Assessments in 2021 – adjustment and mitigation

The answers below apply to History & Politics and History students. For those studying History and Modern Languages, the MMLL faculty will provide updated guidance.

How will examinations be conducted in 2021?

Detailed information can be found in this fuller document. Shorter summaries can be found below.

  • This is a ‘safety net’ measure which ensures that there will be a similar pattern of results in 2021 to years without pandemic disruption. The distribution of degree classes (first class, 2:1, 2:2, third class) will be no less favourable than the average class distribution for the last three years before the pandemic. This will be applied to joint and single honours programmes, across all parts of the Triposes.
  • The classing conventions are slightly different for History and Politics and History degrees, and you can find out more about this from the full guide. But essentially, those studying History and Politics joint honours will be classed on the basis of 6 out of 8 possible marks, dropping the weakest two grades. This corresponds as closely as possible to the arrangements for History single honours students, who will be classed on 10 out of 12 marks at Part I and 8 out of 10 marks at Part II.
  • All students will automatically progress, unless there is evidence of academic misconduct.
  • They will be examined on all papers, and as in usual years, the results of these examinations will not appear on their transcripts
  • All exams will be ‘open book’ format
  • All students will automatically progress to Part II, unless there is evidence of academic misconduct.
  • The weakest paper will be excluded, for classing purposes. This paper may be from the History Faculty or another Faculty/Department
  • Coursework essays may be accompanied by a statement indicating the academic challenges posed by the Covid19 pandemic
  • All exams will be ‘open book’ format
  • The weakest paper will be excluded, for classing purposes. This paper may be from the History Faculty or another Faculty/Department
  • Coursework essays/dissertations may be accompanied by a statement indicating the academic challenges posed by the Covid19 pandemic
  • All exams will be ‘open book’ format
  • With one exception, all History Faculty exams will be 6 hours, timetabled to start between 11am and 1.30pm in order to reduce the impact across different time zones
  • History and Politics IA Evidence and Argument exam will be 3 hours.
  • This may differ for papers organised by other Faculties/Departments; you will be notified separately if you are taking a borrowed paper.
  • Students with additional time will have up to 9 hours to complete their exams
  • The Faculty does not expect students to work for the entirety of the scheduled time period. The use of time within the window will not however be policed and students may make their own choices about use of time.
  • The examination window has been extended to 2nd July in order to provide more flexibility and spacing between exams.
  • Word limits for assessed essays and dissertations remain unchanged
  • For Prelims, the word limit for each script is 4500 words, except for Historical Argument and Practice, where the limit is 4000 words.
  • For Part I, the word limit for each script is 4500 words
  • For Part II, the word limit for each script (including gobbets answers) is 4500 words, except for Historical Argument and Practice, where the limit is 4000 words.
  • In all cases, you may write answers of different lengths for separate questions. The word limit only applies to the total. You don’t have to write up to the word limit.
  • No, you may handwrite, though if you do, you will have to observe and document the word limit, and scan your script in order to submit.

 

  • The Faculty can provide a 14 day extension for assessed essays or dissertations, without medical evidence being required. If a longer period is needed, this must be done through EAMC, the University's Examination Access Mitigation Committee. This is usually done via a candidate's college.
  • If you are facing adverse circumstances, please get in touch with your college as soon as possible. You must apply for an extension before the deadline for submission has passed.