Appeals form

To submit an Appeal, please complete the form below. You will be required to submit any supporting evidence.

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If you believe that a procedural and / or administrative irregularity may have occurred during your Work-based Assessment or OSCE, you may make an appeal. 

You can only appeal the result of an assessment or examination if you believe that there were procedural or administrative irregularities or mistakes in the conduct assessment examination. These need to be of such a nature as to cause reasonable doubt about whether the Examiners or Assessor would have reached the same conclusions had the irregularities not occurred. 

An Appeal cannot be made against examiner judgment. This means that Appeals will not be accepted if you:

  • consider that your efforts were under-marked
  • did not understand or were unaware of the Examination Regulations
  • wish to change your mark based on examiner judgment of your performance.

Appeals must be made within 28 days of the results date of the examination to which it relates and can include supporting documentary evidence at the candidate's discretion.

When completing this form, you should ensure you include as much detail as possible.

Appeals details

Where relevant, please include any supporting evidence below. 

Evidence must be in pdf format.

If you need to submit additional evidence, please email this, in pdf format only, to

Payment and receipt

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. 

If the Examinations Panel or Appeals Panel upholds an appeal, the appeal fee will be returned to the Trainee.


The information provided in this form, and any additional supporting information that you provide, will be held by the Education Department at the The College of Optometrists in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. All personal details will be redacted before being presented to the Examinations and / or Appeals Panel.

In considering an application, the panels may request additional information from: Trainees, Supervisors, Assessors and Examiners.

This additional information will be shared with the Trainee and the Trainee will be given the opportunity to submit comments in writing on the information before the meeting.