Understanding the University assessment regulations and processes will help you have a positive learning experience and the best opportunity to progress and succeed.

All programmes and awards are governed by university regulations and processes. They’re designed to ensure that programmes of study are structured, delivered and assessed in a fair, consistent and transparent way.

Your learning is assessed in a number of ways so that you, and the University, can be sure you’re gaining the required skills, knowledge and marks to progress and achieve your award.

Check your Guide to Assessment and Award Processes for information about different types of assessment and how to ensure your work gets the best possible mark.

For 2020-2021 formal assessments and reassessments will be conducted as take-home online exams.

What is involved in a take-home exam?

Take-home online exams will be similar to the formal exams you would have taken in-person on campus and are designed to be completed within the 2-hour or 3-hour time constraint normally given to on-campus exams.

A take-home exam involves:

  • the examination paper being made available to students through their Module Blackboard
  • downloading the examination paper
  • completing the examination on your own computer
  • submitting your completed examination paper through Turnitin

You must complete your exams at the time published. If you don’t, this can lead to you failing in that part of the exam unless you’ve been granted an extension or deferral.

How long will I have to complete the take-home exam?

You will usually have 24 hours in which to complete and upload your work to Turnitin.

This means that when the exam starts at 11:00 AM (UK Time), it will finish at 11:00 AM (UK Time) 24 hours later.

The 24 hours provides a window of time for you to complete and upload as required, taking into account that you may experience additional challenges taking the exam remotely or scheduling it around other responsibilities at home. It also allows students who are normally entitled to additional time, rest breaks, an individual room or the use of a computer to manage these arrangements themselves within the 24-hour window.

It is recommended that you attempt your exam as early as you are able to within the 24-hour window to allow yourself time to resolve technical issues if these arise. You are not expected to spend longer than time recommended by your Module Leader to complete the exam.

For programmes with specific professional or statutory requirements, you may be given fewer than the standard 24 hours to complete the exam. You will be informed of this in the course of the module.

Where will my take-home exam paper be on Blackboard?

A new section of your Module Blackboard will be created, where you will be able to:

  • access the examination paper
  • read university guidance on the examination
  • access any additional resources if these are relevant to your examination
  • submit your take-home exam answers through Turnitin

You should include your Student ID and Module Title in your answer document. You should format your take-home examination answers as instructed in the exam cover sheet. If there are no specific instructions, you should format it in the same way as you format your coursework essays or assignments. If you are unsure about formatting, contact your Module Leader.

You should submit them through Turnitin in this take-home exams area. You will be able to resubmit your examination up until the deadline if you notice an error in the file you have uploaded.

What will I need to be able to complete take-home exams?

You will require a personal computer, a reliable internet connection and access to your module Blackboard.

We are offering a long-term loan laptop loan scheme for students who are unable to access the right IT equipment for them to digitally engage with their programme.

In your Programme Handbook you’ll find information about when and how to submit coursework. This can help you plan and manage your assessment workload.

It’s important that you complete all your assessments on time. There are penalties for late submission of work, unless you’ve been granted an extension or deferral.

You’ll normally submit your coursework assessment activities through Turnitin. This online service lets you upload draft versions of your assessments, so you and your tutors can check your work for originality and guard against plagiarism.

For a variety of reasons (illness, dyslexia, disability, English not your first language, etc.) you may be entitled to have adjustments made for your exams to help you achieve your best.

To apply for an adjustment, please register with the Disability Team at least three months before your exam(s) or as soon as you know you’ll need an adjustment.

We understand that sometimes things happen outside of your control – illness, for example – and that affects your ability to meet your assessment deadlines. We offer different support for problems affecting your study in the short, medium or long term.