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Assessment and Regulations

Programme duration

The AKC Programme is open to all students and staff at King's. The AKC runs alongside your degree programme and normally takes three years to complete. Undergraduate students, postgraduate research students, and staff members are expected to complete three years of the AKC course in order to qualify for the award.

However special arrangements pertain to various one and two-year programmes:

  • One-year postgraduate students are eligible to complete the AKC in two years by undertaking a second year via distance learning. These students will be contacted at the end of their first AKC year with details of how to enrol. The second year of the AKC remains free of charge. 

  • Students taking postgraduate taught courses part-time are also entitled to complete the AKC programme in two years, alongside their main degree programme.

  • Students who will spend only two years of their full degree course at King's (including Law, Nursing and students taking study abroad years) are entitled to complete the AKC course in two years. Please contact the AKC office so that we can update your record to reflect this. 

Attendance

The AKC programme is assessed by lecture attendance. Lecture attendance is demonstrated by successfully completing a short, qualitative quiz on KEATS after each lecture. 

In order to pass each semester's lecture series, students must demonstrate their attendance at four out of nine lectures per series (i.e. successfully complete the quizzes for a minimum of four out of nine lectures per semester).

In order to pass each academic year, students must meet the minimum attendance requirements for both lecture series (i.e. successfully complete the quizzes for a minimum of four lectures in Semester 1 and a minimum of four lectures in Semester 2).

Quizzes

Each quiz consists of two reflective questions. Students are not expected to spend more than 5-10 minutes per quiz. You are advised to write two or three sentences in response to each question.

Previous quiz questions have included:

  • Describe something new you learned from this lecture?
  • How important were dreams for early Islam?
  • What do you find most interesting about the Book of Lamentations, drawing on this lecture?

Quizzes are released at 12 noon on Mondays (as soon as the live lecture begins) and remain open for two weeks (14 days). Quizzes will be moderated as either as pass or a fail. Moderation will take place throughout the academic year; however quiz results will not be final until they are ratified at the end of the academic year.

Guidance on completing quiz questions is available on the AKC KEATS area.

Dean's Commendation

Students who complete a minimum of eight quizzes in a Semester will receive a Dean's Commendation in recognition of their commitment to the programme. The Dean’s Commendation is awarded to students at the end of each academic year. Students are eligible to gain a Commendation for both semesters providing they meet the requirements. Please note that you must gain a pass for the academic year overall in order to be awarded a Dean’s Commendation.

Optional essay competition

Students who wish to explore an AKC series in more depth are invited to write an essay at the end of the series. Essay questions will be released at the end of each term, and the best essays in each Faculty will receive an AKC prize. Students who enter the essay competition may also receive a Dean's Commendation in recognition of their commitment to the AKC programme.

Catch-up weeks and mitigating circumstances

The AKC runs a catch-up week at the end of each semester. These catch-up weeks are open to all students. We also run a final catch-up week, which runs at the end of the year. The final catch-up week is open to students who have appropriate mitigating circumstances.

If you wish to apply for the final catch-up, please contact us at the end of the second semester to apply for mitigation. Supporting evidence (e.g. a doctor's note or letter from a personal tutor) will be required.

If you require additional support due to your circumstances, please contact the AKC Office as soon as possible.

  

2022/3 AKC course timeline

September 2022

Enrolment for the 2022/3 academic year opens on Student Records by Friday 23 September. If you wish to enrol onto the course, you must do so on both Student Records and KEATS. Find out how to enrol here. You can find out more about our Welcome Fortnight events here.

October 2022

Lectures begin on Monday 3 October. You can enrol on KEATS to watch the first lecture before enrolling on Student Records. However, if you wish to formally enrol on the programme, the deadline for Student Records enrolment is 1 November 2022.

December 2022

The final Semester 1 AKC Lecture will be delivered on Monday 5 December and will be released on KEATS on Monday 12 December.

The questions for the Semester 1 optional AKC Essay Competition will be released on the AKC KEATS page after the final lecture has taken place.

January 2023

We aim to have moderated all Semester 1 quizzes by Friday 20 January. You can check your provisional quiz results via the AKC KEATS page. Please note, these quiz results are not final until they are ratified in Summer 2023.

The first lecture of Semester 2 will take place on Monday 16 January.

The deadline for the Semester 1 optional AKC Essay Competition will fall in January. Students will be notified of the exact date via email when the essay titles are released.

March 2023

The final Semester 2 AKC Lecture will take place on Monday 20 March and will be released on KEATS on Monday 27 March.

The questions for the Semester 2 optional AKC Essay Competition will be released on the AKC KEATS page after the final lecture has taken place.

April 2023

The deadline for the Semester 2 optional AKC Essay Competition will fall in April. Students will be notified of the exact date via email when the essay titles are released.

We aim to have moderated all Semester 2 quizzes by Friday 26 May.

June / July 2023

We aim to have all AKC quiz results ratified by July. We will be in touch with students after the ratification has taken place to confirm their final outcome for the academic year. If it is your final year of the AKC, we will also outline how to apply for election.

Election as an AKC

Once you have graduated from your main degree programme and you have received confirmation of your outcome for the 2022/3 academic year of the AKC course then you can go ahead and apply for election as an AKC. Instructions on how to apply can be found here.

All elections must be ratified by the College’s Academic Board when they convene. If you are due to graduate in July 2023, and you apply for election as an AKC over the summer, then your name will most likely go before the Board in November 2023. If you apply for election at a different time then you can see which Board Meeting your name will likely go before by checking the dates of upcoming Academic Board meetings here. Please note that for your name to be included, we must receive your application at least 3 weeks before the date of the next board meeting.

After your election has been ratified, you can begin using the AKC post-nominals should you wish to and we will post you an election certificate. 

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