Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (Part 10)

8. Appendix 1 Grade Descriptors

Grade descriptors for Introduction to Accounting and Economics

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand
essential aspects of
accounting
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand
essential aspects of
economics
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand how
markets operate
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand the role
of money, interest
rates and inflation
within the area of
accounting and
economics
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Be able to apply a
number of key
concepts in
accounting
Demonstrate
adequate and
appropriate
application
Demonstrate
sound and
consistently
appropriate
application
Demonstrate
detailed and highly
appropriate
application

 

Grade descriptors for Introduction to Business

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand different types of businesses and their functions Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand a range
of basic business and management
structures
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Be able to
demonstrate an
understanding of
basic marketing
principles in business
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand the basic concepts of
production
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Be able to utilise a
number of key
business concepts
Demonstrate
adequate and
appropriate use
Demonstrate
appropriate and
effective use
Demonstrate highly
appropriate and
effective use

 

Grade descriptors for Introduction to Programming

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Create project
documentation.
Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Implement a program that uses data capture and validation. Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Implement a program that uses sequential programming with
different data types.
Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Implement a program that uses iteration and
selection constructs.
Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Implement a program that uses file i/o. Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Implement a program that uses arrays Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard

 

Grade descriptors for Introduction to Computer Science

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand
fundamental concepts relating to hardware and
software
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand the
characteristics of
hardware
components
Demonstrate
adequate ability to
differentiate and
recognise
components
Demonstrate sound and consistent ability to differentiate and recognise
components
Demonstrate
exceptional ability
to differentiate and
recognise
components
Understand how
data is represented in a computer system
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand the
fundamental concepts of computer networks
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand cultural, ethical and legal issues relating to
computing
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding

 

Grade descriptors for Further Mathematics

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand different
techniques to solve
cubic equations and
write expressions in
terms of their partial
fractions
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding
of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Be able to work with
complex numbers,
perform arithmetic
calculations using
complex numbers, solve higher order
polynomials with
complex roots and
sketch regions in the
complex plane
Demonstrate
ability to
perform the
tasks
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the tasks
consistently well
Demonstrate ability to
perform the tasks to the highest standard
Be able to perform
arithmetic operations
using matrices,
understand basic
transformations using matrices and, in addition, understand which matrices represent linear transformations and
calculate the inverse of a matrix
Demonstrate
ability to
perform
techniques
Demonstrate
ability to perform
techniques
consistently well
Demonstrate ability to perform techniques to
the highest standard
Understand the
properties of rational
functions and
understand conic
sections
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding
of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand how to use sigma notation to
calculate the sum of
simple finite series, and appreciate the
relationship between
the roots of polynomials and their coefficients
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding
of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand further
techniques in calculus
to differentiate
combinations of functions, how to use
these techniques to
solve problems
involving functions
given parametrically
and how to derive
Maclaurin and Taylor
series 
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding
of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand further
trigonometry and
hyperbolic functions
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding
of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand Euler’s
relation and De Moivre’s theorem and derive relations between trigonometric functions and hyperbolic functions
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding
of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of
understanding
Understand further
techniques in calculus
to differentiate
combinations of
functions, how to use
these techniques to
solve problems
involving functions
given parametrically
and how to derive
Maclaurin and Taylor
series
Demonstrate
adequate understanding of techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques

 

Grade descriptors for Physics

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand the
mechanics of motion
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
mechanics of forces
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
mechanics of energy
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
mechanics of
momentum
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
mechanics of
periodic motion
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
basic principles of
thermal physics
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
fundamentals of
electrostatics
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
fundamentals of
electrodynamics
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding
Understand the
fundamentals of
magnetism
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level of understanding

 

 Grade descriptors for Chemistry 

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand atomic
structure and bonding
Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand energetics, rates, kinetics and chemical equilibria Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand the key
points of inorganic
chemistry
Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand functional
groups, naming
organic compounds
and isomerism
Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand organic
synthesis reactions
Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand aromatic
(arene) chemistry
Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand the techniques used in
organic analysis
Demonstrate an
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate a highly comprehensive level
of understanding

 

Grade descriptors for Biology 

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand cell
Structure
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand the systems involved in coordination and control of the body Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand the systems involved movement and energy release in the body Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand how the
body obtains the
nutrients it needs and
disposes of waste
products
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand the body’s defences against disease and infection Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level
of understanding
Understand the process of reproduction Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive level
of understanding

 

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