Assessment guidance and key dates for Spring 2023
We wrote to all OCA students to confirm the details for the online Spring 2023 undergraduate assessment event and signpost students who are eligible for the Spring 2023 event to the latest assessment guidance. This email was sent out at 14:30 GMT Wednesday 11 January 2023 to all students but does not apply to postgraduate, foundations or personal development students.
What are the key dates for the online Spring 2023 assessment event?
All units that are completed by - 20 January 2023
Will have an invitation to the event by - 27 January 2023
With a deadline for submission of work by - 10 February 2023
How do the dates work?
The 20 January 2023 is the date by which your unit needs to be marked as complete in order to be eligible for assessment at the online Spring 2023 assessment event.
After this date, we will compile the list of eligible students and will use this information to create the required spaces for you to upload your submissions, via the GDrive or the OCA Learn VLE. Your invitation to submit will be sent to you by no later than midday 27 January 2023.
The latest date that work can be uploaded to these spaces (GDrive/OCA Learn) will be midday 10 February 2023, and any submissions sent to us/uploaded/edited beyond this date will not be accepted.
Please note that those with GDrive folders will retain ‘Viewer’ only access after the deadline for submission date.
How do I submit for the online assessment event?
Follow the advice held in the Assessment Guidance resource to submit for the online Spring 2023 assessment event here on OCA Learn.
The majority of students will utilise the GDrive service to submit their work for assessment, except for Music students who will continue to utilise the OCA Learn VLE to submit.
What if I am invited but cannot submit?
If you are invited to the online Spring 2023 assessment event, but will be unable to submit due to extenuating circumstances, you will need to submit an application to defer to the Summer 2023 assessment event. Please check the Student Handbook section on Deferral of Assessment and email the Assessment Team - email@example.com - as soon as possible to let us know you will be making an application.
Should you need to request a deferral of assessment, the deadline to do so will be 3 February 2023. Requests to defer after this date other than in exceptional circumstances will be rejected. Non submissions of work to the event will result in a penalty of a 0% fail mark, as per Section 3.5 Failure and Reassessment in the Academic Regulatory Framework, available here on the OCA website.
For any student experiencing difficulties in meeting assessment deadlines, please contact the Learner Support Team - firstname.lastname@example.org - at the earliest opportunity.
Where can I find guidance on assessment?
Advice and guidance for assessment can be found in the Assessment Guidance resource here on OCA Learn. The resource is broken down into different sections:
- Introduction - This section holds an assessment questions forum where students can pose questions.
- Understanding assessment - This section provides information on how assessment works, along with the assessment criteria document, and a directory of learning outcomes and discipline specific guidance, for all OCA course units.
- Assessment Schedule 2022/23 - This section confirms the key dates and deadlines for current and upcoming events.
- Preparing your submission - This section provides guidance and structured activities to help students prepare their submission, and holds the OCA Assessment Padlet.
- Submitting your work - This section provides guidance on how to submit for assessment.
- Learning from assessment - This section holds a pre recorded webinar on interpreting assessment results, a survey for providing feedback on assessment, and information to help students understand their marksheets.
No fundamental changes to assessment requirements have been made for this academic year. Please access the assessment guidance resource to help you understand, prepare, submit, and reflect on assessment.
When will my summative mark and feedback be available?
The undergraduate Exam Board is scheduled for the week commencing 27 March 2023 to confirm your assessment results. We will look to provide marks and summative feedback by no later than 31 March 2023.
Who do I contact with any other questions about assessment?
If after consulting the guidance available for assessment you have any queries, please contact the Assessment Team - email@example.com - as soon as possible and we will do our best to assist you.
We wish you all the best for your next assessment.
OCA Assessment Team