Composing music courses

Guidelines for submission for formal assessment
Look at OCA’s Student Support Guide Assessments and how to get qualified, available to download from, OCA’s student website: oca-student.com. This will tell you about the assessment process. Also look out for videos and other tips on assessment that are posted on weareoca.com. Look out for updates on these guidelines on oca-student. com Digital Submissions
Please note that all written work (tutor reports, learning logs and blogs do not have to be printed out, if they are submitted digitally) submitted for assessment MUST be submitted digitally as well as printed out and submitted on paper along with the rest of your submission. Digital work should be submitted to assessment@ oca-uk.com, clearly stating your name, student number, the course name and what the digital work attached is (eg critical review, essay etc) This is a requirement and is to enable OCA to carry out plagiarism checks on work, and a requirement of our validation with the University for the Creative Arts. If you are submitting an entirely digital portfolio on CD or a USB stick, or entirely via a blog, only a sustained piece of writing (such as an essay or critical review) needs to be sent to assessment@oca-uk.com as well as printed out and submitted for assessment in hard copy. If you are submitting work on a USB stick or a CD please ensure you check it thoroughly for viruses before you send it in.

Presentation

Include a clear contents list with your assessment submission. All your work must be clearly labelled, stating which assignment it relates to and with your name and student number on every item you submit. Where there is a clear link between project work and your learning log, or blog, this should be clearly labelled or cross-referenced in some way. Each piece should be separately bound with its own programme note, and a further accompanying volume containing sketched work and supporting projects, listening and research log, and any appropriate personal statements and tutor reports. The professionalism of your presentation is important and you will lose marks for poor presentation. Students may consult with their tutor if they feel unsure about what to include in their submission based on their strengths and weaknesses and also for guidance on presentation methods.

Requirements at each level

Level one course
• The full written scores (hard copies) of all five of the course assignments selected in consultation with the tutor, revised as appropriate. • The Sibelius files of the above compositions, on CD on a memory stick or directly via email to assessment@ oca-uk.com ensuring your name, student number and assessment date is listed on the email. • Listening, reading and research log with any with any other documents you feel are appropriate, including original versions of the assignments. • Tutor reports. • Your url if you are submitting a blog. Important note about Assignment one for level one courses. Although Assignment one is not formally assessed component of the course, the assessors do want to see it, so that they gain a comprehensive view of your development. So, if you are applying for formal assessment, do send assignment one in with all the others.

Level two course
• The full written scores (hard copies) of all five of the course Assignments selected in consultation with the Tutor, revised as appropriate. • The Sibelius files of the above compositions, on CD on a memory stick or directly via email to assessment@ oca-uk.com ensuring your name, student number and assessment date is listed on the email. • Listening, reading and research log with any with any other documents you feel are appropriate, including original versions of the assignments. • Tutor reports. • Your url if you are submitting a blog. • The 2,000 word critical review. This should be submitted as a sixth assignment, but you should be working on this along side your other work

Level three course
• The full score of composition which has been the focus of the study and for which there has been tutorial support, sent in both hard copy and digitally (see below). • The Sibelius files of the above compositions, on CD on a memory stick or directly via email to assessment@ oca-uk.com ensuring your name, student number and assessment date is listed on the email. • An extended log outlining the progress of the composition from early sketch form illustrated with appropriate musical examples, and including a short programme note. • The listening, learning and research log, to include all the tutor reports. • Your url if you are submitting a blog. • The 3,500-word critical review. You must also submit copies of all your tutor report forms. If your tutor has annotated your written work, then you must submit the annotated version of the written work as well as the final version.

Clarification on presentation of work when studying multiple courses
If you are studying more than one OCA course at the same time, you must ensure that your work on the courses you are studying do not overlap in any way. You must keep separate learning logs, demonstrating that the research you do is specifically for each of the courses. It is essential that when you present your work for assessment that it is clear which work relates to which course. There must be a discrete set of work for each course so that the assessors are clear what they are assessing. Students cannot present the same piece of work for marks on two different units. However, if a students is studying two units at the same time and doing general sketchbook work for example, to support both units, this person can submit the sketchbooks for both units as evidence of background research.

About assessment at OCA
The assessment process involves your work being marked by one assessor and then moderated by another assessor. The average amount of time spent reviewing each submission at assessment is 45 minutes, but this may increase at level 3 (HE6). The assessment process is validated by an external examiner who observes the assessment and reviews a sample of the submissions. The resulting marks are provisional. The marks are then confirmed by an exam board convened by the validating university, UCA.