Assessment & Validation

The Level 4 programme is a validated course and in order to complete it and achieve your qualifications, there will be a schedule of assignments spread over the course that you must undertake. At the induction residential you will take part in study skills sessions to support you in this, with refreshers at later points, and further individual support will be available throughout the course from the tutors.

The assignments will include written work (essays), artistic and craft activities, assessed discussions and oral presentations. Students say that studying for this course takes about one day per week. You will be given a clear and detailed schedule of the assignments including the format that they must take and the dates when you are due to submit them. It is very important that you keep up with this schedule or you will find your backlog of work accumulates. Tutors will do all that they can to help you in this.

The Quality Mark programme has no substantial written assignments. However, you will be expected to demonstrate your engagement with the course but undertaking a range of activities, some prepared outside the hours of attendance. There will be artistic and craft activities, assessed discussions and oral presentations. In addition, there will be some written work in the form of a study journal as evidence of your work with Steiner texts, and a child observation journal as evidence of your developing skills in this important professional skill. You will be asked to prepare case studies and undertake such professional tasks as writing risk assessments and policies. This will amount to around 70 hours of study each year, in addition to attendance at residentials and for online sessions.

Tutors will give constructive verbal and written feedback, in addition to summative assessment, on all the assignments that you submit, and this will normally be available within a month of your submission. This means that you will be able to build on your success in completing assignments as you progress through the course.

We understand that there may be special circumstances when you are not able to submit an assignment on time, in the case of illness, for example. If this happens you must follow the procedure laid out in the students' handbook that refers to late submissions.