Plymouth University Academic Partnerships cornwall college (newquay) Programme Quality Handbook

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Programme Team

Programme Leader: Brender Willmott:

What does your programme leader do? Brender organises, teaches and completes all of the quality assurance paperwork associated with your programme. Brender has extensive experience of developing and writing HE courses, teaching, tutoring and coordinating Higher Education courses and the associated administrative processes.

Module Leaders:

Chris Selvey -

Chris has been a tutor on the Surf Science programme for several years, leading the overseas field trip to France and Spain. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree (MRes).
Tracy McDonald -

Tracy is a new member of the team and has a PhD in microbiology. She currently teaches research projects and supports student Honours Projects.
Stephen Bowens -

Stephen is a new member of the team. Stephen teaches a number of different modules including Health, Fitness and Nutrition and also owns his own company which delivers a range of courses and activities in the water sport sector.
Malcolm Findlay -

Malcolm has vast experience of delivery of higher education, he co-wrote the surf science and technology degree at Plymouth University. Malcolm also has a PhD.
Richard Randall -

Richard teaches advanced design concepts and he has extensive knowledge and experience in engineering and delivery of higher education. Richard also has a PhD.
Phil Toy -

Phil is the course manager for the BSc Sport Health and Fitness programme. He holds an MA. Phil is experienced deliverer of higher education.
CORPORATE HE ASSISTANT REGISTRAR: Mathew Tonkin. What does the Corporate HE Assistant Registrar (CHEAR) do? The CHEAR is your point of contact in HE Operations for all administrative paperwork to do with the programme. He can be contacted on: Telephone: 01209 617757 or Ext 3757.


  1. Personal Tutor

Your personal tutor should be the first person at the College that you speak to if you are having any personal difficulties that are affecting your studies. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem. Your personal tutor is there to provide additional academic and personal support concerning issues that may affect your studies. Personal Tutors are particularly important for students in their first year, helping them to manage the transition from school or the workplace to university-style life. Personal tutors also assist with helping you to engage with important aspects of preparation for your career and or progression to further study and profiling your progress through the programme.

Your main support for academic issues relating to specific modules will be the lecturer who is teaching that module. Your tutor will be the person who; if the College is asked, will write a personal reference for you during, or on completion of your studies.

Programme staff will communicate with students in the following ways:

  • Email - staff will communicate with you via your college and/or university email. In order to maintain professionalism staff will NOT communicate with you directly using your personal email. If you do not wish to regularly check BOTH your College and Plymouth University emails you must ensure that these are forwarded to your personal email address.

  • Text messaging – Under exceptional circumstances staff may contact you via text. Please ensure that your Programme Manager has your current mobile number.

  • College/Institution intranet / virtual learning environment – For module level communications staff use the Moodle Site. Please make sure that you are enrolled onto all of your modules.

  • HE Operations Moodle Pages – this site houses a vast array of information relevant to your time at the College.

  • Plymouth University Student Portal (see section below)

  • Programme Notice-Board located opposite the Watering Hole in the Durrell building.

  • Cornwall College Newquay Student bulletin

  • Link to College/Institution campus

  • Links to disability support teams:

The university personal tutoring policy is available for information and guidance.

    1. Plymouth Portal

As a Plymouth student you are able to access the University’s e-resources through the Plymouth portal (the University’s internal staff and student website).

There is access to over £2 million of e-resources and e-journals in a variety of different subject ranges which can be used to support your studies. An excellent library guide has been developed to help you access these resources off campus and this also links you to subject specific resources. This link takes you to the universities library guide homepage

In addition the University has created a Student Study File available at which signposts you to a wealth of resources including UPSU (Plymouth Student Union), Study Skills Guides and using the portal.

You will automatically have a Plymouth University e-mail account accessed through myEdesk, E-mail, calendar, contacts, (OWA) structured as follows: Your password will always be given in this format Dob.dd/mm/yyyy e.g Dob.10/07/1984 . You can change your password once into the portal however please make sure it is something memorable as you will need it throughout your studies.

There are instructions located on the student study file on how to forward your University emails to your preferred email address to ensure you obtain the necessary Plymouth communications throughout your studies.

To change your password at any time - click on the ‘Change Password’ on the top right hand side of the homepage.

If you have forgotten your passwords please go to and you can reset it easily. Alternatively you can go to HE Operations who will be able to reset it for you as well.

To access the portal type http:/// into your browser OR if you want to go in via the extranet type and then click on Internal Students.

Enter the username and password given to you from your programme manager or Learning Resource Staff member.

The Student Community on the Portal signposts you to many resources including:

  • E-resources, journals, databases - click on the myEdesk, Library, Media & IT (TIS)

  • University student services and learning resources

  • Link into UPSU, the University’s Student Union

  • Academic information and regulations including the University student handbook

  • How to work safely on the web

  1. Programme Details

    1. Enhancement Activities

All students are encouraged to seek relevant employment or placement during their studies – that is why the actual ‘teaching’ timetable leaves you with some free time during the week.

Rather than separating work related learning into a separate module the college has a policy of embedding work related activities across the programme. This means ensuring that there is a range of experiences which relate closely to employment and work, such as visits, visiting speakers, practical’s in simulated situations. This ensures that students have a very rich environment in which to develop their skills, and observe others working.

