Appeals

Appeals against examination results can only be made against the process of the assessment or examination. If you would like to complain because the service we have provided has been unacceptable, we would welcome the chance to investigate this.

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College regulations state that you can only appeal against the process of the examination or assessment - for example, if something in the administration or the running of the examination or assessment had a negative impact on your performance. This means that you cannot appeal against examiner or assessor judgement.

Appeals should be made within 28 days of the results date of the examination or assessment to which it relates, and can include supporting evidence at the candidate's discretion. The fee for submitting an appeal is found in the Fees section.

The administrative fee for each appeal is £100. An appeal submitted against the decisions in two sections/stations or more will constitute separate appeals and will incur additional charges. Should the appeal be upheld then the fee will be returned.

Examinations Panel
All appeals will be considered by the Examinations Panel in the first instance. This panel will usually meet on a monthly basis up to ten times a year. 

The dates to submit applications and evidence to the examinations panel are:

  • 8 February 2019
  • 11 March 2019
  • 9 April 2019
  • 13 May 2019
  • 15 July 2019
  • 16 August 2019
  • 9 September 2019
  • 18 October 2019
  • 11 November 2019

Please be reminded that the submission deadline is 12pm on each of the above.

In some cases, the Examinations Panel will refer appeals to the Appeals Panel. 

The Appeals Panel meetings will be held on:

  • 18 April 2019
  • 20 May 2019
  • 16 September 2019
  • 18 November 2019

The decision of the Appeals Panel is final.

To submit an appeal, please complete the form below and email it to education.help@college-optometrists.org

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