Linguistics and English Language

LEL1A: assessment information

Details of assessment for LEL1A

Assessment for Linguistics and English Language 1A

There are two items of assessment.

  • An essay (worth 40%) written from a choice of questions. The essay is limited to a maximum of 1500 words (excluding titles and references). This is due on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at NOON. 
  • An exam (worth 60%) taken during the December exam diet at the end of semester 1. This covers the entire course and consists partly of multiple choice questions and partly of data problems.

The final mark for LEL1A is calculated on the basis of these two items of assessment, totalling 100%. To pass the course, a final overall mark of 40% (Grade D) or above is needed. Your final mark will be ratified by the Exam Board in January 2020 before being published on your Euclid account by Registry.

If your final mark for the course is below 40%, you will be required to take the resit exam in August, covering the material from the entire course.

Coursework requirements for LEL1A

During Semester 1, you will be asked to submit one piece of written work.

For the submission of an electronic copy, you need to log onto Learn and submit this through the link on the Learn page for the course. Full instructions on how to do this are on Learn. The electronic copy must be submitted on or before the deadline.

If you are submitting an assignment late, as per the Taught Assessment Regulations, a late penalty will be applied for each day your work is overdue, for a period of up to 7 consecutive days. If your work is not submitted until after that date, your work may be assessed but you will not be given a mark for this.

Your teachers and tutors will be happy to advise on all matters relating to your written work. You are strongly urged to take every opportunity to ensure that your work is of appropriate content and quality.

In keeping with guidance from School and College, and University regulations, the department is always ready to co-operate with arrangements made to permit disabled students to sit examinations and to submit assessed coursework, wherever this counts towards final assessment. The department will also co-operate with guidance and regulations pertaining to the assessment of work submitted by disabled students.


There is an exam for LEL1A at the end of Semester 1 (usually in December).

This exam will consist partly of multiple-choice questions that are answered on a machine-readable answer sheet. (Other questions must be answered in separate script booklets.) Copies of past multiple choice questions are not published.

Resit exams

For those who have failed LEL1A (i.e. have achieved an average mark of less than 40% over the whole relevant assessment), a resit examination is held in August. The resit exam is three hours long and will cover the content of the whole course. Details of the structure of the resit exam will be made available in due course. It is the student's responsibility to check the resit timetable on the Registry's website find the time and location of the resit exam and ensure they are present for that resit. No formal registration is necessary and students will not be individually notified of the resit date and location of resit exams. If you take the resit exam, your final mark will be calculated using the mark from the resit exam only.



In Linguistics and English Language, we recognise the importance to students of feedback on their work in reasonable time. For coursework, we aim to provide results and feedback within four working weeks of the submission date. If there is a problem with this turnaround time, we will let you know as soon as possible and give you the reasons for any delay.

In general, written feedback will be given for coursework assignments on the cover sheet as well as on the text of the piece of work by the marker. If you have any questions about the marked coursework or the written feedback provided, you can ask your tutor for a brief meeting. Your tutor may also decide to go over a few things in tutorials if there were common problems.

Visiting Undergraduates

The assessment arrangements for visiting undergraduates are the same as for all other students.

Common marking scheme

Information about the common marking scheme