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The purpose of assessment is to determine whether students have achieved the learning outcomes of the module, stage or programme and their level of achievement in relation to the award. The assessment strategy must be implemented in accordance with the Programme Specification using the methods and weighting in the relevant Module Descriptors.

While exact arrangements for the management of assessment of students will vary, the University requirements as set out in the University Academic Quality Handbook will apply. In some cases, the University will set all examinations and assignments, in others these will be set by the partner and subject to University approval. The External Examiner must always be involved in the process. 

Examinations and Other Forms of Assessment

  • Examination and assessment arrangements at partner institutions must be agreed with the Programme Co-ordinator who will need to be satisfied that these are rigorous and secure.
  • Assessments and marking schemes must be approved in advance by the University and the External Examiner.
  • Students should be given information about assessment timescales and deadlines, as well as clear assignment or project briefs including assessment criteria, arrangements for submission, penalties for late submission and the regulations associated with extenuating circumstances, absence and appeals.
  • Arrangements for examinations should be made these known to students, along with information about the consequences of missing an examination, what to do in case of illness or emergency, and procedures relating to extenuating circumstances.
  • Appropriate arrangements that have been approved by the University must be made for students with a declared disability or health problem.