Students are assessed by a variety of means appropriate to the programme module and the stage of development. These may include written examination, projects, oral presentation and practical assessment. The aim is to build students’ knowledge and confidence so that they may progress through the programme and be ready for final assessment. The demands are both academic and practical and frequently involve the students in considered reflection upon their own experience and development. The first year of the programme is set at above ‘A’ level standard but the programme progresses quickly to undergraduate level work.
The tutorial staff and the Course Office Staff closely monitor student progress. Any difficulties encountered by the student are dealt with sensitively and remedial work is undertaken to bring the student up to the required standard. If necessary, a mentor may be appointed to guide students throughout their programme.
All modules are summatively assessed and constitute an essential part of the programme. Attendance criteria must be met. Satisfactory reports from tutors are also considered by the Examining Board who oversee progression from one year to the next.
Students are kept fully informed of their progress. Most module assessments can be retaken and a procedure exists for students who wish to make the Examining Board aware of any relevant extenuating circumstances. Special regulations apply to students who fail summative examinations and cost will be incurred if retakes are required. All final results are published and referred to the validating university for confirmation.
Assessment methods are constantly being evaluated and the examining and academic boards review the current methods on a regular basis.