Special Considerations

RNC Training Equality and Diversity Policy guarantees a fair assessment for all candidates; it is permissible, when necessary, to arrange for special consideration to be given to candidates who suffer temporary illness, injury or indisposition, be it emotional or physical, that may affect performance at the time of assessment.

Special Consideration is a post examination adjustment to the marks of a candidate’s examination paper or the rearrangement of an examination time and/or date.

Any special considerations made:

  • Must treat candidates fairly
  • Must not invalidate the assessment requirements set out in the specification for the relevant qualification
  • Must require the candidate to fully meet the assessment requirements,
  • Must not give the candidate an unfair advantage compared to candidates for whom special considerations are not being made
  • Must maintain the relevance, reliability and comparability of the assessment.

Conditions for Eligibility to Special Considerations

Candidates must have attended the course for the appropriate amount of hours and have been fully prepared by the tutor to take the assessment, but if performance in the examination or in the production of coursework is affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control. Examples of when a learner will be eligible for Special Consideration:

  • Temporary illness or accident/injury at the time of assessment
  • Bereavement at the time of assessment
  • Domestic crisis at the time of assessment
  • Disadvantage due to the Centre failing to provide adequate provisions

Candidates will not be eligible for Special Consideration if performance in the examination or in the production of course work is affected by:

1. Committing a crime

2. Consuming alcohol or any other non-prescribed drugs

3. Failure to attend the prescribed sessions

4. Misreading question paper instructions and answering the wrong questions

5. Failure to request Access Arrangements in sufficient time

Candidates may still decide to undertake a qualification knowing they cannot fulfill the assessment requirements, in these situations a Certificate of Attendance may be issued.

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Reviewed February 2020