Information on Assessments and ECs

You will access information on your teaching and assessments through the KLE directly from your Schools. Below is some guidance on how the University is responding to assessment requirements during this time.

During the academic year 2020/21, Keele will seek to avoid assessments requiring physical presence on the campus wherever possible. Where necessary, such as for assessments of practice or where required by a professional body, in situ assessments may be scheduled but you will receive early notification from your School where this is the case.

Students who are unable to undertake their assessments by the deadline should submit ECs in the normal way and request an extension or a further assessment attempt. Evidence requirements will be as set out in the University’s guidance on ECs.


Yes. If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student, use the ECs system to make your School aware how you have been affected. You can ask for an extension or a further assessment attempt. The University recognises that students may continue to be impacted in a variety of ways this academic year by the extraordinary situation created by Covid-19. Therefore, Schools will continue to be sympathetic and fair in the way they consider such ECs.

Yes. Although in most cases it should be possible to provide evidence (for example doctors notes or evidence of caring responsibilities for relatives etc.), if you can explain the reason why you are not able to get the relevant evidence, Schools are likely to be sympathetic and fair in the way they consider your ECs, even if you have not been able to fully document your claim.

If your assessment is coursework, you can ask for an extension at any time up to the submission deadline. If your assessment is a time-limited ‘exam-style’ assessment, then you may be eligible for an uncapped reassessment attempt at the next opportunity, which is likely to be the next reassessment period.

If you submit your circumstances after you have submitted your assessment and your ECs are accepted by your School, the outcome depends on whether you pass or fail the module overall.

If you fail the module because of your circumstances, then you will be offered a reassessment as a first attempt (unless it is already your second, capped assessment attempt).

If you pass the module, then the mark you achieve will stand even if you have failed one component. However, the examination board may take your ECs into account if your degree classification is on the borderline between two classes and may move you into the higher category.

During this exceptional period, a number of circumstances will be considered as valid ECs even though they may normally not have been allowed, because the pandemic has resulted in a number of unusual situations not provided for in the ECs Code of Practice. For example, if you had to self-isolate and, as a result, you had no or limited access to a device to complete your work, or if your connectivity / internet access was limited, you are eligible to submit ECs.