Combined Honours

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment & Feedback


Find out about Assessment and feedback in Combined Honours.

For term and exam dates visit our Term and Exam Dates section.

When you are revising for your exams, you will find it helpful to obtain copies of recent examination papers. Sample papers should be provided by the lecturer for new courses.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, you may require special arrangements for your exams. On submission of relevant medical documentation, for example, you may be allowed extra time and/or an alternative venue. If you think this may apply to you, you should contact Student Wellbeing as soon as possible to discuss any special requirements.

Find out more about assessed work, including submission, and grading and feedback.

Assessed Work

Learn about assessment procedures, including late submission and assessment irregularities.

Formative assessment is designed to provide students with feedback on progress and inform development (it does not contribute to the overall module mark).

Summative assessment measures achievement in respect of performance (and does contribute to the overall module mark).

Students are expected to hand in all formative and summative assessed work in accordance with published deadlines. Various procedures are employed by Schools regarding the actual method of submission ie hard copy and/or electronic copy, number of copies, completion of cover sheets etc. It's your responsibility to be aware of the published deadlines and the submission procedures within each of your subject areas.

University policy on late Submission of assessed work

This University policy applies to all summative assessment in all subject areas. If a student has a legitimate reason for being unable to submit summative work by the specified deadline, they must complete a Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) Form.

Assessment irregularities

The University does not condone cheating in examinations, plagiarism, or any other form of assessment irregularity and follows procedures for dealing with alleged assessment irregularities.

Cheating in examinations includes any breach of the rules for University examinations eg

  • copying from, or conferring with, other candidates in the exam venue
  • being in possession of unauthorised material in the exam venue such as crib notes
  • being in possession of unauthorised equipment in the exam venue eg a mobile phone

Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas without properly acknowledging them or, put another way, presenting someone else’s ideas as your own. It is a very serious academic offence and may lead to disciplinary action by the University.

The University expects you to understand what constitutes plagiarism and to take steps to avoid plagiarism. Specifically, you should not write about someone else’s ideas as if they were your own or write about someone else’s ideas without giving a reference. You should also not:

  • use someone else’s words exactly without indicating that it is a direct quote and referencing it
  • use more or less the same words as another writer even if you acknowledge their work
  • copy another student’s work
  • submit work written for you by another person
  • permit another student to copy your work
  • cut and paste material from the internet, putting pieces of text together to form an essay.

The Rite-Cite website has been developed by the Student Progress Service to provide in one location materials and links to other websites on good academic conduct, plagiarism, collusion, proof-reading, referencing and citation.  All students should visit the website and take the online tutorial before undertaking assessed work.

Grading & Feedback

Find out about grading and feedback procedures.


Each academic school/subject area will have their own grading (ie marking) criteria which will normally be made available to students in module guides or degree programme handbooks. Contact your Subject Advisor if this information is not made available to you. The criteria will outline the standard of work required for each range of marks.


The policy on the return of assessed work is outlined here:

The maximum length of time a Module Leader should take to return feedback to students should be 20 working days (not including bank holidays or University Christmas closure). The marks returned in such cases may be provisional.

Feedback should be designed so as to allow students to assess how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve performance.

Where there are justifiable reasons as to why feedback can't be given in line with the policy, the relevant Head of School is responsible for notifying students as soon as this is known and an alternative date should be given.

If feedback is not provided within the stated period, students should email the relevant School Office (copied to Combined Honours) to enquire as to when feedback might be available. If a satisfactory explanation is not provided within seven days, the student has the right to bring this to the attention of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (via the Combined Honours Centre) for investigation.