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School of Health, Sport and Bioscience's Guide to Assessment

Overview: An important function of our university is to assess students’ performance.  To this end, each module is assessed in order for you to gain credits. 

  • Assessments vary for each module and can take the form of essays, portfolios, practicals, reports or case studies, oral or written examination, group or individual assignments. 
  • Assessments may be scheduled for submission on specified dates throughout the academic year or in the examination period, once the subject has been fully taught. 

Assessment Preparation

  • Know the assessment(s) for each module you are doing
  • Use the learning outcomes and assessment criteria to guide your work
  • Know the deadline for submission
  • Prepare in time

Presentation and submission of your work

All written assessed work must be submitted in typed form in the following format unless specifically directed otherwise by your module tutor.

    • Minimum font size – 12pt
    • Minimum line spacing - 1½
    • Pages clearly numbered
    • Student number given in the headers or footers
    • Word count included
    • Printed on one side of page only
    • Pages collated and attached together (please do not put individual pages into plastic envelopes as it makes the script difficult to mark).
  • You must retain a copy of the completed work you submit for assessment.
  • Module leaders will specify which pieces of work will be required to be submitted to Turnitin, the plagiarism and collusion detection software, before submitting a hard paper copy to the Help Desk.
  • Submission of assignments takes place at the Help Desk in University House UH104 at any time before the specified deadline given by your module leader.
  • Each piece of coursework must be submitted with a multi-paged front cover sheet.
  • You must present your student ID card when submitting your work. 
  • You are able to access your receipt via UEL Direct. 

Word Count

If the assignment has a word count, the following rules apply:

All words within the text are to be included in the word count. Any work which does not keep within 10% of the set word count will receive a penalty, which will be a deduction of 10% of the marks originally awarded, except in cases where this would take you below the threshold mark for the component. The word count does not include the list of references at the end of the work.


Turnitin is an online service that enables you and staff to carry out electronic comparison of your work against electronic sources including other students' work.  The service is based in the UK and accessed via standard web browsers. Turnitin is a valuable support tool for UEL, staff and students in their efforts to prevent and detect plagiarism and collusion.

You will be informed by the module leader which work is to be submitted to Turnitin.  The module leader will have set up a link which will allow you to submit your work to Turnitin via the module UEL Plus.  They will also provide a link for a tutorial which will provide instructions about Turnitin.  If you fail to submit your work through Turnitin when required it will not be marked.

If groups fail to submit their work through Turnitin when required all group members work will be classed as having not been submitted and will not be marked.

For assessments, check that you have:

  • Only used your student number on your work (NOT your name)
  • Submitted everything that is asked for
  • Fully completed the front cover sheet (including the name of your Personal Tutor and ticking the plagiarism box).

Meeting Assessment Deadlines

  • All examinations must be taken on the dates specified in the assessment.
  • All module assignments must be submitted by the deadlines specified in the module guides or on UEL Plus.  
  • Work must be in before the deadline.
  • If it is handed in any later, it will not be marked, irrespective of why it is late.  The only exception to this is if you have Extenuating Circumstances and then you have a maximum of ONE week to hand in your work.  Extenuating Circumstances must be circumstances which are unforeseeable, unpreventable and have a serious impact on performance.  If this is the case you must complete an extenuating circumstances form.  The Student Union is the only place where you may speak to someone for advice regarding Extenuating Circumstances.   Academic staff are not allowed to give any guidance in this matter.

Not submitting an assignment/attending an exam

  • If you fail to submit and / or attend and exam, you will be given an opportunity to submit an alternative assessment during the resit period but your OVERALL module mark will be capped.
  • If you fail to submit and/or attend due to serious, unforeseen circumstances then you should go through the extenuating circumstances procedure.
  • If there are no specific circumstances, or your extenuation is not found to be acceptable by the panel, then you will be deemed to have failed that component of the assessment.


Irrespective of whether extenuation is granted or not it does over ride the Universities Opportunity System. Opportunities must be taken as they fall, extenuation does not defer the opportunity.


  • For most forms of assessment, your work will be marked by a member of academic staff. 
  • An assessment criteria form is used to guide assessment of your work and provide some feedback of your achievement.
  • An assessment grid is used by markers to identify particular qualities that are being assessed in the assignment. The rows of the grid indicate the qualities being assessed and the columns of the grid reflect grade bands.


  • Written or verbal feedback is given on most assessed work (excluding some examinations).  The tutor who marks your assignment will provide the feedback.
  • It is our aim to let you have this feedback as quickly as possible, normally within 4 (four) working weeks of submission for coursework and 5 (five) weeks for examinations.
  • Coursework assessments will be distributed to Personal Tutors who you can collect the work from.
  • The relevant Personal Tutor or Module Leader will keep your work for a period of 8 (eight) weeks only following completion of the module.  If the work is not collected it will be destroyed.


  • Assessment results will be notified to you via UEL Direct.
  • Remember that UEL will not release results to you if you have not fully paid your fees, accommodation, fines etc.

Assessment Boards

Assessment Boards control, consider and adjudicate upon all assessments taken by students.  The Board is constituted of the Chair (the Head of School or their representative), all those substantially involved as teachers and/or examiners, and the external examiners.

Assessments Board happen at the end of each assessment period usually end of January/beginning of February for Semester A, middle of June for Semester B and early September for the reassessment period.

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