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The School provides a fair and transparent system of assessment: of individual elements, of modules and degrees, using the University scale of marking:

No module taught in ArcPal has examination as a component worth more than 50% of the module assessment. Other methods of assessment used are: essays, portfolios, dissertations, projects (group or individual), oral presentations and student peer assessment. Assessment for each module is outlined with each module description.

Submission of Coursework

Coursework will normally be submitted using the QOL Assignment tool. Please upload documents (usually in an appropriate MS Office format, not pdf unless otherwise instructed) to the relevant assignment folder which will be set up by the module co-ordinator. Students are advised to upload assignments well in advance of the deadline (usually 3.30 pm on the day of submission, but check module guide) to avoid late submissions arising as a result of networking issues, slow connections, etc. By uploading assignments onto QOL, students acknowledge and accept that their work may be submitted to originality checking software.

Where modules require assignments to be submitted as hard-copy (print) versions, two copies of all pieces of coursework along with one completed cover sheet must be submitted to staff in the School Office (Elmwood Building) between 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. With the exception of specific practicals, all submitted coursework must be word processed and all hard-copy submissions must have the cover sheet attached. This can be completed at Reception when you hand your work in to the School Office. Work submitted after 3.30pm on the due date will be considered 1 day late.

Occasionally (especially in Level 1 practicals) coursework may be collected at the end of each class by the co-ordinator unless extra time is permitted for completion. Students are informed of the latest date by which these practicals can then be handed in to the School Office. No receipt is issued.

Problems – Illness, Abscence and Late Submission

Exceptional circumstances, for the purposes of assessment decisions, are defined as unforeseen factors, or factors outside a student’s control which have a negative impact on his or her performance. Chronic conditions for which students have received support and reasonable adjustments do not constitute exceptional circumstances, although a worsening of a condition may do so.

When exceptional circumstances occur close to a student’s examination or an assessment deadline, the University will ensure that the student will not be disadvantaged, providing that his or her need is genuine, and that the correct procedures are followed. It is the student’s responsibility to submit evidence of exceptional circumstances, e.g. a medical certificate or a letter from their GP, which does not simply report the student’s circumstances, but verifies the circumstances, and/or provides a medical opinion.


You MUST follow the correct procedure to request absence from an examination or an extension to a deadline for an assessment:

Evidence of exceptional circumstances must be submitted to the School Office, together with the Exceptional Circumstances Form (available from the School Office), normally within three working days of returning to study or, in the case of emergencies which arose during examinations, normally within three working days of the date of your last examination. If you believe you are going to miss an assignment deadline or an examination because of exceptional circumstances, you should inform the School Office in advance by telephone or letter. If this is not possible, a third party should contact the School. Boards of Examiners are not obliged to consider any medical certificate or evidence of exceptional circumstances presented more than three working days after the last examination.

If you are absent from lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals or fieldwork for a valid reason (e.g. illness, bereavement) you need to submit a medical note or other supporting documentation and the Absence from Classes Form (a pink form, available from the School Office).

Late Submission of coursework – Penalties

Late coursework (without a medical note or other valid supporting documentation) will be penalised as follows:

 Days LatePenalty
 1 (including any time after 3.30pm on the submission date)  5% deducted
 2  10% deducted
 3  15% deducted
 4  20% deducted
 5  25% deducted
 6  No marks awarded


Exceptional circumstances may NOT be considered unless the student has requested it by submitting the approved form and supporting documentation. Self-certification is not acceptable, nor are uncorroborated statements from friends or relatives.

If an assessed tutorial, seminar, presentation or practical is missed, an exceptional circumstances form with supporting documentation must be submitted to the School Office. Advice should be sought from the module co-ordinator about whether or not you also need to submit a copy of the written work. See also your module guide.

Late work should be submitted as soon as possible after the original deadline. Penalties will be considered at the end of the module by the Exceptional Circumstances Committee, which will then make recommendations to the Examinations Board who will decide whether penalties are applied or not. If reasons are genuine, which normally requires the exceptional circumstances form and independent supporting evidence, then the penalty is waived. Your Personal Tutor or Advisor of Studies may also draw to the attention of the Board that there is a general problem affecting your work, which should be taken into account. For this reason it is important that you contact your Personal Tutor or Advisor of Studies and the School Office immediately if you are experiencing difficulties – do not leave it to the end of the year.

Guidelines on Exceptional Circumstances