Undergraduate course assessment

Assessment methods in the Department are broadly as follows. Full details of current modules and their assessment are available from SLC Resources on MOLE.

Level 1

Core written and oral language is predominantly assessed coursework. Core history and literature modules are assessed by course work and exams in each semester.

Level 2

Core oral language is assessed by in class presentations and written language by final exam.

Level 3

Core language skills are assessed by written and oral exams. Optional modules are assessed by commentaries, essays, oral presentation (individual, or in a small group) and/or final written exam.

Degree classification

The final degree classification is based on two calculations:

  • your weighted average grade and
  • the distribution of your weighted grades,

in both cases based on the grades you obtained in the modules contributing to your degree programme. You should note that:

  • your degree classification is based on modules taken at Levels 2 and 3; modules taken at Level 1 of your programme of study are not used for classification purposes and are, therefore, excluded from this process;
  • the grade obtained in individual modules is weighted according to both the credit value of each module and the Level in which the module was studied.

For more information, please see


Outstanding performance in oral examinations is indicated by a Distinction in the spoken language.


Each year the Department also awards prizes for outstanding performance in spoken Spanish, final year written papers, and the year abroad.