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UWE Bristol defines “coursework” as a piece of work that you would normally complete outside of the classroom. The following are all types of coursework (so the information on this page applies to them):

  • dissertations
  • essays
  • posters
  • pieces of group work
  • laboratory reports
  • oral presentations
  • research reports
  • blogs
  • final projects
  • artworks
  • portfolios.

Microsoft Office (Office 365) is available free for students. You are allowed to download and install the software on up to five devices. You need to login to your university email account to access the Microsoft Office download.

You’ll find information on the maximum word count limit for all your assessed pieces of coursework in the module handbook.

Coursework deadlines

The deadline for the submission of all assessed work is 14:00 normally on a Tuesday to Thursday, on a date specified at the start of each module.

You are expected to plan your workload to avoid being impacted upon by a minor illness or other cause. However, there is normally a grace period of three days following the original hand-in deadline during which you can submit your assignment without penalty if you experience a problem meaning that you cannot meet the deadline.

An assignment cannot be submitted after the grace period has ended. Failure to submit the assignment within the grace period will result in a non-submission being recorded.

In some circumstances a grace period will not be available for an assignment, please see assessment support options for further details.

If you are unable to meet the original hand-in deadline you do not need to provide a reason or evidence indicating why you need to use the grace period. 

See marks and feedback for further information.

If you're unable to meet a deadline or have a problem with an assessment

UWE Bristol provides a range of support processes to help students who are encountering situations which impact on their ability to submit work or to attend assessments.

How to submit

Online submission

Where coursework is submitted online this will normally be through the Blackboard virtual learning environment. It is important that you read and follow the instructions you are given about this, as it is your responsibility to submit files that staff can read and mark, and to submit them before the submission deadline. If you do not, your marks may suffer. View the guidance for using Blackboard.

  • You may submit to the assignment as many times as you wish, but only the last submission you make will be assessed.
  • If your last submission is after the deadline but within the three-day grace period, this submission will be the one marked and not any earlier versions.
  • The date and time of your submission is taken from the Blackboard server and is recorded when your submission is complete, not when you click submit. With this in mind, make sure you leave plenty of time to allow your work to upload.

If your coursework is not received by the deadline, or within the three-day grace period, you will see a non-submission on your record.

Issues with online submission due to a critical systems failure

The following actions will only be considered in cases where there is no access to critical systems (defined as Blackboard, myUWE and UWE Bristol networks) for more than five minutes in the final two hours before submission.

If there is a temporary loss of access to online coursework submission caused by a critical systems failure, the University may decide to take the following action:

  • all deadlines for work submitted online will be extended by an additional 24 hours
  • all deadlines for assessments that are not submitted online will be extended by an additional 24 hours (due to the potential for losing access to Blackboard materials)
  • all deadlines where students have already been given an extension under Reasonable Adjustments will be extended by an additional 24 hours
  • if the extension falls on a Saturday or a public holiday then it will last until 14:00 on the next working day.

Students will be advised of the extended deadlines via messages on Blackboard, myUWE, the information screens and posters around the Coursework Hub.

Please note that this process does not cover interruptions to:

  • other UWE Bristol services
  • residency networks
  • equipment and services not supplied by UWE Bristol (for example students' domestic network access or personal computers).

Interruptions or system failures limited to student computer labs are not covered.

The responsibility to submit on time remains with students.

What to do if you notice a problem

  • If you are unable to submit or have experienced an issue, please call the IT Service Desk on +44 (0)117 32 83612 as soon as possible before the submission point closes.
  • If you have noticed a mistake with your submission after the assignment submission point has closed (after the grace period), please contact an Information Point to review potential options that might be available.

Submission of hard copies

It is anticipated that the majority of your assessments will be submitted online. However, where there is a professional body requirement for coursework to be submitted as a hard copy, this is usually done via submission boxes located at your campus:

  • Frenchay Campus: the submission boxes are located at the Coursework Hub, Level 1 of A Block (underpass area)
  • Bower Ashton Campus: students should go to the C block corridor (or will be given alternative instructions where appropriate)
  • Glenside Campus: the submission boxes are located in A block behind the Information Point.

Some items of coursework (for example, posters or dissertations) are not submitted via a submission box, and you will be notified of the arrangements for these at the start of the module.

In the event of adverse weather conditions and University closure, hard copy coursework should be submitted by 14:00 on the next day that the University is open. If the coversheet is no longer available via the myUWE coursework tab, you can download a blank coursework coversheet online.

Submitting your coursework

You should receive specific instructions either online or in your module handbook on how you submit coursework at the start of each individual module.

Some modules may require you to submit your coursework online. If this is the case, you will receive detailed instructions at the start of your module.

Information about your coursework and submission methods is also given in the myUWE Coursework sub-tab. View the guidance for using myUWE.

Please note that you may not submit coursework by email.

Resit coursework

Module leaders are responsible for providing you with details of resit coursework on Blackboard.

If you have not received details of your coursework within 14 days of the publication of your results, you must contact your Student Administration Team (SAT) immediately.