Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

The three-year programme of core courses, major and minor pathway and internship.


Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc 4 years

The three-year programme plus an additional year abroad.




Please see below for information on assessment and penalties applied for late submissions.

Coursework and essays

The deadline for you to receive marks and feedback from your coursework / in-class tests / end of year exams is four weeks after the submission deadline or date of the test / exam. This four week period includes any bank holidays.

Any results you receive for essays or coursework are referred to as your ‘raw’ or ‘provisional’ marks because they still need to be reviewed by an external (to UCL) examiner and then ratified by the UCL Exam Boards which are held in June.

Therefore, your final (or confirmed) marks for the year are not released on Portico until late July / early August, although you may receive an earlier indication of your final marks in late June / early July from the BASc Office.

If the BASc Office provide you with your unconfirmed results, then these will be in numerical format for any BASc coded course and as a letter grade for all pathway and language courses. The letter grades correlate to the UCL mark scale as follows:

  • A = 70 and above
  • B = 60-69
  • C = 50-59
  • D = 40-49
  • F = Fail

Penalties for over-length coursework

When writing essays, you must clarify the rules on word count and referencing style with the lecturer who set the assignment, as there are different rules and guidelines for each department / subject. You can usually find this information on the course Moodle page.

For example, it is common practice across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities that footnotes are included in the word count, but the bibliography is not. Some science departments specify the length they require in terms of pages (and may also specify font and margins) rather than words, because equations, graphs etc., are difficult to count.

For submitted coursework that has a maximum length specified, the following procedures will apply:

  • The length of coursework will be specified in terms of a word count or number of pages.
  • Assessed work should not exceed the prescribed length.
  • For work that exceeds the specified maximum length by less than 10%, the mark will be reduced by 10 percentage marks; but the penalised mark will not be reduced below the Pass mark, presuming that the work merited a Pass.
  • For work that exceeds the specified maximum length by 10% or more, a mark of zero will be recorded. 
  • For example, if your word limit is 2,000 words and you write between 2,001 and 2,199 words, you will be penalised 10% of your mark. If you submit work that exceeds 2,200 words, you will receive a mark of zero.
  • In the case of coursework that is submitted late and is also over length, the greater of the two penalties will apply.

Penalties for late submission of coursework

If you submit your coursework after the published deadline, then the following penalties will be applied to your final mark.

  • If your work is submitted one calendar day after the deadline, then a penalty of 5 percentage marks will be applied.
  • If your work is submitted two calendar days after the deadline, but less than or equal to calendar day seven, then 15 percentage marks will be applied.
  • If your work is submitted eight or more calendar days after the deadline but before the end of the second week of Term 3, then a mark of zero is recorded. However, the assessment would be considered as complete, providing the coursework contains material that can be assessed.
  • If your work is submitted after the end of the second week of Term 3, then your work will not be marked and the assessment will be deemed incomplete.
  • Where there are extenuating circumstances that have been recognised by the Board of Examiners, these penalties will not apply until the agreed extension period has been exceeded.
  • If coursework is submitted late and is also over length, then the greater of the two penalties will apply.

Requesting an extension

If you need to request an extension for any of your course units, then you will need to complete the Extenuating Circumstances claim form (below) and provide evidence of the extenuating circumstances which mean you cannot complete the work on time. 

All requests for an extension must come before the deadline as requests will not be considered once it has passed.

Extensions can only be granted on the basis of medical or other evidence you provide to them with the extension request form. Extensions will not be permitted because of computer problems or reasons connected to the demands of paid or unpaid employment.

You should also not presume that your extension request will be granted and so you should discuss with the course tutor at the earliest opportunity why you need the extension.

Full information on the extension request and extenuating circumstances procedure can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/current/extcirc