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Courses are examined by a combination of continuous assessment and formal examination.

Publication Dates 2022/23

To be confirmed Publication of Sophister Annual Examination Results
To be confirmed Publication of Freshman Annual Examination Results
To be confirmed Publication of Supplemental Examination Results

Examination Timetables

The responsibility for establishing the dates, times and venues of examinations/term tests lies with the student and can be done by consulting the timetables. Under no circumstances should students arrange to be away from College during these times.

Examination Conventions

A students' overall grade for his or her year is determined by the PPES Court of Examiners. The Court of Examiners uses a set of conventions to determine the grade to be awarded for a particular set of marks. These conventions are guidelines only, and the Court of Examiners meeting always makes the final decision. The PPES conventions will be available in advance of the examinations from this website.

For further information please consult the College Calendar.

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Foundation Scholarship

Foundation Scholarship is a College institution with a long history and high prestige. The objective of the Foundation Scholarship examinations is to identify students who, at a level of evaluation appropriate to the Senior Freshman Year, can demonstrate exceptional knowledge and understanding of their subjects.

You will find details regarding entitlements, important scholarship dates, application forms and timetables on the following websites

PPES candidates are examined in the subjects of their course up to the end of Michaelmas term of the Senior Freshman year.

The examination consists of four 2¼ hour examination papers. More indepth information will be available on the Department of Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Department of Economics and Department of Sociology websites.

  • PPES Scholarship Information is available here

Academic Registry will notify students when the application process for Scholarship has been made available.

This academic year, the Foundation Scholarship examinations are scheduled to be held on Monday 9th to Friday 13th January 2023( although it may be necessary to schedule some examinations in the preceeding week). Recommendations for Scholarship are based on all four papers. To be recommended for Scholarship, students must attain an overall mark of 70% or higher. In addition students must achieve a first class mark of 70% or higher in at least two papers and a mark of at least 65% or higher in the remaining two papers.


Students who consider that illness may prevent them from attending an examination (or any part thereof) should consult their medical adviser and request a medical certificate for an appropriate period. If a certificate is granted, it must be presented to the student's tutor and the relevant departmental office within three days of the beginning of the period of absence from the examination. The tutor must immediately forward the certificate to the Senior Lecturer's Office. Medical certificates must state that the student is unfit to sit examinations. Medical certificates will not be accepted in explanation for poor performance.

Students who are granted an excused absence for mid-year tests on the basis of a medical certificate will not be penalised in terms of their annual examination result. However, as no marks can be carried forward to the annual examination, student will have their final exam count for a larger percentage of their mark.

Medical certificates will not be accepted in explanation for poor performance.

For further information please consult the College Calendar.

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