We assess you as you go along. Your final grade after each semester is likely to be made up of several pieces of assessed work. These will vary from subject to subject, and from one course module to the next, but could include essays, short tests, lab reports, projects, presentations — either individual or in groups, and examinations.
In most cases, examination accounts for no more than 50% of the overall grade for each module.
Dissertations or research projects undertaken in your final year are assessed entirely by coursework.
We prefer this approach as it's fair and precise, it means you get constant feedback and it minimises the stress of intense final exams.
There are some exceptions. For example, if you're studying Social Work, Nursing and Midwifery, LLB Law, or some of the Biological and Environmental Science programmes, you'll take three prescribed modules within your programme.