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 complete the Opt Out Form below, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will amend our records accordingly. You can also complete this form in-person at our Reception.
- If enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education programme, please contact your Personal Tutor to discuss opting out of assessments.
Late Submissions (Short Courses)
- If you are unable to submit your work on the due date, you can request a Late Submission.
- Please note that Late Submissions are normally only approved in exceptional circumstances that you could not anticipate or that were out of your control.
- You can apply for late submission for all courses except Art and Design.
- Please download and complete the COL Late Submission Request form.
- Please email all completed Late Submission Request forms and accompanying supporting evidence to email@example.com.
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.
Studying for Credit Guide, Rules and Regulations and Terms and Conditions
For details of Credit Study, Rules and Regulations and Terms and Conditions at the Centre for Open Learning, please see the following documents: