I'm working for a software company as an intern for a year, and, as part of my contract, was granted 25 days paid holiday (excluding public holidays) upon starting. I started at the beginning of May, and I'm contracted until the start of June 2017. I'm a paid, technically full time employee (on a 1 year contract) and have full rights and benefits as a UK employee.
While working I'm also resitting part of my second year of degree, which was supposed to be finalised by August this year. As fate would have it, the university recommended that I resit the year as a part-time student, splitting the exams and assignments over 12 months, rather than taking 8 exams in the summer. This gave me some more freedom, the ability to get better marks and took a lot of pressure off, so I took it. It also meant that I would have to take 16 days off work to sit exams (2x 8 day periods), which I wasn't aware of until 4 months into my internship.
Since starting, I've used up 17 days of my holiday days due to needing to catch up on uni work and a few days off due to travel limitations etc. I have enough holiday days left to sit one exam period, but not both.
In person I have a hard time phrasing questions (and general interactions) and often come off as rude/abrupt, and wanted to ask here how I can ask for unpaid leave without seeming rude?
I wrote the following email:
I have an exam period between the 11th and 20th of January back in redacted, I have enough holiday days to cover the period but I was wondering if I would be able to take unpaid leave for the 8 working days please?
I can happily provide the timetable I’ve been sent with the dates and times of the exams for you to confirm if necessary.
This is my first time dealing with a situation like this, I only ever worked part-time before and the exam period is closing in so I'm panicking a little.
Does this email sound polite? My manager is reasonable, I just don't want to come off as rude.