Lifelong Learning (formerly Short Courses)

Submissions & Assessments

Information about assessments and how to submit your coursework.

Courses have two different types of assessments depending on the subject. Art, Design, Creative Writing and some Film, Media and Contemporary Cultures courses require a portfolio of coursework, while most other subjects require an essay to be submitted at the end of the course. You should check the Learn page for your course to see exactly what type of assessment is required.

Art and Design Assessments

  • Students are expected to submit a portfolio of their work from their studies, as well as an online Learning Journal.
  • Art and Design assessments are held at the end of each term. All requirements and details of assessments will be published to the Learn page for each course.
  • Please login to Learn for further information.

Short Course Assessments

  • Students on are expected to submit a piece of work for assessment at the end of each term. Depending on the subject area, the assessment may take a form of an essay or a portfolio of work.
  • All requirements and details of assessments will be published to the Learn page for each course. Please login to Learn for further information.

Opting Out of Assessment

  • Even if you are enrolled on a credit-bearing course, you do not have to submit work for assessment at the end of term.
  • If you do not intend to submit work for assessment, please email creditqa@ed.ac.uk or complete the Opt Out Form below and we will amend our records accordingly. 
  • If enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education programme, please contact your Personal Tutor to discuss opting out of assessments.

Complete the Opt Out Form here

Extension Request (Short Courses)

  • If you are unable to submit your work on the due date, you can request an extension.
  • Extension requests must be submitted in advance of the submission deadline.
  • You can request an extension for all short courses except Art and Design courses.
  • For more information and how to request an extension, please visit the Extension and Special Circumstances website. 

Academic misconduct and plagiarism

The University of Edinburgh offers guidance for undergraduates on avoiding different kinds of academic misconduct and plagiarism. This includes the steps that the University will take if a student is suspected of plagiarism.