Visual Studies courses

Guidelines for submission for formal assessment
Look at OCA’s Student Support Guide Assessments and how to get qualifed, available
to download from, OCA’s student website: This will tell you about the
assessment process. Also look out for videos and other tips on assessment that are
posted on Look out for updates on these guidelines on oca-student.
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@, 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 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
Include a clear contents list with your assessment submission. All your work must be clearly labelled, stating
which assignment it relates to and you should have 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.
Use the Harvard Referencing system throughout your written work. Ensure you cite all references appropriately.
(See the OCA guide to Harvard referencing text). 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 (HE Level 4)
All fve assignments of the course including:
• the output of the fve assignments including annotations and copies of images referred to
• your learning log or link to your blog url
• 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 fnal version.
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.
Clarifcation 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 specifcally 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 confrmed by an exam board convened by the
validating university, UCA.

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