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Competence standards - PI021705

University of Southampton

A medical student at the University of Southampton submitted a successful academic appeal to the University against her deregistration from the programme.

The University gave her the opportunity to resit the year but she failed the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and was unable to progress. She complained to us after the University refused her appeal to be allowed extra time for the OSCE as a reasonable adjustment for disability.

The requirements of the course were clearly set out and did not permit the student to progress without completing the OSCE. The ability to complete OCSE stations within a specified time is widely accepted to be a competence standard and the University’s documentation explains that this is because the replication of clinical practice is central to the assessment.

We decided that the University had acted reasonably in the circumstances and that the complaint was Not Justified.