Some schools have their own absence policy, please check before completing this form.


  • All sections of the form to be completed
  • The form must be printed off and signed before forwarding onto your School Office
  • The University Health Service will only provide a doctor's letter (if appropriate) if the student has actually been seen by medical/nursing staff, whilst unwell. Letters will not be given retrospectively
  • University Student Self Certificates will not be accepted for exams

Details of Absence

  • The self certificate only covers the first 7 days of absence
  • If absence is longer than 7 days contact School Secretary for information on School Absence Policy
  • GPs have no obligation to provide 'sick notes'
  • A GP may provide evidence of illness but will charge for this service
  • Remember to include weekends and days on which you were not timetabled to attend in the dates of absence

Reason for Absence

  • Try to give as many details as possible
  • Words like unwell or illness are not acceptable

Self Certificate Form