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Assessment and Credit


Assessments usually consist of a take-home exam and a dissertation, although this may vary depending on the course. You'll find assessment information on the specific course pages. 

If you take the Supervision Option you'll submit either a series of 4 assessed essays with the grade generally averaged across all four or one longer dissertation.

Exam accommodations 

If you are usually given extra time in exams because of a disability or require special arrangements to be made, please let us know through the relevant sections of the online application.

Getting academic credit

Academic credit can usually be gained for the courses taken during the programme, although the amount of credit can vary according to the policy of your home university. In general, credits have ranged from 3 to 4 for each PKP course or Supervision.

Credit transfer is generally straightforward – the 25 hours’ contact time, combined with the Cambridge style of teaching which places a strong focus on intensive, small group teaching, out-of-classroom interaction, individual feedback on performance and guided independent study, generally fits with your home university's policy.

The Pembroke-King’s Summer Programme does not operate the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) however, as an approximation, completion of the programme can be considered as equivalent to completing a full Cambridge term and thus to 20 ECTS credits.

We'll provide you with a transcript and syllabi to help in arranging credit.


We usually send transcripts to you or your home institution within a month of the end of PKP. 

Grades format

You'll receive a UK percentage grade for each course you take and these grades will be recorded on your transcript. 
While the UK grading system uses percentages, you should be aware that it is very uncommon for students to get over 80%. We'll provide a conversion table on the transcript.