Course & Assessment Regulations

This section provides a brief guide to University of the Arts London’s Academic Regulations.

It is not a substitute for the full information provided in your Course Handbook and the regulations governing your particular course of study on the Course Regulations pages.

The Course Regulations

The Course Regulations include information about the assessment of all Higher Education students at the University.  They include:

  • The marking criteria used to assess your work
  • The marking scale used to grade your work
  • Information on making a claim for extenuating circumstances (when something unforeseen prevents you from completing your assignment or negatively affects the quality of your work)
  • What happens if you miss a deadline or fail a piece of work
  • The adjustments that can be made to assessments for students with disabilities
  • How you can apply to take time out from your studies
  • How the standards of UAL awards are verified through internal and external moderation
  • Information about academic misconduct and plagiarism
  • The role of the Exam Board in considering your work
  • How to request a review of an Exam Board decision

You can find everything you need to know about the regulations on your course on the Assessment page.

University of the Arts London Assessment Policy

The University of the Arts London Assessment Policy covers all aspects of the assessment of Higher Education courses in the University. It includes 3 parts:

  • Assessment Policy - A statement of the principles governing assessment for all Higher Education courses within the University of the Arts London and a summary of the main aspects to consider when putting together an assessment strategy as part of a course development.
  • Course Regulations - Standardised Course Regulations are available to all staff and students on the University website. The Course Regulations highlight where there are associated procedures and guidance notes under each section.
  • Guidance Notes - The Guidance Notes cover the key principles behind each section of the course regulations as well as providing more detailed reading to aid decision-making.

Key principles governing the assessment of students

  1. Assessment is an integral part of the learning process.
  2. Assessment is a matter of academic judgement not solely of computation.
  3. Assessment schemes must be explicit, transparent, fit for purpose and ensure fairness of treatment for all students.
  4. All assessment schemes must be approved by Academic Standards and Development Committee as part of course validation and their operation monitored and regularly reviewed.
  5. In assessment, academic judgments will be made with reference to the Marking Criteria specified for a unit or unit element. 
  6. The UAL Marking Criteria have been developed to help tutors give students clear and helpful feedback on their work.
  7. Students must be provided with full and accurate information on all aspects of their assessment.
  8. Staff will be supported in the implementation of the assessment policy through the provision of information, staff development, and the sharing of good practice.

Mandatory requirements for higher education

  1. The assessment strategy for a course must be devised in the context of good practice in learning and teaching as part of course development.
  2. Assessment strategy and submission requirements will be considered as part of course approval in validation and review.
  3. The methods and content of assessment for a course must cover all the learning outcomes for that course and this must be made clear in the course handbook at validation.
  4. All assignments and project briefs leading to a submission for assessments contributing to a final award or to the allocation of credit (i.e. summative assessments) must be given to students in written form.
  5. Assessment briefs should include the Marking Criteria relevant to the assessment.
  6. Project briefs and assignments for submissions for summative assessment must be approved by the Exam Board or by a Sub-Board which has been agreed and established by the full Exam Board for this purpose.
  7. External Examiners must be involved in the approval of final examination papers and project briefs.
  8. Written feedback on summative assessment must be provided to students and should indicate the level of achievement against each of the relevant Marking Criteria.
  9. A system of internal moderation which promotes fairness of treatment and parity in marking and meets the particular needs of the course must be in operation in each course.
  10. All course regulations shall conform to the University regulations for the level and type of taught course.