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course work assignments make up a full working week. Motivation and commitment are the keys to success!

Examination and assessment Like our teaching methods, LSE has a traditional approach to examinations and assessments. For most courses, students are examined once, at the end of the year. This is usually by three-hour unseen paper, and all General Course students are required to take these exams. These results also appear on the final transcript. A number of courses have an ‘assessed coursework’ component that contributes towards the final exam mark. Typically this takes the form of an independently produced piece of writing.

In exceptional circumstances, and only with the permission of the Associate Dean for the General Course and the course teacher responsible, a General Course student may also pursue one graduate-level course as one of their four choices. However, you are not permitted to sit a graduate examination at the end of the year and will need to arrange an additional form of assessment, again usually a piece of independent research and writing.

Credits, grades and the transcript All visiting students are reminded that it is their home institution that determines if and how credit is awarded, not LSE. As already described, General Course students receive two sets of grades on their end of year General Course transcript; one, the class grades, for their course work undertaken throughout the academic year for class teachers, and the other the exam grade, for each of the four examinations taken at the end of the year. On successful completion of the General Course each student will be provided with a detailed transcript which includes the following information:

  • (a)

    the titles of the four courses for which the student was enrolled;

  • (b)

    assessments in letter grades for class work for these courses;

  • (c)

    assessments in letter grades for final examinations taken;

  • (d)

    an indication of the exam grade distribution for all General Course students in current and previous years, with equivalents for other full-time undergraduates at the School.

Note: Students studying on the General Course through the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, or The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University will receive from them a transcript converted into American semester credits and letter grades.


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