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This Theme sets out the guiding principles which underpin assessment, offering practical advice and useful resources. Assessment is a fundamental aspect of the student experience. Students learn from assessment activities, interact with staff and peers, and gain feedback on their progress and performance. Assessment enables them to reflect and continually build on their learning.

UK Quality Code, Advice and Guidance: Assessment

Publication date: 29 Nov 2018

Expectations and Practices for Assessment

Guiding Principles

  1. Assessment methods and criteria are aligned to learning outcomes and teaching activities.
  2. Assessment is reliable, consistent, fair and valid.
  3. Assessment design is approached holistically.
  4. Assessment is inclusive and equitable.
  5. Assessment is explicit and transparent.
  6. Assessment and feedback is purposeful and supports the learning process.
  7. Assessment is timely.
  8. Assessment is efficient and manageable.
  9. Students are supported and prepared for assessment.
  10. Assessment encourages academic integrity.