School of English

Module Assessments

Details of assessment requirements

Details of assessment requirements for each of your modules will be posted on Sussex Direct, and your module tutor will discuss these fully with you. Submission deadlines are also posted on Sussex Direct. Please be aware that:

In normal circumstances, no extensions for deadlines are given. Students should aim to submit assessed work on, or before, deadline. Please therefore do not ask your tutor for an extension to an assessment deadlines as they are unable to give them. 

Allow plenty of time for submission, including electronic submission. Remember, things go wrong at the last minute: printers break, buses are late, files get corrupted, human errors occur: all of which could cause you to incur a late penalty. Aim to submit electronic submissions at least 30 minutes before deadline to allow yourself plenty of time and avoid a last-minute crisis.

Penalties for Late Work

Work submitted up to 24 hours late receives a penalty of 5 percentage points. Note that this will be applied even if work is submitted 1 minute late (e.g. in the case of electronic submissions).

Work submitted up to 7 days late receives a penalty of 10 percentage points. Note: this is effectively a drop of a class: that is, work otherwise marked at 70 (first class) would receive a mark of 60 (2:1); work marked at 66 would be penalised to 56 (i.e. marked down from 2:1 class to 2:2).

It is not possible to submit work more than 7 days after deadline. If no work is received at this point, the assessment is marked as a non-submission. Depending on the weighting of the assessment within a module, this may result in a fail mark for the module and a student would face a re-sit assessment in September, with the mark capped at 40% (a bare pass).

Submissions and Exceptional Circumstances 

Students with long-term medical conditions (including mental health conditions), or with a disability, including dyslexia or dyspraxia,  should register with the Student Life Centre at the beginning of term, or as soon as possible, for support with their study, including assessment support. The Student Life Centre will evaluate whether the student needs special assessment conditions — for example, extra time or a sheltered room for exams.

We recognise that unexpected, temporary, and sudden events may affect your ability to submit an assessment on time, or at all. Such events might include illness or bereavement. In such instances you may submit a claim for ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ (formerly called ‘Mitigating Evidence Claim’ or MEC: you may find tutors still using this old terminology). See links on your Study Direct pages, or seek help from the Student Life Centre to do this.

You may make one of three kinds of claims:

you may claim for late submission,

or for non-submission,

or for impairment (i.e. work submitted on time but under significantly impaired circumstances).

No claim can be accepted without supporting evidence e.g. medical note or letter. If a claim for late submission is accepted, the late penalty will be removed at the end of the year. If a claim for non-submission is accepted, you may be required to submit work at a later date. If a claim for impairment is accepted, the exam board will take this into account when looking at your overall marks at the end of the year.

Please note however that if a claim for Exceptional Circumstances is turned down, late penalties and other marks (including zero for non-submission) will stand. Please note that claims for ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ relating to technical problems (e.g. loss of work, computer failure, problems with electronic submission etc.) will not be accepted as the University expects you to take responsibility for these.

Please note also that students with long-term medical conditions should not submit a claim for Exceptional Circumstances in relation to those long-term conditions; rather they should seek support from the Student Life Centre in advance of assessment submission.