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4-3 Assessment and progressive achievement

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Area of focus  4 Programme delivery and assessment 

4.3 Assessment and progressive achievement

Main statement

WBL Programmes are delivered and supported so that students can achieve the specified learning outcomes while further developing their professional career and while satisfying employer expectations and requirements. 

Self assessment guidelines
  • Assessment strategy is negotiated (in terms of type, format and timing) and incorporated into the Learning Contract. 

  • Assessment tasks reflect the type of learning required and may include a variety of formal, informal, formative and summative techniques. 

  • Assessment is related to the employers’ and learners’ contexts and involve employers as appropriate; though the HEI will have overall control of assessment. 

  • Assessments are relevant to learning outcomes (both competence and capability-based). For example, for work-based learning and work-based skills: assessments are based on portfolios based on evidence gained from the workplace; assignments/projects relate to the work-place and job roles; assessment incorporates reflection on the learning process.  

  • Assessments incorporate appropriate feedback and allow learner/employer dialogue on the feedback and monitoring of how learners act on the feedback. 

  • The mechanisms and tools (e.g. ICT tools) for assessments, feedback and dialogue around the feedback are planned and made explicit to students, assessors, mentors and other part-time staff. These mechanisms will include self and peer assessment techniques wherever appropriate. 

  • The policy on assessment deadlines recognises competing priorities for work-based learners as well being fair to all students. 

  • APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) is available to students at every stage of the course/programme and the process is recognised and understood by all staff and students.


Evidence to look for
  • Delivery methods and support mechanisms (both physical and virtual).
  • Assessment strategy.
  • Employer feedback.
  • Feedback from student groups.
  • Data on student performance both during and after the course.  
Further info and examples  



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