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HE Careers Guidance – Cornwall College

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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

  • Small group assessed discussions

  • Practical’s

  • Formal examinations

  • In-class tests

  • Online assessments

  • Portfolios

  • Research project

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 Diploma with distinction. 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.







Coursework Type

Coursework Type

Practical Type

Practical Type

Year 1- Stage 2

CORC2226 Counselling Psychology 1

Coursework portfolio 100%

CORC2225 Personal and Professional Development 1

Coursework portfolio 100%

CORC2224 Counselling Practice 1

Coursework portfolio 100%

Year 2 – Stage 2

CORC2216 Counselling Practice 2

Coursework portfolio 100%

CORC2217 Personal and Professional Development 2

Coursework portfolio 100%

CORC2218 Counselling Psychology 2

Coursework portfolio 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
  1. Student Feedback

    1. Student Representation and Enhancement

Student representation for each stage of the programme is made through programme committee membership, which should also reflect on enhancement activities and their impact and sustainability. Furthermore, programme committee meetings are not considered quorate without student representation.

Information for students on the importance of course representation has been developed in partnership with the students along with the course representation cycle. Other useful resources are available within the UPSU partner college pages.

In addition to student presence through programme committee membership, it is noted that students also have representation though the Student Unions of both institutions.

    1. Student Perception Surveys

The National Student Survey (NSS) and Plymouth University’s Student Perception Questionnaire (SPQ) offer the opportunity for the Student Voice to be gathered from students individually. Additionally, there may be local methods for collating survey feedback on individual modules.

Student Perception Questionnaire (SPQ) and National Student Survey (NSS)

All students on Plymouth University courses in partner colleges are given the opportunity to complete a questionnaire (SPQ) between January and March in the first year of their programmes. The questionnaire is arranged under a range of headings, the answers to which give us student views on how effectively we support their learning experience, these include teaching, assessment and feedback, academic support, learning resources, personal development opportunities. Student responses are used only in statistical form to produce a subject level report and to enable comparative data to be prepared at faculty level.

In addition students are asked to participate in the National Student Survey (NSS) at the end of their programme. Both of these provide valuable information to enable staff to improve programmes and the learning experience.

What is the Student Perception Questionnaire (SPQ) and what is it for?

  • to give students the chance to tell us what they feel about their experience of teaching and learning at the Cornwall College

  • to allow us to identify those issues that are perceived by students as affecting their education, either positively or negatively

  • to provide us with a University-wide perspective and to enable staff to prioritise our actions to improve the quality of the educational experience at Cornwall College

What does the survey achieve?

At subject level you can expect the findings of the SPQ to be discussed at staff-student liaison groups and Programme Committee Meetings within the college. A related Action Plan is prepared to address students' concerns and this is in turn linked to the University’s Quality Assurance process, addressed through formal meetings between the University and the college. The Director of Higher Education (HE) will review the questionnaire results with senior managers and programme teams as appropriate.

What is the National Student Survey (NSS) and what does it mean to me?

This national survey is designed to provide information on how universities support the student learning experience. It provides vital information to prospective students and their advisers to help them make an informed choice on what they want to study and where they should study it. The results are shown on the national Unistats website (

The survey is an important tool, both at national level and within the University – it is seeking to capture an overall view of the student experience and the results reflect upon the standing and esteem in which the University is held; it is not the tool to use to offer feedback on local course issues which should be directed as normal through course representatives, tutors, lecturers and the Students Union. The University’s own institutional student perception questionnaire will not be issued to students involved in the national survey to avoid burdening students with too many questionnaires. We will therefore rely heavily on the NSS to secure feedback about the overall student experience.

The survey is carried out by Ipsos MORI, an independent company. It will take the form of a short online questionnaire that should only take around 5 minutes to complete. All eligible final year students will be contacted and invited to complete the survey. So that Ipsos MORI can carry out the survey, the University has been asked to provide contact details for students from its current records (this includes all contact details held by the University, including personal phone numbers). The personal data will not be used for any other purpose than the survey, and will not be passed on to any other parties/companies. All the answers will be kept confidential, with results being published in subject groupings.

    1. Closing the Feedback Loop

This includes programme committee feedback through the student representatives as well as other methods for feeding back on the Student Voice.

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Cornwall College has developed a student engagement framework which documents the student involvement into quality mechanisms and ensures that feedback on student concerns is delivered in a constructive way and can be demonstrated within the programme action plan. On some campus sites student representatives are governors or on the management committee, and feedback through Student Representatives meetings.

    1. Programme Committee Meetings (PCM)

PCMs exist to enable the core programme team and student representatives to meet formally to strict agendas twice per year. These meetings are in addition to hosting the ALP’s and the EE’s visits, although they may be arranged to align. These meetings are held twice per academic year; autumn and spring. The meeting utilises the standard Plymouth University agenda for each relevant meeting. It is vital that Student Representatives from each academic year of the programme attend the meeting. It is chaired by the Programme Manager; with attendance from module leaders; learning centre staff and HE Operations.

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