Online Access to Higher Education Diplomas
How are Access 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 you for an Award of Credit for the Unit. You will receive the confirmation of recommended credit(s) for each Unit when the written work has met the predefined criteria which are found within the Assessments.
Once you have completed an Assessment, you upload the Assessment to your Learner Account. Some Assessments may need to be submitted by post. Your tutor will provide you with feedback on your work, by completing and uploading a Mark Sheet to your Learner Account.
Examinations and Tutor Observed Assessments
HEI's like to see that students from access courses have had experience of traditional examinations and assessments, which have been observed by your tutor. This will generally be completed through a Skype call. All Skype calls 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 your self and your tutor, they are however compulsory.
At least two of the Units at Level 3 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 essays 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 Skype (the time a 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 when you you are studying your main level 3 modules. 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.