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Rules of assessment (undergraduate)

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results. Boards of Examiners use these rules when making their decisions on:

  • whether you can be awarded credit for the modules you have studied
  • whether you have done enough to move on to the next stage of your course
  • whether you have done enough to pass your course
  • what classification you will receive
  • what reassessment you could be offered
  • whether you must withdraw from your course, with or without and exit award

You can read further guidance on the rules and what they mean to you in practice.

Finding the rules for your course

  1. In the rules shown below, go to the stage of the course you are in. The equivalent to a year of study is known as a ‘stage’
  2. Go to the section relevant to your type of course
  3. Check whether there are any additional requirements for passing your course. These will be set out in Appendix A under the rules of assessment

Partner institutions

If you are studying with a partner institution, there is a specific set of rules to refer to which are under the main set of rules. If there is no information that relates to your course, you follow the standard set of rules for your course and stage of study.

Rules of assessment 2014-15

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.

Stage one or the preliminary stage of a course

The rules of assessment in this section are applicable to students who started in 2014-15. It also applies to students undertaking Diplomas or Certificates. Rules of assessment for partner colleges and institutions where these differ from standard Rules can be found at the bottom of the page.

Rules for specific courses

Appendix A

Appendix A (.pdf) contains variations to the rules of assessment approved by the Undergraduate School Board for the following departments:

  • Area Studies (Latin American Studies and European Studies)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering
  • East 15 Acting School: Professional Code of Conduct (.pdf) and Professional Code of Conduct Technical Theatre (.pdf)
  • Economics
  • Essex Business School
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (see Area Studies)
  • International Academy
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Philosophy and Art History
  • Psychology
  • Course/Module Specific Variations

Appendix B

Partner colleges and institutions

Stage two of a 2, 3 or 4-year course with year abroad or placement year

The rules of assessment in this section are applicable to students who started in 2013-14. It also applies to students undertaking Diplomas or Certificates. Rules of assessment for partner colleges and institutions where these differ from standard Rules can be found at the bottom of the page.

Rules for specific courses

Appendix A

Appendix A (.pdf) contains variations to the rules of assessment approved by the Undergraduate School Board for the following departments:

  • Area Studies (Latin American Studies and European Studies)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering
  • East 15 Acting School: Professional Code of Conduct (.pdf) and Professional Code of Conduct Technical Theatre (.pdf)
  • Economics
  • Essex Business School
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (see Area Studies)
  • International Academy
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Philosophy and Art History
  • Psychology
  • Course/Module Specific Variations

Appendix B

Partner colleges and institutions


Year abroad, placement stage or stage three of 4-year course

The rules of assessment in this section are applicable to students who started in 2012-13. It also applies to students undertaking Diplomas or Certificates. Rules of assessment for partner colleges and institutions where these differ from standard Rules can be found at the bottom of the page.

Appendix A

Appendix A (.pdf) contains variations to the rules of assessment approved by the Undergraduate School Board for the following departments:

  • Area Studies (Latin American Studies and European Studies)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering
  • East 15 Acting School: Professional Code of Conduct (.pdf) and Professional Code of Conduct Technical Theatre (.pdf)
  • Economics
  • Essex Business School
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (see Area Studies)
  • International Academy
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Philosophy and Art History
  • Psychology
  • Course/Module Specific Variations

Appendix B






Previous rules of assessment

These rules should be consulted by students who graduated or left the University in previous academic years: