Within this section, staff and students should refer to the following Expectation(s) from the UK Quality Code. For additional guidance, reference should be made to the relevant Indicators within the stated Chapter(s) of the UK Quality Code.
‘Higher education providers operate equitable, valid and reliable processes of assessment, including for the recognition of prior learning, which enable every student to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes for the credit or qualification being sought’.
Within Chapter B6: ‘Assessment of students and the recognition of prior learning’, there are eighteen indicators of sound practice.
‘Higher education providers make scrupulous use of external examiners.’
‘In order to be transparent and publicly accountable, degree-awarding bodies use external and independent expertise at key stages of setting and maintaining academic standards to advise on whether:
Chapter B7: ‘External Examining’, outlines eighteen indicators of sound practice with regards to assessment of students. Staff are required ensure that these indicators are considered and applied where relevant.
The link below gives further details within this chapter and the sound practice indicators:
Because all of our courses are offered in association with academic partners, our assessment policies and strategies are necessarily influenced by those partners. Our academic partners also have a duty to monitor us in terms of standards of assessment and standardisation.
The University of Northampton provide all assessments for the modules on their programmes. Any grades that our staff award are provisional only, and may only be confirmed following submission to the awarding partner university, scrutiny by the external moderator and confirmation by the Examination Board.
With regard to assessment for partner university courses, we are required to follow the university principles for assessments.
Assessments may include formal examinations, prepared term-end or staged assignments, practical tests, projects and journals, individually or in combination. In addition, and in compliance with our Academic Strategy and with the UK Quality Code, we employ a step approach to autonomous learning as student’s progress through a course.
Staff and students should refer to the following Expectation from the UK Quality Code. For additional guidance, reference should be made to the relevant Indicators within the stated Chapter of the UK Quality Code.
‘Higher education providers make scrupulous use of external examiners’.
‘In order to be transparent and publicly accountable, degree-awarding bodies use external and
independent expertise at key stages of setting and maintaining academic standards to advise
Largely, for assignments, the processes shown in the preceding flowchart are mirrored for our university courses. However, there are the following differences:
For all university examinations, we follow the rules set out in the partner university regulations. This does not mean that our duty towards ensuring the integrity of the assessment process is reduced, however some parts of the process are within the remit of the partner university. The process is as follows:
We set out our policy and detailed procedures for providing feedback within our Assessment Methodology and Procedures documents. The overall goal of our policy is to provide a consistent and high quality level of feedback to learners in order to maximise their ability to meet their potential and achieve the qualification to which they are working.
Documents relevant to degree courses
Documents relevant to HND courses