Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (Part 9)

6. Results and Certificates 

The grade descriptors Pass, Merit and Distinction are awarded by unit to successful candidates. A Pass is awarded for an overall unit mark of between 40 and 59. A Merit is awarded for an overall unit mark of between 60 and 69 and a Distinction is awarded for an overall unit mark of 70 and above. Candidates who obtain an overall unit mark of below 40 are classed as a fail in the unit and may resit.

A final qualification mark will be awarded upon successful completion of all units. This is calculated by finding the average mark of all units that make up the qualification. Please note that in exceptional circumstances, NCC Education may be required to change the algorithm to calculate a final qualification mark for a learner in order to secure the maintenance of standards over time. Any necessary changes to this algorithm would be shared with Centres and learners promptly by NCC Education. An example is given below

Unit Unit
Points
Candidate
Mark
Unit Points *
Candidate Mark
Advanced English Language Skills 20 86 1720
Culture Studies 10 20 720
Developing English Language Skills 30 81 2430
English for Academic Purposes 10 88 880
Foundation Mathematics 10 93 930
Introduction to Business 10 90 900
Introduction to Accounting and Economics 10 90 900
Study and Communication Skills 20 82 1640
120 682 10120
10120/potential 12,000 = 84

 

Grade Descriptors incorporate characteristics intended to provide a general indication of assessment performance in relation to each unit’s Learning Outcomes in this specification. The final unit grade awarded will depend on the extent to which a candidate has satisfied the Assessment Criteria. A qualification is awarded when the candidate has achieved at least a pass in all relevant units.
After each assessment cycle, results slips are issued (in electronic format) which detail the grades achieved, i.e. Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction (see Appendix 1) and numerical marks. Certificates which contain your qualification grade and pass mark are then dispatched to Centres.

7. Further Information

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8. Appendix 1 Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors Pass, Merit and Distinction are awarded to successful candidates. The following are characteristics intended to provide a general indication of assessment performance in relation to each Learning Outcome in this specification. The final grade awarded will depend on the extent to which a candidate has satisfied the Assessment Criteria overall.

Grade descriptors for Developing English Language Skills

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Be able to communicate
confidently, speaking
on a range of familiar
topics, using appropriate tenses, vocabulary and
register
Demonstrate
adequate level of communication
Demonstrate
robust level of
communication
Demonstrate
highly
comprehensive
level of
communication
Be able to comprehend the main content and overall meaning of a range of general texts in
English
Demonstrate
adequate level of
comprehension
Demonstrate
robust level of
comprehension
Demonstrate high
level of
comprehension
Be able to write factual, descriptive and explanatory texts,
utilising a range of
linguistic structures and vocabulary, to complete clearly defined tasks
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Be able to apply a range of listening strategies in order to understand predictable discussions and basic factual presentations Demonstrate
adequate and
appropriate
application
Demonstrate
sound and
consistently
appropriate
application
Demonstrate
detailed and
highly appropriate
application

 

Grade descriptors for English for Academic Purposes

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Be able to utilise
different ‘pre’, ‘while’
and post reading
strategies to
understand academic
texts
Demonstrate
adequate and
appropriate use
Demonstrate
appropriate and
effective use
Demonstrate highly
appropriate and
effective use
Be able to demonstrate
an appropriate
academic vocabulary
Demonstrate
an adequate
vocabulary
Demonstrate a
robust
vocabulary
Demonstrate a
comprehensive
vocabulary
Be able to structure
sentences, paragraphs
and full texts to suit
academic requirements
Demonstrate
ability to perform the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate ability to perform the task to the highest standard
Be able to utilise ‘pre’,
‘while’ and post
listening strategies to
understand different
speakers and academic
topic information
Demonstrate
adequate and
appropriate use
Demonstrate
appropriate and
effective use
Demonstrate highly
appropriate and
effective use

 

