Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2000: Year Abroad

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assessment is conducted by host institutions This may include homework and coursework assignments Year Abroad institutions may differ on methods of assessment 1-3Oral and written feedback

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
End of Term exams30Set by YA institutions1-2Written feedback
Final exam60Set by YA institutions1-2Written feedback
Essay10Set by YA institutions1-2Written feedback


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Exams and essayOne 3 hour exam1-2August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

if a student fails, s/he will be offered a referred or deferred examination at the IAIS in August/September. The paper/s for the referred/ deferred exam will be set by the University of Exeter or by the Year Abroad institution and marked at Exeter. In case of failure of this, students may be asked to withdraw, repeat the Year Abroad at their own expense, or offered the opportunity to transfer to a three year degree programme.