Medical Certificates for Extenuating Circumstances Claims

Medicals are not available on the NHS and are a private arrangement between you and your GP.

Medical certificates in support of extenuating circumstances claims can only be provided by medical professionals when there has been a significant health problem which is documented in either Health Centre or GP notes. GPs working in partnership with the University to produce medical certificates apply charges for this service.

Please refer to the extenuating circumstances page for further information and a copy of the USW Health Service guidance document regarding extenuating circumstances.

Medical professionals may only provide independent confirmation in support of a student’s case for extenuating circumstances if a medical professional has previously seen that student and there is a written record of this in the student’s medical notes. This independent confirmation will be a statement of fact, derived from the medical records. It will usually only cover the period of time for which the student was being seen for that particular medical condition. It is up to the student to explain how their medical condition affects their ability to study.

Claims for “exam stress” are considered UNACCEPTABLE for extenuating evidence.

Whilst the USW Health Service appreciate that there are often other circumstances when a student’s ability to study is affected, such as a bereavement, a relationship break-up, or other stressful life events, we regret that we are normally unable to issue a medical certificate under these circumstances, unless these circumstances are such that they have led to a recognisable medical condition.