Linguistics and English Language

Common Marking Scheme

Common marking scheme

The University of Edinburgh uses a Common Marking Scheme for undergraduate assessment. You can find more information about this on the Student Administration website and in the Taught Assessment Regulations (see regulation 35). The scheme is also set out below.

Extended Common Marking Scheme

Assessment regulations

A1 90-100

Excellent

Outstanding in every respect, the work is well beyond the level expected of a competent student at their level of study.

A2 80-89

Excellent

Outstanding in some respects, the work is often beyond what is expected of a competent student at their level of study.

A3 70-79

Excellent

Very good or excellent in most respects, the work is what might be expected of a very competent student.

B 60-69

Very Good

Good or very good in most respects, the work displays thorough mastery of the relevant learning outcomes.

C 50-59

Good

The work clearly meets requirements for demonstrating the relevant learning outcomes.

D 40-49

Pass

The work meets minimum requirements for demonstrating the relevant learning outcomes.

E 30-39

Marginal fail

The work fails to meet minimum requirements for demonstrating the relevant learning outcomes.

F 20-29

Clear fail

The work is very weak or shows a decided lack of effort.

G 10-19

Bad fail

The work is extremely weak.

H 0-9

Bad fail

The work is of very little consequence, if any, to the area in question.

The marking scheme used for all course work and for degree and resit examinations is the University Common Marking Scheme. The principal grades and descriptors, as approved by the School of PPLS, of the University's Extended Common Marking Scheme, are as follows:

A1 90-100 Excellent

Outstanding in every respect, the work is well beyond the level expected of a competent student at their level of study. It...
  • shows creative, subtle, and/or original independent thinking
  • demonstrates breadth of knowledge and deep understanding of the subject matter
  • draws on a wide, relevant literature base
  • demonstrates an excellent standard of synthesis and evaluation and a critical and insightful analysis of the literature
  • is well focused, with concentration on the main issues to be addressed
  • presents a compelling case by means of clear logically structured argument or debate, well supported with evidence
  • is written with flair
  • has, where appropriate, complete and correct referencing
  • is flawless in grammar and spelling

A2 80-89 Excellent

Outstanding in some respects, the work is often beyond what is expected of a competent student at their level of study. It...
  • shows original, sophisticated independent thinking
  • demonstrates a thorough understanding of the subject matter
  • draws on a wide, relevant literature base
  • demonstrates critical and insightful analysis of the literature
  •  is well focused, with concentration on the main issues to be addressed
  • presents a strong case by means of clear, logically structured argument or debate, supported with evidence
  • shows a good standard of academic writing
  • has, where appropriate, complete and correct referencing
  • shows a high standard of grammar and spelling

A3 70-79 Excellent

Very good or excellent in most respects, the work is what might be expected of a very competent student. It...

  • explores the topic under discussion fully
  • shows some complex and/or sensitive independent thinking. Complexity and/or sensitivity is reflected in the argument
  • demonstrates a sound understanding of the subject matter
  • draws in a wide relevant literature base
  • demonstrates critical analysis of the literature
  • is well focused, with concentration on the main issues to be addressed
  • presents a good case by means of clear logically structured argument or debate, supported by evidence
  • shows a competent standard of fluent academic writing
  • has, where appropriate, complete and correct referencing
  • shows a good standard of grammar and spelling

B 60-69 Very good

Good or very good in most respects, the work displays thorough mastery of the relevant learning outcomes. It...

  • demonstrates a good understanding of the area in question
  • draws on adequate references
  • demonstrates good synthesis, analysis, reflection and evaluation of the literature
  • concentrates on the main issues to be addressed

  • presents an adequate case by means of clear, well structured, logical argument supported with evidence.

  • has, where appropriate, complete and correct referencing of sources

  • shows a good standard of grammar and spelling

C 50-59 Good

The work clearly meets requirements for demonstrating the relevant learning outcomes. It...

  • shows evidence of sufficient knowledge and understanding of the material
  • uses references appropriately to support the argument, though they may be limited in number or reflect restricted reading.
  • demonstrates limited critical analysis and evaluation of sources of evidence.
  • addresses the area in question clearly and coherently
  • has satisfactory structure, presentation, and expression
  • has, where appropriate, complete referencing of sources, though there may be minor flaws in referencing technique

D 40-49 Pass

The work meets minimum requirements for demonstrating the relevant learning outcomes. It...

  • demonstrates a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding but at a basic level, and there may be minor inaccuracies
  • lacks detail, elaboration or explanation of concepts and ideas.
  • displays limited synthesis and analysis of the literature
  • presents a highly descriptive account of the topic with no real critical analysis
  • presents a weak argument which is not logically structured or which lacks clarity or is based on unsubstantiated statements
  • has, where appropriate, complete referencing of sources, though there may be flaws in referencing technique.
  • has largely satisfactory expression, though there may be minor spelling or grammatical errors

E 30-39 Marginal fail

The work fails to meet minimum requirements for demonstrating the relevant learning outcomes. It...

  • does not demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding
  • utilises only limited reference sources and offers poor analysis of them
  • may not adequately address the area in question, because its content is too limited or because there are some inaccuracies
  • presents a poorly structured, poorly developed, or incoherent argument, or no argument at all
  • has an awkward writing style or poor expression of concepts
  • has incomplete or inadequately presented references
  • shows a lack of attention to spelling and grammar

F 20-29 Clear fail

The work is very weak or shows a decided lack of effort. It...

  • displays very poor or confused knowledge and understanding
  • does not address the area in question.

  • presents no argument or one based on irrelevant and erroneous content

  • displays an unacceptable academic writing style and /or presentation

  • has incomplete or inadequately presented references, if any

G 10-19 Bad fail

The work is extremely weak. It...

  • displays no knowledge or understanding of the area in question
  • presents incomplete, muddled, and/or irrelevant material
  • provides no coherent discussion of the area in question
  • has incomplete or inadequately presented references, if any

H 0-9 Bad fail

The work is of very little consequence, if any, to the area in question. It...

  • is incomplete in every respect