Special Consideration for in-course assessments

You can apply for special consideration for in-course assessments if exceptional circumstances have disadvantaged you in your studies and you need more time to complete the study beyond your extension, or after the end of your enrolment period.

Special consideration may be approved and is intended to assist learners who, due to exceptional circumstances beyond their control, have been disadvantaged in comparison to other learners.

Apply for your extension first

Apply for your first or second extension through your My OP account. Extensions should be applied for before the due date, but if you forget, you can still apply during the 14-day extension period. Once you have applied, our system will automatically approve your extension request within 24 hours and you will receive an email stating your new due date. After receiving the email, you can apply for the second week if needed.

Extensions cannot go beyond your enrolment end date.  Please refer to the information about extensions on the How to request an extension page.

When to use the special consideration process

For time beyond the automatic extension timeframe or your enrolment end date, follow the special consideration process. Supporting documentation is required. Please do not include photographs of injuries etc, as these are not acceptable proof of circumstances.

The possible outcomes that may be approved are:

  • an extension of time to complete an assessment or enrolment, or
  • transfer of your enrolment to the next available trimester/offering.

Ensure to include your preference in the outcome section.

Your enrolment cannot be transferred to another person as it is a legal contract between you and Open Polytechnic.

Special consideration is not available for examinations. Please refer to the Exams section for your options.

Apply for special consideration


Need help?

If you have any questions about special consideration for assessment get in touch.