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Penalties for Late Submission of Coursework

Penalties for Late Submission of Coursework

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Unexcused late submission of assessed work will be penalised in order to avoid the unfair advantaging and disadvantaging of students.

Penalties for any piece of assessed coursework submitted after the designated deadline are as follows:

A penalty of 10 marks per day up to a maximum of 5 days will be deducted from the mark for the piece of assessed work if it is submitted late. After 5 days a mark of zero will be awarded.

A day constitutes the 24 hour period following the submission deadline.


Assuming the maximum number of marks to be gained is 100 and the submission deadline is 3.00pm.

If the coursework would normally be given a mark of 65% and is submitted after 3.00pm (i.e. 3.01pm onwards) on the submission day but before 3.00pm the following day, a penalty of 10 marks will be applied and a mark of 55% would be awarded.

All days including Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays count. This will be regardless of how much the assessed work counts towards the final mark.

Late penalties are determined by the time on the receipt you receive i.e. it is not the time when you click to upload your work. It follows that you should allow yourself sufficient time to submit your work before the deadline and that you don’t leave it until the last minute.

Please note that this is in accordance with the University’s Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes and it is not at the discretion of the School or the individual lecturer to abate the policy.  

This guidance relates to first attempts only. Students who submit referral assignments after the deadline will be automatically subject to a mark of zero. There is no sliding scale in operation for resits/referrals.