Single Honours BA - Year 1

Students should take note that the passing mark has been officially changed to 40%.

Under the course-unit system all courses are examined in the year in which they are taught. The first year's examinations areessentially a hurdle; each student must normally pass at least three Units' worth in order to proceed to the second year, but no more than 1 unit's worth of marks may be carried forward to affect the class of your degree. Therefore, the class of the final degree is based on marks achieved in the second and third years. All course work and examination scripts
are marked by two examiners and the marks awarded are subject to approval by external examiners.

First Year students are assessed on their ability to:

  • To demonstrate basic understanding of the characteristic subjects and problematics involved in a range of art-historical enquiries.
  • To respond to the range of art-historical discourses with which the course will confront them.
  • To produce a coherent written argument in the form of an essay, in accordance with guidelines and to deadlines, and to function adequately under examination conditions.
  • To bring historical evidence together with appropriate critical and theoretical positions to bear on art-historical problems.
  • As appropriate, to integrate close work on objects with more general narratives and less object-centred historical and theoretical preoccupations.
  • To identify and set in appropriate contexts specific works and monuments from the periods they have been studying. For further information, see First Year Marking Criteria.

Current UCL students can access exam papers from previous years through the library website: Past Exams

  1. Follow the link that says CLICK HERE TO ACCES ONLINE EXAM PAPERS.
  2. Enter your UCL username and password.
  3. Click on the SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL SCIENCES option.
  4. Click on HISTORY OF ART.