How hard is it to fail a uni essay

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I'm going to say this with the utmost honesty, the essay I submitted was definitely not stellar.
There are definitely referencing errors in my bibliography, my points aren't always detailed enough and there are 1 or two errors in grammar/typing I missed when proofreading. My lecturer said not to be too concerned because its 1500 word essay in first year but I'm still worried, how easy is it to get a 40 for an essay? I'm fully intending to learn from this process, I know a lot more about my shortcomings in writing so I'll use my feedback well but...
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Most of the errors you list are relatively minor. You would only fail if you didn't answer the question properly or plagiarised.
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(Original post by Azuree)
I'm going to say this with the utmost honesty, the essay I submitted was definitely not stellar.
There are definitely referencing errors in my bibliography, my points aren't always detailed enough and there are 1 or two errors in grammar/typing I missed when proofreading. My lecturer said not to be too concerned because its 1500 word essay in first year but I'm still worried, how easy is it to get a 40 for an essay? I'm fully intending to learn from this process, I know a lot more about my shortcomings in writing so I'll use my feedback well but...
any advice??
From what ive seen to fail an assignment normally comes when the submission is out of the scope of the assignment brief (i.e. students answering questions they wish they were asked not the actual requirements…), or they ignored a marking rubric outlining submission expectations.

Generally if something is appropriate just of poor quality they will still pass just with a very low mark.
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It's relatively hard to fail an essay unless as above you completely answered a different question. Usually marks for essays cluster in the second class range (2:2 or 2:1) with it being relatively hard to either fail or get a very high 1st).

That said the referencing issues may be a problem as it may raise concerns about plagiarism - and if you are investigated for and found to have plagiarised (even only technically) you could be given a score of zero for the assignment among other measures.
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I generally only failed about 10% per batch, and that was usually for not answering the question or not submitting
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I'm going to say this with the utmost honesty, the essay I submitted was definitely not stellar.
There are definitely referencing errors in my bibliography, my points aren't always detailed enough and there are 1 or two errors in grammar/typing I missed when proofreading. My lecturer said not to be too concerned because its 1500 word essay in first year but I'm still worried, how easy is it to get a 40 for an essay? I'm fully intending to learn from this process, I know a lot more about my shortcomings in writing so I'll use my feedback well but...
any advice??
Hi! Azuree

I made these mistakes while I was in my first year. They are minor, so they shouldn't make you fail.
To fail is usually because the student hasn't answered the question and has gone off topic completely. Or they have missed the deadline and get capped at 40%.

I hope this helps!
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Hi! Azuree

I made these mistakes while I was in my first year. They are minor, so they shouldn't make you fail.
To fail is usually because the student hasn't answered the question and has gone off topic completely. Or they have missed the deadline and get capped at 40%.

I hope this helps!
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40 usually isn't a fail, it is a narrow pass.
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