Marking Procedures and Feedback

• We provide marking and feedback on all the work that you submit, including for presentations and dissertations. This section explains how we go about marking your work and how we provide feedback on it. See the College of Humanities Taught Student Handbook for further details on the overall marking procedures that we use and the ways in which your marks feed into the overall assessment of your degree.

• Module descriptions and guides will provide details on how your coursework fits into the assessment of any particular module you are taking. If you are still unsure how any module you are taking is assessed, then check with the module tutor. Some work is purely ‘formative’ (i.e. it is designed simply to help you learn) and does not count for assessment, but most coursework in History is also ‘summative’ (i.e. it also contributes a proportion of the overall mark you receive for a module). History modules are based either entirely on coursework, as at postgraduate level, or on a combination of coursework and exams. In Level 3 Special Subjects the better of two coursework essays goes forward for the final assessment; where marks for both essays are the same, the second essay will go forward for final assessment, to better reflect student subject knowledge and attainment through the module. Taught postgraduate history level modules are assessed entirely on coursework and both coursework essays go forward for the final assessment.

• Most written work and some presentations are tutor assessed, with comments and marks given by the tutor. However, some work for Level 1 Sources & Skills modules will also be self-assessed. 

• Coursework for level 1 modules is not moderated or second marked as it does not normally contribute to the final degree result. Work for levels  2, 3 and 4 (that is postgraduate taught level) is moderated or second marked because it does contribute to the overall degree result.

• Finally, we encourage you to ask advice from module tutors BEFORE  completing a piece of work; it is often helpful to discuss an essay plan, for example, with a module tutor before writing it up.  However, if you are to get the most out of asking your tutor for advice, then you need to have done some reading before you approach them.  Don’t leave approaching them to the day before the essay is due either, as you won’t have time to act on their advice.