General Course assessment

Your General Course academic assessment comprises two components:

  • A class grade for each course. This is a summary letter grade obtained from your class teacher at the academic year's end and is often used by home institutions in determining credit transfer. Class grades are distinct from the final mark General Course students (and regular degree students) receive for their examination performance and form part of the transcript you receive from LSE at the end of the year.

The class grade provides an overall assessment of your work over the course of the year. Class teachers award class grades based on:

- Attendance

- Class participation (taking into account the level of engagement in and the quality - as distinct from the volume - of contributions to the class discussion)

- Any presentation(s) you made in your class

- The marks received for your essays and/or problem sets.

There is no fixed algorithm on the weighting of these different components. These will vary from course to course. It is the responsibility of each student to confirm with their respective class teachers what is expected of them.

  • An exam grade for each course: This is a separate letter grade based solely on your examination results for each course at the year's end.

If you do not sit your scheduled exams and this has not been approved prior to the exams by the Dean of the General Course, your transcript will list "Absent" under the exam mark for that course. If, in exceptional circumstances, you have been given permission to withdraw from an exam, your transcript will state "Withdrawn" under the exam mark for that course.

All General Course students are reminded that it is their home institution that determines if and how credit is awarded, not LSE. We provide grades that your home university can then decide how to use.

The marking scheme employed is as in the table below.

LSE class of degree

% mark equivalent

Written Work/exam

Class Contribution

Summary Class Grade

First

75+

A+ 

A+ 

A+ 

First

70-74

A

A

A

Upper Second

65-69

A-

A-

A-

Upper Second

60-64

B+

B+

B+

Lower Second

55-59

B

B

B

Lower Second

50-54

B-

B-

B-

Third

45-49

C+

C+

C+

Third

40-44

C

C

C

Fail

0-39

F

F

F

General Course students completing the current academic year will be sent their class and exam grades by email from the end of July onwards. This will be done automatically and in alphabetical order by surname so students are requested not to contact the School for their grades beforehand. Please note that transcripts will be issued to students in mid August and to their home institutions in early September.

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