Grade descriptors for Advanced English Language Skills

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Be able to communicate
confidently, speaking
on a range of familiar
and unfamiliar topics,
using appropriate
tenses, vocabulary and register
Demonstrate
adequate level of
communication
Demonstrate
robust level of
communication
Demonstrate
highly
comprehensive
level of
communication
Be able to comprehend the main content and overall meaning of both
general and more unfamiliar English
texts
Demonstrate
adequate level of
comprehension
Demonstrate
robust level of
comprehension
Demonstrate high level of
comprehension
Be able to write structured, factual,
descriptive and
explanatory texts,
utilising complex
linguistic structures
and vocabulary
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task to the
highest standard
Be able to apply a
range of listening
strategies in order to
understand lengthy
predictable discussions, factual presentations and more abstract
conversations
Demonstrate
adequate and
appropriate
application
Demonstrate
sound and
consistently
appropriate
application
Demonstrate
detailed and
highly appropriate
application

 

Grade descriptors for Study and Communication Skills

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Be able to take
effective notes from
a variety of sources
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task consistently well
Demonstrate ability to perform the task to the highest standard
Understand how to
work out the meaning of unfamiliar content
Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding
Understand common steps in producing academic work Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly comprehensive
level of
understanding
Be able to produce
a piece of academic
work suitable for this level, following a drafting process
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
Demonstrate
ability to perform
the task
consistently well
Demonstrate ability
to perform the task
to the highest
standard
Understand different learning styles Demonstrate
adequate level of
understanding
Demonstrate
robust level of
understanding
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
level of
understanding

 

Grade descriptors for Culture Studies

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Understand the
concept of culture,
cultural values and
how different cultures can be defined
Provides consistent
interpretation and evaluation of relevant information and ideas to complete tasks and address well defined problems.

Demonstrates
adequate ability to review effectiveness of methods, actions and results

Can adequately
identify, select and use appropriate skills, methods and procedures to reach appropriate solutions

Has adequate awareness of different perspectives or approaches in
the area of stud

Uses appropriate
investigation to
inform actions/
conclusions

Provides critical
interpretation and evaluation of
relevant
information and
ideas to complete
tasks and address well defined problems.

Demonstrates
sound ability to
review
effectiveness of
methods, actions
and results

Can soundly
identify, select and use appropriate skills, methods and procedures to
reach well
explained and
appropriate
solutions

Has sound
awareness of
different
perspectives or
approaches in the
area of study

Uses detailed
investigation to
inform actions/
conclusions

Provides
consistently
critical
interpretation and
evaluation of
relevant
information and
ideas to complete
tasks and address well defined problems.

Demonstrates
comprehensive
ability to review
effectiveness of
methods, actions
and results

Can coherently
identify, select
and use
appropriate skills,methods and procedures to reach well
explained and
highly appropriate
solutions

Has
comprehensive
awareness of
different
perspectives or
approaches in the
area of study

Uses thorough
and detailed
investigation to
inform well
explained actions/
conclusions

Understand how the
political and education system of a foreign country differs from their own
Understand how the
business culture of a
foreign country differs from their own
Understand the
relationship between
digitial technologies,
communication and
culture

 

Grade descriptors for Foundation Mathematics

Learning Outcome Pass Merit Distinction
Be able to perform a range of algebraic
calculations
Demonstrate ability to perform calculations Demonstrate
ability to perform
calculations
consistently well
Demonstrate ability to perform all calculations to the highest standard
Be able to solve a
range of basic
Calculations
equations
Demonstrate
ability to perform
techniques
Demonstrate
ability to perform
techniques
consistently well
Demonstrate ability to perform
techniques to the
highest standard
Be able to present data in graphical form Demonstrate ability to perform techniques Demonstrate
ability to perform
techniques
consistently well
Demonstrate ability to perform
techniques to the
highest standard
Understand the
fundamentals of
Differential Calculus
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand the
fundamental of
Integral Calculus
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand
Measures of
Dispersion
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques
Understand the
fundamentals of
Probability
Demonstrate
adequate
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate
robust
understanding of
techniques
Demonstrate highly
comprehensive
understanding of
techniques

 

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