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Over-length Assessed Work

Penalties for Over-length Assessed Work (2017/18)


TEIs are responsible for setting word count limits for each piece of summative assessment in line with the agreed ranges specified in the Common Awards Learning Hours Policy. Any work submitted by students that exceeds this limit is over-length.

2. The Common Awards Management Board agreed that TEIs should also be reponsible for setting and implementing their own policies on any penalties that might be applied for over-length work. During 2014/15, individual TEI policies were approved by the Management Board.

3. TEIs are responsible for ensuring that their policies on over-length work are communicated clearly to students (e.g. in student handbooks).