Students of Cornwall College are encouraged to develop their PDPs in a variety of ways. The tutorial system, where programme leaders act as personal tutors and see their tutees on a regular basis clearly feeds into the principles of PDP. At the end of each module, students are encouraged to review what they have learnt and how it might contribute to their employability and their personal development. And there is a similar end of term and end of year review conducted by the tutor.
    1. Progression through the programme

The classification of your degree will be determined by 10% (of the highest achieved 80 credits or where modules are arranged in such a way that the 80 credits of ‘highest module marks’ cannot be identified unequivocally, the average for the best 70 credits and 90 credits will be calculated and the student given the best advantage) which will come from your level 4 marks studied previously, 30% of your level 5 aggregate mark will be drawn from the level 5 modules studied at Plymouth University and then 60% from your level 6 aggregate mark at Plymouth University.

10% from Level 4

30% from Level 5

60% from Level 6
    1. HE Careers Guidance – Cornwall College

HE Careers and Employability – please promote to your students

  • There is a new HE Careers and Employability section on Moodle; accessible via the Learner Resources tab. This is a really useful resource which both you and your students can use. Please e-mail Heidi Channell with details of any other web resources you use and she will add them to Moodle:

  • UCAS Applications for Teacher Training open on 27th October.

  • Encourage your HE students to access HE Careers Advice by e-mailing Heidi:

  • Here is a link to the Plymouth University Careers & Employability site which includes the Events Calendar:
    1. HE Careers Guidance – Plymouth University

As a Plymouth University student you will also be able to access the Plymouth University Careers and Employability Service which can provide a wealth of guidance and support resources.
  1. Employment Opportunities

Whilst studying this programme you will be given the opportunity to develop further personal and employability related skills, through planned module content and also external opportunities. A range of teaching approaches are used to specifically enable you to develop and enhance your communication and team working skills. Employers and other industry professionals also input into the programme giving you further contacts.
  1. Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Your performance in a module will be assessed during the academic year, normally through a combination of coursework and end of year examinations. You must pass the assessments in order to be credited with that module for your award. In addition, some modules may have to be passed as pre-requisites for others taken later in your programme.

The method of assessment varies between modules and your lecturers will advise you of the method(s) to be used. This reflects the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. During your programme you may experience some, or all, of the following types of assessment:

  • Coursework essay questions

  • Coursework group reports

  • Coursework case study problems

  • Group presentations

  • Individual presentations and vivas

  • Small group assessed discussions

  • Practical’s

  • Formal examinations

  • In-class tests

  • Online assessments

  • Portfolios

  • Research project

  • Posters

  • Log books

  • Industry facing publications

In all cases these are chosen and designed to assess your achievement of the particular learning outcomes for the module. You will be given Assessment Criteria which are used to judge the extent of your achievement.

Please note that ALL assessment marks and results are provisional until confirmed by the Subject Assessment Panel and verified by the Award Assessment Board. If you do well enough, i.e. you average a mark of over 70% over all your modules at the end of your programme then you will qualify for the award of a First Class Honours Degree. You should note marks of 70% and over are awarded for outstanding work only.

Please reference the Benchmarking Skills Map within the Programme Specification for further details on how the teaching, learning and assessments are achieved within each module.

    1. Referencing Guides

  1. Assessment Schedules and Feedback

Each Programme has a designated Moodle page which houses further details of each of the modules contained with a programme. A full assessment schedule will be available via Moodle. Any changes made to the schedule will be done in consultation with the student body and will be fully communicated to the students that are affected.

The majority of assessment work will be submitted directly through uploading to the appropriate Moodle site for the module. However, occasionally students may be required to submit hard copies of assessments, e.g. posters.

Feedback will be delivered electronically through Moodle on most occasions.







Coursework Type

Coursework Type

Coursework Type

Practical Type

Practical Type

Level 6

CORN310 Honours Project

Lit Review 20%

Final Report 60%

Poster or Spoken Paper 20%

CORN321 Contemporary Issues in Marine Environment Use

Report 54%

Contribution to team 6%

Presentation 40%

CORN322 Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Portfolio 75%

Presentation 25%


Applied Sports Science (Performance and Management)

Examination 50%

Case Study 50%


Advanced Design Concepts

Examination 40%

Report 60%

CORN325 Advanced Applications of Oceanography

Examination 100%

Marking stage

Student submits work / sits test / sits examination

Work collated & passed to

Module Leader

Work is marked by Module Leader

Marks collated by Module Leader & submitted to Programme Manager

Internal moderation stage

Students receive initial UNCONFIRMED mark

Internal moderation sample selected1.

Moderation by second academic

Unconfirmed mark & feedback back to students within 20 working days

Marks collated by Module Leader & submitted to Programme Manager

External moderation stage

External moderation samples selected and moderated by External Examiners

Marks collated by Module Leader & submitted to Programme Manager

Subject Assessment Panel (SAP) (ratification) stage

CONFIRMED marks issued to students

Marks approved by SAP and forwarded to College Award Assessment Board

Marks submitted to SAP for consideration and approval

Marks collated by Module Leader & submitted to Programme Manager

1The sample for the internal moderation comprises 20% or 10 assessment pieces minimum. The sample should include a range of assessment pieces including borderlines and fails. For more guidance see the Plymouth University Marking and Moderation policy 2015

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