Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments


Access arrangements
Access arrangements are agreed before an assessment. They allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to:

  • Access the assessment;
  • Show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment.

The intention behind an access arrangement is to meet the particular needs of an individual disabled candidate without affecting the integrity of the assessment. Access arrangements are the principal way in which awarding bodies comply with the duty under the Equality Act 2010* to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

Reasonable Adjustments
The Equality Act 2010* requires colleges to make reasonable adjustments where a student, who is disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, would be at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who is not disabled. The college is required to take reasonable steps to overcome that disadvantage. An example would be a Braille paper which would be a reasonable adjustment for a visually impaired person who could read Braille.

A reasonable adjustment for a particular person may be unique to that individual and may not be included in the list of available access arrangements.

Whether an adjustment will be considered reasonable will depend on a number of factors which will include, but are not limited to:

  • The needs of the disabled candidate/learner
  • The effectiveness of the adjustment
  • The cost of the adjustment and
  • The likely impact of the adjustment upon the candidate and other candidates.

For more information contact the Disability Officer on 01865 759646 or