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For attention of all students studying a course with a ‘Teacher Assessed’, ‘Centre Determined’ or ‘Calculated’ grade due to be awarded in Summer 2021 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions that have been ongoing since Sept 2020, on campus learning and assessment has been unavoidably disrupted. The following information is to inform you of how grades will be awarded for summer 2021.  

The College has been asked by its Awarding Organisations to award a final grade that reflects the standard at which you are working.  This is referred to as a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) by the majority of awarding organisations we work with.  Some awarding bodies refer to a TAG as a Centre Assessed Grade (CAG) or a Centre Determined grade (CDG).   

Unlike 2020, no statistical judgement will be made this year, and grades will be based on the tutor’s judgement using a range of evidence produced by you. This evidence has been agreed in line with the Awarding Organisations requirements and examples of evidence to be used can be viewed within the Teacher Assessed Grades Policy.  This is available on the College website for you and/or your parents should you wish to read it.  

The process that the College will be using is as follows: 

  1. The Grade that you will be awarded is based on the standard you are performing at.  This is different to last year where the grade was based on the grade you were likely to achieve.  
  2. This approach will be applied consistently across all students entered for the same subject.   
  3. Flexibility has been put in place to ensure no student has been disadvantaged. 
  4. In exceptional circumstances e.g. illness or adverse circumstances where a student has been more significantly disrupted in comparison to his/her class, that student will be considered under ‘extenuating circumstances’.  
  5. Your tutors will contact you to ensure that we have sufficient evidence to make a grading decision that is fair, reliable and accurate. 
  6. Your tutors will guide and assist you and your parents through the process. 
  7. Finally, an Academic Appeals Procedure is available following the communication of results.  

Ofqual & Awarding Organisation regulations prohibit teachers from informing you of your TAG prior to the official publication in August, however they can tell you what evidence has been used in consideration of the TAG awarded to you. 

To allow this process to be completed for you, we require the following from you:  

  • Attend all on campus and/or online sessions as requested. 
  • Produce all required work requested of you by the agreed deadline. 
  • Speak to your course coordinator if you are worried about anything. 
  • Keep engaging with and use the College facilities you need to – libraries are still open for booking into.  

If you are progressing to University, UCAS will be updated automatically as per previous years with your grades, and further details will follow in the coming months on how to obtain your grades on the official August results days. 

If you have any queries on TAGs and how they will be applied to your studies, please contact your course coordinator. 

How You Will Learn

Teaching methods vary but most courses are taught through traditional lectures and practical sessions. You may be taught on campus, by eLearning or a combination of both (blended learning). Teaching methods include:

  • Guest lectures from industry professionals or specialists
  • One-to-one sessions with your lecturer
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Directed learning
  • Independent study
  • Visits e.g. to museums and exhibitions or into industry
  • Productions
  • Design studio work
  • Laboratory work

We also have excellent industrial links with local, national and international employers who will provide you with valuable seminars, visits and placement opportunities.

Assessment Types

For each course assessment methods may differ but most common assessment methods include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Practical exercises
  • Coursework
  • Online examinations
  • Written assignments
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Case Studies
  • Reports
  • Observation of skills
  • Real-life industry projects
  • Presentations