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					BSC Examinations Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration Policy
and Application Form


Reasonable adjustments and special consideration are made to ensure that candidates receive
recognition of their achievement without compromising the equity, validity and reliability of the
assessment. They are not concessions to make assessments easier for candidates, nor advantages to
give candidates a head start.

The BSC treats all requests for reasonable adjustments and special consideration in confidence.

Reasonable Adjustments

When necessary and wherever practical, the BSC approves reasonable adjustments for candidates
with particular requirements to enable them to have access to fair assessment and demonstrate
attainment.

Candidates may require reasonable adjustments for a number of reasons including:
   • a permanent (long-term) disability or medical condition;
   • a temporary (short-term) disability or medical condition.

The BSC ensures that its reasonable adjustments:
   • do not invalidate the assessment requirements set out in the specification for the relevant
      qualification;
   • reflect the current needs of the individual candidates and, as far as is reasonably possible, their
      usual methods of working;
   • do not give the candidates an unfair advantage compared to candidates for whom reasonable
      adjustments are not being made;
   • maintain the relevance, validity, reliability, comparability and integrity of the assessment;
   • take account of all current legislation that has an impact on equality of access to assessment
      and qualifications.

Candidates requiring a reasonable adjustment for their examination must submit a Reasonable
Adjustment Application Form (available at www.britishsafetycouncil.org/qualifications) to the Director of
Qualifications at the earliest possible opportunity and (except in the case of a sudden disability or
medical condition) at least four weeks before the date of the examination. The application must be
supported by appropriate documentary evidence (e.g. a doctor’s letter).

On receipt of a request for reasonable adjustments, the Director of Qualifications will decide whether or
not to grant approval and, if appropriate, the provision required to meet the needs of the candidate.
Applications for reasonable adjustments may be dismissed by the Director of Qualifications if there is
insufficient time to permit adequate arrangements to be made. The decision of the Director of
Qualifications is final. If the request for reasonable adjustments is approved, the candidate will be
informed, in writing, of the arrangements that can be made. If the request for reasonable adjustments
is not approved, the candidate will be provided with a reasoned response.
Special Consideration

Special consideration involves procedures that may result in an adjustment to the marks of candidates
who have not been able to demonstrate attainment because of exceptional circumstances during the
examination itself.

The BSC ensures that its special considerations treat candidates fairly and in accordance with national
guidelines.

Candidates who believe that they were disadvantaged in the examination through circumstances
beyond their control – for example, illness during the examination, fire alarm during the examination –
may make a request for special consideration. They should ensure that the invigilator records the
circumstances and then complete a Special Consideration Application Form (available at
www.britishsafetycouncil.org/qualifications) and submit this to the Director of Qualifications no later than
14 days after the examination. The application should be supported by appropriate evidence, for
example, a doctor’s letter in the case of illness.

Requests for special consideration will be considered at the awarding stage, and appropriate allowance
may be made at the judgement of the awarding committee. The maximum allowance is 5% of the total
raw marks available for the particular component.

No allowance will be made for circumstances which may have affected a candidate’s learning or
preparation for an examination.

Aegrotat Awards

The BSC cannot make aegrotat awards to candidates who fail to attend an examination. As all
assessment is external there would be insufficient evidence on which to make such an award.
Candidates who miss an examination for reasons beyond their control should inform the BSC as soon
as possible.

Contact details for this policy

Sarah Reed
Quality and Compliance Manager
BSC Examinations
70 Chancellors Road
London W6 9RS

Telephone: 020 8600 1031
E-mail: examinations@britsafe.org
Website: www.britishsafetycouncil.org/qualifications

First published: April 2004
Last updated: October 2008
 Reasonable Adjustment Application Form
Before completing this form you should read the BSC Reasonable Adjustments Policy. If you have any
queries please contact BSC Examinations on 020 8600 1035 or e-mail examinations@britsafe.org
SECTION 1 - CONTACT DETAILS                               SECTION 3 - SUPPORTING EVIDENCE

Title (eg Mr)                                             The BSC requires a statement from a medical
                                                          professional that confirms the nature of the problem that
First name(s)                                             requires reasonable adjustment(s) to be made for your
                                                          assessment. Please ensure that the document is signed
Last name
                                                          and the originator can be clearly identified with contact
Date of birth                                             address and telephone number as we may wish to
                                                          contact them for clarification if we are unsure about the
Address                                                   adjustments we need to make.
                                                          Please list the document(s) you are providing
                                                          (photocopies are acceptable).



Daytime telephone number
                                                          Please indicate which of the following adjustments would
                                                          be satisfactory for your needs (you may tick more than
SECTION 2 - ADJUSTMENT REQUEST                            one).
Qualification
                                                                 25% extra time for the examination.
                                                                 Large typeface. Please tell us the size     pts.
                                                                 Wheelchair access to examination venue.
Examination date/s
                                                                 Someone to read the examination paper to you.
                                                                 Someone to record your answers for you.

                                                                 Other, please specify.
Please give details about the circumstances that led to
this application for reasonable adjustment.
                                                          SECTION 4 - DECLARATION

                                                          We will process your data in accordance with the
                                                          principles of the UK Data Protection Act (1998).

                                                          I confirm that by completing and submitting this form I
                                                           •    give consent to the processing of this data;
                                                           •    have read and understand the BSC Reasonable
                                                                Adjustment Policy;
                                                           •    have supplied information which to the best of my
                                                                knowledge is correct.

                                                          Signature

                                                          Date

                                                          OFFICE USE ONLY

                                                          Date form received

                                                          Is the evidence listed in the form attached?     Yes/No

                                                          Adjustment approved             Yes/No Date

                                                          Candidate advised                      Date
Special Consideration Application Form
Before completing this form you should read the BSC Special Consideration Policy. If you have any
queries please contact BSC Examinations on 020 8600 1035 or e-mail examinations@britsafe.org

SECTION 1 - CONTACT DETAILS                               SECTION 2 - SPECIAL CONSIDERATION REQUEST
                                                          (continued)

Candidate                                                 Does the application relate to an incident at the
                                                          examination venue?
number
                                                                      Yes                No
First name(s)
                                                          Was the invigilator informed about your concern(s)?
                                                                       Yes              No
Last name
                                                          If yes, please give details of what was said.
Date of birth

Address




Daytime telephone number


SECTION 2 - SPECIAL CONSIDERATION REQUEST
Qualification




Examination date
                                                          SECTION 3 - DECLARATION

Please give details about the circumstances that led to   We will process your data in accordance with the
this application for special consideration of the above   principles of the UK Data Protection Act (1998).
assessment.
                                                          I confirm that by completing and submitting this form I
                                                           •    give consent to the processing of this data;
                                                           •    have read and understand the BSC Special
                                                                Consideration Policy;
                                                           •    have supplied information which to the best of my
                                                                knowledge is correct.

                                                          Signature

                                                          Date


                                                          OFFICE USE ONLY
Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary.
                                                          Date form received
Evidence to support the need for special consideration.
                                                          Has the candidate attached evidence?        Yes/No
Please list the documents you are providing.
                                                          Special consideration approved     Yes/No

                                                          Candidate advised      Date

				
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