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Oxford BA in Economics and Management

Oxford BA in Economics and Management

Teaching and assessment


Teaching is through lectures, tutorials and classes.


Lectures are held at Saïd Business School, and are usually two hours long, with a break after one hour. You will have four hours of lectures per week and will be expected to prepare by reading the material in the reading lists. Lists are available online at the start of each term. You will also be expected to attend lectures in the Department of Economics on their courses.


Tutorials are at the heart of our system of teaching and learning. Tutorials are taught by experts in the subject, to small groups of no more than four students. Tutorials may be held in your college, or at Saïd Business School.


Some teaching is done in classes of no more than 15 or 16 students. These are often held at Saïd Business School and may be appropriate when numerical or quantitative work is the subject of study. Classes last longer than tutorials, usually 90 or 120 mintues.


There are two forms of assessment known as formative and summative.

Formative assessment

These guide you towards a thorough understanding of the subject matter and help you prepare for examinations (summative assessment) by learning how to approach a problem and present your response.

Formative assessment takes many forms, including:

  • Feedback in tutorials and classes. This may take the form of annotations on your work, or extended discussions of your argument, drawing in contributions from other students in the tutorial group.
  • Colleges hold informal exams at the start of each term on material covered in the previous term. These are known as Collections. They give you the opportunity to practise your examination technique and to compare your performance with their college peers.

Summative assessment

Summative assessment consists of two sets of exams. The first set is held at the end of the first year, known as Prelims. You can re-sit once any exams you have failed.

The second set, Finals, take place at the end of the third year. These exams determine your final degree classification. There is no opportunity for re-sits.