Assessment and examinations
How you are assessed
We have a policy that at least 70% of your overall assessment must be from formal written exams. We realise that formal exams are challenging, however, this policy maintains the rigour of our qualifications. The fact that our assessment processes are stringent contributes to our awards being internationally recognised for their value. Many employers value the discipline required to succeed in them.
Postgraduate courses usually also include a dissertation, course work and project reports.
The standard of the examinations is the same as that for students studying at a College of the University.
Where are exams held?
Examinations are usually held worldwide at a number of centres (usually either through the local Ministry of Education or the British Council).
How your degree is classified
You are awarded a degree which is classified according to the marks you have obtained:
- Undergraduate degrees are awarded with First Class Honours, Upper Second Class Honours, Lower Second Class Honours, Third Class Honours or Pass, depending on the marks gained.
- MSc, Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas are awarded without classification. For some degrees, where indicated in the relevant Regulations, a mark of Distinction or Merit may be awarded.
Feedback on your performance
Feedback on assessment is in the form of examiners reports or commentaries. These provide insights on past exam papers and the relative success of varying approaches.