University of chester late submission

University of chester late submission

What happens if I hand my work in late?

Work submitted late is penalised, the penalty is 10 marks for every 24 hour period (or part thereof).

What happens if I exceed the word count?

A 10% excess without penalty is allowed and then a penalty of 5 marks per 1000 words excess is applied. Word count does not include student’s name, title of module and assignment, appendices, bibliography, graphs, tables, diagrams, captions or references to sources.

How do I progress from one year of my programme to the next?

In order to progress you must have passed 120 credits in the previous year. There are some exceptions which are covered in the section on compensation.

How do I pass a module?

You must achieve both:

  • an overall module mark of 40% or greater
  • at least 20% in all components

Where (a) is achieved but not (b) a mark of 39% will be recorded. Reassessment is only required in components awarded less than 40% in failed modules.

University of chester late submission

What is a component mark?

A component mark is normally the mark you are awarded for a piece of work. For example if the assessment for a module is 50% coursework and 50% exam, that is two components. The Module Descriptor will state how many assessment components a module has.

What happens if I fail a module at the first attempt?

You could qualify for compensation; see section below. If you do not qualify for compensation you will need to resit the module. When you resit the module you will have to complete the reassessments of all the failed components for that module.

University of chester late submission

What is compensation?

Compensation is applied where a student’s overall performance is used to compensate for failure in a module with a mark between 30-39%. Some subject areas do not allow compensation for professional reasons eg Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work. Undergraduate students may be compensated in: 40 credits at Level 4, 20 credits at Levels 5 & 6, certain criteria apply:

  • the module mark may not fall below 30%
  • component marks must not fall below 20%
  • the student’s overall average for completed modules at the level must be at least 40%

Marks for compensated modules stand and are included in classification calculations and on the student’s final transcript. Compensation is not applied where the student has failed more credits than may be compensated at the level, or where there are fewer than 120 taken credits at the level. For a more comprehensive explanation with examples; visit Undergraduate Assessment FAQ


The student will only be compensated in modules totalling no more than 20 credits if they have successfully completed all other modules at that level and have an overall average for the level of at least 40%.