Exams and assessments
Coronavirus has affected virtually everyone in the UK in one way or another. Students will naturally have anxieties about loved ones, their own health, and final-year students may be worried about the economy as they seek employment after graduation. The most immediate way in which we can help mitigate the effects on you is by putting in place plans that assure the continued quality and relevance of your degree, whilst simultaneously trying to make sure that your marks don't suffer.
In addition, the University can help to some extent with managing your worries about these matters by providing mental health support and support through the Careers Service.
Our aspiration has been to ensure that no student will do any worse than the position they were in as of Monday 16 March. As the University Teaching, Learning & Quality Committee has looked at how the Safety Net might work, and importantly at every set of different programme requirements across the University, it has become clear that using a cut-off date was not the fairest approach, would be unlikely to uphold academic standards and would not satisfy all our professional and regulatory bodies.
We have developed a comprehensive Safety Net, incorporating many different protective measures to ensure, where possible, that students are not unfairly impacted by the changes to their learning or assessment, and responds to the different academic programme requirements. We are confident that we have made our aspiration a reality for the majority of our students. However, as with any crisis, some people will be affected more than others by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with our very best efforts there are limits to how much we can practically do without compromising the integrity and value of the qualifications we award.
Below, we outline how we are helping students academically through the Plymouth Safety Net.
We have reduced the assessment burden where possible and put in place alternative teaching, learning and assessments that are inclusive and reflect the change to online delivery of teaching and learning. As such, we are confident that, providing the remaining modules are passed, final year students will have opportunities to meet the programme learning outcomes, and would be able to receive their award.
Alternative teaching, learning and assessments
All students have been granted automatic extensions, without the need for evidence. We have removed the requirement to submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim, either self-certified or corroborated, for any assessment that was due to be submitted on or after Monday 16 March 2020. This means all students will automatically be granted Extenuating Circumstances and assessments will not be subject to any penalty.
In light of the current situation, however, students that are unable to submit their assessments by published deadlines will be permitted to submit up to ten working days late without penalty.
If you are unable to submit assessments within those additional ten working days, this will be recorded as a non-submission and you will be offered re-assessment without penalty (i.e. at the same attempt).
For guidance on extensions for referred assessments due in the summer referral period, please refer to the FAQ below.
Changes to exams
There will be no face-to-face, invigilated examinations until the start of the next academic year, at which point the University will review the situation. Alternative assessment arrangements have been put in place.
Please note, where formal, invigilated examinations are replaced by alternative time-limited assessments, there will be no opportunity to submit these assessments late. However, in the event you are unable to submit by the published deadline, you will be offered a re-assessment opportunity without penalty in the same way as you would under the standard Extenuating Circumstances regulations for a non-attendance at a formal examination.
Updated: 28 May 2020