17 June 2007

Lynda asked if there was different levels of marks for the Open College of Arts assessment or just a certificate like C & G.

I've copied this from the info I got with my course.
Grading is on a scale from A to D and F in all courses. In summary:

Grade A (70-100) is only awarded to work of an exceptionally high level of achievement with all the characteristics of Grades B, C and D but in addition:
. very high observational and technical skill, with exceptional invention and judgement demonstrated across a wide range of work
. written work of a very high standard

Grade B (60-69) is awarded to work of a very high standard with all the characteristics of Grade C and D but in addition:
. all the work will display a high degree of observational and technical skill
. there will be some excellent pieces of work showing a very high standard of invention and
judgement
. all written work will be of a high standard

Grade C (50-59)
is awarded to work with all the characteristics of Grade D but in addition:
. some practical work will be of a higher standard of competency
. some practical work will have a greater personal identity
. there will be more imaginative and expressive use of the relevant media
. there will be a more critical understanding of the student's own work and the work of others

Grade D (40-49) is awarded to a student who satisfactorily completes all aspects of the course and produces competent practical and written work of a standard appropriate to this level.

Grade F - Fail (retrievable) (30-39) Later assessment is possible.

Grade F - Fail (irretrievable) (29 or under) Later reassessment not possible.

You should recognise that Grade C is regarded as a good grade showing that work submitted has significant achievement and competence. Grade d should not be regarded as evidence of a lack of ability or as near-fail; it is a clear pass grade showing ability and competence but with potential for further development. Grades A and F are awarded relatively rarely.

And this is the specific criteria by which a portfolio is assessed:

. Skills (30 marks) - Observational: demonstrated through drawing, preliminary studies, etc as well as 'finished work.

. Knowledge (20 marks) - Practical; awareness of practical aspects of the visual (eg composition, optical effects) and means of expression.
- Contextual; awareness of history of the subject and useful sources of help and inspiration.

. Invention (30 marks) - The ability to produce unusual solutions, to
experiment and to produce work with a personal identity.

. Judgement (20 marks) - The ability to be critical about the technical, conceptual, structural and expressive elements of one's work.
Whatever Grade I get I can put towards a Degree with the OCA's accrediting university which used to be the University of Glamorgan but they've recently joined up with another University but they haven't released who that is yet.

This is from there website

Credit Points
Courses accredited by the University of Glamorgan enable you to obtain credit points for pass grades. These can be put towards university qualifications through the national Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

If you want to take a qualification such as a degree (360 credit points), a diploma (240 credit points) or a certificate (120 credit points) in higher education, your credit points may well be transferable to other institutions around the country. OCA has a specific credit transfer agreement with The Open University.

So if I want to go for a degree I will have to do:

3 Level 1 - 40 points each

2 Level 2 - 60 points each

2 Level 3 - 60 points each

I was intending to put the credits towards a degree but I've taken a lot longer to do the Textile and Drawing course than I expected so I may have to re-think it because at this rate I'll be about 60 before I got it.

1 comment:

Papoosue said...

That is very interesting reading Susan, especially as an OU student myself. If only I could study OCA courses instead of OU! (I get mine paid for me by the OU, but OCA don't do that!). The marking scales are fascinating.