Exams and Assessments

Release of Examination Results

All results will be communicated to you via EUCLID student view.

For information on Examinations, including Diets & Timetables, Deadlines, FAQ’s and more, please see the Examinations web-page here.

What to do if you have a query about your results

When your results are released, if you have a query or concern about your result, we suggest you take some time to consider your result, and that you wait until all of your results for the semester are available before taking action. If you have questions or concerns about your progress, we recommend you take the following steps:

  • Speak to your Personal Tutor: If you have questions or concerns about your progress, we recommend you speak to your Personal Tutor in the first instance. If you are unsure as to who your Personal Tutor is you can find this on your EUCLID page.
  • Attend a Script Viewing Session: If you have questions about the marks you achieved, the first important step is to attend a script viewing session to look at the marks and feedback you have been given. We are currently finalising the dates for script viewing sessions for semester 2 scripts and will confirm these as soon as possible.
  • Request feedback from your Course Organiser if you have failed the course: If you have failed the course, you are entitled to meet with the Course Organiser to discuss ways to improve your performance. We recommend that you attend a script viewing session and review the general feedback about the examination first, as reviewing your script may give you some ideas as to how to improve. You can request a meeting with your Course Organiser by completing the Examination Feedback Meeting Request Form which can be found in the Law UG Community site on Learn.
  • If you have passed the course: If you have passed the course and would like information about your performance, you must attend a script viewing and review the general feedback provided about the examination in the first instance. If you wish to discuss your performance further, you may request a meeting with your Course Organiser by completing the Examination Feedback Meeting Request Form which can be found in the Law UG Community site on Learn. Please note that if you have passed the course, you will need to clarify in the form the reasons for requesting further feedback in order to better inform your discussion with the Course Organiser.

Outcome of Special Circumstances Claims

If you submitted Special Circumstances for a course in the semester 1 diet, you will be contacted following the release of the course results to explain the outcome of your special circumstances claim.

Assessment Regulations

We recommend that you take some time to familiarise yourself with the University’s Regulations governing undergraduate degree programmes. View the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study for 2017-18

Appeals

The University has in place a process for Academic Appeal, following the release of results. An Appeal is a request for a decision made by a Board of Examiners relating to marks, progression, degree classification and/or degree award to be reconsidered.

It is important to note that the appeal process cannot be used to challenge academic judgment. That is, you cannot submit an appeal simply because you believe that you deserve a better mark. There are specific grounds under which an Academic Appeal may be submitted. These are set out in the Academic Appeal Regulations.

View the Academic Appeal Regulations

If you are considering submitting an appeal, it is important that you act promptly. The School strongly recommends that you should study the guidance on the Appeals webpages, then contact the EUSA Advice Place, where trained advisers can offer guidance and support about the appeal process and your case.

Visit the EUSA Advice Place Appeals Website

Please note that it is not possible to get a paper re-marked if you disagree with the mark that has been awarded. The School operates strict internal marking procedures and results are reviewed by the External Examiner before ratification at the Board of Examiners. As per the appeal guidelines, you cannot submit an appeal simply because you believe that you deserve a better mark.

Deadlines

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the assessment methods and published assessment deadlines for your courses, including examination times and locations. Assessment deadlines are published in course handbooks and information about submission methods for coursework are published on the course Learn site. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the requirements for each course early in the semester, and if you have any questions please ask the Course Organiser or Course Secretary (contact details available on Learn) at the earliest opportunity.

The Examination Timetable is published via the Exams Office Website, and it is essential that you check the timetable for the location and timing of examinations. The publication dates for the timetables are still to be confirmed. Visit the Exams Website.

If you find a clash in your Examination Timetable, you must contact the Examinations Office via the Undergraduate Office (law.ugo@ed.ac.uk) as soon as possible so that we can investigate alternative arrangements.

Availability during semester time

As examinations may be scheduled at any time during the semester, it is your responsibility to be available throughout the semester, including the whole of the revision period, examination diet and the resit diet. Examinations will not be scheduled during winter or spring vacations.

