December 5, 2012

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No-exam courses fuel rise in first-class degrees

The Telegraph | University World News

An analysis of data published by universities has revealed for the first time the extent to which coursework has replaced traditional exams throughout higher education in Britain. Hundreds of courses are now 90% to 100% coursework, with first- and second-year exams and traditional finals abolished in subjects as wide ranging as history, English, psychology, philosophy, media, American studies, childhood studies, and business management, writes Julie Henry for The Telegraph.

At many universities where exams still play a part, they have been scaled back to only 20% or 30% of the overall marks, with students allowed to fail question papers but still be awarded degrees.

The reliance on constant assessment is strongest in former polytechnics and new universities. Read More...

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