Young people with epilepsy may be entitled to extra support for exams. This might be due to the seizures themselves or the impact that epilepsy has on how you learn (e.g. you might struggle with memory issues or getting through tasks quickly).
Schools/colleges/unis and awarding bodies for qualifications are required to make reasonable adjustments to make sure young people with epilepsy are not put at a disadvantage in comparison to their peers.
Access arrangements are pre-examination adjustments that are made to ensure a young person is not put at a substantial disadvantage due to a disability, special educational need or temporary injury.
The type of arrangements needed will depend on the specifics of your epilepsy and the type of exam or assessment. Arrangements might include:
- Additional time and/or break periods
- Rescheduling an exam to avoid times of day when a seizure is most likely to occur
- Someone to note if and when a seizure occurs (to take account of time lost)
- Someone to provide support during practical assessments
You should talk to your school/college/uni about any potential need for access arrangements as soon as possible, as applications may need to be made months in advance of the exam or assessment.
Special consideration is a post-examination adjustment to a candidate’s mark or grade to reflect temporarily illness, injury or other indisposition at the time of the exam or assessment. If your epilepsy affects you during the exam or assessment, you can make an application for special consideration. This could include if you had a seizure during an exam or were recovering from a seizure prior to the exam.
Find out more about exam arrangements:
University: Ask your university for information on their access arrangements for exams