Important assessment and exam update from Manchester Met University

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Information for students on a course that leads to a Manchester Met University qualification

UCEN Manchester and Manchester Met University (MMU) has provided an assessment and exam update for all students studying on courses for which MMU is the validating partner, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Working together, the priority of both institutions is to ensure that learning, assessments, and results are not adversely affected as a result of COVID-19. The measures we have put in place to support you are outlined below.

Changes to the assignment process

We are pleased to confirm that Manchester Metropolitan University has changed the late penalty policy for assignments.

Usually, when you submit course work during the five working days after the deadline, it is marked, but the mark receives a cap of 40%. Until further notice, we have agreed with MMU that we will waive the late penalty for work submitted during the five working day period, and your mark will be uncapped.

We have already applied a seven-day extension to all coursework due between 24 March and 1 May 2020, and some units have applied longer extensions, where necessary.

Wherever possible, you should aim to submit work for this new deadline. However, this late penalty waiver will apply on top of that new deadline and gives more leeway, if you need a few extra days.

What if I need a longer extension?

If your circumstances mean you need a longer extension, you can request an extension in the usual manner, by completing the form available online and submitting it to If you already have an extended deadline because of an Exceptional Factors application, the late penalty waiver will apply for the five working days after your new deadline.

We are taking these steps to make sure that no student is disadvantaged at this time, and to deliver teaching and assessment that supports progression and completion while ensuring that your degree has the same value as those awarded in any other year.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact your Programme Leader.