Independent Studies

Independent Studies

I'm having problems completing my Independent Study on time, what do I do?

If you are having problems completing your study due to extenuating circumstances you must apply for an extension using the Independent Study Extension Request Form.  Incomplete forms or forms without evidence will not be considered.

The submission deadline for the extension request form is up to two weeks before your Independent Study submission date. Decisions are made as soon as possible and communicated to each student in writing.

If you miss this date you must then apply through the Mitigating Circumstances procedure.

If I apply for an extension what extra time will I receive?

If you apply for an extension to the Semester One deadline (January) you will usually be given the Semester Two deadline (May). Decisions are made as soon as possible and communicated to each student in writing via university email.

If you apply for an extension in Semester Two you may receive an extension to one of the following extension deadlines:

A set date in May (consideration at summer exam board)

The standard Reassessment deadline in July (consideration at the reassessment board)

End of Semester One of the following academic year (January)

While you may request a specific extension date, the length of an extension offered will be decided on the basis of the circumstances, the supervisor's comments and the strength of the supporting evidence provided.

Where can I get an Independent Study Extension Request form from?

You can download an Independent Study Extension Request Form from the Registry Services webpage (click on Student Records, then Registry forms).

What do I do if I miss my deadline?

Independent Studies submitted within 5 days of the published deadline will be marked but the mark awarded will be capped at the minimum pass mark, unless a claim of mitigating circumstances is made and upheld.

Studies submitted later than five days will not be marked and will be awarded a mark of zero. Students may, however, submit a claim of exceptional mitigating circumstances and ask for the work to be marked.  If the claim is upheld and the student has not gained an unfair advantage because s/he might have gained access to feedback given to other students, the original work will be marked. 

You should apply for Mitigating Circumstances online via your SOLE page, within the deadlines set out here: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/registryservices/679.htm

What evidence do I have to provide with my extension request form?

The Independent Study Extension process is an extension to the Mitigating Circumstances procedure.

For ideas of what circumstances are accepted and the type of evidence we expect you should look at the Mitigating Circumstances guidelines.

 

If I apply for an extension will I still be able to graduate this year?

If you apply for an extension in Semester Two and are given a May or June deadline you will still be able to graduate the same academic year.