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Undergraduate Rules of Assessment


The University’s Undergraduate Rules of Assessment apply to all students in all disciplines across the University. Rules of Assessment are used to determine whether a student can progress from one year of study to the next, what is required to qualify for an award and how a degree classification is arrived at in the final year of study.

For some programmes there are approved variations to the rules. You should check Appendix A below to see if there are any variations that apply to your course. You can view the Programme Specification for your course and stage of study when you log onto myEssex, or via eNROL (module enrolment) when it is open.


Undergraduate Rules of Assessment starting 2011-2012:

These rules apply to students who commenced their studies in 2011-12.  Please return to the main menu if you did not commence your course in that year.

  1. Principles of the Rules of Assessment Framework

  2. Framework for University of Essex Undergraduate courses

  3. Three-year Honours courses (including courses with a Preliminary Stage)

  4. Four-year Honours courses

  5. Foundation Degrees

  6. Diploma of Higher Education

  7. Certificate of Higher Education

  8. Certificate of Continuing Education

  9. Ordinary Degrees

  10. Certificate in Education

  11. Extenuating Circumstances

  12. Examination Board Discretion

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Students undertaking an Integrated Masters award will be regarded as undergraduate until they have completed the undergraduate part of the course. The rules can be found from the link above.

Appendix A.  Variations to the Rules of Assessment, approved by the Undergraduate School Board 

Appendix A - document for printing which contains the variations for the following departments

Area Studies (Latin American Studies and European Studies)
Biological Sciences
Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering
East 15 Acting School
(East 15 - Professional Code of Conduct, and
Professional Code of Conduct Technical Theatre)

Essex Business School
Health and Human Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies (See Area Studies)
Language and Linguistics

International Academy
Mathematical Sciences
Philosophy and Art History
Course/Module Specific Variations

Initial Teacher Education Awards (ITE)

Appendix B - Glossary of Terms

Rules of Assessment for partner Colleges and Institutions:

International Academy Pre-sessional Pathways


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