How are ABID Courses assessed?
As you complete each Unit, you will be given Assessments to complete. These often take the form of a practical report, tutor-assessed questions or an essay. These are used by your tutor to assess your learning and recommend a Mark for the Unit.
Once you have completed an Assessment, you upload it to your Learner Account. Your tutor will provide you with feedback on your work, by completing and uploading a Mark Sheet to your Learner Account. Marks for Units remain a recommendation by the tutor (and can therefore change), until work is Externally Moderated by the Awarding Organisation, at which point it can be formally Awarded.
Examinations and Tutor Observed Assessments
HEI's like to see that students from ABID Courses have had experience of traditional examinations and assessments, which have been observed by your tutor. This will generally be completed through a virtual meeting. All these are free but you will need to make sure that you have access to a microphone and camera so that your tutor will be able to observe you completing your examination. Observed assessments will be individually negotiated between yourself and your tutor, they are however compulsory.
At least two Units will be assessed through examination-type questions, though all the subjects will be assessed directly by your tutor throughout the course, and then be given a specific time limit within which you will have to complete the assessment and upload it to your Learner Account to stay on course for your Target Completion and Moderation date.
You will take the examination observed by your tutor via virtual meeting (the time and date for these will be negotiated between yourself and your tutors). All our exams are 'closed book' where you will not be able to bring any materials into the examination with you. You will complete these examinations as you finish the associated Unit. Your tutor will advise you on exactly how the examinations work during your tutorials. There are two policy documents associated with the tutor observed assessments:
The Student Contact Policy explains how your contact with your tutor will work and also how the observed assessments will be completed. The Extenuating Circumstances form will need to be completed if for any reason you have arranged a date with you tutor for either a resubmission of your work or a tutor observed assessment and you are unable to complete this on the date and time arranged.
The final mark for an ABID Course is given as a Mark (percentage), and this can also be expressed as a Grade:
- A - 70%+
- B - 60 to 69%
- C - 50 to 59%
- D - 40 to 49%
- N - (Narrow Fail) 35 to 39%
- F - (Fail) less than 34%
Each Unit Assessment you complete will be given a percentage Mark, and these are used to contribute to your final percentage. Different Assessments carry different weighting and so contribute different scores to your final result.
In each Assessment you will need to meet all of the Assessment Criteria. Each Assessment is marked against 3 Performance Descriptors. A percentage is given against each of these and an average taken to give the percentage score for the Assessment. The Descriptors are:
- Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject
- Application of Knowledge and Skills
- Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation
Within the Subject Biology there are several Units with different weightings. This example picks 2 of these Units and assumes that all Assessment Criteria have been met:
- Introduction to Cell Biology - weighted as 5% towards your total Mark for the Diploma
- Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject - 64%
- Application of Knowledge and Skills - 47%
- Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation - 58%
- Overall Mark for the Assessment = (64 + 47 + 58) / 3 = 56%
- Contribution to overall percentage for the Diploma = (56 / 100) * 5 = 2.8%
- Practical Investigation (Biology) - weighted as 15% towards your total Mark for the Diploma
- Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject - 68%
- Application of Knowledge and Skills - 72%
- Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation - 64%
- Overall Mark for the Assessment = (68 + 72 + 64) / 3 = 68%
- Contribution to overall percentage for the Diploma = (68 / 100) * 15 = 10.2%
It is expected that you will make every effort to meet the Assessment Criteria for a Unit and you are required to complete a checklist which helps you to check you have completed everything you need to for each Unit. However, if you fail to meet one or more of the criteria, a deduction will be made from your Mark and you will be encouraged to resubmit your work.
Your tutor will give you guidance about any improvements that are necessary to meet the Assessment Criteria and when you resubmit your work it will be re-marked and the deduction removed if all the Assessment Criteria are met.
ABID Courses are moderated externally by the Awarding Body to ensure consistent quality. Moderation takes place twice a year so when you complete the course, you will have to wait until the next moderation before the request for certification can be sent to the Awarding Body. However, should you have concerns that your Diploma may not be certificated in time for entry onto your selected course in Higher Education, we can provide evidence for you to give to the admissions tutor.