

The examination timetable is subject to change. Please make sure you check the timetable carefully and regularly before your assessment(s).

Find exam period dates for upcoming academic years.

Examination clashes

If you discover that you have two examinations on the same day, or an 18:00 exam followed by a 10:00 exam the following day, please inform your Course Office as soon as possible. They will liaise with the Examinations Office who will contact you before the start of the exams to confirm your arrangements.

Religious observance

There may be times during examination periods when the observance of your faith requires you to be absent from the University at specific dates/times. This may conflict with the dates and times of examinations. In cases such as these City will, wherever practicable, make alternative arrangements for you to sit the examination. You must apply for special arrangements to be made in these circumstances.

This information relates to examination periods only. Where religious observance prevents you from attending teaching, in-semester tests, other assessments or activities you should speak to your Course Officer as soon as you become aware of the conflict.

Exams during Covid-19

The University recognises that the changes to teaching and assessment caused by Covid-19 may have an impact on students’ religious observances. In general, we consider that the move to teaching online and the suspension of the main exam period (4th May – 29th May) and the move to alternative forms of assessment should enable more flexibility in students’ schedules to balance their religious observance with their studies.

You may apply for extensions to coursework if required. Where alternative forms of assessment remain in the form of an exam, the 24 hour period exists to allow all students to engage with the assessment, whatever their circumstances, such as time zone and also including religious observance.

If the scheduling of an exam or assessment is impacting your religious observance, please follow the application procedure below.

Application Procedure

If you need to make a request for alternative assessment arrangements on the grounds of religious observance, you should do so as soon as you become aware that your exam(s) will be affected by your religious observance needs.

This should be at least three weeks before the start of the affected exam period.

You should:

  • Request a supporting letter from the faith leader of the community with which you practice. Please note that the University Chaplaincy Team is not able to provide this letter.
  • Download and complete electronically the Religious Observance Arrangements Form.
  • Submit the form and accompanying letter to the Chaplaincy for review at least three weeks before the start of the exam period.

You will need to apply for each exam period which will be affected. The Exams Office will make every attempt to accommodate your requirements wherever possible. You will be contacted directly to be advised of the arrangements.

Where it is possible to arrange for you to sit the examination at an alternative time you will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and you will sit your exam along with other students for whom special arrangements have been made.

Ramadan 2020

In 2020 Ramadan takes place during the May examination period. In order to support students who will be fasting here is some useful information on eating and staying well during Ramadan:

Exams outside the main examination periods

The Examinations Office organise some exams that take place outside main examination periods.

University exception periods that are centrally organised include:

  • Study Abroad exams in December and April
  • Some EMBA and MBA exams in January and April
  • PG Cass exams in April
  • GDL and Legal Practice Law Exams in June
  • School of Health Sciences exams throughout the year.

Please note that many departments organise their own exception examinations. If you are unsure who is organising your examinations please consult your programme handbook or Course Office.

Exception Exam Timetables

  • Exception exam timetables will be published here.