Marking scales

The pass mark for all assessed work is 50%.

Some modules will be marked against module-specific marking criteria or rubrics . These criteria will be provided in Blackboard.

Where no specific marking criteria are given, the standard ScHARR marking scale will apply. This can be downloaded as a pdf from the box on the right hand side of this page.

Marking and moderation policies

Anonymous marking

Wherever possible, your work will be marked anonymously which means that markers are not aware of the identity of the student whose work is being assessed. You must include your registration number in all assessed work, whether this is an examination or a written and submitted piece of work.

Some forms of assessment mean that anonymous marking is not possible. Common examples of this include group work, presentations and dissertations. In such cases, additional processes are used to ensure a rigorous approach to assessment, such as full blind second marking.


We use several marking and moderation approaches and select the one which is most appropriate to the module, the type of assessment and the number of students.

Independent blind second marking

Work is assessed and marked independently by two markers. This takes two main forms: full blind second marking and sample blind second marking.

Where modules are marked by full blind second marking, all work is assessed and marked independently by two markers. This is used for all new modules and new forms of assessment. This approach may also be taken on modules with very small numbers of students. The markers then agree marks for each piece of work. In the rare cases where agreement cannot be reached, a third marker and the external examiner will be consulted.

Where sample blind second marking is used, all work is assessed and marked by the first marker. The second marker marks a selected sample of approximately 10% of the work. The sample includes a selection from each grade band and all marks below 50%. Having marked a sample, the markers agree whether the marking is fair and consistent. If there are concerns, full blind second marking may need to be used.

Open or un-blind second marking (also called check marking)

Work is assessed and marked by the first marker and checked by a second marker who knows the mark awarded by the first marker. In ScHARR this marking policy is used less frequently than the methods above.


Moderation ensures that there has been consideration of aspects such as the consistency of marking, correct application of marking criteria, and conformity with the module learning outcomes and the ScHARR standard marking scale. This process is usually undertaken at the Exam Board with input from all the course team and the external examiner.

Reporting component and overall grades

Module grades are always given as whole numbers, without any decimal places. Where module grades are calculated from component marks they are always rounded to the nearest whole number. Overall degree grades are calculated to one decimal place in order to determine final awards.

All marks are available to students via Blackboard. This enables students to view their component marks as well as their overall grades, and in some cases may permit students to view anonymised module statistics such as module average, minimum mark, maximum mark and standard deviation.

Component marks

Some modules may include more than one form of assessment and these are referred to as component assessments. Where component assessments are summative (i.e. they contribute to the overall module mark), full details of how the module mark is derived is found in the module handbook/outline and the assessment pages in Blackboard.

Some modules with components require an overall pass based on the weighted average of the components. Others require students to achieve a minimum mark in each component, as well as an overall weighted average.