Coursework Submission Guidelines
Please note that the following section refers to King's Foundations’ year-long programmes. Students studying on a Pre-sessional course should refer to relevant sections of the Pre-sessional programme specific information.
You will find specific instructions for submission on the relevant KEATS page of the module for which you are submitting work.
It is important that you do not leave your submission to the last minute, so that you have plenty of time to ensure your submission is successful and correct, and in case you experience any difficulties in uploading the submission.
You MUST submit work BEFORE the deadline, and we recommend leaving plenty of time to do so. KEATS automatically highlights late submissions in red to both students and staff.
Work submitted ON the deadline will be marked as late (E.G. if the deadline is 5.00 pm, coursework submission must be completed at 4.59.59 at the latest). Therefore, all assignments must be submited BEFORE the deadline. Please carefully review information below, as it outlines penalties that will be applied for late submissions.
Contact the Professional Services Team via firstname.lastname@example.org immediately should you have any problems submitting your coursework.
Word Count Policy
Essays/Projects should not exceed the maximum word-length stipulated in your module outline.
Under/Over-length assessed work regulations:
Up to 5% over-length:
No penalty is incurred for assignments which are up to 5% over the upper word limit.
More than 5% over-length:
2 marks will be deducted for every 5% over the upper word limit, up to a total of 50% over the upper word limit (which equates to 20 marks)
After 50% over the upper word limit, 3 marks will be deducted for every 5%
There is no minimum number of words required in an assignment. However, assignments significantly below the suggested word count are unlikely to meet Pass criteria.
The word length includes titles, text and quotations, diagrams, charts and tables, as well as footnotes, but does not include appendices or your bibliography. NB Because of the requirement to use lengthier footnotes in Law, word counts for Law essays do not include footnotes that give citations.
- Each page should be used and pages must be numbered. You should choose a legible 12-point font and use 1.5 or double line-spacing so that space is available for your examiners’ comments
- Please note that presentation will be taken into account when marking a piece of work.
- Errors in spelling or grammar will be penalised. If your word processor has a spell check then you should use it before printing out your work (UK spelling), but be warned! Spell checkers do not always recognise if something is correct.
- Your worked will be marked anonymously; as such, you must submit work with your student number and NOT your name.
- All work must be submitted as a Word or PDF document.
Non-Submission of Work
You will be required to submit some of your coursework online (see Programme Handbook for details). Please note the following for online submission:
a) Students are responsible for ensuring that the correct work is submitted. The file(s) electronically submitted at the time of the deadline will be taken as the final and complete submitted work, and no amendments or additions will be permitted after the submission deadline.
b) Students are responsible for ensuring that submitted electronic files are submitted in one of the specified acceptable file formats, and not corrupted. Students should check files on the system after submission to ensure they are valid and correct.
c) Students must ensure that any instructions for submission are followed. Failure to correctly follow instructions given in your programme or module handbook may result in work not being marked.
d) Technical failure, including of a computer, browser or internet connection, is not a valid reason for late submission of work.
e) When an assignment is submitted successfully through Turnitin, a receipt will automatically be sent via email to confirm the submission. Please save all receipts because they can be used to confirm successful submission in the unlikely event of a technical failure. If Turnitin reports an error while submitting, please note the error and and inform the Professional Services Team via email@example.com immediately.
f) Students must submit a coversheet as the first page alongside any summative assessment submitted via Turnitin.
g) Students may submit written assignments in either UK or US English, as long as its use is consistent throughout.
Late Submission of Work
It is a requirement of King's College London that all students take or submit their assessments at times prescribed by King's. However, it is acknowledged that exceptionally, through illness or other good cause a student may be unable to meet these requirements. In such instances academic regulations allow students to submit details of their mitigating circumstances for consideration by Assessment Sub-boards. The boards will use the information submitted to determine whether the mitigating circumstances provided by the student are an acceptable reason for missing an assessment for example.
For full details about King's College London's Assessment Policies and Procedures regarding Mitigating Circumstances, please click here.
All coursework must be submitted on time. Work submitted late but within 24 hours of the stated deadline will be capped at the pass mark (40%). Work submitted more than 24 hours late will score zero.
King's Foundations adheres to the College regulations for late submissions, but—for Level 3 students only—makes an exception when a student has:
i) submitted a summative assignment late for the first time;
ii) submitted said assignment within 1 hour of the submission deadline.
In these cases a factor of 0.8 shall be applied to the grade agreed for the assessed piece of work unless such a penalty would result in a lower grade than would be received under standard College regulations.
It is acknowledged that exceptionally, through illness or other good cause a student may be unable to meet these requirements. In such instances academic regulations allow students to submit details of their mitigating circumstances for consideration by Assessment Sub-Boards. The Boards will use the information submitted to determine whether the mitigating circumstances provided by the student are an acceptable reason for missing an assessment.
Should you require an extension to your coursework submission deadline please adhere to the following procedure:
Submit the completed Mitigating Circumstances Form (MCF) together with supporting evidence (such as a medical certificate, personal tutor’s note, etc) to the Programme Administrator via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address as soon as you can and before the stipulated coursework submission deadline.
An extension may only be granted if you provide a satisfactory explanation for why it is necessary, such as a medical condition or family problem. Poor time-management or technical issues will not be accepted as a satisfactory explanation.
Your request for an extension will be considered by the Assessment Sub-Board Chair; you will be notified of their decision via email.
To be considered, the MCF must be submitted no later than 7 days after the date of the examination or coursework deadline. The same form can be used to request replacement examinations if you cannot attend a scheduled exam owing to illness or other circumstances.
For full information about King's College London's Assessment Policies and Procedures regarding Mitigating Circumstances, please click here.