Find the date, time and location of published exams

Late Submission

In most undergraduate courses, if assessed coursework is submitted late without an agreed extension to the deadline, it will be recorded as late and a penalty will be exacted. The penalty for work submitted late will be five marks per calendar day, up to a maximum of seven calendar days after which a mark of zero will be given. Further information about the penalties for late submission is included in each Course Guide.

There are some courses for which late submission is not permitted because the assessment is of a nature that makes it impractical or unfair to others to accept late submission. This is indicated in the course guide for the relevant courses.

Extensions and Special Circumstances

The University’s Regulations relating to Extensions and Special Circumstances can be found here: View the Taught Assessment Regulations

Extensions

The School may only grant extensions of up to seven calendar days (in line with Regulation 28 of the Taught Assessment Regulations). Where you are aware in advance of special circumstances which will prevent you from submitting assessed work by the specified deadline, you may request in writing an extension of the due date of up to seven calendar days.

You can request an extension by completing the Extension Request Form which can be found in the Law UG Communities Learn site, accessible via MyEd. Where an extension is granted, assessed work submitted within the extended period will not be subject to penalty points.

If you require an extension of more than seven calendar days, you must contact your Personal Tutor as this will be dealt with under the Special Circumstances Procedure. If you wish to submit after seven calendar days past the deadline, you must submit your work via email to the Undergraduate Office (observing the Law School conventions for retaining anonymity of work). You must also submit a Special Circumstances Form which will be considered by the Special Circumstances Committee at its next meeting. Once the Special Circumstances Committee has met, we will inform you as to whether your work has been accepted.

Special Circumstances

If your performance has been affected by illness, accident or circumstances beyond your control, you may wish to consider making the Board of Examiners aware of this via the Special Circumstances procedure. It is your responsibility to submit an account of your special circumstances, along with supporting evidence, to the Special Circumstances Committee for the relevant Board of Examiners (including Progression Boards). The Board of Examiners will consider your case and will take a decisions as to what action (if any) should be taken.

The Special Circumstances Policy sets out the parameters in which special circumstances will be considered and provides examples of acceptable circumstances, as well as those circumstances that will not be accepted as special circumstances.

View the Special Circumstances Policy

Download the Special Circumstances form (opens as a Word document)

The powers of the Special Circumstances Committee and Board of Examiners are limited. The Board may:

  • Take no action
  • Take no action at course level, but flag the circumstances for consideration in relation to progression or an award decision
  • Disregard penalties for the late submission of coursework
  • Disregard missing or unreliable component(s) of work and derive the overall mark from completed work if to the student’s benefit
  • Allow further reassessment in line with the Taught Assessment Regulations
  • Record the course as a ‘null sit’, with the option of requiring the student to be examined at the next available diet
  • In exceptional cases, permit the student to take specially prepared alternative assessments
  • If the course is borderline (within 2 percentage points of the pass mark), award a pass

Number of Permitted Attempts

Ordinary level students are generally permitted a maximum of four attempts at the assessment for a course (not including expunged sits as a result of special circumstances). This normally means an initial attempt and three resits. An absence from an examination without satisfactory explanation will be counted as an attempt.

Students studying in the UK with a Tier 4 visa may only be allowed to undertake three sits at the assessment for a course depending on the conditions of their visa. If you have failed a course three times and are studying with a Tier 4 visa you are advised to consult the International Office for advice about your options.

If you have failed an ordinary level course which is compulsory for the degree the maximum number of permitted times, you will be referred to the School Progression Committee and will normally be asked to leave the University. If the course is not a compulsory course you may be able to substitute another course, depending on the circumstances.

At Honours Level, no reassessment is permitted for failed courses. It is therefore important that you complete all of the elements of assessment for the Honours course, as further resits will not be permitted except in exceptional special circumstances.

In line with Taught Assessment Regulation 52, the Board of Examiners may award Credit on Aggregate for a failed course if a student has passed at least 80 credits in the year of honours study, and has an overall average of 40% or more for the 120 credits of study taken in the relevant honours year, and has satisfied any other specific requirements for the degree programme (e.g. completion of compulsory courses).