UCL Philosophy


Formative Essays

Students are given the opportunity to submit formative essays for their modules. Formative essays are usually due in on the Monday after Reading Week.

Formative essays will be read by your seminar leader. You will not get a grade, but you can expect an indication of the rough level you are attaining, written feedback, suggestions on what you can do to improve your work, and to get an idea what you are doing right.

It is up to individual module leaders:

  1. to determine whether they will allow students to write on the same topic in their formative essay as in their final assessment;
  2. to set their own word limits (about 1,500 is standard, but it can be shorter or longer);
  3. to determine the mode of submission (either hard copy, Moodle submission, or both).