Quality Manual

Legibility of work submitted for assessment


Schools should request that all coursework is word-processed

Examination scripts

Students who have dyslexia, other types of disability or a long-term medical condition are encouraged to identify themselves to Academic Support* and on submission of relevant documentary evidence and/or assessment by Academic Support, assessment arrangements are made. This may include the use of computers in examinations. Students who do not have a disability or long-term medical condition but do have problems with illegible handwriting can also go to Academic Support for support and guidance on strategies to improve. It is anticipated that this approach reduces to a minimum the number of cases of illegible examination scripts. Where an illegible examination script is received, the procedure outlined below should be followed. 


  1. It is the responsibility of the candidate to take steps to ensure that their examination script is legible, including where relevant seeking appropriate support and guidance from Academic Support.
  2. Where an examination script is illegible to the extent that the ability of the examiner to assess the work is impaired, the candidate should be asked by the School offering the module to produce a typed transcript of all/part of the work.
  3. If the candidate refuses to produce a typed transcript, the work will be assessed on the basis of the legible parts only and a mark awarded accordingly.
  4. If the candidate agrees to produce a typed transcript, it should be done following the procedure outlined below.

Procedure for candidate typing transcript

  1. The candidate should not introduce any unauthorised materials into the room and examination conditions should be observed.
  2. Candidates should be told that they should not attempt to omit or include any words that were not in the original script.
  3. The transcript can be typed by the candidate under supervision, or by an appropriate member of staff with the candidate dictating.
  4. Any costs incurred in the production of the transcript should be borne by the candidate.

*or equivalent at the International Campuses





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